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Devastating reality of year-round fire season

The fire came up quickly here in the eastern Sierra Nevada, destroying 35 homes and taking the mountainside community of Swall Meadows by surprise. Who would expect a roiling wildfire — throwing fireballs and whipping up flame whirls through 7,000 acres of sagebrush, pinon and Jeffrey pine — in the dead of winter?

Sod companies turn to tech, hardy grasses as industry takes a hit from drought

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Top 'challenging' high schools listed

Six area high schools scored in the top 1 percent of schools ranked nationally for challenging average students, in a survey conducted annually by the Washington Post. 
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Google exec killed in Mt. Everest avalanche

The 33-year-old Google executive, died Saturday in the 7.9 magnitude quake that struck Nepal, triggering an avalanche on Mt. Everest, where Fredinburg was a member of a climbing party.  
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Warriors sweep away Pelicans

Stephen Curry scores 39 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 109-98 to complete a four-game sweep of their first-round NBA playoff series. 
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Alameda: Doolittle Raiders honored with Congressional Gold Medal

The Doolittle Raiders who struck a blow for democracy on behalf of an American public thirsty for revenge after the Pearl Harbor attack were honored Saturday aboard the USS Hornet in a ceremony acknowledging the Congressional Gold Medal.  
SPORTS
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Warriors sweep away Pelicans

Stephen Curry scores 39 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 109-98 to complete a four-game sweep of their first-round NBA playoff series. 
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Scarlett Johansson hosts 'SNL'; Daytime Emmy Awards on tap

Plus, this week on TV: Rory Kennedy revisits 'Last days of Vietnam' and J.K. Rowling's adult novel, 'The Casual Vacancy,' comes to television. 
BUSINESS
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Automakers rev up innovation in the Bay Area

Car companies ranging from General Motors to Mercedes have set up shop in the nation's hotbed of technology and innovation for a dose of inspiration -- and a little wheeling and dealing -- as they hash out how their vehicles will connect to the Internet, interact with users and drive themselves safely.
 
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Scarlett Johansson hosts 'SNL'; Daytime Emmy Awards on tap

Plus, this week on TV: Rory Kennedy revisits 'Last days of Vietnam' and J.K. Rowling's adult novel, 'The Casual Vacancy,' comes to television.