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Cops bust multimillion-dollar weed “fortress” in California

Last Updated Dec 14, 2017 4:51 PM EST LOS ANGELES — Police in Southern California raided a weed “fortress” on Wednesday, seizing 35,000 marijuana plants and shutting down an operation they believe was bringing in millions of dollars a month. San Bernardino Police say eight people were detained Wednesday when police and federal agents raided the […]

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Wildfires Are The ‘New Reality’ For California, Gov. Brown Warns

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) toured some of the destruction left by unrelenting wildfires across his state on Saturday and warned that climate change is creating a “new normal” for natural disasters. “We’re facing a new reality in this state, where fires threaten people’s lives, their property, their neighborhoods,” and cost “billions and billions of […]

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First Fatality In Southern California Wildfires Confirmed

Medical officials confirmed the first fire-related fatality in Southern California’s most recent spate of wildfires to HuffPost on Saturday. Virginia Pesola, 70, of Santa Paula was found in a car that had crashed along an evacuation route in Ventura County ― north of Los Angeles ― on Wednesday night, a representative for the county medical examiner’s office […]

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Southern California wildfires still smoldering after hellish week

BONSALL, California —  In southern California, blowtorch winds have died down, but deadly fires are still spreading. President Trump has declared a state of emergency, clearing the way for additional federal aid.  The six major fires have burned more than 140,000 acres — an area larger than Chicago. More than 500 structures have been destroyed. When […]

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California fire damage to homes is less random than it seems

Faith Kearns is an academic coordinator for the California Institute for Water Resources at the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In the midst of the many wildfire emergencies that have faced California this year, it can often seem that the way houses burn, or don’t, is random. The thing is, though, it’s not. […]

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California Gets Federal Emergency Declaration From Trump As SoCal Fires Rage

Devastating fires in Southern California prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to request federal assistance on Thursday and President Donald Trump to approve an emergency declaration on Friday, paving the way for the state’s recovery efforts to be facilitated ― and partially funded ― by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Nearly 200,000 Californians have had to flee their homes so far. The […]