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Post-Hurricane Harvey, NASA tried to fly a pollution-spotting plane over Houston. The EPA said no

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Tue, 03/05/2019 - 5:55pm

In the weeks after Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic sweep through the Houston area — which resulted in chemical spills, fires, flooded storage tanks and damaged industrial plants — rescue crews and residents complained of burning throats, nausea and dizziness.

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California should stop thinking about more dams. The state is brimming with them

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Tue, 03/05/2019 - 5:48pm

Think California should build a lot more dams to catch these deluges? Forget it.

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Newsom’s shorter California bullet train plan likely to run out of money before completion

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Tue, 03/05/2019 - 5:43pm

The California bullet train project will probably run out of money before it can fulfill Gov. Gavin Newsom’s modest plan to build a high-speed operating segment between Bakersfield and Merced, according to a Times analysis of the state rail authority’s financial records.

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Trader Joe's listens to customer feedback, making big changes

Published: 
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 1:46pm

Tucked inside Trader Joe's February edition of the Fearless Flyer, among the new items and seasonal promotions, was a "not-so confidential memo" to customers.

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L.A. approves new restrictions on disposable plastic straws, but stops short of a ban

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Mon, 03/04/2019 - 1:41pm

Los Angeles restaurants will face new restrictions on handing out plastic straws under an ordinance approved Friday.