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  1. Night Became Day In Detroit As Meteor Lit Up Sky
    A meteor streaked over southeast Michigan Tuesday night, creating a sonic boom so loud it shook houses. After seeing the spectacle in the night sky, thousands of people took to social media to share what they witnessed.
  2. Nearly All Of The National Park System Advisory Board Has Resigned
    NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, who has resigned from the National Park System Advisory Board. He, along with eight others, have said that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has failed to meet with the board once since being confirmed last March.
  3. Strange Weather Triggered Bacteria That Killed 200,000 Endangered Antelope
    Over a three-week span in 2015, more than 200,000 saiga antelope suddenly died in Kazakhstan. The animals would be grazing normally, then dead in three hours. A new study points to heat and humidity.
  4. Majority Of National Park Service Board Resigns, Citing Administration Indifference
    The chairman of the board, former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, said in a letter that the Department of the Interior showed no interest in engaging with board members.
  5. Like Florida, Maryland Wants To Be Exempt From Offshore Drilling
    Now that the Trump administration has excluded Florida from its offshore drilling proposal, other places want the same. They're making their case as the public comment period gets underway.
  6. Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions
    The law that requires America to turn some of its soybeans into diesel fuel for trucks has created a new industry. But it's costing American consumers about $5 billion each year.
  7. Why Three Towns Are Fighting To Be The 'Ice Box Of The Nation'
    January is one of the coldest months out West. Three towns in Minnesota, Colorado and Wyoming have historically claimed the title of "Ice Box of the Nation." But, there can only be one. International Falls, Minn., did legally secure the title in 2008, but the other two towns still unofficially claim it.
  8. In California, Santa Barbara Community Holds Vigil For Mudslide Victims
    A vigil was held Sunday night in Santa Barbara, Calif., for the 20 victims who were killed in devastating mudslides last week.
  9. Rescues Continue In California Mudslide Zones
    Search and rescue operations in Southern California continue for people still missing after this week's massive mudslides and debris flow. Many areas are still unreachable in Santa Barbara County.
  10. Scientists Say A Fluctuating Jet Stream May Be Causing Extreme Weather Events
    A new study says unusual patterns of the polar jet stream circling the Northern Hemisphere may have led to dramatic weather in Europe and North America.
  11. California Woman Shares Story Of Mudslide Survival
    NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Rita Bourbon, who survived the California mudslides in her home, but sadly found her neighbor's body in her backyard.
  12. It's Becoming Increasingly Hard For California Homeowners To Get Insurance
    Insurance companies are increasingly dropping homeowners in California because of wildfire risk. There's concern the problem will grow worse after this year's destructive fire season.
  13. Southern California Hillsides Remain Vulnerable After Deadly Mudslides
    Deadly mudslides occured in Santa Barbara County, Calif., after heavy rain pushed debris down fire-scarred hillsides. If it rains again, more debris could be swept down the mountains.
  14. Tim Kruger: How Do We Slow Climate Change Before It's Too Late?
    To tackle climate change, geoengineer Tim Kruger is developing technology that could remove large quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere. But he says it takes unprecedented cooperation to make it work.
  15. How Firewood Is Faring In Vermont After Severe Cold Spell
    When New England experiences severe cold weather, rural homes quickly burn through a precious wintertime commodity: firewood. After the latest cold spell, NPR looks at how Vermonters' woodpiles are faring, and what the rest of the the winter will hold.

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