Oct 14, 2014

Northern California overdue for big quake, study says

Three fault segments running beneath Northern California and its roughly 15 million people are overdue for a major earthquake, including one section that lies near the dams and canals that supply much of the state’s water, according to a geological study published on Monday. ...

California burns, but the worst may be yet to come

Sep 30, 2014

California burns, but the worst may be yet to come

Wildfires are nothing new in California. But in the third year of a historic drought, the tinder-dry western U.S. state is battling near-record numbers of blazes. And the normal fire season has only just begun. Nearly 7,500 firefighters are currently struggling to douse the ...

JR East to bid for high-speed railway project in California

Sep 6, 2014

JR East to bid for high-speed railway project in California

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) plans to take part in international bidding this fall to supply railcars for a high-speed railway line planned in California, JR East sources said Friday. The line would link San Francisco to Anaheim and cost around $67.6 billion ...

McCain: botched execution 'torture'

Jul 26, 2014

McCain: botched execution 'torture'

U.S. Sen. John McCain says he believes the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture. The Republican who represents the conservative state told Politico that he supports capital punishment for certain crimes but felt Wednesday’s execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood ...

Jul 9, 2014

First legal pot shops open in Washington state

Eager customers lined up before dawn on Tuesday as Washington became the second U.S. state to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use, although shortages and high prices were likely to accompany any euphoria. Store employees clapped and cheered at Top Shelf Cannabis ...

U.S. federal judge strikes down Wisconsin ban on gay marriage

Jun 7, 2014

U.S. federal judge strikes down Wisconsin ban on gay marriage

A federal judge deemed Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Friday to the delight of gay couples who immediately began rushing to county offices to wed as word of the ruling spread. The ruling marked the latest in a string of decisions by ...

Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

May 10, 2014

Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

A judge on Friday struck down Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage, saying the state has “no rational reason” for preventing gay couples from marrying. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled that the 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state constitution violates the rights of ...

U.S. militias await next call to arms

| Apr 19, 2014

U.S. militias await next call to arms

Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada ...

Nevada rancher claims victory in standoff with U.S. government

Apr 13, 2014

Nevada rancher claims victory in standoff with U.S. government

U.S. officials ended a standoff with hundreds of armed protesters in the Nevada desert Saturday, calling off the government’s roundup of cattle it said were illegally grazing on federal land and giving about 300 animals back to the rancher who owned them. The dispute ...