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  • Drought intensifies in Puerto Rico; rationing extended Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico has extended austere water rationing measures to new cities as a prolonged drought intensifies in the U.S. territory. More »

  • California: Record water savings shows big cuts possible
    California: Record water savings shows big cuts possible Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Water use in drought-stricken California plunged by record levels in May, and Gov. Jerry Brown's administration cited that as proof cities can hit steep summer conservation targets they have blasted as unfair. More »

  • Western wildfires: Progress against Washington fires
    Western wildfires: Progress against Washington fires Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Fire crews have reported progress fighting wildfires in tinder-dry, drought-stricken Washington state, as well as in Nevada. More »

  • California cities show biggest water savings yet in drought
    California cities show biggest water savings yet in drought Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's drought-stricken cities set a record for water conservation, reducing usage 29 percent in May, according to data released by a state agency Wednesday. More »

  • Official: Jamaica imposes water restrictions due to drought Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica's environment minister says residents must adhere to water restrictions as reservoir levels diminish due to a worsening drought. More »

  • Drought-hit North Korea seeks aid from ally Iran
    Drought-hit North Korea seeks aid from ally Iran Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Drought-hit North Korea on Tuesday asked for humanitarian aid from its historic ally Iran, Iranian state media reported. More »

  • AP NewsAlert Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California tells San Francisco to stop taking some water from river because of drought. More »

  • California wildfires: What to do in a forest fire Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    A combination of strong winds and severe drought conditions led blazes to grow to 21,000 acres in Northern California, in the San Bernardino Mountains, by Wednesday evening, leading residents of one summer camp to evacuate. A historic four-year drought has fueled large wildfires in the state, and experts are predicting that the 2015 season could be particularly severe, according to the L.A. Times. With that in mind, now may be a good time to review safety procedures in the event of a wildfire. More »

  • Puerto Rico expands water rationing measures amid drought
    Puerto Rico expands water rationing measures amid drought Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is tightening an austere water-rationing plan as its reservoirs shrink due to a regional drought that has hit the U.S. territory especially hard. More »

  • California's Lake Fire Burns Massive 'Scars' into Forest (Photo …
    California's Lake Fire Burns Massive 'Scars' into Forest (Photo … Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    California's four-year-long drought is helping fuel its first major forest fire of the year, a blaze that is engulfing federal land about 80 miles (130 kilometers) east of Los Angeles. As of Tuesday (June 23), the fire had engulfed at least 27 square miles (70 square kilometers) of the San Bernardino National Forest. The satellite images were taken on Saturday (June 20), when the fire had burned about 23 square miles (60 square km) and was just 10 percent contained. More »

  • Parched Caribbean faces widespread drought, water shortages
    Parched Caribbean faces widespread drought, water shortages Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a bone dry summer. More »

  • There's gold in them thar shallow California creeks, rivers Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — California's prolonged drought has created opportunities for prospectors and miners panning, sluicing, chiseling and diving for gold. More »

  • Western wildfires: Firefighters battle blazes in 4 states
    Western wildfires: Firefighters battle blazes in 4 states Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Wildfires are tearing through some hot, drought-stricken areas of the West. They include a massive blaze in a remote area and some smaller but dangerous fires. A look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them: More »

  • What's next for California's historic water cuts in drought Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Most California farmers, water districts and others affected by the broadest water cutbacks for century-old water rights did not respond to state regulators. It's the latest challenge for the State Water Resources Control Board in reducing water consumption during California's fourth year of drought as rivers and streams run too dry to meet demand. More »

  • Rainfall gives respite to drought-hit North Korea
    Rainfall gives respite to drought-hit North Korea Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Parched North Korea has seen significant rainfall over the past 12 days, state media reported, but not enough to end a severe drought described as the worst in 100 years. More »

  • California: Many farmers miss deadline to report water cuts Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A majority of farmers and others holding some of California's strongest claims to water have missed a deadline to confirm they stopped pumping from rivers and streams during the drought, state officials said Monday. More »

  • Climate change may destroy health gains: panel
    Climate change may destroy health gains: panel Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Climate change may wipe out the last 50 years' gains in global health by ramping up heatwaves, flood, drought, hunger and disease, an expert panel said Tuesday. More »

  • Golf in a drought: Obama to spend Father's Day golfing in California Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    President Obama plans to spend this weekend, including Father's Day, golfing in California. Obama plans to be in Palm Springs on Saturday and Sunday, where he typically favors two private courses — the Sunnylands estate and Porcupine Creek, owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison. White House spokesman Eric Schultz responds that many courses have taken water mitigation steps aimed at conservation. Mr. Schultz added that Obama discussed government efforts to deal with the drought during a private meeting with California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday while in San Francisco. More »

  • California water districts challenge state's drought order Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Three California irrigation districts sued the state on Friday, claiming officials overstepped their authority by ordering farmers with some of the strongest water rights to stop pumping from some rivers during the drought. More »

  • California farmers told to stop irrigating seek court order Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Some California farmers say they face financial ruin under orders to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops this summer amid the state's relentless drought, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. More »

  • Who's to blame during California drought? Basically everyone
    Who's to blame during California drought? Basically everyone Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Mother Nature isn't the only one getting blamed during the California's drought. The state's historic four-year dry spell has brought with it a flurry of finger-pointing. Now advocates, noting how California's ... More »

  • Drought versus dollars: California's wealthiest balk at water restricti … Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    A wealthy Californian recently stopped watering the lawn, removed all the flowers, and made plans to replace them with drought-resistant vegetation. Recommended: How much do you know about California? California's statewide drought has persisted for four years and resulted in severe losses, including crops and livestock and 17,100 lost agriculture jobs in 2014. More »

  • What's blamed for California's drought? Basically everything
    What's blamed for California's drought? Basically everything Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Mother Nature isn't the only one blamed for California's drought. The state's historic four-year dry spell has brought with it a flurry of finger-pointing. Now advocates, noting how California's water ... More »

  • In Cleveland, heartache at Cavaliers loss, but also hope Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Oakland, Calif., celebrated a professional sports title Tuesday night, something that had not happened in 26 years – not since the A’s won the earthquake-rocked Bay Area World Series in 1989. With the Golden State Warriors ending that drought as newly-minted National Basketball Association champions, Oakland now vacates the slot of second-most-longsuffering American city with at least three major pro sports teams. Much has been written about Cleveland’s title drought. More »

  • N. Korea says it has been hit by worst drought in 100 years
    N. Korea says it has been hit by worst drought in 100 years Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it has been hit by its worst drought in a century, resulting in extensive damage to agriculture during its main planting season. More »

  • Drought sparks fears of worsening food shortages in N. Korea
    Drought sparks fears of worsening food shortages in N. Korea Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    North Korea's food supply faces a gloomy forecast this year due to a damaging drought which has sparked fears of worsening shortages in the impoverished communist country, experts said Wednesday. More »

  • North Korea Hit By 'Worst Drought In 100 Years'
    North Korea Hit By 'Worst Drought In 100 Years' Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, threatening to add to the country's chronic food shortages. The North's KCNA news agency said rice paddies around the country, including the main farming regions of Hwanghae and Phyongan provinces, were drying up due to lack of rain. It will raise concerns for the population in a country where the United Nations says almost a third of children under five are stunted because of poor nutrition. More »

  • N. Korea hit by worst drought in a century
    N. Korea hit by worst drought in a century Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    North Korea has been hit by its worst drought in a century, state media said Tuesday, sparking fears of worsening food shortages in the impoverished communist country. More »

  • Decades-old water rights in California halted amid drought
    Decades-old water rights in California halted amid drought Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Despite California's drought, Richard and Danna Jones' cattle grazing pasture has stayed green thanks to water flowing free from a gulch claimed by his grandfather in 1911. Their nearly ironclad right ... More »

  • California orders large water cuts for farmers
    California orders large water cuts for farmers Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California grapples with a relentless drought, state regulators on Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country's prime farm regions. More »

  • Q&A: A look at California's senior water rights holders Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers and other landowners who staked some of the earliest claims to California's water are the latest to face mandatory cutbacks ordered by the state during the relentless drought. More »

  • Federal agencies pledge another $110 million in drought aid Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal agencies pledged another $110 million in aid Friday to help states struggling with the crippling drought after President Barack Obama talked to leaders from seven western states. More »

  • California tries to save salmon in Wine Country creeks
    California tries to save salmon in Wine Country creeks Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — California is taking desperate steps to save the last endangered salmon in Wine Country creeks that are going dry because of over-pumping and the drought, officials said Thursday. More »

  • California drought grips tourist magnet Yosemite
    California drought grips tourist magnet Yosemite Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    It is one of America's most popular natural wonders. But even Yosemite National Park cannot escape the drought ravaging California, now in its fourth year and fueling growing concern. More »

  • Sexy ads promote water saving with a wink in San Francisco
    Sexy ads promote water saving with a wink in San Francisco Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Too sexy for the drought? More »