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Israel Rescues 150 Hikers Caught in Dead Sea Rain Storm

Some 150 hikers in the Judean Desert needed to be rescued after being caught in the first heavy rainfall of the season Monday morning. The hikers were in Nahal Og, which like other stream beds near the Dead Sea often sees flash flooding during heavy rains.

Judean Desert

Trapped Houston Bakers Cook Up Plan to Help Fellow Houstonians

Thousands of people were trapped in their homes after Tropical Storm Harvey dropped record amounts of rain on Houston in recent days. But a few were trapped inside the El Bolillo bakery when the flood waters came and they decided to make lemonade out of lemons.


San Jose Balks at New ‘Sanctuary City’ Law

San Jose is considering a new “sanctuary city” law that would prevent cooperation with ICE. But even local Democrats are worried that the law will go too far.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo (Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press)

Donald Trump Declares California a ‘Major Disaster’

President Donald Trump approved a declaration of a “major disaster” in California over the weekend, freeing up federal funds for flood relief in several rural counties in response to requests from Governor Jerry Brown and local residents.


Water District to San Jose’s Anti-Trump Mayor: You Failed

The Santa Clara Valley Water District wrote to anti-Trump San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo on Tuesday, placing blame squarely on his administration for mismanaging the Coyote Creek flood last month that caught the city by surprise and forced the evacuation of 14,000 residents.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo (Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press)

Jerry Brown Seeks ‘Common Ground’ with Donald Trump

California Gov. Jerry Brown cited the disaster relief and infrastructure needs of his state as he told reporters on Monday in Washington, D.C. that there are areas where he is seeking to work with the Trump Administration.

Jerry Brown and Oroville and flooding (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Calexit? Jerry Brown Asks Trump for Aid — for the 4th Time

California Gov. Jerry Brown asked President Donald Trump on Sunday for federal emergency assistance for the fourth time in just two months since the new administration took office, putting the nascent “CalExit” movement in a difficult position.

Gov. Jerry Brown of California September 22, 2015 in Seattle, WA.

El Niño Weather Pattern Would Further Drench California Next Year

The National Weather Service’s latest observation for the oscillation between years of El Niño versus Lina Nina weather patterns is currently neutral, but climate forecasters predict early signs of a strong El Niño could drench California again next year.

The Associated Press

Race Against Rain: Oroville Dam Must Drain 50 Feet by Wednesday

Officials are releasing water from the Oroville Dam, the nation’s highest, at the astonishing rate of 100,000 cubic feet per second, with the goal of lowering the lake’s elevation by 50 feet before a week of rain and snow hits the region Wednesday.

Oroville Dam main spillway (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

California Governor Jerry Brown Asks President Trump for Help

On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown sought federal help from President Trump by asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to declare “a major disaster” in California in light of the damage done by recent storms.

Jerry Brown UN Climate Paris (Michel Euler / Associated Press)