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'Like a World War II battlefield': How one of Northern California's most polluted properties may finally be cleaned up

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The legacies of California’s 1849 Gold Rush and the relentless search for gold that continued decades later are well known: the rise of San Francisco; statehood; Wells Fargo; Levi’s jeans; a Bay Area football team named after the fortune-seeking miners.

But along the shores of Clear Lake, just north of Napa Valley’s famed wineries, is ...Read more

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Supreme Court hears 1st Amendment clash on whether Texas and Florida can regulate social media

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will consider Monday whether Florida and Texas can regulate social media to protect "conservative speech," or instead whether Facebook, You Tube, TikTok and others have a free-speech right to decide what appears on their sites.

This 1st Amendment clash also features a dispute over how to characterize these ...Read more

Navalny was set for release in swap before he died, aide says

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Alexey Navalny had been close to release in a prisoner exchange with the U.S. and Germany shortly before his death in an Arctic prison, a top aide to the Russian opposition leader said.

“Navalny was supposed to be freed in the coming days,” Maria Pevchikh said in a video statement posted Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin was offered...Read more

Migrant arrests are up along the border in California and dropping in Texas. Why?

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A new pattern emerged along the nation's southern border last month: Migrant arrests plummeted at the Texas border in January compared to the same month a year ago. At the same time, similar arrests soared year-over-year at entry points in California and Arizona.

Experts say a combination of factors is likely causing the shift, which has led ...Read more

The countdown to NASA's Jupiter mission is on. This JPL engineer is helping it happen

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Think of meticulously handcrafted objects and certain things come immediately to mind: fine art, exotic cars, luxury timepieces.

But Pasadena native Steve Barajas spends his days building a bespoke item that's on another level entirely: NASA's Europa Clipper.

The 13,000-pound behemoth, with a solar-array wingspan the length of a basketball ...Read more

Lawmakers urge DOD to play larger role in scrutinizing mergers

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Two Democratic lawmakers are pushing the Pentagon to take a more in-depth approach to reviewing potential defense business mergers as the number of military contractors dwindles.

Demanding “robust oversight” from the Defense Department when it comes to those deals, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Rep. John Garamendi of California...Read more

As war in Ukraine enters third year, 3 issues could decide its outcome: Supplies, information and politics

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In retrospect, there was perhaps nothing surprising about Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022.

Vladimir Putin’s intentions were, after all, hiding in plain sight and signaled in the months running up to the incursion.

What could not be foreseen, however, is where the conflict finds itself now. Heading into...Read more

What ancient farmers can really teach us about adapting to climate change – and how political power influences success or failure

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In dozens of archaeological discoveries around the world, from the once-successful reservoirs and canals of Angkor Wat in Cambodia to the deserted Viking colonies of Greenland, new evidence paints pictures of civilizations struggling with unforeseen climate changes and the reality that their farming practices had become unsustainable.

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Anti-immigrant pastors may be drawing attention – but faith leaders, including some evangelicals, are central to the movement to protect migrant rights

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A convoy of far-right Christian nationalists calling themselves “God’s Army” have been staging rallies on the southern U.S. border against migrants.

Under the banner “Take Our Border Back,” rally participants are using dehumanizing language about an “invasion” and citing the “great replacement” conspiracy theory, ...Read more

I went to CPAC as an anthropologist to understand Trump’s base − they believe, more than ever, he is a savior

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What is happening in the hearts of former President Donald Trump’s supporters?

As an anthropologist who studies peace and conflict, I went to the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, to find out. I wanted to better understand the Make America Great Again faithful – and their die-hard support for...Read more

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WA's public defender system is breaking down, communities reeling

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — When you're charged with a crime that could put you behind bars and you don't have enough money to pay an attorney to defend you, the government is supposed to provide you with one. But that isn't happening in some communities across Washington state, at least not right away.

"We're still working on getting you an attorney,...Read more

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Indiana wreck survivor Matt Reum recounts being trapped in his truck under I-94: 'I have to stay alive'

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Zack Swets, a Portage, Ind., firefighter/paramedic, was one of the initial first responders to arrive on the scene after a call came into 911 dispatch that there was a car in a ditch under Interstate 94 and it had been there for multiple days.

The dispatcher said the driver was still alive and talking and had been stuck in his car and unable to...Read more

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'Like a World War II battlefield': How one of Northern California's most polluted properties may finally be cleaned up

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The legacies of California’s 1849 Gold Rush and the relentless search for gold that continued decades later are well known: the rise of San Francisco; statehood; Wells Fargo; Levi’s jeans; a Bay Area football team named after the fortune-seeking miners.

But along the shores of Clear Lake, just north of Napa Valley’s famed wineries, is ...Read more

New Tuvalu PM Feleti Teo named as Taiwan, China relations hang in the balance

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Feleti Teo has been elected unopposed as the next prime minister of the small Pacific nation of Tuvalu, a decision which may have implications for one of Taiwan’s remaining diplomatic allies in the region.

Former Tuvalu Foreign Minister Simon Kofe congratulated Teo on his election on Monday, in a post on X. “It is the first time in our ...Read more

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SpaceX launch this week could end NASA astronaut's nearly 15-year wait to get to space

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER — NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps has had to get comfy in three different spacecraft seats, but while she said she would have fit in any of them, it’s the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour set to lift off this week that ended up being the one that was just right.

Chosen as one of nine NASA astronaut candidates in 2009, all of ...Read more

Developers say proposed wind farm project could help power Anchorage, reducing strain on gas

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Developers of a huge wind farm proposed for construction near Anchorage say it could help provide a much-needed boost to the area's energy needs, and will be most productive when it's most needed, when temperatures drop and demand for energy soars.

They say it could have provided 20% of the electricity used in the city during the recent extreme...Read more

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Why health care has become a top target for cybercriminals

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When a cyberattack hit Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center late last year and exposed the personal data of nearly a million patients, many were caught off guard, stunned a breach could infiltrate such a large and highly resourced health care organization.

But those working in computer security weren't surprised. In recent years, they've ...Read more

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Bolsonaro rallies supporters in Brazil as police probes close in

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Jair Bolsonaro led supporters at a rally in the heart of Brazil’s biggest city on Sunday in an attempted show of force against political opponents and the country’s Supreme Court as a litany of legal troubles close in on the former president.

Supporters dressed in the green and yellow colors of the Brazilian flag occupied three of the 18 ...Read more

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Serious crashes with Chicago pedestrians and cyclists often fail to lead to tickets or charges: 'We can't be OK with this'

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CHICAGO — Nakari Campbell still doesn’t remember much of the day the driver ran her over.

She was crossing the street in a crosswalk blocks from her West Town home when a car turned left at an intersection and struck her, flipping her onto the hood of the red Mercedes, witnesses told police. She fell off the car, which then dragged her and ...Read more

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Georgia campus tense, sad in wake of nursing student's murder and death

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ATHENS — Under sunny skies and warm late winter temperatures that often bring joy to University of Georgia students, many were still struggling Sunday to make sense of the Thursday murder of a 22-year-old nursing student on the UGA campus.

“I’ve never heard of anything like that here,” said Angel Anaya, a graduate student from Mableton ...Read more