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{FD} Report: Firefighter who died became trapped by flames

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A state firefighter who died battling the largest wildfire recorded in California’s modern history was putting out a spot fire when he found himself trapped by the flames being fanned by gusty winds, fire officials said. Continue reading

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{FD} Standoff rancher draws advocates’ ire, supporters’ cheers

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The Nevada rancher who led a 2014 armed standoff with government agents spoke Wednesday saying that it’s up to people in states, not the federal officials, to manage vast expanses of rangeland in the U.S. West. Continue reading

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{FD} Nature Conservancy acquires California coastal ranchland

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A huge swath of coastal California ranch lands will become a vast preserve through an acquisition funded by a $165 million gift from a wealthy environmentalist couple, The Nature Conservancy announced Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Insurance firms dispatch private firefighters in California

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Among the army of firefighters who have been protecting neighborhoods at the front lines of Southern California’s monstrous wildfire are small teams hired by insurance companies to provide personalized prevention and protection for threatened homeowners. Continue reading

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{FD} Southern California’s Thomas Fire now 50 percent contained, firefighters take advantage of calmer winds

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Firefighters took advantage of calm winds in Southern California to reach 50 percent containment of a massive wildfire, officials said. Continue reading

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{FD} Latest: California fire now second-largest in state history

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The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 5:30 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Calm days bring gains on giant Southern California wildfire

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Firefighters took advantage of calm winds in Southern California to reach 50 percent containment of a massive wildfire, officials said. Continue reading

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{FD} California will set more fires to try to stop wildfires

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California’s seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more “controlled burns” to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster blazes that force entire comm… Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Firefighter working huge California fire dies

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The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 5:30 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Hudson River cleanup focuses on shore after dredging ends

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A new fight is simmering over General Electric’s legacy of toxic pollution as the company seeks to close the books on a $1.7 billion cleanup of the upper Hudson River. Continue reading

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{FD} Southern California fire weather less dire than prediction

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Southern Californians already dealing with destructive wildfires were warned of extreme fire potential early Thursday, but conditions turned out to be less dire than predicted. Continue reading

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{FD} Utah’s tenacious efforts to take back federal land stand out

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In an American West that has a love-hate relationship with the federal government’s ownership of a checkerboard of parks, monuments, forest and desert in states from Washington to New Mexico, Utah stands out. Continue reading

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{FD} Cliven Bundy refuses to leave jail amid ongoing trial

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Cliven Bundy, the 71-year-old rancher who sparked a national debate over states’ rights, refused a federal judge’s offer to be released during his ongoing trial on Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Slave burial sites investigated on land eyed for development

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Archaeologists are surveying an abandoned Nashville baseball stadium for hints of unmarked graves of slaves and free black men who died building the nearby fort. Continue reading

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{FD} Pelican discovered bound, dead in Alabama

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Alabama authorities are searching for the person who committed a “sickening'” and “disturbing” crime after a pelican was discovered dead, with black electrical tape bound around its beak and rope wrapped around a wing and its feet. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: California fire evacuees allowed to return home

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The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 8:45 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Official: California fire losses top $1 billion

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The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 7:50 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} 7,000 buildings destroyed in deadly California wildfires

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Authorities say cooler temperatures and light rainfall expected Thursday will be a “welcome sight.” Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Officials report progress in stopping blazes

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The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 6:30 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Driver killed in California blazes identified

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The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 6:15 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Some gains made against California wildfires

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The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 7:20 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: California wildfires bring record 31 deaths

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The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 6:10 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} $9M settlement completed in case of man exonerated of murder

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A man exonerated in a killing for which he spent 15 years in prison has reached a $9 million settlement with investigators in northern Illinois. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: 23 now dead from Northern California wildfires

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The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 6:45 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Winds whip new terror into deadly California wildfires

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Jose Garnica worked for more than two decades to build up his dream home that was reduced to ashes in a matter of minutes by the deadly firestorm striking Northern California. Continue reading

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{FD} Historic farm from Revolutionary War battle gets protection

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A Pennsylvania farm where George Washington’s troops narrowly escaped the British during the Revolutionary War is getting historic protection. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: In Oregon, more than 800 square miles burned

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The Latest on Western wildfires (all times local): 9:50 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Booming Houston built over land meant for flood projects

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The explosive expansion of Houston subdivisions into prairies far to the west helped make the city affordable for the average 345 people who moved there each day, but it also paved over thousands of acres that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had inten… Continue reading

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{FD} Wildfire smoke chokes small towns, big cities across West

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Fire officials say a wildfire burning near the Northern California town of Oroville has destroyed 20 homes. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Wildfire burning in former Nevada nuclear site

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The Latest on wildfires burning across the western United States (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Tennessee forestry chief lauds firefighters in wildfires

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Although Tennessee’s top forestry official says he regrets the loss of lives and property from last year’s wildfires, he argues that firefighters did as much as they could to contain the blaze. Continue reading

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{FD} Gunfire-sparked wildfire near Yosemite shrouded in mystery

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Investigators are refusing to say how they know gunshots sparked a wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes near Yosemite National Park. Continue reading

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{FD} Arizona man stranded in desert for 3 days with only water and beer

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An Arizona man wanted to go on an adventure and visit a new town up north, but he ended up getting lost and stuck in the desert for just about 72 hours. Continue reading

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{FD} Gunfire caused destructive blaze near California’s Yosemite

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Fire investigators say gunfire caused a wildfire near Yosemite National Park that destroyed 131 structures, including 63 homes, last month. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Rural community sees “complete devastation”

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The Latest on the wildfires burning in the west (all times local): 7:30 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: California wildfire moving away from Yosemite

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The Latest on wildfires burning in the west (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} California blaze destroys 8 structures near Yosemite

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As wildfires rage throughout the western U.S., one California blaze in the rugged mountains outside of Yosemite National Park destroyed eight structures and forced thousands of nearby residents to flee their homes. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: New wildfire brings destruction outside San Jose

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The Latest on wildfires across the U.S. West and Canada (all times local): 6:30 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Latest: 37 structures burned in Northern California wildfire

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The Latest on wildfires across the U.S. West (all times local): 7:30 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Wildfire sends kids at California camp fleeing

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The Latest on wildfires and blistering heat in California (all times local): 12:10 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Evacuations ordered for fire on California coast

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The Latest on a major wildfire burning in Utah and others burning across the U.S. West. Continue reading

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{FD} Extreme heat making wildfire battle tougher in Southwest US

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An extreme heat wave in the Southwest U.S. is making the fight against a series of wildfires more difficult Wednesday, including one that has destroyed at least four homes in an Arizona town known for its wineries, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Federal funds to help fight fire in New Mexico

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The Latest on a wildfire burning in northern New Mexico (all times local): 10:51 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Flames rip through Arizona, topping US in wildfires

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Nearly 30 wildfires tore through dry and windy Arizona on Monday, drawing crews from across the Western United States to the state with the most blazes burning in the nation. Continue reading

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{FD} Massive field of recoverable oil, natural gas uncovered in Texas

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The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that a vast shale field in West Texas could yield 20 billion barrels of oil, making it the largest source of shale oil the agency has ever assessed. Continue reading

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{FD} Company building Dakota Access pipeline asks court to end delays as protests erupt

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The company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline is urging a federal court to speed up approval of its plan to lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir, arguing Tuesday that further delays could add millions of dollars each month to the cost. Continue reading

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{FD} Police deploy pepper spray in clashes with pipeline protesters

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Officers in riot gear clashed again Wednesday with protesters near the Dakota Access pipeline, hitting several dozen with pepper spray as they waded through waist-deep water in an attempt to reach property owned by the pipeline’s developer. Continue reading

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{FD} Families reach $60 million in Washington landslide settlements

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Survivors and family members of people killed in the nation’s deadliest landslide have reached $60 million in settlements with the state of Washington and a timber company that logged an area above the site of the collapse. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman banned from national parks during 2-year probation for defacing rock formations

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A San Diego woman who pleaded guilty to defacing several treasured national rock formations at national parks across the west and was sentenced to two years of probation was also banned from all national parks and federal lands during her probation. Continue reading

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{FD} Young bear found near California highway with gallbladder, paws missing

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Authorities in California said Thursday that a young bear killed by a vehicle was found by highway workers to have been mutilated, possibly so parts of the animal could be sold. Continue reading

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