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I-5 Bridge Collapses On Skagit River In Washington
Last night, a bridge off Interstate 5 north of Seattle collapsed, reportedly after an overloaded truck hit part of the structure while crossing. Though there were no serious injuries, the incident has renewed concerns about our country's aging infrastructure.
Moore Residents Continue Painful Recovery From Massive Tornado Strike
Despite the recent destruction by tornadoes, Oklahoma residents are already talking about plans to rebuild in a region known as "Tornado Alley." Why do people choose rebuilding over relocating?

Friday Flashback: Obama speech, drone use, and more

Time now for the Friday Flashback, our weekly analysis of the stories making headlines.
Between July 2011 and July 2012, the city of Irvine grew nearly five times as fast as any other large city in southern California. In fact, Irvine ranks among the top 10 fastest growing cities in the whole country.
Bluth's Original Banana Stand from the show "Arrested Development" was set at Newport Beach's Balboa Island, but so far, there are no plans to bring the stand to the city.
Desert Storm Brings Snow but Leaves Skies Blue

Mojave Desert star parties unite space lovers together under the stars

Twice a year, scientists, environmentalists, and amateur astronomers gather deep in the Mojave Desert to look at the night sky. The so-called star parties are growing in popularity — nearly 100 people ventured out to the desert this past weekend.
Former Scout Alan Eckert

Boy Scouts vote to allow openly gay members

The National Council of the Boys Scouts of America last night voted to allow openly gay members in the organization. The debate over whether to ease the ban on gay scouts has been lengthy and emotional, with passionate arguments on both sides of the issue.
LAPD Helicopter

LAPD will not pursue complaints about police helicopter noise

Irritated by police helicopter noise? LAPD policy dictates that the department not pursue complaints about low-flying choppers.
Santa Cruz Island Fox Recovery - 1
Conservation efforts have brought back the Santa Cruz Island fox from the brink of extinction from 100 in 2000 to more than 1,300 today.
The book "Liberace Extravaganza!" features hundreds of photos of the performer and his stunning outfits. Co-author and costume designer Connie Furr Soloman talks about his legacy.
Is atheism on the rise in America, and are more people willing to come out of the "godless closet"?
Filter - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival
The Long Beach, Calif. band Cold War Kids have a new album out entitled "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts," based on a black comedy set during the Great Depression. We speak with bandmembers Nathan Willett and Matt Maust.

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