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California has been so unseasonably wet, its deserts are experiencing a "super bloom." After years of drought, the desert is lush. Nina Gregory/NPR hide caption

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California Deserts In 'Super Bloom' Thanks To A Wet Winter

A rainy winter has brought an early spring to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California. Wildflowers are in bloom. How can seeds survive years of drought and then put on such a display?

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 monitors how the climate is changing. Trump's budget would eliminate some satellites, including OCO-3, a next-generation carbon-monitoring spacecraft. NASA hide caption

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Trump's Budget Slashes Climate Change Funding

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Harrison Browne, hockey player for the Buffalo Beauts and the first openly transgender athlete, announces his retirement. Michael Hertzel/National Women's Hockey League hide caption

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First Openly Transgender Professional Team Athlete Retires

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch faces his Senate confirmation hearing on Monday. A likely topic: regulation of federal agencies. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Skeptical Of Federal Agency Power

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A man walks by the Farragut Houses, a public housing project in Brooklyn, N.Y. The budget blueprint President Trump released Thursday calls for the cutting of billions of dollars in funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Advocates Say Trump Budget Cuts Will Hurt Country's Most Vulnerable

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Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: VI. Gigue István Várdai

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California Deserts In 'Super Bloom' Thanks To A Wet Winter

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Funding is now uncertain for Texas hospitals like Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas that get federal revenue outside the regular Medicaid system to help pay for the uninsured. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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Texas Braces For Medicaid Cuts Under GOP Health Plan

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This St. Patrick's Day the people of Yonkers, N.Y., will be thinking of Jess Buzzutto. He died in 2012, but was known as "The Leprechaun of Yonkers." StoryCorps hide caption

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The Happiness One Lucky Leprechaun Created In Yonkers

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This aerial image shows the area known as Colinas de Santa Fe where Mexican authorities work to find the remains of people buried in mass graves on the outskirts of Veracruz. More than 250 skulls were found there earlier this year in what appears to be a drug cartel's mass burial ground, prosecutors said. Jonathan Estudillo/AP hide caption

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More Than 250 Bodies Found In Mass Grave In Mexico

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