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Where Have the Wild Birds Gone? 3 Billion Fewer Than 1970

WASHINGTON — North America's skies are lonelier and quieter as nearly 3 billion fewer wild birds soar in the air than in 1970, a comprehensive study shows. "People need to pay attention to the birds around them because they are slowly disappearing. One of t...
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California Promises Fight to Keep Auto Emission Authority

SACRAMENTO — Preparing for a lengthy legal battle with the Trump administration about how much pollution to allow from cars, California regulators on Thursday said they were considering cracking down on other emissions to make up for any impacts on air quality...
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Court Calls US ‘Enhanced Interrogation Techniques’ Torture

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal court in San Francisco took the unusual step of using the word "torture" to describe the treatment of a Palestinian man while he was in CIA custody following the Sept. 11 attacks. "It's the first time an appellate court, to my know...

California Defends Tax Return Law After Setback

SACRAMENTO — California's elections chief says he believes a state law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns is constitutional despite a legal setback. A federal judge in Sacramento ...
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Man Charged in Kidnapping of Bay Area Ride-Share Driver

RICHMOND — Authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area have charged a man in connection with the alleged kidnapping and attempted murder of a Lyft driver last week. Police say surveillance video from the gas station captured the Sept. 12 shooting, which led t...
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