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(Cropped Photo: / MGN ) Bird flu found at Foster Farms turkey ranch in California

Hundreds of turkeys at a Central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of a type of avian flu that is not a threat to people but can decimate poultry flocks.

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Tahoe researchers probe tiny critter population plunges 
Researchers at Lake Tahoe are trying to figure out why some of the tiniest creatures and plants on the bottom of the alpine lake appear to be disappearing at an alarming rate.
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Coughing neighbors make Bay Area rethink outdoor cooking 
The booming popularity of outdoor kitchens among homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area has an increasing number of their neighbors coughing and hacking from the smoke, leading air-quality officials to consider tightening rules on wood-burning pizza ovens and smokers.
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'American Sniper' astounds with $105.3M over MLK weekend
Clint Eastwood's R-rated Iraq War drama "American Sniper" opened in January like a superhero movie in July, taking in a record $105.3 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. four-day weekend.
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Cosby welcomed by audience in California city of Turlock
Bill Cosby has performed a sold-out show in the Central California town of Turlock, where he was greeted warmly and left with a standing ovation.
President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at the White House Briefing Thursday, April 17, 2014, making remarks on the Affordable Care Act and Ukraine. (n/a)
Details of Obama's proposals for more paid leave 
President Barack Obama is making a renewed push to win paid sick, parental and family leave for workers.
'Birdman,' 'Budapest' top Oscar nominations with 9 nods each
Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture.
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2 men reach top of Yosemite's El Capitan in historic climb
A pair of Americans on Wednesday completed what had long been considered the world's most difficult rock climb, using only their hands and feet to conquer a 3,000-foot vertical wall on El Capitan, the forbidding granite pedestal in Yosemite National Park that has beckoned adventurers for more than half a century.
Analyst: California governor underestimates revenues by $2B
An independent budget analysis says California is likely to collect as much as $2 billion more in taxes in the new fiscal year than Gov. Jerry Brown predicted last week.
Oil dips below $45 as OPEC signals no cuts
The price of oil has dipped below $45 a barrel following the latest sign from OPEC that the group doesn't plan to cut production.
Federal analysis: Arts, culture add $700B to US economy
New research from the National Endowment for the Arts and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that the arts and culture sector contributes more to the U.S. economy than previously thought.

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