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Wildfires make run toward giant sequoia groves in California

Two lightning-sparked wildfires in California merged and made a run to the edge of a grove of ancient sequoias, momentarily driving away firefighters as they try to protect the world’s tallest tree by wrapping its base in protective foil.

 
Small earthquake rattles Los Angeles area

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake struck an area south of Los Angeles on Friday evening but there were no immediate reports of any injuries of serious damage.

 
Robert Durst found guilty in death of Las Vegas mob writer

A Los Angeles jury convicted Robert Durst on Friday of murdering his best friend 20 years ago, a case that took on new life after the New York real estate heir participated in a documentary that connected him to the slaying that was linked to his wife’s 1982 disappearance.

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Panel recommends COVID boosters only for elderly, high-risk

An influential federal advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans, but it endorsed the extra shots for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease.

Giant sequoia trees threatened by California wildfires

Multiple forest fires on Thursday were threatening groves of gigantic sequoias in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains that are home to some of the world’s largest trees.

 
4 amateurs launched on private Earth-circling trip

SpaceX’s first private flight streaked into orbit Wednesday night with two contest winners, a health care worker and their rich sponsor, the most ambitious leap yet in space tourism.

Former Washoe superintendent takes top job in Chicago schools

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot named San Antonio schools Superintendent Pedro Martinez Wednesday as the new CEO of the nation’s third-largest school district.

Human remains found during search at Grand Canyon

Crews searching for a missing man at Grand Canyon National Park made an unexpected discovery this summer. They found the remains of another person.

 
California Gov. Gavin Newsom survives recall effort

The victory cements Newsom as a prominent figure in national Democratic politics and preserves his prospects for a future U.S. run.

Sequoia National Park closed, wildfire could threaten huge trees

Sequoia National Park was shut down and its namesake gigantic trees were potentially threatened Tuesday as two forest fires burned in steep terrain in California’s Sierra Nevada.