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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

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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

A troop of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force participates with the US Marine Corps of  Expeditionary Fire Support System during the US -JAPAN military exercise Iron Fist 2014  outside the USMC base in Pendleton, California on February 06, 2014.

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A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force takes part in the US -Japan Exercise Iron Fist manoeuvres at the US Marine base in Pendleton, California

A wildfire burns in the hills just north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora, Calif., on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014. Southern California authorities have ordered the evacuation of homes at the edge of a fast-moving wildfire burning in the dangerously dry foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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A wildfire burns in the hills north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora, California. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of houses at the edge of the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains 

With the BART transit system on strike, traffic slows on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge during the morning commute Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in San Rafael, Calif.  San Francisco Bay Area commuters started the new work week on Monday with gridlocked roadways and long lines for buses and ferries as a major transit strike entered its fourth day. At the same time, federal investigators were searching for clues to a weekend train crash that killed two workers.

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As the BART transit system entered its fourth day of strikes, traffic slows on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, as San Francisco Bay Area commuters started the new working week on Monday with gridlocked roads and long lines for buses and ferries. At the same time, federal investigators were searching for clues to a weekend train crash that killed two workers.

U.S. forest firefighters get their rest in tents at the command post as the fire lights up the night skies from the Mountain Fire near Idyllwild...U.S. forest firefighters get their rest in tents at the command post as the fire lights up the night skies from the Mountain Fire near Idyllwild, California July 18, 2013. The blaze erupted on Monday afternoon about 100 miles (161 km) east of Los Angeles in the scenic but rugged San Jacinto Mountains that overlook Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and several smaller desert towns.  REUTERS/Gene Blevins  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

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US forest firefighters take a rest in tents at the command post as a mountain fire lights up the night skies near Idyllwild, California on Thursday. 

Competitors run in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park

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Competitors take part in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, in temperatures that can reach 55 degrees centigrade

Lightning strikes above the Geysers area of northern Sonoma County, early Thursday, July 4, 2013 near Geyserville Calif.  (AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

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Lightning strikes above the Geysers area of northern Sonoma County near Geyserville, California 

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Orders On DOMA And Prop 8 Cases...WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26:  Married couple Michael Knaapen (L) amd John Becker (2nd L) kiss after hearing the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Married couple Michael Knaapen (left) and John Becker kiss on Wednesday after hearing the US Supreme Court ruled that the Defence of Marriage Act (Doma) was unconstitutional. The high court ruled to strike down Doma and determined that California’s proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court’s striking down of the law.

A firefighter monitors a flare up of the Springs Fire at Point Mugu State Park, May 3, 2013. A wind-driven wildfire raging along the California coast north of Los Angeles prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes and a university campus on Thursday as flames engulfed several farm buildings and recreational vehicles near threatened neighborhoods.

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A firefighter monitors a flare up of the Springs Fire at Point Mugu State Park on Friday morning. A wind-driven wild fire raging along the California coast north of Los Angeles prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes and a university campus on Thursday as flames engulfed several farm buildings and recreational vehicles near threatened neighbourhoods.