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For California’s redwoods, climate change isn’t all bad

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With record-breaking summer temperatures in Alaska, melting sea ice in Greenlandand animal species going extinct, the effects of a changing climate are grim. But for one of the oldest and largest living things on Earth, a warmer world isn't completely terrible, at least for the time being. California's coast redwood trees are now growing faster than they ever have, according to an ongoing study from Redwoods Climate Change Initiative, producing a tremendous amount of wood in the process.

Sam Hodder, president and CEO of the Save the Redwoods League, a San Francisco nonprofit that sponsored the study with Humboldt State University, says it was a surprising finding for the magnificent trees, which can reach as high as 380 feet (the height of a 35-story building) and live for 2,000 years.

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L.A. County health officials warn of measles exposure at Westside shops

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Los Angeles County officials warned Thursday that a county resident with measles may have exposed others at several shops on the Westside.

Officials identified businesses in Venice, Brentwood and Santa Monica that the infected person visited, along with a coffee shop in downtown L.A., over a three-day period last week.

The news comes as the country grapples with its worst measles outbreak in decades. As of July 21, 1,148 people nationwide had been diagnosed with measles this year, compared with 372 people in all 2018.

Considered one of the most contagious diseases in the world, measles spreads through coughing and sneezing, but can linger in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves the room.

There have been 61 recorded cases of measles in California this year so far. Officials urge anyone who has not been vaccinated to get immunized; most people who have gotten measles this year were not immunized.
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Swimming: Tritons take third, collect 14 gold medals at MVSL championships

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The Tracy Tritons finished as the No. 3 team in the Mid-Valley Swim League at Saturday’s championship meet at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock.

The Tritons had a team score of 936, behind the Ripon Sea Lions (1,287), champions of the MVSL, and the second-place Discovery Bay River Otters (1,148).

The Tritons collected 14 gold medals, including three each for Brielle Mullikin, 9-10 girls, and Lela Ziller, 13-14 girls.

Brielle completed a sweep of her individual events with wins in the 100-yard freestyle (1:09.56), 50 backstroke (34.93) and 50 breaststroke (39.34), and she was also a member of the Tritons’ first-place 200 medley relay team (2:27.31) along with Cindy Nguyen, Amandataylor Morelos and Beatrice Wood.
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The more Americans know about evangelicals, the less they like them: study

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Americans with a high level of religious knowledge have a warmer view of Jews, Catholics, mainline Protestants and Buddhists than they have of evangelical Christians and are least warm to Muslims and atheists, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

The findings of the What Americans Know About Religion study came from a survey that asked nearly 11,000 U.S. adults questions on a variety of religious topics.

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West Nile disease strikes in Stanislaus County. Here’s what you need to know

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Stanislaus County health officials have reported a serious case of west Nile illness as prime conditions for the virus create a threat to the public.

The patient was only identified as a female in the news release Wednesday from the county Health Services Agency.

She was diagnosed with the potentially deadly neuroinvasive disease, which can result in long-term disabilities.

People may come down with symptoms of the endemic west Nile virus after they’re bitten by infected mosquitoes. According to health agencies, 1 in 5 will have symptoms including headache and fever possibly lasting for several weeks.

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Inland California cities boom as costs of living rises on coast

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - For this pass-through city, long a favorite target for jokes from late-night comedians, the small stuff turns out not to be small at all.

Highway 99 races through almond groves and oil fields here, then bend north toward Fresno and the flat croplands of the Central Valley. This high-speed vantage provides the blurry view of bobbing derricks, fuel storage tanks and fast-food billboards that have defined the city for Californians and tourists traveling between the sunny coast and the Sierra.

There's a relatively new side-of-the-highway sign that now notifies drivers that maybe, just maybe, there is something more here than the freeway vista offers. It reads, "Bakersfield - Next 13 Exits," a kind of invitation to a large and growing city once shorthand for a place to avoid.

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Horse Punched, 4 Police Officers Injured During Drunken Fight at California Fair

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A sheriff’s horse was punched and four police officers were injured during a drunken brawl that occurred at a California county fair over the weekend.

According to officials, the fight erupted around 10 p.m. PDT near a beer booth at the Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock, California,

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Donald Trump raises millions from Californians, but not as much as these Democrats

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Thousands of Californians, including hundreds of Central Valley residents, gave to President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign this spring, campaign finance records show.

California remains one of the president’s favorite punching bags. The state has now sued his administration more than 50 times. But many Californians continue to support the president, donating approximately $2 million to his campaign between April and June of 2019. That brings Trump’s total 2020 fundraising from the state to more than $3.5 million.

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California seizes $30 million in black market cannabis from illegal pot shops

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California authorities have tripled the number of raids on unlicensed cannabis shops in the last year and seized $30 million in pot products, but legal industry leaders say enforcement is still inadequate to break the dominance of the black market in the state.

In 2018, the first year of licensing, the state Bureau of Cannabis Control worked with local law enforcement to serve six search warrants on unlicensed pot shops and seized some 1,594 pounds of cannabis worth $13.5 million.

During the first six months of this year, the bureau served 19 search warrants on unlicensed sellers, confiscating more than 2,500 pounds of illegal marijuana products with a retail value of $16.5 million, according to data released last week. The state has also seized $219,874 in cash from illegal pot shops.

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