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  1. California Residents Say They Need More Information On Previous Wildfires To Prepare
    Warm temperatures have Californians again bracing for wildfires. But to better prepare, the residents of Ventura say they need a clearer picture of what went wrong in the destructive 2017 Thomas Fire.
  2. Cave Diver Risks All To Explore Places 'Where Nobody Has Ever Been'
    "The big picture of survival is sometimes so hard to see, but we always know what we can do to make the next best step toward survival," says cave diver, photographer and memoirist Jill Heinerth.
  3. The End Is Nigh For FogCam, Billed As The Internet's Oldest Running Webcam
    The webcam at San Francisco State University has been in operation since 1994. Now, its creators say they plan to sunset the Internet landmark by the end of the month.
  4. The CBD Market Is Booming. What Do We Know About The Product?
    I Can't Believe It's Not Weed!
  5. How Much Hotter Are The Oceans? The Answer Begins With A Bucket
    Scientists need to track the history of sea temperatures precisely to model climate change. A newly discovered clue in measurements taken by sailors in the 1930s could have far-reaching implications.
  6. How To Handle A Massive Seaweed Invasion? Yucatán Towns Get Creative
    Sargassum, a stinky algae, is choking beaches in Mexico and the Caribbean and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem — and tourism. From fertilizer to food, locals are experimenting with new uses for it.
  7. Pa. Workers Forced To Choose Between Watching Trump, No Pay Or Using Paid Time Off
    A memo instructed workers at a Pennsylvania plant to show up at 7 a.m., scan their ID cards and stand for hours through lunch to watch a speech by the president.
  8. Critics Say Trump Administration Is Weakening Endangered Species Act
    The Trump administration is changing how the Endangered Species Act is applied. Critics say it will limit consideration of climate change, but others question if there will be any impact at all.
  9. Mississippi River Flooding's Impact On Commercial Fishing
    The Mississippi River is continuing to flood and all that water is devastating oyster harvests downstream. It's bad and getting worse.
  10. Kirtland's Warbler Success Story Might Help The Future Of The Endangered Species Act
    The once nearly extinct Kirtland's warbler is creating a stir in the conservation world. People in Michigan and Wisconsin hope the success story will keep the Endangered Species Act alive.
  11. Friday News Roundup - International
    Conflict in Kashmir, protests in Hong Kong and treatments for Ebola dominated the global news this week.
  12. Friday News Roundup - Domestic
    We cover the week’s top domestic stories, from immigration regulations to inverted yield curves.
  13. Devastating Banana Fungus Arrives In Colombia, Threatening The Fruit's Future
    A fungus that has destroyed banana plantations in Asia is now in Latin America. The disease moves slowly, but there's no cure, and it could mean calamity for the continent's banana industry.
  14. This Red Oak Tree Has Its Own Twitter And It Shares Insight About Climate Change
    Deep in a forest of central Massachusetts stands an average red oak tree. Nothing is special about it, except for the fact that it tweets, offering insight into climate change.
  15. Wet, Wild And High: Lakes And Rivers Wreak Havoc Across Midwest, South
    Parts of the Mississippi have been above flood stage for months. All of the Great Lakes are at or near record-high levels. It's halting barge traffic, damaging infrastructure and eroding shorelines.


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