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NorCal fires: Chaos, lack of communication frustrates families of missing

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Chaos has marked a disaster that spans several counties and cities, adding to the frustration of hundreds of people searching for loved ones.

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31 dead as NorCal wildfires grow to size of New York City

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Teams with cadaver dogs began a grim search Thursday for more dead in parts of California wine country devastated by wildfires.

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This week's air quality worst on record for San Francisco Bay

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As wildfires spread through Northern California counties, clouds of smoke and ash are spreading, too, far beyond the flames. Air quality officials have a database that's searchable by ZIP code.

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California company to assess uranium contamination on Navajo Nation

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the contract Wednesday to Tetra Tech Inc., headquartered in Pasadena.

This tiny worm hasn't had sex in 18 million years

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For most species, that would be a recipe for quick extinction. But not for these creatures. Scientists want to know why.

Entire Northern California town ordered to evacuate due to wildfires

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Authorities are ordering all residents of the Northern California town of Calistoga to evacuate. The 22 wildfires that have burned more than 115,000 acres in California since Sunday have now been blamed for 21 deaths.

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Over 100 reported missing in Northern California wildfires

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More than a dozen wildfires have swept through Northern California, killing 15 people and injuring at least 100. Officials said it's possible many of the missing simply can't be reached amid a loss of communications.

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What the Clean Power Plan repeal means for California

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The move to scuttle President Obama's signature act to cut greenhouse gas emissions nationwide won't have much impact in the Golden State.

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10 killed, thousands evacuated as fires rage in Northern California

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Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying 1,500 homes and businesses and sending thousands fleeing.

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Breathing polluted air while pregnant may cause ADHD in kids

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A new study finds children of mothers who breathed polluted air in congested urban neighborhoods while pregnant had more symptoms of ADHD.

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Neanderthal genes help shape how many modern humans look

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Calling someone a Neanderthal because of his coarse manners or brutish looks may seem like fun. But be careful. Neanderthal DNA persists inside many of us.

A 'hysterical housewife' reflects on 39 years of environmental activism

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Penny Newman began pushing to clean up toxic waste in the 1980s. Now, the mother of the environmental justice movement in Southern California is running for public office.

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Nobel Prize in chemistry honors views of human cells working at the atomic level

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Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson worked to develop cryo-electron microscopy, which the Royal Swedish Academy says "both simplifies and improves the imaging of biomolecules."

​Environmental group sues California over whale-killing gear

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The group said the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is liable for a surge in entanglements of endangered whales and sea turtles because it authorizes and manages operation of the fishery.

Caltech scientists helped prove Einstein right — and won the 2017 Physics Nobel Prize

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For years, three physicists worked to prove Albert Einstein's idea that gravitational waves are rippling through space-time. In 2015, they made history as part of the LIGO Collaboration.

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The taming of the brew: How sour beer is driving a microbial gold rush

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As the popularity of sour beers burgeons in America, scientists are going back to the drawing board in a quest to discover the perfect mix of new brewing microbes.