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Sacramento releases details on $1 billion drought-relief proposal

Sacramento releases details on $1 billion drought-relief proposal
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Foliage and flowers the extremely low waters of Lake Success in the wake of recent storms but rain totals remain insufficient to break the worsening drought on February 11, 2015 near East Porterville, California. Many local residents, whose water wells have run dry, fill their tanks with free non-potable water for flushing toilets, bathing and […]

France battles so-called planned obsolescence of consumer appliances

France battles so-called planned obsolescence of consumer appliances

Customers look at Maytag and Whirlpool washers and dryers July 18, 2005 in New York City. ; Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images The joke goes if you want to know how long your new TV, phone or dishwasher will last, just check the warranty’s expiration. Not so in France, where a new law mandates manufacturers to […]

49ers linebacker Chris Borland retires at 24 due to head trauma concerns

49ers linebacker Chris Borland retires at 24 due to head trauma concerns

Chris Borland #50 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after a tackle against the New York Giants in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium on November 16, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ; Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images Fearing future head trauma, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland told ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Monday […]

Four-leaf clover, rabbit’s foot, is there really science to superstition?

Four-leaf clover, rabbit’s foot, is there really science to superstition?

The likelihood of finding a four-leaf clover, or shamrock, is estimated one in 10,000. Spilling salt and walking under a ladder are said to bring bad luck, while finding a four-leaf clover and carrying a rabbit’s foot somehow ensure good fortune. During playoffs, we’ve all heard of the playoff beard and the lucky charm an […]

CA water wasters go unchecked, as NASA scientist sounds dire warning

CA water wasters go unchecked, as NASA scientist sounds dire warning

The U.S. Drought Monitor records for California as of 12/4/14.; Credit: U.S. Drought Monitor All the rainfall California has been getting still hasn’t put a dent in the ongoing drought. Tomorrow, the State Water Board will meet to discuss putting in more restrictive water conservation law. Meanwhile, an AP enterprise piece has found that state […]

Outgoing Metro head, Art Leahy on biggest challenges to come

Outgoing Metro head, Art Leahy on biggest challenges to come

Metro CEO Art Leahy is leaving his post when his contract expires in April. ; Credit: Kitty Felde/KPCC Next month, Art Leahy will move from the top position at Metro to become the chief executive officer at Metrolink. While at Metro, Leahy supervised highway and transit projects worth over $14 billion. At Metrolink, he will […]

Expert on the criminally insane shares stories of working in LA County’s crisis center

Expert on the criminally insane shares stories of working in LA County’s crisis center

People come to this mental health urgent care center, across from County/USC hospital, with a range of mental health needs. Some need a refill of their psychiatric medications. Others have been placed on involuntary psychiatric holds, and can remain here up to 23 hours.; Credit: Rebecca Plevin/KPCC In the second part of our look at […]

‘The Wrecking Crew’ filmmaker & keyboardist on unsung pioneers of west coast sound

‘The Wrecking Crew’ filmmaker & keyboardist on unsung pioneers of west coast sound

“The Wrecking Crew” Would it surprise you to know that session musicians, not just official band members, recorded the famous “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys or “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas & The Papas? If not, then it’s likely you know The Wrecking Crew were a motley group of musicians who helped create “west […]

Hillary Clinton breaks email silence, press and public react

Hillary Clinton breaks email silence, press and public react

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on stage with Gates Foundation Co-Chair Melinda Gates and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton for the official release of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report which coincides with the start of the 59th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women on March […]

DC wants to nix marijuana prescreening for job applicants. What are CA’s laws?

DC wants to nix marijuana prescreening for job applicants. What are CA’s laws?

; Credit: Micah Balwdin/Flickr In the wake of a ballot measure that legalized the use of marijuana in our nation’s capital, a D.C. Council committee has advanced a bill to ban employers there from prescreening job applicants for the drug.   But employers can still test for pot and other drugs after they offer the […]