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Richard Gonzales is NPR's National Desk Correspondent based in San Francisco.

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California's Thomas Fire 25 Percent Contained

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:38:00 -0500

The wildfire has burned through 237,500 acres and destroyed more than 700 homes. It's been burning for more than a week and is one of the largest and most destructive fires in state history.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At Age 65

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:46:00 -0500

The first elected Asian-American mayor of the city was not known to be ill; he collapsed while shopping Monday night and died at a San Francisco hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Firefighters In California Take Advantage Of Milder Winds

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:09:00 -0500

After losing some ground to the massive Thomas Fire north of Los Angeles over the weekend, firefighters on Monday managed to bring it to 20 percent containment.

Macron Awards U.S. Climate Scientists Grants To 'Make Our Planet Great Again'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:57:00 -0500

A day before an international summit on the climate, the French president offers some researchers an opportunity to make France a "second homeland."

Thomas Fire, 5th-Largest In Modern California History, Shows Few Signs Of Slowing

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:20:00 -0500

The blaze raging in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties covers more ground than New York City. And as other, smaller fires are reined in, weather forecasts portend the Thomas Fire will spread.

Violence Erupts As Palestinians Protest Trump's Action On Jerusalem

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:07:00 -0500

Days after the president's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, protests spread throughout the Muslim world. Violent clashes erupted in the Palestinian territories.

Southern California Wildfires Claim First Fatality

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:43:00 -0500

The death of a woman in a car crash in Ventura County is attributed to a fire. The Thomas Fire is still growing as it spreads into Santa Barbara County, northwest of Los Angeles.

African-American Congressmen Will Skip Mississippi Civil Rights Event To Avoid Trump

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:56:59 -0500

The congressmen say that given the president's record, he is ill-suited to attending the opening of a Mississippi museum dedicated to the history of civil rights.

Southern California Fires Surpass 140,000 Acres As Santa Ana Winds Drive Flames

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:41:00 -0500

One fire official says he foresees a fight that could last weeks. The weather trends that favor wildfires could be around a lot longer than that.

Senior Volkswagen Executive Sentenced In Diesel-Emissions Scandal

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:01:00 -0500

Oliver Schmidt admitted to conspiring to defraud the United States by misleading federal regulators about the emissions of diesel cars and violating clean air laws.

Parts Of LA On Fire As Several Blazes Scorch Southern California

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 05:53:00 -0500

Four wildfires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties threatened more than 12,000 homes and other buildings and shut down more than 200 schools. No deaths have been confirmed.

Feds File New Charges Against Undocumented Immigrant In Kate Steinle Case

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:54:28 -0500

A federal indictment suggests that government prosecutors have another strategy to gain custody of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate with the intention to deport him.

Homeless Good Samaritan Is Homeless No Longer

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 21:20:13 -0500

A woman aided by a homeless man on an interstate exit ramp late one night raises almost $400,000 to say thank you. He's bought himself a home.

Wildfires In Southern California Force Thousands Of People To Flee

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:53:00 -0500

The blazes in four counties come just weeks after the deadliest wildfires in the state's history killed dozens in Northern California's wine country.

Supreme Court OKs Trump Travel Ban Pending Lower Court Rulings

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:15:00 -0500

"In light of its decision to consider the case on an expedited basis, we expect that the Court of Appeals will render its decision with appropriate dispatch," the order says.