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Signs advertising the 2020 US Census cover a closed and boarded up business amid the coronavirus outbreak in Seattle, Washington, March 23, 2020.

For Latinos ineligible to vote, US census offers a path to political power

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The instability wrought by the pandemic could lead to census counts of historically undercounted Latino communities. Organizers are racing to get people to fill it out before the Sept. 30 deadline.

(Left to right) Gwen Muranaka, Mikey Hirano Culross and Mario Reyes, in the newsroom of the last remaining Japanese American daily newspaper, the Rafu Shimpo in downtown Los Angeles, 2010.

A Japanese American newspaper chronicles the ‘searing’ history of immigrant incarceration

An old woman stands in front of a table in a home.

‘A classic tale of human greed’: California caregivers earn as little as $2 an hour

A woman sits at her desk with papers in front of her.

These caregivers work in conditions ‘akin to modern-day slavery.’ In California, wage theft is ‘rampant.’

Massive forest fires can often result in a shifting of ecosystems, as regeneration becomes a more difficult task, especially in drier and warmer areas.

Forest fire surge may be blamed more by human touch than changing climates

Firefighters battle flames from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire in Santa Paula.

Chumash firefighters battle wildfires and protect sacred sites in California


Some firefighters in the Chumash Fire department in Santa Ynez double as “cultural specialists” to try and protect indigenous cultural sites.

A firefighter puts out a hotspot at an avocado farm after the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wildfire in Bonsall, California, Dec. 8, 2017.

Firefighters race to get control of California wildfires


Firefighters in Southern California were under pressure on Saturday to contain six raging wildfires, which have destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee, before fierce winds are expected to strengthen again. Forecasters predict wind gusts to increase in intensity by Saturday night, challenging the 8,700 firefighters who have been […]

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After wildfires, health risks linger


After wildfires in California, the cleanup process poses another health hazard.

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How Harvey Weinstein used nondisclosure agreements to silence his accusers


Nondisclosure agreements are part of how Harvey Weinstein got away with it for so long.


In praise of boredom: Researchers dish on the brain benefits of idle time


When we’re resting, a very important part of our brain gets to work.