Hoover Dam Explosion Investigated

U.S. authorities were investigating an explosion Tuesday that rocked a transformer at the Hoover Dam, one of the nation’s largest hydroelectric facilities, but caused no causalities.

Seven western US states face water restrictions

The residents of seven western US states may shortly be subjected to restrictions on water consumption as the water level in the Lake Powell reservoir continues to fall, Just the News (JN) reports.

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America installs first transgender bishop

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) on Saturday installed its first openly transgender bishop, DW reports. Reverend Megan Rohrer, who goes by the pronouns “they” and “he,” was installed as bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod during a ceremony at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Strong winds push California wildfire closer to Lake Tahoe (Video)

Flames raced across treetops and through drought-stricken vegetation as firefighters scrambled Wednesday to keep a growing California wildfire from reaching a resort city at the southern tip of Lake Tahoe after evacuation orders were expanded to neighboring Nevada.

Wildfire Forces Thousands From Popular Lake Tahoe Resort

Thousands of people rushed to leave South Lake Tahoe as the entire resort city came under evacuation orders and wildfire raced toward Lake Tahoe, a large freshwater lake straddling the California-Nevada border.

Federal judge rules felony deportation law is unconstitutional

In a court ruling with potentially broad implications for U.S. immigration cases, a federal judge in Nevada found that a criminal law that dates to 1929 and makes it a felony for a person who has been deported to return to the United States is unconstitutional.

Largest wildfire moves near California city, fueled by winds (Video)

A wildfire raged through a small Northern California forest town Tuesday, burning dozens of homes as dangerously dry and windy weather also continued to fuel other massive blazes and prompted the nation’s largest utility to begin shutting off power to 51,000 customers.

Nevada to pay church $175,000 for legal fees in lawsuit against pandemic restrictions

Nevada is to pay Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley church $175,000 for legal fees it incurred in its lawsuit against state COVID-19 restrictions on houses of worship, the Christian Post reports. The Nevada Board of Examiners unanimously approved a request from the Office of the Attorney General to pay the funds as the result of a tort claim.

Drought causes largest US reservoir to reach lowest level since 1930s

An increasingly severe drought across the Southwestern United States has resulted in Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir, reaching its lowest level of water since the 1930s on Wednesday, Axios reports. The Southwest is currently suffering the most severe and widespread drought of this century.

U.S. Census Bureau Delays Revealing Voters

The U.S. Census Bureau will miss for the first time a year-end deadline for handing in numbers used for divvying up congressional seats, in a setback for President Donald J. Trump.

Washington State lifts restrictions on worship services; cites court rulings

Citing recent high court rulings, Washington State announced Monday that it is lifting its COVID-19 restriction on the size of gatherings at indoor worship services, the Christian Post reports. Masks and social distancing are still required but, under the new regulations, the 25% capacity and 200-person limit of gatherings indoors is a recommendation rather than a mandate.

U.S. Legislators Want Hearing On Voter Fraud

Republican legislators demand an urgent probe into “election fraud” after high ranking U.S. officials reported irregularities and even foreign meddling in the presidential election.

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