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Why Fires Are Becoming California's New Reality

The wildfires consuming parts of Southern California are becoming a new normal for the state, climatologists say. They're driven by a warming ocean, high winds and drought.

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Why Fires Are Becoming California's New Reality

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Wanda Irving holds her granddaughter, Soleil, in front of a portrait of Soleil's mother, Shalon, at her home in Sandy Springs, Ga. Wanda is raising Soleil since Shalon died of complications due to hypertension a few weeks after giving birth. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why

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Why Your Brain Has Trouble Bailing Out Of A Bad Plan

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