Update: California water savings dip in October

The State Water Resource Control Board reported Tuesday that cities saved 22 percent in October, missing the state's mandatory conservation target for the first time.

Catalina aims to avoid more water rationing with desalination plant

Since August 2014, Catalina Island has had to reduce 25 percent of its water use. The island is adding a second desalination plant to help provide water.

Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release

The firing comes a week after the release of a dash-cam video that showed a white Chicago officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times.

Madison hotel

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Tenants in single-room units sue to improve conditions

Residents at Skid Row's Madison Hotel say the cheap rent has kept them off the streets. Now they're suing their landlord as conditions in the building have worsened.

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LA temperatures to rise above normal after frost

The Los Angeles area can expect temperatures from the mid-40s to the mid-80s throughout the week, with slightly higher numbers in the mountain areas and beaches.

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'We have an obligation' to refugees, says homeland security chief

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

Jeh Johnson tells NPR's Morning Edition that the existing U.S. refugee program is "probably the most thorough, multilayered, time-consuming way for anyone to cross our borders."