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Julio Lopez owns and runs Cadre Landscaping in the Southern California city of Glendale. The 54-year-old Lopez said he’s been so swamped with work lately, he’s unable to handle the dozens of calls he gets from homeowners wanting to remove their current lawns and put in drought-resistant ones. “Most of my business is commercial real …

Voters in California on Tuesday easily approved a $7.2 billion bond initiative to fund various state water projects. The measure includes funding for new water storage projects, water recycling efforts, storm water recovery, building of new dams and efforts to provide safe drinking water for those in need. But relief from the severe drought—now heading …

As the fight to end the latest Ebola outbreak rages on, concerns are mounting over whether the deadly disease will become a global contagion. The World Health Organization estimates that Ebola has already killed more than 4,400 people in West Africa and infected at least twice that many. Cases outside the region have also surfaced: …

The list of crops affected by California’s ongoing drought is growing. This time it’s pumpkins. While this year’s crop is expected to be normal—a pumpkin from California weighing 2,058 pounds took first prize and set a new tournament record this week—the lack of water is forcing many pumpkin growers to face the possibility of plowing …

The Federal Aviation Administration next month is expected to issue preliminary guidelines on the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems or as they are better known, drones. For the most part, drones are currently banned in the U.S., while other countries have more open use policy. And it could take months, even years before the …

Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who is undergoing treatment for Ebola and listed in serious condition in Dallas, won’t be getting the experimental drug ZMapp used on several international aid workers and medical staff, including at least two other Americans. That’s because the company that makes ZMapp, Mapp Biopharmaceutical, has run out of supplies. …

This past week’s series of events in New York calling for action to fight climate change included a massive march and a protest on Wall Street. But it was a two-day UN climate change summit that drew speeches of warnings and proposals from business and world leaders, including President Obama. UN officials also submitted ambitious programs in agriculture, forestry, energy, transportation and finance, to fight …

Predictions of a second year of record grain harvests in the U.S. should seem like a cause for celebration. But for grain farmers and grain elevator operators in states like Minnesota and the Dakotas, it’s a near disastrous crisis that could continue to cost them tens of millions of dollars. The reason: A lack of …

Getting hammered by fans and the media for its handling of the respective Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson domestic and child abuse cases is one thing. But when the NFL hears harsh words from some of the sponsors that provide billions in revenue each year to the league, that’s a more troubling situation, say experts. “I think that team …

Fracking for oil and natural gas—or having enough water to drink. That’s the possible dilemma facing a number of countries including the United States, according to a new report released by the World Resources Institute last week—though experts disagree on the real implications of the report and what should be done about it. Forty percent of countries with shale-rich …

NFL general managers, coaches and team owners are close to making final roster cuts for the season opener on Sept. 4. They’re looking at injured players, deciding whether rookies were worth the high draft pick or if a free agent signing was a good idea. While the locker room chatter is happening in the pros, it’s …

California’s severe drought—now in its third year—has led to major hardships in the state. The list includes dwindling water sources, declining revenues for water districts from conservation; and mandatory fines up to $500 for hosing down driveways or for overwatering lawns. Not to mention the loss of agriculture crops and related jobs. But what the drought hasn’t done is …

At least 826 people have died in West Africa from the Ebola virus. Even though the number is expected to rise, it’s still more deaths than any previous outbreak of the deadly disease. And that ironically, may be why there’s no vaccine or treatment available. “Prior episodes burned themselves out with fewer deaths after a shorter …

A ruling by the legal arm of the National Labor Relations Board against McDonald’s has sparked fears that some industries may become more unionized, and those fears may be real, said a labor expert. “I think it will embolden the labor movement, especially among fast food workers,” said Jason Bent, a professor of employment law at …

Despite a spate of death and destruction from natural disasters in recent years, the U.S. lacks a national plan to save its coastal cities—and it needs one now, according to a new report. The report, spearheaded by the National Research Council, urges a strategy of increased cooperation among government agencies to be “proactive” for events such as hurricanes …