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Yosemite National Park Remains Open As Rim Fire Continues In Burn On Park's Western Edge

U.S. Forest Service To Require News Media Buy Pricey Permits Before Taking Photos, Videos On Federal Lands

The U.S. Forest Service is finalizing new regulations that could change the landscape of media coverage of issues dealing with federally maintained wild land, requiring expensive permits before photography is allowed, and imposing hefty fines for news organizations that violate the process.

09/24/2014

Mount Shasta mudslide,

Crews Clear Roads Following Mount Shasta Mudslide From Melting Glacier

Emergency workers are worried about glaciers on Mount Shasta’s North slope after U.S. Forest Service crews Monday dealt with mud flow from a melting glacier that covered two roads and a bridge in muck, logs and rocks and forced a mountain creek out of its banks.

09/23/2014

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks with supporters following early results in the June 3 California primary election. (CBS)

Gov. Brown Touts California’s Cap-And-Trade System To UN Climate Summit

Gov. Jerry Brown took his message on climate change to the world stage Tuesday addressing the United Nations Climate Summit as part of star-studded lineup urging action on global warming.

09/23/2014

(Frederic J. Brown/AFP/GettyImages)

California Air Regulators Dispute Ads Warning Of ‘Hidden Gas Tax’

California air quality regulators are disputing the accuracy of a new ad campaign claiming a hidden gas tax is set to go in effect January 1st that could add up to 76 cents to a gallon of gas in the state.

09/22/2014

View from inside a rescue helicopter, lifting hikers off Half  Dome 9/7/2014 (NPS)

Harrowing Rescue On Yosemite’s Half Dome Caught On Camera

As the stubborn Meadow fire continues to smolder in Yosemite National Park, new photos showing the harrowing helicopter rescue of some 75 hikers from atop Half Dome are emerging.

09/22/2014

Fresh snow in the Sierra (CBS)

There Are Too Many Trees In California Soaking Up Much Needed Water, UC Berkeley Study Says

Environmental scientists at UC Berkeley are saying that there are too many trees in the California’s forests. Scientists say that less trees would leave more rain water available to meet the state’s demand.

09/22/2014

Blink electric car charger by Ecotality. (CBS)

Gov. Brown Signs Legislation To Boost Clean-Air Vehicle Use

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law several bills designed to boost use of clean-air vehicles in California.

09/21/2014

A mountain lion cub. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Mountain Lion Seen On La Honda Road In San Mateo County

San Mateo County officials report a mountain lion sighting took place Sunday morning in La Honda near the southern end of the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve.

09/21/2014

(BotMultichillT/Creative Commons)

Oakland Mayor, Garbage Companies Reach Deal

A tentative agreement has been reached to settle a dispute over the city of Oakland’s garbage contract.

09/19/2014

A home with a dead lawn stands in front of hills that are browned with dried grass on July 18, 2014 in Fremont, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Amid Drought, Gov. Brown Bars HOAs From Requiring Luscious Landscaping

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to prohibit homeowners associations from banning drought-resistant landscaping to save water.

09/18/2014

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