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Camp Fire is deadliest in California history, and numbers may grow

After transforming the once tranquil town of Paradise, California into charred automobiles and tales of horror, the Camp Fire takes its infamous spot as the deadliest wildfire in California history.  At a multi-agency press conference Monday night, the Butte Country Sheriff’s Office announced that 42 have been confirmed dead. This grim statistic surpasses the 29...CONTINUE READING
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Space photos show smoke smothering a burning California

Fires at opposite ends of California have smothered the Golden State in smoke.  Fall may be here, but rapidly-moving flames are still torching the exceptionally dry land, killing dozens of people in the state.  Photos captured by NASA satellites gazing down at the Earth from space show smoke blanketing hundreds of miles of the state...CONTINUE READING
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Watch Rocket Lab send its first commercial rocket to space

The private space race is heating up. U.S. and New Zealand spaceflight company Rocket Lab successfully completed its first commercial launch called “It’s Business Time” on Sunday, sending seven payloads to orbit. SEE ALSO: Whatever happened to Starman? SpaceX says he’s gone beyond Mars. Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 1 on...CONTINUE READING
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Dozens of cat mummies unearthed in ancient Egyptian tomb

At an excavation of a pharaoh’s 4,500-year-old pyramid complex, Egyptian archaeologists discovered dozens of mummified cats — in addition to 100 ornate cat statues.  Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Dr. Khaled El-Enany announced the ancient cat artifacts on Nov. 10, and the Ministry took to Twitter to share images of the long-deceased felines, wrapped in ribbons...CONTINUE READING
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How you can help the victims of California’s potent wildfires

The California fire season should be winding down by autumn, but it’s alive and well. The Camp Fire largely turned Paradise — a town of over 26,000 — to ash while burning fleeing victims alive in their cars. On the other side of the state, in palm tree-laden Malibu, the city posted an urgent, ominous...CONTINUE READING
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Firefighters slam Trump’s illogical tweet about out-of-control California fires

As thousands of firefighters battled uncontrolled flames in both Northern and Southern California on Saturday, President Trump tweeted out an ill-informed, distorted message about the cause of these deadly autumn infernos.  But the firefighting community quickly rebutted the president‘s rash claims, wherein he blamed “gross mismanagement of the forests,” while also threatening to cut federal...CONTINUE READING
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Donald Trump’s first tweet about the California wildfires blamed the victims

More than 100,000 acres of land have been consumed by wildfires in California since Thursday night. Donald Trump would have you believe it’s all the state’s fault. There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year,...CONTINUE READING
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A man-eating tiger is dead. And that’s good for other tigers.

After killing and eating more than a dozen villagers in India over the last two years, an elusive tigress was shot dead by government-hired hunters on November 2.  Killing endangered wild tigers certainly isn’t ideal, as there are only some 2,150 to 3,150 adults left in the wild, globally. But, in the unusual case that...CONTINUE READING
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How California erupted in flames overnight

Newly-born fires torched bone-dry Northern and Southern California throughout the night of November 8. One deadly blaze in particular, the Camp Fire, ripped through 70,000 acres in just 24 hours.  “It’s incredible,” Michael Gollner, a fire scientist at the University of Maryland, said of the uncontrollable Northern California wildfire. “I don’t know if I want to...CONTINUE READING
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