Wildfires are making California’s deadly air pollution even worse

Smoke from wildfires like the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County have led to poor air quality in California cities this week. | Philip Pacheco/AFP/Getty Images Poor air quality can harm millions and take years off lifespans. Dust and wildfire smoke are major contributors. Millions of Californians are smelling smoke after a new round of wildfires ignited this week, bringing with it another round of power blackouts, evacuations, and air quality alerts. In Southern California, officials…

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The House will take its first vote on the impeachment inquiry later this week

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks at her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 17, 2019. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images The measure will put both Democrats and Republicans on the record about the investigation. The House will hold a vote on the impeachment inquiry after all, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Monday. Pelosi’s statement, shared via a letter to her House colleagues, marks a turnaround from the…

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Salvadorans on TPS will now be able to stay in the US for another year

Protecters rally in Manhattan for protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status recipients on October 26, 2019. | Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images The Trump administration struck a deal that also increases immigration enforcement in El Salvador. Salvadorans living in the US with temporary legal status will be able to remain in the country for another year, after the Trump administration signed agreements on Monday expanding cooperation between American immigration authorities…

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THC products were involved in many of the vaping-related illness deaths, officials say

Among 19 patients who’ve died in the outbreak of vaping-related illness — a subset of the 34 total deaths for which the CDC had substance use data — 84 percent reported using THC-containing products. | Biplov Bhuyan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Eighty-four percent of people who died in the outbreak used THC products, according to an analysis of a subset of patients. For weeks, it’s been clear THC vape products are playing a major role in…

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Here’s the US military dog that helped take down ISIS leader Baghdadi

The dog that helped take down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. | White House via AP Who’s a good dog? One of the most discussed details of the US military raid to kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is that a dog — yes, a dog — played a vital part in the whole operation. As the notorious terrorist tried to escape capture by fleeing into underground tunnels, a trained military canine followed to keep…

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The NRA just called its own video network “distasteful and racist”

Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the NRA, arrives prior to a speech by President Trump at the NRA Annual Meeting at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 26, 2019. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images But the advertising firm that built NRATV says the NRA is “self destructing.” A new complaint in a lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association against its former advertising agency, Ackerman McQueen, alleges that the…

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