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Amid Statewide Drought, California Races To Burn Wildfire Fuel

Officials are trying to protect fire-prone areas by targeting the grasses, brush and trees that fires feed off of. But until recently, conditions for controlled burning have been too dangerous.

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Calling Off The Search: The Emotional Toll Of Search-And-Rescue

When a search is halted before everyone is found, search-and-rescue volunteer Shaun Roundy says, it stays with him. "Every time you're in that vicinity, you just wonder, where is that person?"

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Ranch-To-Table Trend Has Some Diners Asking: Where's The Steak?

Just about every bite of meat that a Pittsburgh chef served in 2013 was raised in Pennsylvania. He learned from his locavore experiment that diners prefer prime cuts of beef over sausage and offal.

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Amid Statewide Drought, California Races To Burn Wildfire Fuel
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How To Make Your Idol Hate You, In One Unfunny Comedy Audition
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