Planes helps fight California Wildfire

Thick smoke that held down winds and temperatures in the zone of the largest single wildfire in California history cleared Monday from scenic forestlands, allowing firefighting aircraft to rejoin the battle to contain the massive Dixie Fire. The newly clear skies will allow more than two dozen helicopters and two air tankers that have been […]

California bans state-funded travel to 5 states over anti-L.G.B.T.Q. laws.

California will ban state-funded travel to Arkansas, Florida, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia in response to anti-L.G.B.T.Q. legislation in those places, officials announced on Monday. “There has been a coordinated attack on fundamental civil rights,” Rob Bonta, California’s attorney general, said at a news conference. “It’s about aligning our dollars with our values.” There […]

Opinion | California: Liberal Model or Cautionary Tale?

To the Editor: Re “A Letter to My Liberal Friends” (column, Feb. 2): Bret Stephens’s column is laudable in tone and presents an impressive list of high taxes and other government policies in California — his model for bad government by Democrats — that account, in his judgment, for the exodus of citizens for states […]

Boat fire tragedy: California boat owners faulted for fire that killed 34

One of the deadliest accidents in recent US maritime history was the fault of owners of a Southern California dive boat whose lack of oversight resulted in a fire that swept through the vessel and killed 34 people in their bunks below deck, federal safety officials ruled on Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board said […]

Markets tumble as California declares coronavirus emergency

U.S. stock markets dropped more than 2% on Thursday as the swift spread of the coronavirus in the United States led California to declare an emergency, while airline stocks were hammered by crippled travel demand. Down almost 12% last week – its worst since the 2008 financial crisis – the S&P 500 had recovered some poise as […]