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Frank Gehrke, right, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, for the Department of Water Resources, checks the snowpack depth as Courtney Obergfell, left, and Michelle Mead, center, both of the National Weather Service, look on during the second snow survey of the season Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, near Echo Summit, Calif. The snow survey showed the snow pack at this location at 13.6 inches of deep with a water content of 2.6 inches. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 01, 2018 - 8:42 pm
PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — California's brief escape from severe drought ended Thursday after scientists declared more than 40 percent of the state in moderate drought and water officials confirmed lower-than-normal snowpack in the Sierra Nevada. Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties...
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This July 3, 2012 photo provided by the National Park Service shows mountain lion P-23. The southern California mountain lion was part of a study by federal biologists has been found dead. The National Park Service says remains of the 5½-year-old female lion known as P-23 were recovered this week near Malibu Canyon Road and she appeared to have been struck by a vehicle. (National Park Service via AP)
February 01, 2018 - 5:59 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California mountain lion that was part of a study by federal biologists was found dead after apparently being struck by a vehicle, the National Park Service said Thursday. The remains of the 5½-year-old female lion known as P-23 were recovered this week near...
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FILE - In this Wednesday Jan. 3, 2018 file photo, Grant Davis, director of the Dept. of Water Resources, center, discusses the results of the first snow survey of the season at the nearly snow barren Phillips Station snow course, near Echo Summit, Calif. California’s water managers are carrying out their mid-winter snowpack survey Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, as the winter’s dry spell persists. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
February 01, 2018 - 3:59 pm
PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — California is rapidly plunging back into drought, with severe conditions now existing in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties — home to one-fourth of the state's population, a national drought monitor said Thursday. The weekly report released by the U.S...
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FILE - In this Wednesday Jan. 3, 2018 file photo, Grant Davis, director of the Dept. of Water Resources, center, discusses the results of the first snow survey of the season at the nearly snow barren Phillips Station snow course, near Echo Summit, Calif. California’s water managers are carrying out their mid-winter snowpack survey Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, as the winter’s dry spell persists. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
February 01, 2018 - 3:00 pm
PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — California is rapidly plunging back into drought, with severe conditions now existing in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties — home to one-fourth of the state's population, a U.S. agency said Thursday. The weekly report released by the U.S. Drought...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2011 file photo, Chad Devereaux examines bricks that fell from three sides of his in-laws home in Sparks, Okla., after two earthquakes hit the area in less than 24 hours. According to a study released on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, pumping energy drilling wastewater deep and nearer fault lines is a leading cause in much of the thousands of man-made earthquakes that have hit Oklahoma in recent years. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
February 01, 2018 - 2:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study finds that a major trigger of man-made earthquakes rattling Oklahoma is how deep — not just how much — fracking wastewater is injected into the ground. Scientists analyzed more than 10,000 wastewater injection wells where 96 billion gallons of fluid — leftover from...
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This April 20, 2015 photo provided by Busch Gardens shows a polar bear wearing a GPS video-camera collar lying on a chunk of sea ice in the Beaufort Sea. A new study released on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 shows some polar bears in the Arctic are shedding pounds during the time they are supposed to be beefing up. Scientists blame climate change for shrinking the ice cover on the Arctic Ocean that the polar bears need for hunting.(Maria Spriggs/Busch Gardens via AP)
February 01, 2018 - 2:01 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new study shows some polar bears in the Arctic are shedding pounds during the time they should be beefing up. Scientists blame climate change for shrinking the ice cover on the Arctic Ocean that the polar bears need for hunting. Each spring, polar bears go out on the sea...
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February 01, 2018 - 12:51 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered U.S. wildlife officials to reconsider a 2015 decision that blocked Endangered Species Act protections for iconic bison herds in Yellowstone National Park. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper said in a ruling late Wednesday that the U.S. Fish and...
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This July 3, 2012 photo provided by the National Park Service shows mountain lion P-23. The southern California mountain lion was part of a study by federal biologists has been found dead. The National Park Service says remains of the 5½-year-old female lion known as P-23 were recovered this week near Malibu Canyon Road and she appeared to have been struck by a vehicle. (National Park Service via AP)
February 01, 2018 - 11:33 am
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California mountain lion that was part of a study by federal biologists has been found dead. The National Park Service says remains of the 5½-year-old female lion known as P-23 were recovered this week near Malibu Canyon Road and she appeared to have been...
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This composite image made from a series of Jan. 23, 2018 photos shows a self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Vera Rubin Ridge. The rover's arm which held the camera was positioned out of each of the dozens of shots which make up the mosaic. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS via AP)
February 01, 2018 - 11:20 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has transformed selfies taken by its Mars rover Curiosity into a stunning self-portrait. Released this week, the photo shows Curiosity in the middle of the dusty, red Martian terrain, with Mount Sharp in the background. The rim of Gale Crater is also visible. A...
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FILE - In this Wednesday Jan. 3, 2018 file photo, Grant Davis, director of the Dept. of Water Resources, center, discusses the results of the first snow survey of the season at the nearly snow barren Phillips Station snow course, near Echo Summit, Calif. California’s water managers are carrying out their mid-winter snowpack survey Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, as the winter’s dry spell persists. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
February 01, 2018 - 2:17 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amid record-setting heat in the state's south, California's water managers will measure the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which supplies water to millions. Department of Water Resources officials will trek to the mountains Thursday to check the snow depth, one gauge of the state's...
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