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What Exactly Is A Red Flag Warning?

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They're some of the most dreaded words in fire-prone California. By what does the term "red flag warning" actually mean?

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Councilman calls for investigation of Playa del Rey gas field

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The Aliso Canyon gas leak broke out near Porter Ranch nearly four years ago. On Tuesday a City Councilman called for an investigation of a different underground gas field after troubling images surfaced on video.

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When Climate Change Confronts Chinese Restaurants In the San Gabriel Valley

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California has set a goal of going carbon-neutral by 2045.

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RIP Pacific Coast Highway

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You may not know this, but oftentimes in newsrooms we write obituaries ahead of time so that they're ready to publish when the person passes away. But what if the obit wasn't for a person, but for a place that's been the home of magical memories for generations?

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The Perseids are back for their 2019 show

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It's August, which means the spectacular Perseids meteor shower is upon us. That said, they're not going to be nearly as bright as they could be given the moon.

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Crumbling cliffs could become more common with climate change

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When you're laying on the beach, beware of the crumbling cliffs above you. They could be deadly.

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Years After The Gas Blowout, Recriminations Continue In Porter Ranch

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It’s been nearly four years since the smell and chemicals from a ruptured gas well at an underground storage field forced thousands of Porter Ranch residents to leave their neighborhood for months.

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As Climate Changes, Taxpayers Will Shoulder Larger U.S. Payouts To Farmers

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That's good for farmers but bad for taxpayers, who subsidize government-backed crop insurance. The fate of research that forecasts these costs is in doubt as economists and scientists leave the USDA.

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City Urges Residents To Make Neighborhood-Wide Plans For Earthquakes

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The City of L.A. wants residents to register for workshops that help neighborhoods prepare for earthquakes and other disasters.

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New Law Allows Use Of Personal Carryout Containers

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Festival-goers and restaurant patrons will soon be able to bring their own reusable containers to carry out their favorite foods and beverages.

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How A Grocery Store's Plan To Shame Customers Into Using Reusable Bags Backfired

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A Canadian grocery store put embarrassing slogans on plastic bags, such as "Wart Ointment Wholesale" and "Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium" to get customers to use reusable shopping bags.

Why Wasn't There A ShakeAlert Message Before The Quake?

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The shaking in Los Angeles didn't reach the magnitude target to trigger the app. Officials say they'll lower the threshold for future quakes.

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Pasadena Fire Department Sprays Fire Retardant Ahead of July Fourth

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In an effort to prevent Fourth of July fireworks from sparking fires, the Pasadena Fire Department began its annual campaign of spraying fire retardant on areas covered with brush, starting with a slope near the Rose Bowl.

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Top Clean-Air Official Plans To Step Down From EPA Post Amid Ethics Probe

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Bill Wehrum, who last week scored a victory for coal industry supporters by rolling back Obama-era power plant emissions rules, is leaving his post at the end of the month.

Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, is covered in table salt

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Travel 390 million miles away from Earth to Jupiter’s moon Europa and you’ll find something more often found on dining tables. Salt. That’s according to a new study from researchers at Caltech and JPL.

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The Decision That Could Radically Clean Up Long Beach's Dirty Coast

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It's a wave-killer, a protective barrier, and an unlikely marine habitat -- but that could change.

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