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National Weather Service: CA's Drought Getting Worse

The Los Angeles Times reports that the National Weather Service announced on Thursday that California’s drought is getting worse and worse. In June, almost four-fifths of the state was labeled as suffering "extreme" drought conditions--and in those areas, the most severe conditions, called “exceptional,” climbed to 36%, up from 33% in May. Jul 4, 2014 5:19 AM PT

Homes Threatened by 'Butts fire' in Northern California

KCRA news reported that by Wednesday night, 2 homes and 7 outbuildings had been destroyed by the Butts fire in Napa County fire near Middletown. The fire had consumed 3,800 acres and was 30% contained. Jul 3, 2014 11:46 AM PT

Report: Houses of Worship Declining Across U.S.

The Atlantic reports that the number of houses of worship in the United States is declining, and there is one salient reason why: the poor economy of the country since late 2008. Jul 3, 2014 6:41 AM PT

New York Times Columnist David Brooks Lectures on 'Inner Depth'

According to The Atlantic, David Brooks, New York Times columnist and deep philosophical guru, is propounding his interpretation of the wisdom of the ages to attack those focused on achievement instead of finding their “inner depth.” Brooks asserts society should find "a different goal in life that is deeper than happiness and more important than happiness." Jul 2, 2014 4:15 PM PT

Controversial Scientist Devotes Himself to Making the Flu Virus Worse

In a frightening scenario straight out of the movies, a University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist has genetically changed the 2009 strain of pandemic flu, which killed 500,000 people, to enable the virus causing it to escape the body’s immune system. Jul 2, 2014 12:30 PM PT

Female Football Player Sues Lingerie Football League for Overtime Pay

The Legends Football League, formerly known as the Lingerie Football League, or Lingerie League, is facing a lawsuit from a former Los Angeles Temptation player who claims the league treated her and other players in the league as independent contractors rather than employees, thus denying them overtime pay, according to Westsidetoday.com. Melissa Margulies, 27, who had run for the USC women’s track team, officially sued the league and its owner and founder, Mitchell Mortaza. Jul 2, 2014 12:14 PM PT

Wild Tribe Triple Play Requires Two Instant Replay Reviews

In a scenario Abner Doubleday could hardly have envisioned, it took two instant replay reviews at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday to confirm a wild triple play pulled off by the Cleveland Indians in their 10-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jul 2, 2014 8:28 AM PT

California Republican Tries Wooing Jobs from Texas

KEYE-TV News in Austin, Texas reports that in response to the attempts Texas Governor Rick Perry has been making to lure California businesses to Texas, State Senator Ted Gaines, a Republican, is trying to woo Texas businesses to come to California. Jul 1, 2014 2:22 PM PT

Grieving Aunt of Slain Israeli Teen Speaks Out from L.A.

Speaking with Los Angeles-based CBS News affiliate KCAL9, Leehy Shaar, the aunt of Gilad Shaar, one of the three Israeli boys murdered by Hamas operatives, said sadly, “Again, they were just boys, just kids.” Jul 1, 2014 1:46 PM PT

Houston, We Have a Problem: Astros Trade, Front Office Info Hacked

It's bad enough that the Houston Astros face a sixteen-game deficit at the midway point of the season. Now they face the publication of top-secret trade information. Catcher Jason Castro (pictured) appears in the leaked reports as a player of interest for general managers around the league. Jul 1, 2014 12:22 PM PT

Start of Ramadan in California, and Around the World

Festivities celebrating Ramadan, which is the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, began Friday with a gathering at the Islamic Center of Irvine, CA, the Orange County Register reports. Jun 30, 2014 11:40 AM PT

Casey Kasem Not Buried Yet Due to Family Feuding

The legendary Top 40 voice, Casey Kasem, died on June 15--but he hasn’t been buried yet. His body lies in Washington state and not in Glendale, CA, where he wanted to be buried, ostensibly because of a family feud between his wife and his children. Jun 30, 2014 11:27 AM PT

Las Vegas Running Out of Water

If you like taking a shower every day, don’t move to Las Vegas. The city is beginning to run out of water because Lake Mead is well below half-full and drying up, according to the UK Telegraph. Jun 30, 2014 8:34 AM PT


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