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Mass lightning bolts light up night skies by the Daggett airport from monsoon storms passing over the high deserts early Wednesday, north of Barstow, California July 1, 2015. Picture taken using long exposure

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Mass lightning bolts light up night skies by the Daggett airport from monsoon storms passing over the high deserts early Wednesday, north of Barstow, California

A rainbow sculpture inspired by the movie "The Wizard of Oz" is pictured at Sony Studios in Culver City...A rainbow sculpture inspired by the movie "The Wizard of Oz" is pictured at Sony Studios in Culver City, California, June 24, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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A rainbow sculpture inspired by the movie “The Wizard of Oz” is pictured at Sony Studios in Culver City, California 

A Los Angeles City Fire helicopter drops water on a wildfire in Santa Clarita, Calif. About 1,000 people have been evacuated from homes as a 100-acre wildfire burns through brushy canyonlands north of Los Angeles

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A Los Angeles City Fire helicopter drops water on a hillside fire in Santa Clarita, Calif. About 1,000 people have been evacuated from homes as a 100-acre wildfire burns through brushy canyonlands north of Los Angeles.

A zombie promoting "The Walking Dead" game walks amongst gamers at the opening day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3 at the Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on June 16, 2015. Console kings Microsoft and Sony battled for players' hearts with blockbuster games and the lure of virtual worlds as the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo began in Los Angeles

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A zombie promoting “The Walking Dead” game walks amongst gamers at the opening day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3 at the Convention Center in Los Angeles, California

Wesley Barrientos...U.S. Army veteran Wesley Barrientos, left, who lost his legs in 2007 while serving in Iraq, listens to the national anthem before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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U.S. Army veteran Wesley Barrientos, who lost his legs in 2007 while serving in Iraq, listens to the national anthem before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles. 

Workers clean up an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta...Workers clean up an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States, May 20, 2015. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said

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Workers clean up an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States on Wednesday. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured

A woman does acrobatics as she waits for a band to start playing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California

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A woman does acrobatics as she waits for a band to start playing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

Construction workers Alex Hernandez (R) and Raul Buenrostro (L) begin demolition of a swimming pool at an apartment complex on April 8, 2015 in Hayward, California.  As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, some California residents are opting to have their home swimming pools removed as they face a mandatory 25 percent reduction in water use.

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Construction workers begin demolition of a swimming pool at an apartment complex in Hayward, California as the state enters its fourth year of drought. Some residents are having their pools removed as they face a mandatory 25% reduction in water use.

The moon sets in the early morning hours as a man walks along an ocean pier in Oceanside, California on Thursday

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The moon sets in the early morning hours as a man walks along an ocean pier in Oceanside, California on Thursday

A man waits in line for one of 5,000 holiday food bags provided at Glide Memorial Church in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco, California December 17, 2014. Glide's foundation serves a cross-section of homeless and low-income people, and provides a variety of services including free meals.

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A man waits in line for one of 5,000 food bags provided at Glide Memorial Church in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco, California on Wednesday

Traffic moves slowly across the Golden Gate Bridge in the high winds and rain Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in this view from Sausalito, Calif.  A storm expected to be one of the windiest and rainiest in five years swept across the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, knocking out power to tens to thousands and delaying travel by air, train and ferry. Pacific Gas & Electric is reporting outages are widespread across the Bay Area due to weather, but officials weren't immediately available to give a specific number of outages.

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Traffic moves slowly across the Golden Gate Bridge in the high winds and rain on Thursday, in this view from Sausalito, California. A storm expected to be one of the worst in five years swept across the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, knocking out power and delaying travel by air, train and ferry.

Amanda Ashe of Oakland faces off with a police officer during a demonstration in Oakland, California

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Amanda Ashe of Oakland, left, ‘faces off’ with a police officer during the second night of demonstrations in Emeryville, California, following the grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

People walk beside the Pacific Amusement Park as the sun sets on Santa Monica beach, California on October 19, 2014.  The pier which will soon celebrate its 100th year of operation, has been the setting for many famous movies such as 'The Sting', 'Forrest Gump' and 'Iron Man' and is a major tourist attraction in Los Angeles.

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People frolic beside the Pacific Amusement Park as the sun sets on Santa Monica beach, California. The pier, which will soon celebrate its 100th year, has been the setting for films such as The Sting, Forrest Gump and Iron Man.

Tesoro's Los Angeles oil refinery is seen through a fence in Los Angeles, California October 10, 2014. Oil prices are hovering just above $90 per barrel, a level last seen in June 2012, putting a strong spotlight on OPEC producing countries. They face calls to cut output at, or before, a policy meeting in late November to prop prices up as some are already feeling the pinch of sub-$100 oil  through increased budget pressure. Global oil prices are collectively reflecting the sweeping impact of a U.S. shale oil boom, with its production consistently outstripping growth forecasts.

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Tesoro’s Los Angeles oil refinery is seen through a fence in Los Angeles, California on Friday. Oil prices have dropped below $90 per barrel, a level last seen in June 2012, putting a strong spotlight on OPEC producing countries

Firefighters battle the King Fire in Fresh Pond, California

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Firefighters battle the King Fire in the community of Fresh Pond in El Dorado County, California

A firefighter battling the King Fire watches as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond...A firefighter battling the King Fire watches as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday.  REUTERS/Noah Berger  (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

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A firefighter watches as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California. So far 400 people have been evacuated from areas threatened by the blaze that has scorched more than 11,500 acres of land

A long exposure image shows the El Portal Fire burning near Yosemite National Park, California, USA. On the morning of 28 July, the fire had burned over 2,500 acres (1,011 hectares) and was just 5% contained. More than 400 firefighters and several helicopters are battling the flames near Yosemite.

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The El Portal Fire burning near Yosemite National Park, California, USA. On Monday morning the fire had burned over 2,500 acres (1,011 hectares) and was just 5% contained

A longtime exposure shows smolderings remains of overnight fires on the hillsides of San Marcos, San Diego county, California, USA, early 16 May 2014. Over 1,000 firefighters battled a series of fast-moving southern California wildfires on 15 May that spread across the region despite the efforts of more than 20 firefighting aircraft. Huge clouds of black smoke hung over much of San Diego County, where the worst blazes were burning 15 May, driven by the blistering Santa Ana winds, which bring strong, dry gusts out from the interior desert.

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Smoldering remains of overnight fires on the hillsides of San Marcos, San Diego county, California, USA, early Friday. Over 1,000 firefighters battled a series of fast-moving southern California wildfires that spread across the region despite the efforts of more than 20 firefighting aircraft.

A plane drops fire retardant over a hot spot on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif. Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif. Flames engulfed suburban homes and shot up along canyon ridges in one of the worst of several blazes that broke out Wednesday in Southern California during a second day of a sweltering heat wave, taxing fire crews who fear the scattered fires mark only the beginning of a long wildfire season.

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A plane drops fire retardant over a hot spot in San Marcos, California. Flames engulfed suburban homes and shot up along canyon ridges in one of the worst of several blazes that broke out in Southern California during another day of a sweltering heat

A boy showers off after sunset at the beach in Cardiff

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A boy showers off after sunset at the beach in Cardiff, California