Photo of makeshift memorials to the victims of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire

California Warehouse Fire Limps on After Hung Jury

OAKLAND — An emotionally taxing criminal case over the deaths of 36 people trapped in a fire inside a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse nearly three years ago will continue after a jury acquitted one defendant and deadlocked on the other. "I'm in shock. We w...
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Number of US Overdose Deaths Appears to Be Falling

NEW YORK — U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary numbers suggest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday posted data showing ...
Photo of a dead whale and volunteers in Port Hadlock, Wa.

Scientists Seek Beaches Where Dead Whales Can Rot in Peace

PORTLAND, Ore. — So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in peace. "The p...
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Two-Wave US Flu Season Is Now the Longest in a Decade

NEW YORK — Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years. "I don't remember a season like this." — Dr. Arnold Monto, a University of Michigan research...