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Calif.'s Other Big Problem Amid Blazes: 'Fire Devils'

Fire tornadoes fueled by powerful winds were strong enough to flip cars, damage homes

(Newser) - Like earthquakes can unleash tsunamis, strong winds and the California wildfires apparently set loose another type of natural disaster: fire tornadoes. And the San Francisco Chronicle says the fire-filled tornadoes that hit Santa Rosa last week, driven by nearly 80mph winds, wreaked major havoc, tossing cars, pulling trees out of... More »

Burned by California Wildfires: Local Marijuana Industry

At least 31 pot farms have been destroyed, with many more damaged—and no crop insurance

(Newser) - The same fires that have destroyed Northern California's wineries have also taken a toll on the region's marijuana farms, which were about to begin an important harvest less than three months before the nation's largest recreational pot market opens for business in January. At least 31 marijuana... More »

Charles Schulz's Home Destroyed in California Inferno

Home of late 'Peanuts' creator burned to ground; widow escapes, son's home also destroyed

(Newser) - The home of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz burned to the ground in the deadly California wildfires, but his widow escaped, her stepson said Thursday. Jean Schulz, 78, evacuated before flames engulfed her hillside home Monday and is staying with a daughter, Monte Schulz says. The Schulzes built the split-level home... More »

State of Emergency in California as Wildfires Rage

Evacuations in Napa, Sonoma, and Yuba counties

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, and Yuba counties because of wildfires he says are threatening thousands of homes. Brown issued the declaration on Monday, as multiple fires forced people to evacuate their homes, the AP reports. Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann... More »

10 US Cities With the Highest Exercise Rates

3 of the top 4 are in Colorado

(Newser) - Colorado is home to not one, not two, but three of the 10 US cities with the highest rates of exercise in the country. California also counts three cities on the top 10 list, based on the percentage of people who said they'd exercised for at least 30 minutes... More »

Happiest Cities Are Mostly in One State

8 of top 10 are in sunny California: WalletHub

(Newser) - Life in sunny California sure is sweet, according to WalletHub . Based on factors such as emotional and physical well-being and income and employment, the site has compiled a list of the happiest cities in the country—and ones in California dominate the upper ranks. The top 10, with "happiness... More »

FBI to Probe Deputy's Killing of Boy, 13

(Newser) - Investigations into the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a sheriff’s deputy in Santa Rosa, Calif., have stepped up a notch, with the FBI now launching its own probe. This is a rare move by the agency, notes the the Press Democrat —the last time it investigated... More »

Cop Fired 10 Seconds After Spotting Boy With BB Gun

Outrage follows death of Andy Lopez, 13

(Newser) - Details are emerging after California police shot and killed a boy carrying a BB gun on Tuesday, revealing police opened fire just 10 seconds after reporting a "suspicious person." The Press Democrat reports that two police on patrol pulled over and took cover when they saw Andy Lopez... More »

Boy, 13, With Replica Gun Shot Dead by Deputies

Santa Rosa teen was walking with fake AK-47

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy in Santa Rosa, California, is dead after deputies mistook the replica assault rifle he was carrying for the real thing, reports the AP . Two deputies encountered Andy Lopez walking yesterday afternoon with what looked like an AK-47, reports the local Press Democrat . Police say they repeatedly ordered... More »

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