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  1. California Wildfires Continue To Threaten Life And Property
    Two massive wildfires continue to threaten California's Ventura and northwestern Los Angeles county. Driven by high winds and dry conditions, they've forced evacuation of 75,000 homes.
  2. Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott Discusses Wildfires Ravaging California
    NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott about the raging wildfires in California.
  3. California Business Owner Shares Why He Stayed Despite Risk From Wildfires
    The Rock Store is a biker bar in Cornell, Calif., — north of Malibu and in the shadow of the deadly Woolsey Fire. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with the owner Rich Savko about the destruction he's seeing.
  4. Megafires More Frequent Because Of Climate Change And Forest Management
    Dry weather and strong winds mean that what would have been small blazes in the past are now monster fires. And more people live in harm's way.
  5. Chico Battles 'Most Destructive Fire' In California History
    NPR's Michel Martin speaks with the mayor of Chico, Calif., Sean Morgan, about the wildfires sweeping the region.
  6. At Least 25 Killed In California Wildfires
    Wildfires have killed at least 25 people in California, including at least 23 in the northern part of the state, where thousands of homes have also been destroyed.
  7. Paradise Fire Believed To Be The Worst Fire In California History
    NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Loren Lighthall, principal of Paradise High School. Paradise, California, has been devastated by what's believed to be the most destructive fire in state history.
  8. At Least 25 Dead In California's Raging Wildfires
    More than 250,000 have been driven out of their homes as the state was engulfed by five identified fires, from north to south.
  9. Wildfires Across California Kill At Least 9
    Wildfires have caused major destruction and led to massive evacuations in California. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with reporter Stephanie O'Neill.
  10. California Fires Persist
    Wildfires across California are fueled by late-season Santa Ana winds. The Camp Fire in northern California destroyed the town of Paradise while more fires threaten southern parts of California.
  11. As Construction Of Keystone XL Is Paused, Tribes Brace For What's Next
    A federal judge in Montana blocked further work on the Keystone XL oil pipeline this week. Construction was scheduled to start in January 2019 and TransCanada says it's still committed to the project.
  12. California Wildfires Destroy Town, Threatens Others And Forces Mass Evacuations
    A fast-moving wildfire roared through the town of Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, destroying thousands of structures. The fire now threatens the much larger city of Chico.
  13. Federal Jury Rules That Company Failed To Keep Workers Safe During Coal Ash Clean-Up
    A federal jury in Tennessee this week ruled in favor of blue-collar workers after a coal ash spill clean-up left many of them dead and sick. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Jamie Satterfield, who has been following the legal battle since last year.
  14. In A Setback For Trump, Judge Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline Construction
    Judge Brian Morris wrote the State Department's analysis of the pipeline's potential environmental impact fell short of a "hard look" on several items, including greenhouse gas emissions.
  15. California May Soon Unravel Controversial Nets Used To Harvest Swordfish
    Some of the last drift gillnet fishers in the world capture swordfish off the coast of California. But their days may be numbered as lawmakers seek to phase the nets out.


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