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Some tough choices — and pushback — along the proposed bullet train route

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Sun, 10/29/2017 (All day)

Urban neighborhoods, protected wetlands, olive orchards, a federal reservoir and a few sleepy towns will go by the passenger windows of the first California bullet train when it pulls out of San Jose on its way to the Central Valley.

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Under Trump, the lines are drawn for a battle over resources in the West

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Thu, 10/26/2017 (All day)

Signal Peak Energy operates the West’s newest and largest underground coal mine. As recently as 2013, it employed more than 300 people, produced nearly 9 million tons of coal and was helping to revive a regional coal industry that had been dormant for 50 years.

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Remarkable dinosaur discoveries under threat with Trump plan to shrink national monument in Utah, scientists say

Published: 
Fri, 10/27/2017 (All day)

The creature looked like a three-ton rhino crossed with a tropical lizard. Ten little horns dangled over its giant forehead like frills on a jester’s cap and two more perched over the eyes. Spikes poked out of each cheek. A blade jutted from its nose.

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PG&E wants ratepayers to pay California wildfire costs

Published: 
Thu, 10/26/2017 (All day)

Fearing billions of dollars in future liability, PG&E has been aggressively urging state regulators to make it easier for the company to charge ratepayers — rather than its shareholders — when its power lines and other electrical equipment cause wildfires.

Top PG&E executives met as recently as last week to lobby officials at the state Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco over the issue, which could arise powerfully in coming months if the utility is found to be responsible for the Wine Country fires, a serious possibility that state regulators are now investigating.

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Air Pollution Kills Millions Each Year. Here’s How Cities Can Fight It.

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Thu, 10/26/2017 (All day)

When a city’s air is dirty, it threatens residents’ health and economic security. This problem is worsening across the globe, and air quality experts say cities owe it to their people to take action.