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Bald Eagle eggs hatch in Big Bear Valley

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Two bald eagle eggs have hatched in Big Bear Valley. You can see the chicks, and the protective parent eagles, on a live Nest Cam.

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Can cannabis save us from the opioid crisis?

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A new study adds to a body of research suggesting medical marijuana may help reduce opioid deaths. But experts say ending the epidemic will take much more than pot.

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The 3.8-billion-mile photo

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NASA's New Horizons probe captured an image from 3.8 billion — yes, billion — miles away. It's the farthest from our planet an image has ever been made

No more 'voluntary' evacuations after Montecito mudslide

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Santa Barbara County officials said Thursday that the new terminology will be "pre-evacuation advisory," ''recommended evacuation warning" and "mandatory evacuation order."

La Niña is on its way out. What does that mean for California?

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The La Niña climate pattern is associated with drier weather in Southern California, but that doesn't mean that things are going to get wetter if it goes away.

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California Assembly opposes offshore drill plan

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Assemblywoman Monique Limón, a Santa Monica Democrat who sought the resolution, cited previous offshore spills that have tarred the state's picturesque coastline.

California may have a way to block Trump's offshore drilling push

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In the 1980s, California towns used local zoning rules to block offshore oil and gas drilling. State lawmakers are considering a similar strategy to push back against the Trump administration.

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If we bring the good life to all, will we destroy the planet?

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A new study offers an intriguing way to calculate the answer. What does this mean for humanity?

WATCH: SpaceX successfully launches most powerful rocket in decades

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The private space company has launched the Falcon Heavy, a rocket more powerful than any other in use today. It's now bearing a roadster into an elliptical Earth-Mars orbit. Watch the video here.

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For schools near freeways, air filters help kids breathe

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More than 70 schools across Southern California that are near freeways have air filters to take out dangerous diesel particulate matter. But more are needed.

Want to see Yosemite's fiery waterfall? You'll need a reservation

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Every February, Horsetail Falls on the east side of El Capitan glows a fiery orange at sunset.

Why is geothermal energy the forgotten renewable?

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Experts say the American West is full of geothermal reservoirs whose energy could power millions of homes.

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SpaceX's hot new monster rocket ready for first test flight

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With three boosters and 27 engines, the Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful working rocket out there today, by a factor of two.

White House to withdraw controversial environmental nominee

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Kathleen Hartnett White suggested that climate regulation is a conspiracy pushed by communists and called renewable energy unreliable and parasitic.

Epic photo of Mars Curiosity rover's epic journey

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The nuclear-powered mobile science lab took a panoramic shot that stretches across more than 30 miles and shows the route it has taken since 2012.

Making space food with space poop

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One of the hardest things about getting humans to Mars is the food we'd have to bring. Researchers are making edible microbial goo — with help from human waste.

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