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Boating, Rafting Operators at Tahoe Put out by Drought

After first putting a damper on skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the drought now is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe. Larry Boerner, owner of the paddlewheeler Tahoe Gal, said he can offer sightseeing cruises …

California Wildfire Destroys 13 Homes, Hundreds of Homes at Risk

Firefighters in Northern California made progress Sunday against a wildfire that has destroyed 13 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park that destroyed one home grew significantly overnight. East …

California Firm Issues Fruit Recall Nationwide

A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination. Wawona Packing says on its website that no illnesses have been reported and …

AP Finds That Wildfire Citations in California Applied Unevenly

A review by The Associated Press of California government data has found a wide discrepancy in how state and local fire officials apply fines and citations for failing to clear vegetation in areas prone to wildland blazes. Property owners in southern …

California Workers’ Comp Officials Continue to Praise Reforms

Touting California’s still-young workers’ compensation reform law as a “pragmatic middle” compromise that seems to be working, two of the top officials responsible for the system talked up some of the reform’s finer points on Thursday. David Lanier, secretary of …

Water Wasters in California Could Be Fined $500 A Day

In one of the most drastic responses yet to California’s drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses. The rules would …

USDA Extends California Salmonella Chicken Recall to Bases

Federal regulators widened the recall of salmonella-tainted chicken produced by California-based Foster Farms to include products believed to have been send to military bases in five states to feed personnel and their families, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture on …

Home Emergency Insurance Solutions Relaunches Home Protection Plans in California

HomeServe USA’s subsidiary Home Emergency Insurance Solutions (HEIS), is relaunching its optional Water Service Line Insurance plans as home protection plans to more than 425,000 households across the state of California. A mailing outlining the new benefits of the Plans …

Northern California Fire At 4,300 Acres, Forced Evacuations

A wildfire in rural Northern California’s Napa County damaged two homes and forced the evacuation of 200 others, although the blaze has yet to threaten the area’s famed vineyards. The fire in Pope Valley grew to 4,300 acres, according to …

Rite Aid Settles California Lawsuit For Nearly $500,000

Rite Aid will pay nearly a half-million dollars to settle California claims that it didn’t follow consumer protection rules. The settlement, approved Friday in San Diego, also calls for the drugstore chain to comply with state standards. District attorneys in …