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California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is by far the most populous U.S. state, and the third most extensive (after Alaska and Texas). It is home to the nation's 2nd and 6th largest census statistical areas (Los Angeles metropolitan area and San Francisco Bay Area, respectively), and eight of the nation's fifty most populated cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach and Oakland). The capital city is Sacramento.


California's diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west, to the Sierra Nevada mountains in the east – from the Redwood–Douglas-fir forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast. The center of the state is dominated by Central Valley, a major agricultural area. California contains both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States (Mount Whitney and Death Valley), and has the 3rd longest coastline of all states (after Alaska and Florida). Earthquakes are a common occurrence due to the state's location along the Pacific Ring of Fire: about 37,000 are recorded annually.

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(Want to get California Today by email? Here's the sign-up.) For three decades, nothing. And then, in the span of six days, a team of law enforcement officers in Sacramento located and arrested the man they say is behind one of America's most brutal and mysterious crime sprees, the Golden State Killer.
California's cities are in a housing crisis. Almost everyone agrees there aren't enough homes being built. Rents and home prices are skyrocketing, and there's not enough low-income housing to go around. The California Senate recently voted on a bill to allow construction of apartment buildings near ...

800,000 people will leave New York and California over the next three years due to the new tax bill, conservative economists Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore said in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Other economists dispute this finding, say there is no connection between taxes and migration.
Freedom of religion and speech are fundamental to American life, and some conservatives warn that a California bill threatens both. "California State Assembly bill would BAN the Bible!" said the April 19 headline on the Oath Keepers website. "Whatever happened to Free Speech and Religious Freedom?
California sometimes reminds me of an old Mad Magazine novelty record, “It's a Super Spectacular Day.” Maybe you remember it. The song starts out as a jaunty little ditty: “It's a great big beautiful, wonderful, incredible super-spectacular day!” All the bells are ringing and a little bird's singing on your window ...
LOS ANGELES — Though people of color were hit disproportionately hard by the war on drugs, California's new legal cannabis industry is overwhelmingly white. And while a handful of cities in the state have already introduced social equity programs designed to give a leg up to those hit hardest ...

Climate change can be simplified, in many cases, as putting rain in all the wrong places. The overall trend is that dry places will likely get drier, and wet places are more likely to get way too wet. And California is set to get both, and oscillate drastically between the two in a cycle of “precipitation whiplash,” ...
Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here's the sign-up.) For California communities struggling with homelessness, the challenge has been to reconcile two demands: Moving encampments of people off sidewalks and into shelters, while dealing with neighborhood opposition that, ...
So when the Trump administration said on April 3 it plans to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas and fuel emissions standards for cars and light trucks, California officials took note. What is an engineering debate in Detroit is a crucial health question in the state where one-eighth of the nation's vehicles are ...
Following the February school massacre in Parkland, Fla., California legislators responded as they often do after a mass shooting, with proposals to further tighten the state's strict gun control laws. But the killings – and a national protest movement that they inspired – have also raised questions across the ...
One factor is the growing number of working people living on the margins — one crisis away from homelessness due to soaring rents and housing prices. Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email. It's Your Business. Each week, we'll send stories that explore trends in money, work and the economy. E-mail ...
Bratz bid: Isaac Larian, the California toy mogul behind Bratz dolls, submitted a $890 million bid to buy 356 Toys R Us stores in the U.S. and Canada. The bid came a little more than three weeks after Larian launched a $1-billion GoFundMe campaign to save some of the 735 stores the bankrupt retailer ...
When the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to finance the lion's share of the delta tunnels project, some on the board called it a bold ... The board vote amounted to an 11th-hour rescue of the massive project, known as California WaterFix, which was floundering over the issue of who ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A billionaire says he has enough support to ask Californians if they want to divide the nation's most populous state into three states. Venture capitalist Tim Draper says he plans to deliver more than 600,000 signatures next week to be verified by California's secretary of state.
A battle is brewing between the Environmental Protection Agency, which wants to weaken auto emissions standards, and the state of California. Separately, James Comey, the F.B.I. director fired by President Trump, went on national television to call the president “morally unfit.” On today's episode:.
The president is declaring war on California over its so-called “sanctuary” laws, and he may soon find a prominent ally — the county of San Diego. The five Republican supervisors may join his bid to sue the state over three recently passed laws. Three? Yes, as our reporter Maya Srikrishnan explains in a ...
California's long-term recovery from last year's devastating wildfires is getting a $212 million boost from the federal government, housing officials announced Tuesday, but it's unclear exactly how much of the money will go to Sonoma County. The grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and ...

(Want to get California Today by email? Here's the sign-up.) As Gov. Jerry Brown moves through his final months in public life, an elusive signature project — the construction of two massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, intended to salvage the state's water supply network — has ...
West Virginia. Oklahoma. Arizona. Teachers are organizing for better working conditions all over the country. And now in California, a group of teachers announced today that they are forming the first union for an online charter school. The teachers work for the California Virtual Academies, or CAVA—a ...
On Friday, the California Highway Patrol said, authorities received a report of a vehicle leaving Highway 101 and descending a steep embankment as torrential rain fell in the area, which is populated by two state parks. This was just after 1 p.m., according to state police. When emergency personnel arrived, ...
Southern California water agency votes to fund controversial plan to build two delta tunnels ... The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted Tuesday to shoulder most of the cost of revamping the system that delivers water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta to the Southland, committing ...
California's clean-air board and its attorney general have sued the Trump administration to challenge as illegal the repeal of a policy that requires major ... Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources Board targets a policy change by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would no longer ...
outside Aliso Viejo City Hall during a meeting discussing whether or not the city should file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the City of Los Alamitos and also the Orange County Board of Supervisors in United States V. State of California on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, ...
To view the revolution taking place in California's commercial cannabis industry, head to the Central Coast. Turn off Highway 101 in the Salinas Valley. Look for the clusters of greenhouses protected by fences with razor wire, security cameras and guards. There you will find some of the largest marijuana ...
Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here's the sign-up.) In 2015, landlords filed 51,203 eviction cases in Los Angeles County. That number sounds high, but it represents a relatively small share — roughly 3 percent — of all renter households in the county. New national data compiled by ...
This June 2014 photo shows Devonte Hart with his family at the annual celebration of "The Goonies" movie in Astoria, Ore. Authorities in Northern California say they believe all six children from a family were in a vehicle that plunged off a coastal cliff. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allmon told reporters ...
Judge rules coffee sold in California requires cancer labels. Victoria Kim ... Starbucks and other coffee purveyors probably will have to use warning labels on coffee after a Los Angeles judge ruled that they failed to prove they should be exempt from a California law on carcinogens and toxic chemicals.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 satellites for Iridium Communications has blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The rocket lifted off at 7:13 a.m. Friday and arced over the Pacific west of Los Angeles. The satellites are expected to be deployed into low Earth orbit about an hour after ...
California already has consumers on high alert for cancer-causing chemicals following the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (aka Proposition 65), with may stores and restaurants forced to post warnings. Now coffee shops may have to post warnings for acrylamide, a trace ...
But despite this circus of terrible news, support for the project remains virtually unchanged since voters approved it ten years ago, according to a poll released last week by the non-profit research group the Public Policy Institute of California.
Earlier this month, US attorney General Jeff Sessions paid Sacramento a visit to announce a federal lawsuit targeting California's “sanctuary laws,” enacted in recent months to protect undocumented immigrants. Then Trump visited California for the first time since the 2016 presidential election to inspect ...
As the fight over California's immigration laws intensifies, Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Friday released a policy guide for school officials that lays out how they can protect students from immigration enforcement on school grounds. The guide details the steps school officials should take if federal immigration agents try to ...
Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here's the sign-up.) The Oakland Cannery is just the type of place that the city likes to promote as its heart and soul. The former Del Monte fruit processing facility has for several decades served as a live/work space for painters, musicians, fashion ...
As previously feared, a judge in California has issued a ruling that puts a Draconian demand on coffee sellers statewide: Everyone from Starbucks and McDonald's to Berkeley's People's Cafe will be required to warn their customers that coffee potentially causes cancer. The decision, issued by Los Angeles ...
With a federal legal fight over the state's immigration laws pending, California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra released two information bulletins for law enforcement agencies on Wednesday, detailing their obligations and the new statistical data they must report to his office under state statutes. The first provides guidance on the ...
Every few months I seem to lose another New York friend to California. I remain unmoved, bundled up in coats, and with a highly ambivalent relationship to the West Coast that can probably be detangled only via a mental health professional. California holds no mystery for me. It's filled with people I went to ...
The decision could have huge ramifications for California, which negotiated the target with the Obama administration in 2011 after winning a waiver from the Clean Air Act to impose its own in-state fuel economy standards. If Pruitt decides the standard is too high, the EPA is likely to lower the target and ...
Housing in California has been appreciating much more quickly than in the aggregate of the U.S. for about half a century. While rising rents and home values have benefitted many along the way, they have become enough of a burden on young adults and families that a new political movement has emerged; this movement ...
Even if it does manage to turn Nipton into a weed wonderland, American General could have some competition for pot tourists. Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has already broken ground on a 40-acre ranch in California that aims to be a cannabis resort for growers and enthusiasts of the ...
Spotz – whose profile on the website IMDb.com lists acting credits in four short films – died after apparently shooting himself at the conclusion of a 50-mile chase last Thursday in Southern California. And then on Monday, investigators searching a natural area in Northern California's Nevada County made a ...
Hogan could easily be the poster child of the Southern California homelessness crisis. As housing costs skyrocket, and the income inequality gap widens, the problem has spread from more traditional enclaves like Los Angeles into affluent coastal areas in places like Orange County. Orange County is now ...
Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here's the sign-up.) Don't write an obituary for the Orange Curtain just yet. For years, it seemed that the demographic change in Orange County might push the suburban enclave to shed its image as a conservative island. And in 2016, voters chose a ...
Authorities believe there were six children inside an SUV that plunged off a cliff in California Monday — one of them a black boy whose tearful image went viral after he hugged a white police officer during a 2014 protest. Two women, Jennifer and Sarah Hart, and three children were killed in the accident, ...
Hospital mergers—and the effect of those mergers on medical costs—have caught the eye of California elected officials. A new report from the UC Berkeley Petris Center on Health Care Markets finds a rapid consolidation of health insurance and care providers in the state has raised prices, as it's ...
The study analyzed consolidation in the hospital, insurance and physician markets in California between 2010 and 2016. It found that prices for medical procedures are 20 to 30 percent higher in Northern California than in Southern California — even after adjusting for the Bay Area's higher cost of living ...
There were limitations to the California review, however. The audit extrapolated from a sample of 150 beneficiaries. The authors reported a 90% confidence level in their results — whereas 95% would be more common. That meant that the number of those ineligible could have been as low as 260,000 or as ...
A California voter measure that expands the portability of a property tax break for homeowners age 55 and up could help ease the state's housing shortage. Supporters say passage of the measure could encourage older homeowners with larger homes to downsize and move to other counties, freeing ...
Tens of thousands of demonstrators across California marched in solidarity with national protests for gun control on Saturday, a sea of people awash in homemade signs, blaring music and anti-gun chants. Inspired by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Californians ...
This Monday, March 26, 2018 aerial image made from video provided by KABC-7 shows a mountain lion walking between residential houses in the eastern Los Angeles County community of Azusa, Calif. near the San Gabriel Mountains wilderness.on Monday, March 26, 2018. The mountain lion roamed ...
Hogg had visited California in 2017 and witnessed an altercation, about which he made a video blog — a simple fact that was blown out by conspiracy theorists to mean he already lived in Los Angeles and was part of the entertainment industry. (Hogg did live in California, but relocated with his family to ...


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