Imperial, California - A university in Edmonton fell victim to a phishing scam that cost it nearly $12-million. MacEwan University discovered on August 23rd that it had been bilked out of 11.8 million dollars after its staff failed to verify the legitimacy of emails, purportedly from a construction partner, that requested a change in banking information.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Los Angeles County due to the effects of the La Tuna Fire, which has burned thousands of acres, threatened homes and critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents.

San Diego, California - Five ring-tailed lemurs, five fossas and one honey badger  explored their new homes at the just-opened Madagascar Forest habitat in the new Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks at the San Diego Zoo, earlier today. After coming onto the exhibit from their behind-the-scenes bedrooms, the sociable troop of one male and four female ring-tailed lemurs jumped on rocks and climbed trees, and even sunbathed for a while one of the lemurs’ favorite pastimes.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring September 2017 as “National Preparedness Month” in the State of California.

Atlantic Ocean - The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) departed for the Gulf Coast region Thursday, in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's, and local and state authorities' efforts to provide humanitarian and disaster relief for the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Phoenix, Arizona - A Utah-based operation that helped allegedly deceptive telemarketers take millions of dollars from consumers’ credit card accounts will be banned from the payment processing business under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.