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California tightens rules on popular pesticide for farmers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is tightening the strictest rules in the nation on a pesticide that is popular with farmers over new health concerns, officials said Friday. Farmers use chlorpyrifos (klor-PHIR-e-fos) to kill pests that attack a...


Survivor of deadly California crash blames social media

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A 14-year-old survivor of a deadly car crash in California that was livestreamed on Instagram said she isn't mad at anyone and doesn't blame the driver. Instead, Manuela Seja blamed social media, which she said has taken over...

 By Scott Smith    Regional    June 28, 2017

Ingredient in popular weed killer going on list as cancerous

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer. Officials announced that starting...

 By Scott Smith    Regional    May 5, 2017

Strawberry scientist is sued over the fruits of his research

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Plant scientist Douglas Shaw spent his career toiling in the fields in California to grow the perfect strawberry, one that was plump and bright red yet remained sweet even after the long trip to grocery stores across the...


Gunfire sensors credited with quick arrest in Fresno rampage

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Acoustic sensors mounted on lampposts and telephone poles picked up the crack of gunfire and rapidly enabled police to zero in on where it was coming from. Within minutes, the alleged gunman in the deadly rampage was under...


In drought, drones help California farmers save every drop 

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP, Aug. 29, 2016) – A drone whirred to life in a cloud of dust, then shot hundreds of feet skyward for a bird's-eye view of a vast tomato field in California's Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region.... Full story


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