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November 14, 2015

eavy equipment mechanic Fredrick Jefferson said it was when a supervisor fired him that he learned his driver’s license had been revoked because of unpaid traffic fines.

Over the next year and a half, the “snowball effect” caused his relationship to crumble and he wound up homeless, scraping by on a $221 monthly general relief check.

November 2, 2015

CARLSBAD >> There’s far more riding on the Americas’ largest seawater desalination plant than the 50 million gallons of drinking water it will produce for the San Diego area each day.

The plant, which opens this year, will help determine the future of seawater desalination in the U.S. The billion-dollar project is only the nation’s second major seawater plant. The first U.S. foray in Tampa Bay is widely considered a flop.

October 29, 2015

HONG KONG -- China's largest automaker, SAIC Motor, has unveiled a multibillion-dollar investment plan in green car production and pledged to build hundreds of thousands of charging points, signaling the country's latest efforts to take the lead in the global race for electric car development.

September 10, 2015

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., Sept. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mend Urgent Care announces the opening of its flagship walk-in clinic and the first full-service urgent care in the heart of Sherman Oaks.  The new Sherman Oaks clinic offers walk-in treatment for everyday illness and injury, including advanced offerings such as digital X-rays, IVs, labs, minor procedures, stitches, and on-site medication dispensing.    

April 6, 2015

MARCH 29, 2015: Today is the centennial of, arguably, the most significant public vote in the history of Los Angeles. The ranchers and townsfolk of the lightly populated San Fernando Valley voted overwhelmingly to join the small city of grand ambitions on the far side of the mountains — Los Angeles. In one stroke, Los Angeles more than doubled in size. The San Fernando Valley is large enough to hold all of Boston, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Los Angeles got territory, about 170 square miles in all, but not very much new population.

March 30, 2015

“Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink…”

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1798, in “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

The reality confronting millions of Californians as they cope with yet another lengthy episode in a seemingly endless series of droughts is that — like Coleridge’s mariner — this state has billions of acre-feet of water clearly visible every day in the form of the Pacific Ocean and its many bays and estuaries.

February 21, 2015

APPLE’S ability to make desirable iGadgets designed for easy portability is beyond question. Reports emerged this week that it is planning to make a mobile device that will instead carry its users—an electric car. Apple’s plans are unclear and unconfirmed. By some accounts it has put a few hundred people to work developing cars to match Tesla, another Silicon Valley firm that makes fast and luxurious battery-powered saloons. Others reckon that it is working on a self-driving car.

February 17, 2015

India is about to start construction on what will be the world’s largest solar plant. As part of a redoubled effort to ramp up renewable energy capacity to help meet the developing country’s fast-growing energy needs, the 750-megawatt solar plant in Madhya Pradesh will be inaugurated on August 15, 2016 — India’s Independence Day.

February 17, 2015

As we saw in yesterday's National Academies of Science (NAS) report, carbon capture and storage may not be ready for prime time, but the process is clearly worth considering whether it should be developed, both technologically and economically. And perfectly timed for the release of the NAS report, Nature Climate Change has published a look at the possible impacts of its use with what's already a carbon-neutral energy source: biomass.

February 16, 2015

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA—Craving some silence? Head (quietly) toward the blue regions on the map above. Based on 1.5 million hours of acoustical monitoring from places as remote as Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and as urban as New York City, scientists have created a map of noise levels across the country on an average summer day. After feeding acoustic data into a computer algorithm, the researchers modeled sound levels across the country including variables such as air and street traffic.