In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, a Bombardier 415 Super Scooper makes a water drop on hot spots along the hillside east of Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Sunday morning.
Mike Eliason/AP
December 18, 2017

California’s Thomas Fire 45 Percent Contained

Firefighters battling the massive Thomas Fire northwest of Los Angeles were working against another round of high winds to prevent its spread to homes in Santa Barbara and Montecito.


December 12, 2017

Healthcare Sign-Up Deadline; Sexual Assault In Prisons; Climate Change and Farming; Winter Pets

On The 21st: The deadline to pick a health insurance plan for next year through Get Covered Illinois is Friday at 11 p.m. What do you need to know before then? Plus, how sexual assault in prison is often ignored. Also, we'll learn how climate change affects farmers in Illinois, and hear from a veterinarian about whether your pets really need to wear coats in winter weather. 


Rows of corn in Puerto Rico.
Les North/MayerSeedline
December 04, 2017

Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Recovery Complicates Ag Businesses’ Seed Research

Puerto Rico’s hot winter days and warm nights have played a key role in the global seed business for more than 30 years. So, the devastation wrought on the U.S. territory by Hurricane Maria in September stretches to the croplands of the Midwest and Great Plains.


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