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Drought Prompts Shutdown Of Showers At California State Beaches

The outdoor showers at beaches across drought-stricken California will be shut off to save water, so surfers and sunbathers will have to get creative this summer when it comes time to shake off the sand.

07/10/2015

In this archival photo, Yosemite falls is seen with no noticeable waterfall.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Yosemite’s Dying Trees, Skimpy Waterfalls Are Latest Signs Of Epic California Drought

Park officials say the tallest waterfall in North America – Yosemite Falls – will likely run dry about two months early this year.

07/10/2015

Lake Berryessa

White House Designates Berryessa Snow Mountain As New National Monument

Mammoth bones, prehistoric rock carvings and more than a million acres of wilderness will be protected as part of three new national monuments that President Barack Obama is creating in California, Nevada and Texas.

07/10/2015

Great White Shark (Getty Images)

California Shark Attack Rates Down 90 Percent Since 1950s, Stanford Research Says

New research finds swimmers and surfers today are about 90 percent less likely to be attacked by sharks off California than they were in the 1950s — even though there are hundreds of thousands more people in the water.

07/09/2015

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El Nino Picks Up Steam, Increases Chance For Wettest California Winter In Years

Federal climate experts say there is a greater than 90 percent chance that El Nino will continue through the Northern Hemisphere this winter with a strong chance it will last into early spring.

07/09/2015

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

Fracking Study Urges Greater Oversight To Determine Health, Environmental Risks

California has yet to get a handle on potential health and environmental risks from the state’s fracking boom, a state-commissioned study concluded Thursday.

07/09/2015

Demonstrators seeking change in immigration policy march on May Day in Los Angeles, California, May 01, 2013. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Official: Latinos Are The Majority In California

The long-expected moment when Latinos surpassed non-Hispanic whites as California’s largest racial or ethnic group has come and gone.

07/08/2015

Juvenile offenders would have an easier time putting their pasts behind them under bills working their way through the Legislature.

Lawmakers Stall California Doctor-Assisted Suicide Bill Amid Religious Fight

Legislation that would have allowed terminally ill patients to legally end their lives in California stalled Tuesday amid fierce opposition from religious groups.

07/07/2015

power outage, PG&E, power pole, electricity

Regulators Pass Higher Electricity Rates For Most California Residents

Most residential customers in California will see their electricity bills increase under a new rate structure passed Friday by state regulators.

07/03/2015

A rat in a trap. (CBS)

Drought, Hot Weather Causing Rodent Infestations In East Bay Homes

Business is booming for pest eradication companies as the drought and the hot weather hitting the Bay Area has forced rats to come out of the woodwork in search of water.

07/02/2015

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