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Firefighting Plane Crashes in Australia, Killing 3 Americans

SYDNEY — Three American crew members were killed Thursday when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia, officials said. “The only thing I have from the field reports are that the plane came down, it's ...
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Australia Firefighters Save World’s Only Rare Dinosaur Trees

CANBERRA, Australia — Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday. “The Wollemi Pine is a particularly important species and the fac...
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California Legislature Returns Amid Homeless, Climate Crisis

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers returned to work on Monday to tackle a daunting list of challenges that include climate concerns and a growing homeless population — problems magnified by election-year politics. California is already one of the most aggres...