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Devastated California suburb was exempt from fire rules

The destruction of Coffey Park wasn’t a mystery to fire scientists. Because it was outside the officially mapped “very severe” hazard zone, more than 5 miles to the east, it was exempt from regulations designed to make buildings fire resistant in high-risk areas.

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What cosmic crash confirmed: Einstein was as good as gold

WASHINGTON (AP) — When two extremely dense neutron stars crashed together in a distant galaxy, astronomers struck scientific gold, confirming previously unproven theories, including some from Albert Einstein. Scientists announced Monday that after picking up two faint signals in mid-August, they were able to find the location of the long-ago crash and see the end...