Editor's note: California Highway Patrol says Cal Fire had to extract passengers through the bus windows after a tour bus and semi-truck crashed in Desert Hot Springs, according to NBC News. An estimated 31 people were on the bus, and the truck driver sustained minor injuries. The bus left Red Earth Casino in Salton City en route to somewhere in Los Angeles. Desert Regional Medical Center received 14 patients, with five in critical condition and three in serious condition. Eisenhower Medical Center received 11 passengers, all with minor injuries. JFK Memorial Hospital received five patients, who are still being evaluated. We're watching for updates. - Rebecca
Editor's note: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will meet for their third and final presidential debate at 9 p.m. ET, and Fox News’ Chris Wallace will moderate the match at the University of Las Vegas in Nevada. The stakes are high tonight, with just 20 days left until voters head to the polls. The candidates are both set to be on the offensive, a little more than a week after sparring in what the New Yorker’s John Cassidy dubbed “the nastiest presidential debate of all time.” Trump reportedly has invited President Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, to tonight’s debate, along with Patricia Smith, the mother of a Benghazi victim who has accused Clinton of “murdering” her son. Clinton has invited Meg Whitman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO and former Republican California gubernatorial candidate, and Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks. Topics that have been set include debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign hot spots and each candidate’s “fitness to be president.” We’ll have live video of the debate and will bring you updates here on our feed. - Rebecca
Statement: Bernie Sanders, in support of Proposition 61, the California Drug Price Relief Act: 'If we beat the drug industry in California we are going to put them on the defensive and lower the cost of medication across this country'
California (/ˌkælᵻˈfɔːrnjə/KAL-ə-FORN-yə, /ˌkælᵻˈfɔːrniə/KAL-ə-FAWR-nee-ə) is the most populous state in the United States. It is also the third most extensive by area. Los Angeles, in Southern California, is the state's most populous city and the country's second largest after New York City. California also includes the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and the largest county by area, San Bernardino County. Geographically located in the western part of the United States, California is bordered by the other United States states of Oregon to the north, Nevada to the east, and Arizona to the southeast. California shares an international border with the Mexican state of Baja California to the south and the Pacific Ocean is on the state's western coastline. The state capital is Sacramento, which is located in the northern part of the state. A majority of California's cities are located in either the San Francisco Bay Area or the Sacramento metropolitan area in Northern California; or the Los Angeles area, the Riverside-San Bernardino-Inland Empire, or the San Diego metropolitan area in Southern California.
What is now California was first settled by various Native American tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions during the 16th and 17th centuries. It was then claimed by the Spanish Empire as part of Alta California in the larger territory of New Spain. Alta California became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its successful war for independence, but was ceded to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican–American War. The western portion of Alta California was organized as the State of California, which was admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. The California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with large-scale immigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom.
California's diverse geography ranges from the Sierra Nevada in the east to the Pacific Coast in the west, from the redwood–Douglas fir forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast. The center of the state is dominated by the Central Valley, a major agricultural area. California contains both the highest point (Mount Whitney) and the lowest point (Death Valley) in the contiguous United States. Earthquakes are common because of the state's location along the Pacific Ring of Fire. About 37,000 earthquakes are recorded each year, but most are too small to be felt.
California is regarded as a global trendsetter in both popular culture and politics, and is the birthplace of the film industry, the hippie counterculture, the Internet, and the personal computer. The state's economy is centered on finance, government, real estate services, technology, and professional, scientific and technical business services; together comprising 58% of the state's economy. Three of the world's largest 20 firms by revenue, Chevron, Apple, and McKesson, are headquartered in the state. Although only 1.5% of the state's economy, California's agriculture industry has the highest output of any United States state. If it were a country, California would be the 6th largest economy in the world and the 35th most populous.