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How smoke from California wildfires turns the sky red

Smoke from California’s current unprecedented siege of deadly, destructive wildfires is giving skies in the Golden State a Martian look. The unhealthy atmosphere is enough to make California residents gasp, if not scream, like the agonized figure in Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s iconic 1893 painting. The red skies in California and the blood-red sunset in […]

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Creek Fire: Helicopters rescue dozens of trapped California campers

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, has swept across thousands of acres in the Sierra National Forest Helicopters have rescued more than 200 people trapped after a wildfire set 45,000 acres alight and cut off a popular reservoir in California, officials say. About 20 of the people […]

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In atypical California fires, politicians’ blame game won’t work

This wildfire season is different. And it must be frustrating for many politicians. It certainly is for pundits. That’s because there is no one really to blame. A cardinal rule of politics and punditry is to clearly state the problem, point out who’s at fault and say what should be done about it. But during […]

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Worst heat wave in years creates dangers across California

What forecasters say is shaping up to be the worst heat wave in several years caused rolling blackouts Friday due to power shortages and is setting up dangerous conditions across California. The power crisis was caused in part by the coronavirus restrictions, which have closed movie theaters, malls and other locations where people would typically […]

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California State University requires ethnic studies or social justice

CLOSE Conway to reporter: ‘what’s your ethnicity?’ AP Domestic At a time of national reckoning over racial injustice, the largest four-year public university system in the U.S. has taken a major step to make sure its future students ponder the effects of systemic discrimination. The California State University system said that, starting with the 2023-24 […]

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California police shoot and kill suspect wanted in Central California shooting spree

(Reuters) – Police shot and killed a man wanted in a Central California “shooting spree”, and three law enforcement officers were wounded in the shoot-out at vineyard where he was tracked down on Thursday afternoon, sheriffs officials said. Mason James Lira, 26, whom sheriff’s documents list as a transient, is suspected of shooting and wounding […]

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Coronavirus, California, Michael Flynn: Your Wednesday Briefing

Want to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up. Good morning. The Republican leads in a California House race. Manhattan may face a real-estate reckoning. And there is both good news and worrisome news about the virus. Positive signs, for now President Trump insists that things are looking up with the coronavirus. Anthony Fauci, […]

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Masks to become part of life in California, but rules vary

LOS ANGELES — For Californians venturing outside, donning a mask will be as common as putting on a cap or sunglasses when the state begins gradually easing stay-at-home orders on Friday. But rules about face coverings vary from county to county, and it’s unclear what enforcement might look like. Masks have been ubiquitous at essential […]

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California Gov. Newsom wields executive power amid coronavirus

California no longer has one-party rule in Sacramento. It now has one-man rule. Gov. Gavin Newsom has told everyone who doesn’t have an “essential” job to stay home and protect themselves and others from the coronavirus. If they must venture out, he lectured, stay six feet from anyone. Legislating officially is an essential job, but […]

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Beaches eyed as United States takes steps toward reopening

(Reuters) – Many Americans flocked to beaches on Saturday as one Florida county expanded access and California experienced a heat wave, even as new coronavirus cases hit a record high in the United States the day before and deaths topped 200,000 worldwide. People walk up and down Huntington City Beach during the outbreak of the […]

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