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Monarch butterfly population moves closer to extinction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted precipitously to a record low, putting the orange-and-black insects closer to extincti...

Hot spot: California hospitals buckle as virus cases surge

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hospitals across California have all but run out of intensive care beds for COVID-19 patients, ambulances are backing up outside emergency rooms, and tents for triaging the sick are...

Vaccinations reach nursing homes, as California faces crisis

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The first COVID-19 vaccinations are underway at U.S. nursing homes, where the virus has killed upwards of 110,000 people, even as the nation struggles to contain a surge so ...

In a year dominated by pandemic, many other dramas unfolded

Not since World War II has a single phenomenon dominated the news worldwide as the COVID-19 pandemic has in 2020. In the United States, a tumultuous presidential election and a wave of protests over r...

Los Angeles to consider stay-home order as COVID cases rise

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials in the nation’s largest county will discuss a possible stay-home order just days before Thanksgiving after a spike of coronavirus cases surpassed a threshold set by Los An...

Calmer California winds help firefighters beat back 2 blazes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Calmer weather on Wednesday allowed firefighters to beat back twin blazes that drove nearly 100,000 Southern California residents from their homes amid fierce winds and extremely dr...

Wind a risk as California fires keep tens of thousands away

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California on Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as another round of danger...

Big power shutoffs in California as winds boost fire danger

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Large swaths of California had no electricity Monday as utilities tried to prevent the chance of their equipment sparking wildfires while the fire-weary state was buffeted by powe...

California heat wave prompts power shutdowns, fire danger

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 50,000 California utility customers were without power and others around the state were urged to conserve electricity Thursday amid a fall heat wave that brought another...

Better weather won't keep California from grim fire landmark

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters may get a reprieve from the weather Saturday as red flag warnings of extreme fire danger expire. But the state is still poised to reach a grim milestone: 4 million ac...

California milestone: 4 million acres burned in wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is poised to hit a fearsome milestone: 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) burned this year by wildfires that have killed 30 people and incinerated hundreds of homes...

California voters weigh in again on care at dialysis clinics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters will again weigh in on the quality of care dialysis clinics provide to about 80,000 people in the state with kidney failure. Proposition 23 wou...

California wildfire evacuees return home to find devastation

SANTA ROSA (AP) — Nikki and Kevin Conant returned to their home in California's wine country Wednesday to find only the charred remains of their home and wine-barrel repurposing business. ...

California's wine country residents face fire fatigue

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Will Abrams and his family packed their pickup truck with laptops, clothes, sleeping bags and a tent and quickly left their rental home in California's wine country after seeing fl...

San Francisco sues 28 alleged dealers to stop flow of drugs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco sued 28 alleged drug dealers who frequent a downtown neighborhood where broad daylight drug dealing and drug use is common in an effort to clean up the area that has...