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California wildfire toll matches deadliest ever with 29 victims

The “Camp Fire” in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains is the largest and most destructive of several infernos that have sent 250,000 people fleeing their homes across the tinder-dry state, razing 6,400 homes in the town of Paradise and effectively wiping it off the map. “Today, an additional six ... Read More »

U.S.: Massive Wildfires in California Rage On

In United States, at least 11 people have died in the most destructive wildfires ripping through north and south California. More than 2.5 lakh people have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state. Firefighters were powerless in stopping a wildfire destroying the northern ... Read More »

US: Nine people killed in California wildfires

Only a day after it began, the blaze near the town of Paradise had grown to nearly 110 square miles and was burning completely out of control. With fires also burning in Southern California , state officials put the total number of people forced from their homes at 157,000. Evacuation ... Read More »

US: 12 killed in California bar

FBI, police and rescuers surrounded the scene at the Borderline Bar and Grill, a Country & Western- themed establishment. Police have released few details and the accounts about the incident in Thousand Oaks, a Los Angeles suburb, varied widely. Police have reported 12 fatalities. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said ... Read More »

Southern California coast emerges as a toxic algae hot spot

A new, comprehensive survey led by USC scientists shows the Southern California coast harbors some of the world’s highest concentrations of an algal toxin dangerous to wildlife and people who eat local seafood. Episodic outbreaks of algae-produced toxins make headlines every few years when stricken marine animals wash ashore between ... Read More »

2,500 Residents Evacuated As Wildfire Rages In Northern California

CALIFORNIA:  A raging wildfire on Sunday threatened to cut off access to a rural community in northern California where authorities have ordered the evacuations of some 2,500 residents. Erratic winds and high temperatures were fueling the Pawnee Fire in the Spring Valley region about 100 miles northwest of Sacramento. The blaze ... Read More »

Gunman Holed Up At California Veterans Home With 3 Hostages

YOUNTVILLE, CALIFORNIA:  unman entered a California home for disabled veterans on Friday, fired numerous shots and took three hostages, but there were no injuries at the sprawling facility in the Napa Valley’s wine country, authorities said. State Senator Bill Dodd, who represents the area, told reporters that the gunman was a ... Read More »