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Field of dead almond trees is seen next to field of growing almond trees in Coalinga in the Central Valley, Calif. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters).

Drought-fighting efforts exceed goals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Water use fell by 27% in June, passing the conservation target set by Gov. Jerry Brown during the drought, regulators said Thursday.Data released by the State Water Resources Control Board shows 265 out of 411 local agencies hit or nearly reached savings targets.Brown previously ordered an overall 25% reduction in urban...

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