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LOS ANGELES — Nearly two months after extreme drought conditions forced the state to eliminate water allocations along the massive State Water Project, regulators have announced a modest increase in deliveries because of a recent series of drenching storms. December’s surprising but welcome surge of record-breaking rain and snow — including more than 17 feet of powder at Donner Pass — provided ...

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In just over one month after the omicron variant reached U.S. shores, the number of American adults who said they had been diagnosed with COVID-19 climbed by more than a quarter, according to Census data. Self-reports of COVID rose to 57 million in the period of Dec. 29-Jan. 10 from 45 million from Dec. 1 to Dec. 13, according to the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. An additional 2.7 ...

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The U.S. housing market is still hot, but bidding wars are easing a bit from the frenzied days of last summer, according to data from Movoto by OJO, a residential real estate search site. Some 40 percent of homes sold in December fetched more than their list price, down from 41.1 percent in November. December marked the sixth consecutive month that competition had declined on a ...

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Depressed housing inventory curbed U.S. sales of previously owned homes at the end of the strongest year since 2006, and a recent spike in mortgage rates risks a further tempering of purchases. Contract closings decreased 4.6% in December from the prior month to an annualized 6.18 million, figures from the National Association of Realtors showed Thursday. Still, sales climbed to 6.12 million ...

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When it comes to water conservation, California is burying its head in the winter snow. Future generations will not look kindly at our leaders' complete failure to strategically address the state's water shortages, which will only get worse with climate change. Two years of some of the worst drought conditions in state history haven't slowed Big Ag's demands for more water. Meanwhile, urban ...