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Op-Ed: 'Veggie Queen' urges people to live healthy as well as long Special

Sonoma - The importance of eating healthy is more than just a passion for 'Veggie Queen' Jill Nussinow, it is her life's work. Getting the word out is more about getting vegetables in peoples' mouths to taste them and to experience that they are good.

Biggest storm in six years moves into southern California

Los Angeles - A slow-moving storm, said to be the biggest the state has seen in six years, has moved into Southern California, bringing with it flooding, multiple traffic accidents, power outages and several evacuation orders.

Repairs on eroded spillway at Oroville Dam in Calif to run $200mn

Oroville - For the first time since it was completed in 1968, California's rain-swollen Oroville Dam overtopped its emergency spillway on Saturday, sending sheets of water down a forested hillside, adding mud and debris to the churning Feather River below.

Survey of California snowpack shows its the biggest in 22 years

Sacramento - An atmospheric river of huge storms roared into California in January, reducing the state's water deficit by more than a third. And the snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas is the biggest in 22 years.

LA's Iranian community outraged over Trump travel ban

Los Angeles - Members of California's large Iranian-American community expressed shock and disbelief on Monday at President Donald Trump's travel ban, saying it would tear families apart and tarnish America's image abroad.

Sea level rise already worsening damage from storms in California

Sacramento - Rising ocean levels are impacting low-lying coastal regions around the world, and along the West Coast of the United States this winter, we have seen the results of sea-level rise in the extreme high tides and flooding that hit California.

California campaign to secede gains momentum

Los Angeles - A campaign for California to secede from the rest of the country over Donald Trump's election is gaining momentum, with supporters allowed to start collecting signatures for the measure to be put to a vote.

Op-Ed: Animator keeps his goal in sight of a studio 'on the Plaza' Special

Sonoma - When I talked with him during the second week of January of this New Year of 2017, animator and aspiring entrepreneur Carlos Gomez said he is doing more than just making note of his resolutions. He is taking charge of them.

Plastic bags banned in one of world's most populous regions

India's National Capital Region is home to 54 million people, and the use of plastic bags and cups has been outlawed since the first day of January. They join a select club that also includes Puerto Rico and the state of California.

#CalExit poll: One in three Californians want to leave the U.S.

San Francisco - Nearly one in three Californians are in favor of their state seceding from the United States, according to a newly-released Reuters/Ipsos poll.

California state of emergency over storm damage

Los Angeles - Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for counties across California to help deal with damage from powerful December and January storms.

Measles outbreak strikes LA's Orthodox Jewish community

Los Angeles - A measles outbreak has infected at least 18 people in the Los Angeles area, health officials said, noting that most of those affected could show no proof of vaccination.

Interview: LA-based trio The Gitas Special

Los Angeles - Sasha and Sal of this edgy, up-and-coming rock band tell Digital Journal all about their exciting new album, 'Beverly Kills'.

California singing in the rain

Los Angeles - A series of storms that have rolled across California in the past week dumping heavy rain and snow could herald the end of a punishing historic drought, officials said."Bye bye Drought.

Review: 'American Heiress' book about Patty Hearst is riveting reading Special

Staff Writer at The New Yorker, Jeffery Toobin has released a book about the bizarre kidnapping and then trial of publishing empire heir Patricia Hearst in his new 2016 book, "American Heiress."

Drought in California weakening as state is battered by storms

San Francisco - Fed by subtropical moisture, a series of powerful winter storms is set to batter California clear into next week, converting all that water vapor into heavy rains in the lower elevations and snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Op-Ed: A car 'Climbing to the stars' existed before Tony Bennett song Special

San Francisco - The famous song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" has a verse that says, "to be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars." Decades before Tony Bennett sang that song,

California prepares to tackle 'water waste' if drought continues

Sacramento - After going through five years of drought, California is preparing to crack down on water waste with a heavy hand, including stiffer fines and in some cases, public shaming of water conservation abusers.

Probe launched into 'deadliest' US police departments

Los Angeles - Authorities in California launched an investigation into two police agencies in the state described as the deadliest in the country.

Silicon Valley's 'prosperity paradox'

Silicon Valley is a land of extremes. At one end are California's wealthy and super-wealthy — the 76,000 millionaires and billionaires who call Santa Clara and San Mateo counties home.

California Attorney General sues Feds over offshore fracking

Los Angeles - State Attorney General Kamala Harris and the California Coastal Commission on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government's recent findings that fracking off the California coast has no significant environmental effect.

Op-Ed: Metalsmith eager to share her vision at Craneway Crafts Fair Special

Richmond - As the opening day of The Craneway Crafts Fair is approaching fast, metalsmith and artist Aimee Golant is utilizing her talents to promote 'Art for Prayer and Peace: A Bridge to Oneness.'

Op-Ed: Pro-science California pledges to launch 'own damn satellite'

California Governor Jerry Brown had strong words against a potentially climate denying U.S. federal government on Wednesday, stating that if Trump intends to take down earth science satellites, then California will launch its “own damn satellite.”

California seeks permanent ban on oil, gas prospecting

Los Angeles - California Governor Jerry Brown has urged US President Barack Obama to ban oil and gas drilling off the state's coast to protect the oceans and fight global warming.

Powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Northern California

A powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of northern California on Thursday morning. The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.8, hit 100 miles west of Ferndale at 6:50 a.m. local time.

Los Angeles metro bomb threat sparks increased security

Los Angeles - Authorities ratcheted up security on the Los Angeles metro following a tip from overseas about an impending bomb attack Tuesday against a station in the sprawling rail network.

California fire victims identified, criminal probe launched

Oakland - The death toll from a massive weekend fire at a warehouse near San Francisco shot up to 36 as authorities launched a criminal probe and continued recovery efforts.

California warehouse fire death toll climbs to 33

Oakland - The death toll from a fire at a California warehouse where a rave party was taking place rose to 33, with the authorities saying they had no idea how many more bodies they may find.

Nine dead, 25 missing after fire at California rave party

San Francisco - Nine people were killed and 25 missing after a huge blaze broke out during a rave party near San Francisco held in a cluttered, maze-like warehouse for artists, fire officials said Saturday.

Green Thumbs Up: Giant redwoods coming home to Ireland

The Giants Grove project, organized by the seventh Earl of Rosse, Brendan Parsons, plans to create a grove of giant redwoods in Ireland. It will be the largest grove of the giant trees outside California.
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A resident looks at his phone as smoke from the southeast flank of the Cocos fire bears down on hous...
A resident looks at his phone as smoke from the southeast flank of the Cocos fire bears down on houses near Del Dios Highway on May 15, 2014 near San Marcos, California
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Coleman National Fish Hatchery lies along the north bank of Battle Creek approximately three miles e...
Coleman National Fish Hatchery lies along the north bank of Battle Creek approximately three miles east of the Sacramento River in Anderson, California. The hatchery was established in 1942.
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San Jose City Council presented Palmer Chiropractic College a special commendation award for over tw...
San Jose City Council presented Palmer Chiropractic College a special commendation award for over two decades of complimentary health-care services to the community through the college's outreach programs and internships. Seen here is Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Councilmember Rose Herrera presenting the Commendation to Dr. Andre KnustGraichen, D.C. who serves as clinical professor for the outreach clinic programs at Palmer.
Courtesy of Palmer Chiropractic College media dept.
Jennifer and Nick Thalasinos pose toether at Shiloh Messianic Congregation during happier times
Jennifer and Nick Thalasinos pose toether at Shiloh Messianic Congregation during happier times
“Yet because of the type of voice I have  noted Lauritano I decided to go into classical rather th...
“Yet because of the type of voice I have, noted Lauritano I decided to go into classical rather than musical theater."
Courtesy of Sunnyside Conservatory
Cindy and Frank.
Cindy and Frank.
Masen Larsen
A repair crew clean and begin repairs on Temecula Apple Store.
A repair crew clean and begin repairs on Temecula Apple Store.
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San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco International Airport
Constantine Kulikovsky
California has already had nearly 2 100 fires since January  1  2016  burning over 32 000 acres
California has already had nearly 2,100 fires since January 1, 2016, burning over 32,000 acres
Cal Fire
A cozy candle and cat in Virginia s mountain home
A cozy candle and cat in Virginia's mountain home
My 2 youngest children in the California mountains  summer of 2014
My 2 youngest children in the California mountains, summer of 2014
Los Angeles City Council on Election Day.
Los Angeles City Council on Election Day.
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DOWN: High winds blew over a large tree across Interstate 80 in Vallejo  Calif.  on Tuesday  blockin...
DOWN: High winds blew over a large tree across Interstate 80 in Vallejo, Calif., on Tuesday, blocking traffic was blocked in both directions for nearly an hour.
California Highway Patrol
Screen shot of oil slick along Santa Barbara County coastline.
Screen shot of oil slick along Santa Barbara County coastline.
Reuters
Kathy Howard of Golden Gate Park Preservation Alliance was at the California State Senate debate thi...
Kathy Howard of Golden Gate Park Preservation Alliance was at the California State Senate debate this past April to alert people about Prop B on the ballot for the upcoming elections on June 7.
Jared Eakins and Luke Rose describe themselves as  loyal employees  of the Roche Winery tasting room...
Jared Eakins and Luke Rose describe themselves as "loyal employees" of the Roche Winery tasting room, located just off the square on West Spain Street.
Sam s offers at the counter seating as well as booths  tables and chairs. Catering is available for ...
Sam's offers at the counter seating as well as booths, tables and chairs. Catering is available for parties of eight or more. Sam's is open 7-days a week.
California State Senator Kevin de Leon was one of the first to speak at the  No Place Like Home  ini...
California State Senator Kevin de Leon was one of the first to speak at the "No Place Like Home" initiative press conference on Jan. 4. The press conference was sponsored by the California State Senate.
Courtesy of Skid Row Housing Trust and CA State Senate media dept.
A close up view of Sonoma Mountain was literally in Jack London s backyard. The breathtaking beauty ...
A close up view of Sonoma Mountain was literally in Jack London's backyard. The breathtaking beauty of the park has people from all over the world visiting it, noted Van Wyk. Jack London was perhaps the first world celebrities of his day.
Kelli Brooks and Jared Eakins enjoy the work of serving guests and greeting visitors to the tasting ...
Kelli Brooks and Jared Eakins enjoy the work of serving guests and greeting visitors to the tasting room. "We get a mix of both tourists and locals," said Eakins.

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