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Storm dousing Northern California may test spillway at nation's tallest dam

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The National Weather Service issued several flood warnings throughout Northern California ahead of Friday's expected atmospheric river, stretching to the Truckee River near Lake Tahoe.

Yosemite camping reservations canceled before California storm

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Yosemite National Park officials are canceling camping reservations this weekend because of a major storm expected to hit Northern California.

NASA hopes supersonic X plane will deliver less bang for the buck

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The new plane will test technologies to reduce the loud boom planes make when they break the sound barrier.

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Do wildfires affect chicken eggs? UC Davis researchers want to find out

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Researchers want to study backyard chicken eggs from fire burn areas, including where the Thomas, Creek, La Tuna fires burned late last year.

​EPA to ease emissions standards, setting up California legal showdown

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Any change is likely to set up a lengthy legal showdown with California, which has the power to set its own pollution and gas mileage standards and doesn't want them to change.

Mudslide losses top $421 million after devastation in Montecito

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The claims include $388 million for residential personal property, $27.2 million for commercial property and $6.7 million for auto and other lines of insurance.

California's rainy season was pretty dry. Here's what that means for you

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While we had a lot of precipitation last year, this year has been below average. What does that mean for our water supplies, considering we're only a year removed from crippling drought?

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Californians are back to using about as much water as before the drought

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There's a fine line between crying wolf and getting people to keep saving water, even when we're not in a crisis. California water agencies are trying to walk that line.

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Sewage spill closes harbor area in Huntington Beach

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Officials have closed two marinas — Sunset Aquatic and Portofino Cove — after approximately 2,000 gallons spilled into the ocean.

Chinese space lab set to crash to Earth on Sunday night

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China's defunct Tiangong 1 space station is hurtling toward Earth and will re-enter the atmosphere sometime between Sunday night and early Monday.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from California, deploys 10 satellites

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All ten satellites were successfully deployed into low Earth orbit just before 8:30 a.m., according to SpaceX.

Will California's earthquake warning system run the risk of alert fatigue?

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A new USGS study finds alerts could go out once light shaking starts. But how early is too early to raise the alarm?

California eyes climate leadership role, but Trump's EPA holds a key on cars

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California Gov. Jerry Brown is vowing to lead the nation on climate change, as the Trump administration pulls back. But Trump's EPA could get in California's way over tougher car rules.

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SoCal water bills would go up under new Delta tunnel plan

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Efforts to save the twin-tunnel plan could mean a higher increase than the original plan. The average home bill would now rise on average $2.40 to $4.80 a month.

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Meet P-65 — the newest mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains

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Local wildlife officials recently caught a young, previously unknown female puma, taking samples, fitting her with a GPS collar and releasing her back into the mountain range.

Forest Service has a plan to stop the burn — at least financially

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The new federal spending bill should halt U.S. Forest Service raids on forest management funds when firefighting money is used up.