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California: Plumas County claims fall color crown this weekend

If you haven't explored California's Shasta Cascade region, this is a great time to go. Fall colors are reported to be at peak or approaching peak in Plumas, Lassen and Siskiyou counties, areas in the northern part of the state rich in national forests and parklands.

In Just 15 Years, Wind Could Provide A Fifth Of The World's Electricity

Up to one fifth of the world's electricity supply could come from wind turbines by 2030, according to a new report released this week by Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). That would be an increase of 530 percent compared...Show More Summary

Drinking a "Medium" Soda Every Day Can Age You As Much As Smoking Does

Just as soda companies plunk down millions of dollars to defeat local soda-tax ballot measures, researchers have found a link between regular soda consumption and premature aging. Published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Public Health,...Show More Summary

Sorry, California. Winter Isn't Going to Fix Your Drought.

NOAA California's crippling drought is not expected to improve over the winter, according to new forecast data released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Nearly 60 percent of the state is experiencing exceptional drought—the worst category—NOAA reported. Show More Summary

For Sierra resident, the well runs dry -- along with her options

Things were bad enough for Rochelle Landers before her well went dry. No job. No money for eye glasses or dentures. And now, for the last month and a half, no water.

Edward Carey discusses his gothic adventure, 'Heap House'

It's 1875, and all of London's trash is banished to a wasteland known as "the heaps." The Iremonger family presides over this grim realm from Heap House, a mansion itself made up of parts of other buildings. Cut off and inter-marrying for generations, they have developed their own versions of...

Endorsement video: Vote yes on Prop. 48 and let the North Fork tribe build a casino

There's a temptation to view Proposition 48 as a larger statement on Indian gambling in California. But the ballot measure isn't a policy question on off-reservation casinos, it's a referendum on a specific gambling agreement.

What we learned from the Kings' 2-0 victory over the Sabres

There were multiple storylines heading into the Kings game against Buffalo on Thursday night but the usual themes emerged by the time they left with their fifth straight victory. Starting and finishing with the performance of goalie Jonathan Quick.

Some Las Vegas wedding chapels are turning away same-sex couples

Although same-sex marriage became legal on Oct. 9 in Nevada, some Las Vegas wedding chapels are refusing to perform the marriages.

'Constantine' haunted by the ghost of a story

Even though John Constantine may not look like most heroes in the DC Universe — his costume is nothing more than a yellow trenchcoat and his constant smoking (at least in the comics) is something Superman would tsk-tsk — he's still one of the most popular. Unfortunately, while...

Keanu Reeves is on fire in 'John Wick,' reviews say

Don't go messing with a man's dog -- especially when the man in question is a hyper-lethal ex-assassin trying to enjoy a quiet retirement. Such is the moral of "John Wick," the new revenge thriller starring Keanu Reeves and directed by Chad Stahelski, a veteran stuntman making his directing...

'Interstellar' makes some noise at Hollywood coming-out party

Taylor Swift shut down Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday night, shaking it off in a brief concert for Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show.

What it’s like to have 30 oil & gas wells as neighbors

If you're driving through the tightly packed residential neighborhood in south central L.A., you're liable to miss the whole operation.

We were promised methane regulations! Where are our methane regulations?!

The U.S. oil-and-gas boom is dumping oodles of methane into the atmosphere, and so far, the feds haven't gotten meaningful regulations together.

Turns out coral reefs could help mend human bones

Good thing we figured that out before we wiped them out completely.

Rooftop solar is just the beginning; utilities must innovate or go extinct

Fights over rooftop solar generally focus on "net metering," but the challenge to utilities is far greater than that, and if they hope to survive, their response must be more ambitious.

How skyrocketing development in Texas could suck the state dry

The Lone Star State is losing open space faster than any other, and that's bad news for the water cycle.

U.K. climate activists take divestment to the banks

A new campaign in Britain aims to get banks to stop investing in the fossil fuel industry.

These conservatives make the case for vibrant cities. Most of their friends ignore them.

A few conservative intellectuals are speaking out against sprawl, and for denser "new urbanist" development. Sadly, their arguments will never gain traction.

Watch Mark Bittman explain the virtues of fast food

Bittman's new cookbook explains, step-by-step, how to cut all the dilly-dallying out of meal-making.

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