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A home burns during the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., in November 2018. It was one of several fires often discussed in terms of the changing climate. A new survey shows a jump in the number of Americans who are "very worried" about global warming.
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A curious harbor seal checks out diver Mike Weber as he and other divers pick up golf balls in the waters off the coast of Northern California. His daughter wrote a paper about all the golf balls found in the ocean from nearby golf courses.
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A National Guardsman stands guard outside the ruins of the Northridge Meadows Apartments where 16 people died during the January 1994 earthquake that rocked Southern California. Since then, many of these kinds of apartments have been retrofitted to withstand a large quake.
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Homes leveled by the Camp Fire line Valley Ridge Drive in Paradise, Calif. Some recovery efforts are stalled by the government shutdown, creating anxiety among survivors and concern for officials.
After the Camp Fire in November, thousands of people whose homes were destroyed were forced to seek refuge in nearby Chico, Calif. Some 700 people, some in their RVs, are still living at a Red Cross shelter at the Chico fairgrounds. The shelter is expected to close at the end of January.
Winter is peak time for prescribed burns, deliberately set fires designed to eliminate leaves and other flammable material that could fuel a larger forest fire. But the partial government shutdown is interfering with this and other preparations for the fire season.
People were more likely to try mealworms — such as these mealworm chocolate truffles sprinkled with coconut — when the ad focused on taste and experience, a study showed.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is bringing staff back to keep open dozens of wildlife refuges including Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Comanche County, Okla., despite the government shutdown.
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A fatberg measuring 210 ft. is blocking a sewer in the southwestern English town of Sidmouth. It will take a sewer team around eight weeks to dissect and dispose of the obstruction.
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Kiyoshi Kimura, president of sushi restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai, displays a 612-pound bluefin tuna at one of his restaurants. The company he runs paid a record $3.1 million for the popular but threatened fish.
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