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California's King Fire threatens more than 1600 homes - USA TODAY
USA TODAYCalifornia's King Fire threatens more than 1600 homesUSA TODAYPOLLOCK PINES, Calif. — Anxious evacuees await word this morning on whether their homes have been burned by the fast-growing King Fire east of Sacramento, one of a dozen wildfires burning drought-stricken California. "I'd just...[read more]

California Wildfire Ravages Small Town of Weed - NBCNews.com
NBCNews.comCalifornia Wildfire Ravages Small Town of WeedNBCNews.comMercedes Castillo says that Weed, California, is the kind of small town where the main attraction is the one bowling alley. People know each other and get along. The Laotian and Mexican communities are vibrant. She can see majest...[read more]

Hospitals and Insurer Join Forces in California - New York Times
New York TimesHospitals and Insurer Join Forces in CaliforniaNew York TimesIn a partnership that appears to be the first of its kind, Anthem Blue Cross, a large California health insurance company, is teaming up with seven fiercely competitive hospital groups to create a new health system in the ...[read more]

California drought: Dramatic before-and-after photos - SFGate
SFGateCalifornia drought: Dramatic before-and-after photosSFGateCalifornia is in a historic three-year drought, and recent photos taken in Northern California put a visual exclamation mark on the issue. The images were captured in August by Justin Sullivan of Getty Images, in the same locations a...[read more]

Audi gets first permit to test self-driving cars on California roads - Los Angeles Times
ABC NewsAudi gets first permit to test self-driving cars on California roadsLos Angeles TimesAudi announced Tuesday that it is the first automaker to get a permit from the state of California to test self-driving cars on public roads. New state regulations took effect the same day specifically al...[read more]

California wildfires engulf 100 homes, thousands flee - CBS News
CBS NewsCalifornia wildfires engulf 100 homes, thousands fleeCBS NewsCBS San Francisco. It was among nearly a dozen wildfires burning in California that have been exacerbated by the state's third straight year of drought. The tinder-dry conditions have increased the fire danger around the state s...[read more]

Gov. Jerry Brown signs landmark groundwater legislation - The Desert Sun
KSBW The Central CoastGov. Jerry Brown signs landmark groundwater legislationThe Desert SunCalifornia has until now been the only Western state to leave the pumping of groundwater unregulated and without a statewide system of oversight. Property owners have long been entitled to pump as much wate...[read more]

Spreading California Wildfires Destroy 100 Homes, Besiege Town - NBCNews.com
NBCNews.comSpreading California Wildfires Destroy 100 Homes, Besiege TownNBCNews.comA wind-whipped wildfire laid siege to a California town at the foot of Mount Shasta — destroying a church, damaging or leveling 100 homes and forcing authorities to order about half the people to leave. The fire e...[read more]

California's 3-foot buffer zone for cyclists takes effect today - Los Angeles Times
KSBW The Central CoastCalifornia's 3-foot buffer zone for cyclists takes effect todayLos Angeles Times"If we see something that's unsafe, we really will do whatever we can to enforce that," Figueroa said, adding that officers will consider each case individually when deciding whether to issue a c...[read more]

New Law Requires California Drivers Give 3-Foot Buffer When Passing Bicyclists - KTLA
Dumb-OutNew Law Requires California Drivers Give 3-Foot Buffer When Passing BicyclistsKTLACalifornia drivers must stay at least 3 feet away from bicyclists when passing them under a new state law that went into effect Tuesday. The Three Feet for Safety Act, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September...[read more]