California is parched. The state’s worst drought in decades has left its reservoirs half-naked, if not skeletal. Officials say 17 communities could run out of drinking water this summer; some are considering mandatory rationing; and 500,000 acres in the state may be left fallow.
Gun World co-owner Joseph Ferrero is telling customers it’s their last chance to buy some semiautomatic handguns including a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson M&P or a 9 mm Ruger LC9 because “California has effectively banned” them.
California Governor Jerry Brown has amassed $17 million from a well of donors including Exxon Mobil Corp., Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp. and even porn mogul Larry Flynt for a re-election campaign without saying he plans to run.
Vail, Colorado, is known as a playground for the rich and famous, where celebrities such as Michelle Obama, Cameron Diaz, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Al Gore are sometimes seen. The town council isn’t convinced that legal marijuana shops would benefit the municipality’s image.
Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. said it will stop selling new versions of semiautomatic pistols in California because of a law requiring the weapons to stamp identifying information onto bullet casings when the guns are fired.
Arnold Schwarzenegger swore after his first month as California governor that he’d rip up the state’s credit cards. Instead, the Republican former action- movie hero pushed through at least $52 billion of borrowing.