California Weather, Drought and Fires

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    Track Wildfires in the West

    See the latest wildfires as they burn near homes and landmarks in California, Oregon and other nearby states.

    By Matthew BlochJosh WilliamsRumsey TaylorTim WallaceJohn-Michael Murphy and

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    Jay Leno, the former “Tonight Show” host, now hosts a car show, “Jay Leno’s Garage,” on CNBC.
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    Jay Leno Sustains ‘Serious Burns’ in Gasoline Fire

    The comedian and former “Tonight Show” host said in a statement that he was “ok” and needed “a week or two to get back on my feet.”


California Today

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    Vivek Bharadwaj, left, a grad student researcher, and Anisah Awad, a community supporter, chanted with University of California workers on Monday in front of the U.C. office of the president in Oakland.
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    A Breakthrough in the University of California Labor Dispute

    Postdoctoral scholars and academic researchers announced a tentative deal, but the strike continued Tuesday as 36,000 other academic workers lacked an agreement.


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    California is dealing with a spike in coronavirus, flu and, recently, R.S.V. cases.
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    R.S.V. Strains California Hospitals

    Levels of respiratory syncytial virus are higher than they’ve been in years.


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    Residents received free Thanksgiving turkeys during the 8th Annual Fiesta Para La Comunidad in Los Angeles last weekend.
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    How Californians Celebrate Thanksgiving

    With sourdough stuffing, lots of fresh vegetables and, often, eating outdoors.


California Politics

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    David Kim, center, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House in California, has faced attacks from his Democratic opponent, who has accused him of being a right-wing extremist.
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    A QAnon Democrat? Fierce 2022 Warfare Erupts in Deep-Blue California

    The liberal state, where Democrats often run against fellow Democrats in November thanks to an unconventional election system, is the unlikely backdrop of some of this year’s most bitter political campaigns.


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    A swift and sweeping blow to fast-food companies.
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    California Bids for Tighter Rein on Fast-Food Chains

    The bill, which would create a state council to establish minimum pay and safety conditions, was the subject of a giant lobbying battle.

    By Andrew Ross SorkinVivian GiangStephen GandelBernhard Warner and

California Housing and Homelessness

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    El martes los votantes hicieron fila afuera de la Biblioteca Central de Huntington Beach en el condado de Orange
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    Revocatoria en California: estas son las claves

    Los primeros informes sugieren que la gran base demócrata de California apoya al gobernador Newsom, que arrasó en 2018, cuando fue electo. En la boleta hay más de 40 contendientes para sustituirlo.

    By Shawn Hubler and