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When deadly wildfires tinted Western skies a Martian hue this week, homeowners with their own rooftop solar systems were able to tell with great precision just how much useful sunlight reached them through the gloom: next to none. Wednesday was "the worst generation day, ever," said Mary Holstege, a retired software engineer in Cupertino, California, who went solar a year ago. Her system, ...

Minneapolis police to reduce allowable use of force under new policy MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis police will adopt a "new and more stringent" policy in hopes of reducing the amount of force officers use and restoring trust with the community, Mayor Jacob Frey said Wednesday. The new policy will require officers to "first consider all reasonable alternatives before using deadly force," Frey said. ...

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SEATTLE - The future of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which sparked an opposition movement led by tribes across the nation, including many from Washington, now is in doubt, following a barrage of court rulings and a decision before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The 1,172-mile-long pipeline continues to move oil, despite a court ruling last month that yanked the pipeline's permit to operate. ...

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WASHINGTON - Climate change activists are pressuring Joe Biden to distance himself from former Obama administration advisers they view as either too moderate or too cozy with the fossil fuel industry, a sign of disunity on the eve of the Democratic convention. Groups such as Data for Progress and the Revolving Door Project are building a case against some people advising the Democratic ...

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LOS ANGELES - In mid-December, Aaron Raby shot and killed an elephant. Hours later, he had a piece of it for dinner, with a side of sliced tomato and avocado. A self-described "blue-collar" Los Angeles crane operator, Raby paid more than $30,000 for the once-in-a-lifetime experience - traveling more than 10,000 miles to South Africa to shoot and kill the tusked pachyderm. He then paid roughly ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Latinos and African Americans are more likely to view pollution as a serious health threat than other groups, according to a new statewide study by the Public Policy Institute of California. "African Americans and Latinos are more likely than others to say that air and water pollution in their part of California are very serious health threats to themselves and their ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California beat President Donald Trump's efforts to water down its signature climate-change initiative, a market-based program that's designed to reduce carbon emissions. A federal judge in Sacramento on Friday dismissed a lawsuit the Trump administration filed challenging California's cap-and-trade program, which requires hundreds of businesses to purchase carbon credits ...

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WASHINGTON - Every summer, thousands of people travel to Padre Island National Seashore at dawn to cheer on sea turtle hatchlings as they are released into the surf. It's a huge tourist attraction for this national park on the Texas coast and a conservation success story - the result of a decadeslong effort to save the most endangered sea turtle from extinction. But after more than 40 years of ...

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