High heat, monsoonal moisture heading to region

Thunderstorms are likely to develop this week over the mountains, interior valleys and deserts, but forecasters say some coast and coastal valley areas could also see storms.

Number of wildfires in California up, but damage is smaller

Since Jan. 1, about 5,200 fires have burned on state and federal lands, according to the U.S. Forest Service. That's 10 percent more than last year, but the 74,000 acres is 6 percent smaller.

Squeezed by drought, California farmers switch to less thirsty crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.

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Reporter's notebook: To catch a coyote in the city

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Scientists have begun monitoring coyotes in Los Angeles's highly developed areas using GPS collars. But first they have to catch a coyote.

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NY prison worker pleads guilty in escape of 2 killers

Manhunt Continues For Two Prisoners That Broke Out Of New York State Prison

Joyce Mitchell, a tailor shop instructor at Clinton Correctional Facility, was jailed shortly after the elaborately staged June 6 escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat.

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Obama: Africa must create jobs for its next generation

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President Obama on Tuesday delivered a speech from the headquarters of the African Union, marking the end of a five-day visit to Africa.