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Corporate America embraces 420 as pot legalization grows

Apr. 19, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marijuana users have for decades celebrated their love of the drug on April 20, but the once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it. No, Hallmark doesn't yet have a card to mark "420." But many other...

California dispute threatens plan to protect Colorado River

Apr. 17, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A dispute between two major California water agencies is threatening to derail a hard-won agreement designed to protect a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West. The Imperial Irrigation District, the largest single recipient of Colorado River water, on Tuesday sued a...

Want that first customer? Do research, don't undercharge

Apr. 17, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many small business owners are so anxious to get their first customers or clients that they'll underprice their products or services, and end up in relationships that are not only unprofitable but also unpleasant. Owners can also find themselves doing work they don't want to do. Some advice...

New business owners find it's a mistake to work for free

Apr. 17, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a situation many new business owners land in — they're so anxious to find customers and clients that they work for little or no money. Or take on projects they don't like. These owners hope to get referrals, build a portfolio or get photos and testimonials for their websites....

Clearing forests: No simple solution to California wildfires

Apr. 13, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — With nearly 40 million people living in California and development spreading into once-wild regions, some of the state's best tools toward preventing wildfires can't be widely used. Still, there is growing agreement that the state must step up its use of forest management through...

Growing number of states move to shield lottery winners

Apr. 12, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A growing number of states are moving to allow the winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups' wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair. Arizona could be the next state to join at least...

California races to deter disaster as towns face fire risk

Apr. 11, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Impoverished towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta. Rustic Gold Rush cities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. High-dollar resort communities on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Ritzy Los Angeles County suburbs. They all could be the next Paradise. A McClatchy analysis reveals more than...

Analysis: Safety rules give homes better chance in wildfires

Apr. 11, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The sky was turning orange and the embers were flying from the Camp Fire when Oney and Donna Carrell and Donna's father sped away from their Paradise home. "I thought, 'Oh, well, the house is done,'" Oney Carrell said. A few days later, they learned otherwise. The Carrells' home...

Column: Living in California means ignoring risk of disaster

Apr. 11, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — In the winter of 2009, my wife and I found a house that looked like a great place to start our family, a three-bedroom in a hilly subdivision surrounded by dry brush just outside the Redding city limits. By that point, I'd covered wildfires for the Record Searchlight newspaper...

California wildfires: Seeking solutions to a wicked problem

Apr. 11, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — More than 2.7 million Californians live in areas that are at very high risk for wildfires, according to our analysis of census data and state fire maps. They live in more than 1.1 million housing units, or in about one in 12 of the state's homes. That's right: one in 12 homes...