Illegal fireworks were believed to have ignited fires that threatened homes and destroyed property in several locations, as well as caused an explosion at a block party that sent at least five people to the hospital, authorities across California said Sunday as they assessed damages and injuries from the July Fourth celebration.
A decision to strip Blue Shield of California of its tax-exempt status was justified by an audit that outlines the nonprofit health insurer's stockpiling of $4 billion in surpluses, state tax officials said in a report.
It took $817 million, two starts, more than six years and one worker's life to drill a so-called "Third Straw" to make sure glittery casinos and sprawling suburbs of Las Vegas can keep getting drinking water from near the bottom of drought-stricken Lake Mead.
Authorities say a 7-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were killed and another person suffered critical injuries after their SUV careened off the side of a Southern California mountain road and plunged 40 feet.
Some California residents are finding themselves in an ironic bind where they have to pay more while using less water in the drought. That's because water agencies are losing revenue under strict conservation regimes, but still have to pay for staff, maintaining pipelines and other fixed costs.
Americans celebrated 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday with extravagant fireworks displays, rock and classical concerts and parades both big and small. Here were some highlights of Independence Day festivities around the nation: