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File photo of the Sahara desert. (credit: PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)

Study: Sahara Desert Increasingly Responsible For Snow, Rain In Western US

One of the driest spots on Earth — the Sahara desert — is increasingly responsible for snow and rain half a world away in the western U.S., a new study released Thursday found.

02/28/2013

Debris from the massive tsunami that struck Japan in March, 2011 has started washing ashore in Alaska and the West Coast of the U.S. . (credit: MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images)

West Coast Girds For More Tsunami Debris This Winter

The West Coast this winter is bracing for more sightings of debris washed away by the Japan tsunami.

12/25/2012

Richmond Refinery Fire

Experts: Richmond Refinery Fire Will Raise Gas Prices

A major fire at one of the country’s biggest oil refineries that sent scores of people to hospitals with breathing problems will push gas prices above $4 a gallon on the West Coast, analysts said Tuesday.

08/07/2012

US President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One September 25, 2011 upon arrival at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California. Obama is schedule to visit San Jose to attend two campaign fundraisers.  (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama Arrives In NorCal

President Barack Obama has arrived in Northern California. Air Force One touched down at Moffett Field in Mountain View around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

09/25/2011

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Radiation From Japan Spiked On West Coast In March

A spike in radioactive sulfur from the damaged Japanese nuclear plant was detected in California in late March, but researchers say it posed no threat to health.

08/15/2011

President Barack Obama speaks about U.S. military action in Libya March 28, 2011 at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama Mixing Politics And Policy On West Coast Visit

Stepping away from Washington’s contentious fiscal debates, President Barack Obama is making a West Coast trip aimed at building support for his deficit-reduction plans and raising money for his re-election campaign.

04/20/2011

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West Coast Not Prepared For Massive Tsunami

Scientists say it’s inevitable that an offshore seismic menace called the Cascadia Subduction Zone will one day unleash a megaquake. The last time it happened was 300 years ago when a magnitude-9 shaker spawned enormous ocean waves that slammed into the West Coast and damaged Japanese fishing villages.

03/26/2011

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Feds Deploy More Radiation Monitors In Western US

Federal environmental regulators say they are adding more radiation monitors in the western United States and Pacific territories as concerns rise over exposure from damaged nuclear plants in Japan.

03/16/2011