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Congress considers new hope for hemp

Congress may make versatile crop legal after decades in the shadow of marijuana. More

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California expects lighter pear crop

A lighter fresh pear crop is forecast this season in California. But the state’s top pear packer and marketer says it looks like clean, larger... More



California utility expects to pay $2.5 billion for wildfires

The blazes killed 44 people, destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, and wiped out vineyards, marijuana farms and other agricultural operations. More

Legal pot will roll out differently in Canada than in US

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that marijuana will be legal nationwide on Oct. 17. More

California cow that vied for title of tallest bovine dies

A giant, 1-ton Holstein steer that loved to eat bread and received international attention when it competed for the title of tallest bovine in the world has died More

Send in the goats: Portugal goes low-tech to beat wildfires

Deploying goats as a way to prevent wildfires has been done for decades in the United States, especially in California and the Pacific Northwest. More

Kellogg recalls Honey Smacks because of salmonella potential

Consumers are advised to throw the cereal away and contact Kellogg for a refund. More

Proposed US banking fix for marijuana may not open all doors

The shortage of banking services has been a major obstacle to the industry. More

Study: 2014 Napa quake may be linked to groundwater changes

New research suggests the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that rocked California wine country in August 2014 may have been caused by an expansion of Earth's crust due to seasonally receding groundwater under the Napa and Sonoma valleys More

Power tool used to clear brush blamed for LA hillside fire

The homes surrounding Benedict Canyon include numerous multimillion-dollar mansions overlooking Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles. More

Initiative to split up California projected to make ballot

An initiative that seeks to split California into three states is projected to qualify for the state's November ballot More

Mayors of 6 US cities where marijuana is legal form group

Mayors from six U.S. cities where marijuana is legal have formed a coalition to advocate for reform of American cannabis laws and prepare other states and the federal government for marijuana legalization More

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