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Some fear California drought cuts could erase water rights

February 21, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A proposal to make California’s drought-era water restrictions permanent could allow the state to chip away at long-held water rights in an unprecedented power grab, representatives from water districts and other users told regulators Tuesday. Members of the state Water Resources Control

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Porn star says she feels free to discuss Trump encounter at Lake Tahoe

February 16, 2018 — NEW YORK — Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom Donald Trump’s attorney acknowledges paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss an alleged sexual encounter with the man who is now president, her manager told The Associated Press. At the

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Republican legislators representing Lake Tahoe criticize Brown’s State of State address

January 26, 2018 — California Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his 16th and, presumably, his final State of the State address, Thursday. And, as to be expected, South Lake Tahoe's representatives in the state Legislature — both Republicans — had their share of criticism. "Today, Governor Brown provided an optimistic

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Retired official named acting chief of National Park Service

January 24, 2018 — WASHINGTON — A retired park superintendent who gained notoriety after helping Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder cut down trees near his home has been named acting director of the National Park Service. P. Daniel Smith, a former superintendent of Colonial National Historical Park in Virginia,

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Yosemite National Park open but services are curtailed

January 21, 2018 — YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Yosemite National Park in California is open to visitors despite the government shutdown but there’ll be nobody to greet them, help them navigate the trails or even make sure they’re in the right campground. Spokesman Scott Gediman says the park

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Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming

January 18, 2018 — WASHINGTON — Earth last year wasn’t quite as hot as 2016’s record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they’ve seen

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Cost climbs by $2.8 billion for California bullet train

January 17, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The estimated cost for the first phase of California’s bullet train climbed by 35 percent on Tuesday to $10.6 billion, the latest increase for the ambitious project to run a high-speed rail line from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The $2.8 billion

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Crews in northeast Nevada seek small plane bound for Utah

January 15, 2018 — ELKO, Nev. — Emergency workers in the northeast corner of Nevada are resuming their search for a small airplane that may have gone down in the Ruby Mountains east of Elko. Elko County undersheriff Ron Supp says the twin-engine Piper was apparently transporting aerial photography

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Latest on California mudslides: Mexican woman, 2 children died in slides

January 11, 2018 — The Latest on the California mudslide disaster (all times local): 1:30 p.m. A Mexican woman says her 27-year-old sister, her 3-year-old niece and the girl’s 10-year-old cousin died when pre-dawn mudslides hit the home they were renting in Montecito. Jennifer Ramos says Marilyn Ramos shared

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UPDATE: Death toll hits 17 in California mudslides; 13 missing

January 10, 2018 — MONTECITO, Calif. — Anxious family members awaited word on loved ones Wednesday as rescue crews searched for more than a dozen people missing after mudslides in Southern California destroyed an estimated 100 houses, swept away cars and left at least 17 victims dead. “It’s just

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Cases could open door to pension cuts for California workers

December 28, 2017 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For decades in California, a sacrosanct rule has governed public employees’ pensions: Benefits promised can never be taken away. But cases before the state Supreme Court threaten to reverse that premise and open the door to benefit cuts for workers still on

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Food, showers, tents: Does the help help the homeless?

December 28, 2017 — ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mohammed Aly does not see why he shouldn’t try to ease the lives of Orange County’s homeless. But the authorities — and many of his neighbors — disagree. Aly, a 28-year-old lawyer and activist, has been arrested three times as he campaigned

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Tiny land sales at Lake Tahoe under scrutiny

December 25, 2017 — RENO, Nev. — Three tiny parcels of land that Washoe County turned over to a general improvement district at Lake Tahoe on the condition it remain publicly owned open space have been sold to private owners at bargain rates with other special benefits, according to

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Burning Man ticket prices hold steady for 2018

December 25, 2017 — RENO, Nev. — Burning Man organizers say there will be no increase in the price of tickets to this summer’s annual counter-culture event in the northern Nevada desert. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports ticket prices will range from $190 to $1,200 each — the same as

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Last Native American village in Yosemite being rebuilt

December 24, 2017 — YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — The last Native American village in Yosemite Valley, destroyed 40 years ago, is being rebuilt in the same spot so that Miwuk Indian youths can learn about their culture. Bill Tucker, who is Miwuk and Paiute, said the project is

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Study: Loss of water in drought caused Sierra Nevada to rise

December 13, 2017 — LOS ANGELES  — Loss of water from rocks during drought caused California’s Sierra Nevada to rise nearly an inch (2.5 centimeters) in height from October 2011 to October 2015, according to a new NASA study made public Wednesday. The study also found that in the

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Patagonia sues over Trump’s monuments order

December 6, 2017 — SALT LAKE CITY  — A flurry of lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s decision to chop up two large national monuments in Utah could finally bring an answer to the much-debated question of whether presidents have the legal authority to undo or change monuments created by

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Trump takes rare step to reduce 2 national monuments

December 4, 2017 — SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump on Monday took the rare step of scaling back two sprawling national monuments in Utah, declaring that “public lands will once again be for public use” in a move cheered by Republican leaders who lobbied him to undo

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Casinos look outside to draw in millennials

November 26, 2017 — LAS VEGAS — Casinos in Las Vegas are upping the ante in their pursuit of coveted millennial visitors with new attractions designed to wow them, provide them Instagram-worthy moments and maybe even get them to gamble a little. In 2018, a zip line across the

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Study: Black bears returning to Great Basin

November 26, 2017 — A new study finds that conservation efforts have resulted in successful re-colonization of black bears into portions of their historic ranges in Nevada's Great Basin. The animals had been absent from some of these areas for more than 80 years. The Wildlife Conservation Society and

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