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A sprinkler sprays water on a lawn at Golden Gate Park on January 29, 2014 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

State Approves Fines For Wasting Water After Report Shows Californians Using More Water, Not Conserving

California has approved fines for water wasting after a new report showed water customers in the state using more water, not less, amid calls for conservation.

07/15/2014

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Californians Using More Water, Not Less During Drought; Statewide Fines Approved For Water Wasters

State water managers are contemplating mandatory fines for water wasters as calls for water conservation in drought-plagued California have apparently fallen on deaf ears.

07/15/2014

Orange traffic cones on road

Illegal Immigrants Warned To Study Hard For Their California Driver’s License Written Test

Illegal immigrants hoping to obtain their California driver’s license come January are being encouraged to study for the written test. The preparation is a warning following Nevada’s recent high-failure rates.

07/15/2014

A proposal to split California into six separate states. (CBS)

What Would 6 Californias Really Look Like? We Have Questions

People in the Bay Area have been trying to distance themselves from the folks in Los Angeles for years, and if voters approve a plan headed for the ballot, they’ll get closer to a whole state of separation.

07/15/2014

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California Gears Up To Vote On Water Wasting Law Tuesday

The State Water Resources Control Board is set to vote Tuesday on tough new rules that would allow any public employee empowered to enforce laws to write tickets for wasting water.

07/14/2014

A Halliburton hydrualic fracturing (fracking) operation in the Bakken Formation, North Dakota. (Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons)

Report Links Fracking To Surge Of Earthquake Activity

States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater.

07/14/2014

A Great White shark jumps out of the water as it hunts Cape fur seals near False Bay, on July 4, 2010. 
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Study Finds Pacific Great White Shark Population At Least Five Times Previous Estimates

A recent study published in PLOS ONE found that the number of sharks swimming in the Pacific is around 2,400, about six times the number previously estimated.

07/14/2014

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El Nino Likely To Return To Drought-Stricken California This Winter, Intensity Unknown

After some of the driest years on record in California, El Nino conditions are likely to return this upcoming winter. It is unclear if the amount of rain will be enough to help the state emerge from the drought.

07/10/2014

water faucet

California May Impose Mandatory Water Restrictions, $500 Fines For Wasters During Record Drought

Drought ravaged California could be on the brink of mandatory water restrictions on water use, with fines of up to $500 a day for those who don’t comply.

07/09/2014

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Drako, The Contraband Cell Phone-Sniffing Dog, Reaches Milestone At Vacaville Prison

Drako, a Belgian shepherd trained to sniff narcotics and smuggled cell phones, reached a milestone at his prison recently.

07/08/2014

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