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In the Arizona desert, coal era burns out for Navajo

BLACK MESA, Ariz. — Tradition has it that the spiritual forerunners of the Navajo people picked this spot — the high mesa land of the American Southwest — and assured the Navajo they had reached a kind of promised land. The Diné, or “children of the Holy People,” as the Navajo call themselves, were taught not to stray from the land bracketed by four sacred mountains, where they would never know the earthquakes, tornadoes and other calamities that beset their neighbors. The Navajo scratched out a living from the sparse…

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Stars flee homes in California wildfire terror

The blaze is sweeping the wealthy Montecito area of Santa Barbara, aided by gusts of up to 60mph. Lowe, 53, tweeted: “Praying for my town. Fires closing in. Firefighters making brave stands. Could go either way. Packing to evacuate now.” Oprah, 63, added: “Still praying for our little town. Winds picked up this morning creating a perfect storm of bad for firefighters.” Singer Katy Perry, 33, said: “Woke up to wish my mum a happy 70th birthday today to find my brother evacuating them. Praying for the firefighters and first…

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Two months later, California wildfire victims begin to rebuild

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Jennafer Carlin Rosset had a bad feeling she wouldn’t be returning to her house when her family evacuated their Santa Rosa, California, home in October. “I knew it was going to be bad,” she told NBC News. “We had an alarm on our house and even though it wasn’t alarmed — basically when the house went up in flames, my husband got about 50 messages on his phone.” Two months later, fire-ravaged debris still litters many neighborhoods in Northern California, where 44 people died and more…

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Montecito's misery: Ash rains in California wildfire battle

The blaze broke, which broke out nearly two weeks ago, is one of California’s largest wildfires in decades (AFP Photo/Robyn Beck) Montecito (United States) (AFP) – Ash rained down Saturday on the dry hills and multi-million-dollar homes of Montecito, where firefighters chased spot blazes fanned by winds in one of California’s largest wildfires in decades. The fire, named “Thomas”, broke out almost two weeks ago and is now the state’s third-largest wildfire since 1932. On Saturday it led to evacuation orders for areas in Santa Barbara County, including Montecito more…

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WATCH: US nuclear tests show what END OF THE WORLD could look like if WW3 broke out

GETTY Between 1945 and 1962 the US conducted more than 1,054 nuclear arms tests [embedded content] Between 1945 and 1962 the US conducted more than 1,054 nuclear arms tests. Around 210 of these blasts were atmospheric nuclear tests over remote sites in New Mexico, Nevada, and both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. At least 10,000 recordings were captured, however, over time some of these have been left to slowly decay in high-security vaults. Dr Gregg Spriggs and his team of researchers have spent five years restoring 6,500 videos in an…

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California issues guidance on cell phones and health – CNET

California this week entered the long-running debate over whether cell phone use poses a health hazard when a state agency issued guidelines for reducing exposure to wireless signals. The guidelines, which come from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), don’t state that cell phone are dangerous, nor do they push to abandon cell phone use completely. Instead, they take a more cautionary tone by stating that multiple studies have suggested that the radiofrequency (RF) signals from phones may be linked to certain types of cancer, lower sperm count, memory…

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President Trump: Economy Will 'Start to Rock' After Tax Plan

(WASHINGTON) — Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth. The legislation, which the GOP aims to muscle through Congress next week, would lower taxes on the richest Americans. Benefits for most other taxpayers would be smaller, but Trump attempted to sell the bill as a “Christmas present” for middle-class Americans in part because it would trigger job growth….

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Ex-wife of former NBA star charged with his murder

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged in his slaying, more than seven years after his body was found in a field in his hometown of Memphis. Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Saturday that Sherra Wright has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Wright, who played for five teams over 13 seasons as a forward and center in the NBA. Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lorenzen Wright at the team’s media day on Sept. 29, 2008. Mark Duncan / AP Police and…

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Inflammatory letter alleges Uber used shady tactics

SAN FRANCISCO — A former Uber security specialist accused the company of dispatching a team of spies to steal its rivals’ trade secrets and using shady tactics to thwart its competition in the ride-hailing market, according to an inflammatory letter unsealed Friday by a federal judge. Those tactics allegedly included impersonating other people, illegally recording conversations and hacking into computers. Former Uber manager Richard Jacobs, who was fired earlier this year, made the explosive claims in a 37-page letter that sought a big payoff for being forced out of the…

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