Jun 18, 2016

California surpasses France as world's sixth-largest economy

California is now the sixth-largest economy in the world, surpassing France, thanks to a robust state economy and a strong U.S. dollar. California was the world’s eighth-largest economy in 2014, Irena Asmundson, chief economist of the California Department of Finance, said in a phone ...

Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis

Feb 6, 2016

Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis

A state senator in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument made by many conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets. Republican Sen. Todd Weiler, a Mormon, contends children ...

El Nino brings rain to California; drought will persist

Oct 19, 2015

El Nino brings rain to California; drought will persist

The El Nino weather phenomenon is likely to drench California for some time to come and trigger floods, but it still will not end the state’s severe drought, experts say. Torrential rain has triggered chaos in parts of the West Coast region in recent ...

California high-speed rail plan funding questioned

Oct 17, 2015

California high-speed rail plan funding questioned

Businesses that might bid to build a high-speed rail network across California are questioning whether there will be enough government funding to complete the complex and ambitious project. That picture emerged from documents the companies submitted to the state rail authority overseeing the project, ...

U.S. Interior Department curbs future Arctic offshore drilling

Oct 17, 2015

U.S. Interior Department curbs future Arctic offshore drilling

The Interior Department announced Friday it is canceling future lease sales and will not extend current leases in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast, a decision that significantly reduces the chances for future Arctic offshore drilling. The news follows a Sept. 28 announcement by ...