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Forest officials want volunteers to help crack down on gold panning

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If you've ever visited the San Gabriel River in the mountains north of Azusa, you've probably seen folks standing ankle deep in the water panning for gold. You're not supposed to do it. Now there's a plan to crack down on the activity in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

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Finding alternatives as Malibu moves to ban single-use plastic

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Whether you think it's time or a waste of time, the city of Malibu decided to ban the use of plastic straws, utensils and stirrers as a means of reducing their harmful effects on the environment.

It's the Hubble Space Telescope's birthday. Enjoy amazing images of the Lagoon Nebula

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This month marks the Hubble Space Telescope's 28 years in space and as a gift to us earthlings, NASA and the European Space Agency issued photos of colorful, explosive beauty.

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San Diego tortoise with cracked shell gets $4,000 repair

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A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in San Diego is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it.

'Houses disappeared' when tumbleweeds rolled into Victorville

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A resident of Victorville says tumbleweeds roll in whenever a strong wind kicks up — but that this latest round felt "like we were being invaded."

SpaceX launches NASA satellite to search for alien worlds

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TESS — short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite — will spend two years searching for planets near bright, nearby stars.

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Should Elon Musk's Westside tunnel get to skip environmental review? Some LA leaders think so

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The region's transit agency worries The Boring Company's tunnel could interfere with its plans to build a subway under Sepulveda Boulevard.

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New report: Yup, Los Angeles is the most polluted metro area in the US

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The American Lung Association released its annual "State of the Air" report Wednesday, and the Golden State gets plenty of mentions — but not in a good way.

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The LA River was trashed — before these 900 people came to help

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Friends of the L.A. River just kicked off its 29th annual river clean-up. For three weekends in April, FoLAR will lead river cleanups along the entire 51-mile stretch of the river

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Why SoCal's 'Super Bloom' was a super bust this year

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Last year's incredible wildflower display created an Instagram frenzy. This year, not so much. What changed?

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Get ready for the next big thing in NASA's search for Earth's twin

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NASA is launching a mission to find Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that scientists can study for signs of life. Scientists already know of over 3,000 planets around distant stars.

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MWD's mega tunnels project: What could go wrong?

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The hard part's out of the way, MWD's board voted to build two tunnels under the Bay Delta. Now comes the harder part: Clearing political and construction hurdles.

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Giant swath of ocean off California could get new protections

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What’s the best way to protect coral reefs and underwater sponge gardens from being damaged by fishing gear? New plan would ban bottom trawling in certain areas.

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California oil firms have had nearly 400 violations since 2015, reports show

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The majority of the violations were racked up by the state's biggest oil and gas producer, California Resources Corp., and two subsidiaries, THUMS Long Beach Co. and Tidelands in Long Beach and the Huntington Beach areas.

Here’s another chance to get paid to rip out your lawn

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A popular "cash for grass" program is coming back to Southern California this summer. But there are a lot more rules this time.

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Yosemite reopens after flooding from California deluge

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Roads in Yosemite Valley were swamped by up to 4 feet of water, affecting electrical and water systems. Traffic could be slow as the cleanup continues.