California considers advancing primary date to strengthen state's influence

Sep 12, 2017 - 4:01 PM

The proposal would shift the date to the first Tuesday in March from June in order to give Californians a louder voice

CASTING THEIR CHOICE. People vote at a polling station in Cudahy, California on June 7, 2016, during the California presidential primary. Frederick J Brown/AFP

Feels like love: A story about dairy

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Myrene Academia tries her hand at making two of her favorite things: cheese and butter

Huge blaze forces hundreds to evacuate in Los Angeles

Sep 03, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The federal government also declared state of emergencies in Montana and Washington state where thousands of people have been evacuated

BURNING. Flames rise from the La Tune Fire on September 2, 2017 near Burbank, California. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. agents close Russian trade mission, Moscow protests

Sep 02, 2017 - 8:33 AM

UPDATED The spat between the two nuclear armed powers is another blow to US President Donald Trump s pledge to try to improve relations with Russia s Vladimir Putin

CLOSURE. Black smoke billows from a chimney on top of the Russian consulate on September 1, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Samsung okay to test self-driving cars in California

Sep 01, 2017 - 1:55 PM

The company most of us know for smartphones and other gadgets has joined the self driving car race in California

NEW MARKETS. Samsung attempts to expand its scope by stepping into the self-driving car race. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

'Deal of a lifetime' as LA council endorses 2028 Olympic bid

Aug 12, 2017 - 1:42 PM

The vote means that Los Angeles Paris and OIC now join forces on a 3 way agreement

OLYMPICS. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the announcement of the city's bid to host the 2028 Olympics. A potential deal breaker is whether state legislature will approve the $250 million guarantee to cover possible cost overruns for the Olympiad. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AFP

California extends tough climate policy measures to 2030

Jul 18, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Governor Jerry Brown wants to make California a leader in meeting standards set by the Paris climate accord especially after President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement on June 1

GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN. In this picture taken on June 8, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during an energy policy conference in Beijing. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Thousands flee California fires, state of emergency in British Columbia

Jul 11, 2017 - 8:47 AM

Wildfires rage in California and in British Columbia due to searing temperatures and high winds

A helicopter drops water on an 80 acre spot fire that broke out in Butte County, California on July 10, 2017. Josh Edelson/AFP

Wildfires rage in sweltering California forcing thousands to flee

Jul 10, 2017 - 5:54 PM

Some 8 000 people are sent fleeing as thousands of firefighters battle 14 large wildfires throughout the state according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection known as Cal Fire

CALIFORNIA FIRE. Statues stand next to a home that was destroyed by the Wall Fire on July 9, 2017 in Oroville, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

As Trump ditches Paris, California leads on environment

Jun 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Meeting Xi Jinping in China Governor Jerry Brown steps up as the global face of progressive climate policy in the US

CLIMATE ADVOCATE. In this picture taken on June 8, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during an energy policy conference in Beijing. Fred Dufour/AFP

Computer glitch causes false California quake alert

Jun 22, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The email was the result of a software glitch that turned an update of the magnitude of 1925 Santa Barbara quake M6 8 into a 2025 quake

LA MORNING. A morning view of downtown Los Angeles with the 101 freeway in the foreground, January 1, 2017 from the Hollywood Bowl Overlook in Hollywood, California. Robyn Beck/AFP

In China, California governor calls for more climate action

Jun 06, 2017 - 9:34 PM

There are still some in powerful places who are resisting reality who are resisting the obvious science that we know governs our lives says California Governor Jerry Brown

U.S. states, cities and firms unite behind Paris accord

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:23 AM

UPDATED A recent poll shows a majority of Americans in every state or 69 of US voters believe the United States should participate in the agreement

WAKE UP, TRUMP. Protesters hold up signs during a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, DC on June 1, 2017, objecting to US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate accord. Paul J. Richards/AFP

California judge issues arrest warrant for yoga guru Bikram Choudhury

May 25, 2017 - 12:50 PM

The founder of the Bikram Yoga empire is ordered arrested after failing to pay nearly 6 5 million in damages for a 2013 sexual harassment case

A sign outside the building housing the Worldwide headquarters of Bikram Yoga is seen in Santa Monica, California on January 27, 2016. Bikram Choudhury, the man behind the Bikram yoga empire, was sued by a lawyer who worked for him, complaining that she suffered damaging consequences after she spoke out against his alleged sexual harassment of other women. A jury in Los Angeles Superior Court deliberated for two hours before ordering the 69-year-old guru to pay a massive $6.47 million fine in punitive damages. / AFP PHOTO / Mark Ralston

Berkeley Fil-Ams defend free speech

May 16, 2017 - 12:20 AM

Fil Ams from the University of California at Berkeley agree that the Free Speech Movement is alive and well

CAL PRIDE. Cal Students Robin Cid Calleja, Justin Lagera and Jacob Sese, and alumna Corin Ramos Lujan differ in their politics but pride in their alma mater.

Eagles sue Mexican 'Hotel California'

May 04, 2017 - 11:39 AM

Guests who stay at the hotel buy the owners merchandise and appear to believe that they have visited the hotel inspired by the song

EAGLES. The band sues a hotel in Mexico for insinuating that it is associated to their famous song 'Hotel California.' Screengrab from Facebook/EaglesBand

3 dead as man goes on killing spree in California town

Apr 19, 2017 - 7:32 AM

The FBI has been contacted about the killings and it is too early to say whether they are terror related

3 dead in murder-suicide at California school

Apr 11, 2017 - 8:18 AM

The shooting in San Bernardino will likely reignite the debate on gun violence in the US where attempts to put in place tougher gun control measures have failed despite a series of mass killings

Harrison Ford avoids action over near-miss plane landing

Apr 04, 2017 - 12:01 PM

The actor s lawyer Stephen Hofer says the he will still retain his pilot s certificate without restriction

Want your self-driving car in Manila? Book an Uber someday

Mar 03, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Uber won t say no to a challenge but engineering manager Matt Sweeney says the technology has to get smarter first before it can be deployed in chaotic traffic

THE FUTURE OF UBER. The ridesharing application acquired self-driving truck startup Otto in its bid to join push for the new technology. Rappler photo

Anxiety, tears, and prayers in California's immigrant community

Feb 26, 2017 - 11:15 PM

Undocumented immigrants pray for a miracle after US President Donald Trump s administration announced a sweeping deportation plan

Emilio Lopez, wife Prudencia and grandson Esteban, 3, talk about challenges they face because of steps taken by US President Donald Trump to drastically increase deportations, at the TODEC (Training Occupational Development Educating Communities) on February 24, 2017 in Coachella, California. TODEC helps immigrants apply for citizenship and holds a workshop on legal issues for undocumented immigrants. / AFP PHOTO / DAVID MCNEW

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Feb 23, 2017 - 10:59 AM

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Thousands flee as floodwaters threaten California city

Feb 23, 2017 - 8:19 AM

Authorities said the flooding – the worst in 100 years – was caused after Coyote Creek which runs through Silicon Valley burst its banks following days of heavy rain

INUNDATED. A Ford Bronco rests in floodwaters on February 22, 2017, in the Rock Springs area of San Jose, California. Noah Berger/AFP

Sheriff lifts evacuation order for residents near California dam

Feb 15, 2017 - 7:46 AM

The local sheriff s department urges some 188 000 impacted residents to remain vigilant and prepared as conditions can rapidly change – saying that authorities could issue another evacuation order if necessary

The Oroville Dam spillway releases 100,000 cubic feet of water per second down the main spillway in Oroville, California on February 13, 2017. Josh Edelson/AFP

Thousands evacuated as California dam threatens to break

Feb 13, 2017 - 1:24 PM

UPDATED The damaged emergency spillway of earth fill Oroville Dam the tallest dam in the United States is feared to collapse any time local media report

Excess water spilling out of the Oroville Dam, February 10, 2017. Photo courtesy California Department of Water Resources

Trump threatens Berkeley funds over Breitbart protests

Feb 02, 2017 - 8:27 PM

The university is placed on lockdown as the sold out appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos a conservative firebrand was canceled Wednesday evening

PROTEST. People protesting controversial Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos march in the street on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley, California. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/ Getty Images/ AFP

Attorneys general from 16 U.S. states condemn Trump travel ban

Jan 30, 2017 - 7:22 AM

The 16 attorneys general all Democrats whose states are home to nearly a third of the US population issued a joint statement in opposition

Demonstrators at Philadelphia International Airport protest against President Donald Trump's executive order banning Muslim immigration on January 29, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images/AFP

California student forced to pee in bucket gets $1.25M

Jan 27, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The unidentified teen who was 14 at the time of the incident was not allowed to use the bathroom by a teacher during class because of strict school policies

California girds to protect undocumented foreigners from Trump

Jan 05, 2017 - 7:36 AM

Several so called sanctuary cities in California – ones that intentionally avoid prosecuting undocumented foreigners for violations of federal immigration policy – are beginning to dig in

A pinata of US president-elect Donald Trump is held aloft as people gather holding placards and voicing their displeasure with the recent US election results on International Migrants Day on December 18, 2016, in Los Angeles. Frederic J Brown/AFP

Uber puts brakes on self-driving cars in California

Dec 22, 2016 - 6:14 PM

California state officials revoke registrations for Uber s self driving cars

UBER. Uber signage in front of their headquarters in San Francisco, California, USA, 14 November 2014. File Photo by John G. Mabanglo/EPA

6.5 magnitude earthquake hits off northern California coast – USGS

Dec 08, 2016 - 11:30 PM

3rd UPDATE The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says no Pacific wide tsunami threat was expected from the event and there was no specific threat to Hawaii

California fire victims identified, criminal probe launched

Dec 06, 2016 - 9:58 AM

Of the 36 victims found so far in the wrecked two story building that had been converted into an artists collective 33 have been identified authorities say

A SONG FOR THE VICTIMS. A young man plays a guitar at a makeshift memorial near the site of a warehouse fire that has claimed the lives of at least 36 people on December 5, 2016 in Oakland, California. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images/AFP

California warehouse fire death toll climbs to 30

Dec 05, 2016 - 6:17 AM

Authorities had only searched a small part of the two story building destroyed by the inferno late Friday night December 2

Firefighters work on the scene following an overnight fire at a warehouse in the Fruitvale neighborhood on December 3, 2016 in Oakland, California. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images/AFP

Up to 40 feared dead in blaze at California party

Dec 03, 2016 - 11:51 PM

UPDATED It is not immediately known what sparked the inferno at the electronic dance music party attended by an estimated 50 to 100 people

Firefighters investigate the scene of a overnight fire that claimed the lives of at least nine people at a warehouse in the Fruitvale neighborhood on December 3, 2016 in Oakland, California. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images/AFP

High approval for cannabis, other measures in US vote

Nov 09, 2016 - 2:43 PM

US voters also weighed in on a slew of ballot measures including several related to marijuana gun control and the death penalty

Voters cast their ballots at voting machines at Shadow Ridge High School on Election Day on November 8, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Americans across the nation are picking their choice for the next president of the United States. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

US elections: Fil-Ams cross party lines, make hard choices

Nov 06, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Why this race to the finish matters to Filipinos in America

2017 budget: CHED loses P2B meant for PCARI, K to 12 transition

Oct 20, 2016 - 7:26 PM

The commission says the budget cut runs counter to President Duterte s 10 point agenda that puts primacy on investments in human capital development and the promotion of science and technology

Sea dogs take the lead at unique US surf competition

Sep 26, 2016 - 5:36 PM

Dogs and their owners come from as far away as Florida Australia and Brazil for the eighth edition of the annual event in aid of animal charities

SURF'S UP! Surf dog Sully surfs a large wave during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Mark RALSTON / AFP

Nitrates poison water in California's Central Valley

Sep 20, 2016 - 2:22 PM

The very same farmers who have tilled and cultivated the earth for decades in one of America s biggest produce regions have also poisoned it

WATER PROBLEM. Cristobal Chavez poses in is home with the only drinking water he and his family have - bottled water received through emergency deliveries - after discovering that the well on his property is contaminated with nitrates at three times the legal limit, August 24, 2016 in Porterville in California's Central Valley. Robyn Beck/AFP

Clinton cancels California trip after health scare – campaign

Sep 12, 2016 - 11:20 AM

Her schedule modification comes in the heat of a tightening race and just two weeks before she and Republican rival Donald Trump square off in their high pressure first presidential debate

Democratic presidental nominee Hillary Clinton arrives at the September 11 Commemoration Ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on September 11, 2016 in New York City. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Volkswagen engineer indicted in US emissions case

Sep 10, 2016 - 12:50 AM

James Liang helped develop the diesel engines equipped with defeat devices for some 500 000 Volkswagen cars sold in the United States

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 29, 2015 shows the logo of German car maker Volkswagen at a dealership in Woodbridge, Virginia. A US judge on August 25, 2016 gave German automaker Volkswagen until October 24 to come up with a fix for three-liter diesel engines rigged to cheat emissions tests, or face trial. Meanwhile, Volkswagen indicated it has reached a settlement deal in principle with US dealerships over diesel-cheat losses.  / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS

Part of Los Angeles airport briefly closed, 'Zorro' detained

Aug 29, 2016 - 1:14 PM

UPDATED Part of Los Angeles International Airport was briefly closed after loud noises were heard that sounded like gunfire possibly caused by a man dressed in a black Zorro outfit who was later detained by police

A file picture dated September 21, 2012 shows a general view over LAX airport of Los Angeles, California, USA. Michael Nelson/EPA

Thousands flee homes as California burns

Aug 19, 2016 - 11:15 AM

The Angeles forest fire – dubbed Blue Cut – has devoured 12 545 hectares an area more than twice the size of Bermuda and is just 4 contained

WILDFIRE. A chopper lines up to make a water drop on the Blue Cut fire, northeast of Los Angeles, California, USA, August 18, 2016. Photo by Paul Buck/EPA

Firenadoes rage in California as blaze menaces 82,000

Aug 18, 2016 - 7:00 AM

An inferno scorching swathes of southern California threatens the homes of more than 82 000 people sending flaming firenadoes tearing across the brush and prompting a state of emergency

BATTLE VS NATURE. A helicopter makes a water drop at the Blue Cut wildfire in Phelan,California on August 17, 2016. Jonathan Alcorn/AFP

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More than 82,000 flee California fires – authorities

Aug 17, 2016 - 11:54 AM

The state of emergency called by Governor Jerry Brown will allow California to mobilize its government agencies to fight the fire blazing out of control in San Bernardino County

People watch the so-called Blue Cut wildfire in Lytle Creek, California, August 16, 2016. Ringo Chiu/AFP

1st in the US: California high school curriculum to include WWII in PH

Aug 15, 2016 - 7:30 PM

No secondary school curriculum framework in the other 49 states covers the subject which is of personal interest to descendants of Filipino WWII veterans in the United States

Massive fires rage in California

Aug 02, 2016 - 9:08 AM

At least one person has died in the blazes that have forced thousands of people to flee their homes

Flames blown by strong winds close in on homes at the Sand Fire on July 23 2016 near Santa Clarita, California. David McNew/AFP

Volkswagen gets preliminary approval for US emissions settlement

Jul 27, 2016 - 3:00 PM

US District Judge Charles Breyer praises the enormous effort to settle the scandal and sets an October 18 deadline for final approval of the deal

epa05442175 (FILE) An archive picture made available on 23 June 2016 shows the US flag reflected in the hood of a Volkswagen (VW) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, 13 May 2009. According to news reports on 26 July 2016, a US federal judge gives preliminary approval to a 15 billion US dollar settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal in a deal that includes an option for owners to have the carmaker buy back their vehicles. VW's admited on 2015 that it had cheated on its US exhaust tests. EPA/FRISO GENTSCH

Volkswagen execs named in new emissions lawsuits

Jul 20, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Current Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller and his predecessor Martin Winterkorn are accused of being aware early on about the so called dieselgate scandal

epa05368860 Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen AG, at press conference at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, 16 June 2016. The German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) introduced its strategy until the year of 2025. EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE