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Desperately Dry California Tries to Curb Private Drilling for Water

August 31, 2014 - 9:00pm
Farmers have long believed that landowners controlled groundwater, but the state legislature passed new controls that establish a framework for managing water withdrawals through local agencies.

Amid Choruses of Despair, an Aria of Hope

August 31, 2014 - 9:00pm
After a near collapse, the San Diego Opera is engaging in a rescue mission, hoping to prove that opera can still thrive not only in San Diego but across the country.

San Francisco Exhales During 'Burning Man Exodus'

August 31, 2014 - 4:00am
The event draws more than 50,000 people, many of whom are from the tech industry. And while they’re away, the city’s hard-to-get-into restaurants and bars aren’t so hard to get into.

California Governor Appeals Court Ruling Overturning Protections for Teachers

August 30, 2014 - 9:00pm
In a one-page appeal, Gov. Jerry Brown and the state attorney general, Kamala D. Harris, argued that a decision of such scope needed to be made by a higher court.

California Closes In on Plastic-Bag Ban

August 30, 2014 - 9:00pm
California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags.

Praise the Lord, and Chase the Ratings

August 30, 2014 - 9:00pm
“Preachers of L.A.,” one of last year’s most invigorating and surprising reality television debuts, is now in its second season on Oxygen.

A Rare Peek at a Protected Island

August 30, 2014 - 8:00am
A normally restricted portion of Santa Cruz Island in California will be opened for just two dates in 2014.

Federal Judge Approves California Plan to Reduce Isolation of Mentally Ill Inmates

August 29, 2014 - 9:00pm
The state, adhering to a court order, is proposing to stop keeping most mentally ill prisoners in their windowless cells for 23 hours a day.

After Napa Jolt, Quake-Proofing Your Homeowner’s Insurance

August 29, 2014 - 9:00pm
Homeowner’s policies generally do not include protection against damage caused by earthquakes, and the risk extends well beyond California.

Pre-Labor Day Food News

August 29, 2014 - 2:33pm
Some good reads for the holiday weekend.