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California Prepares for Snow, Rain, Mudslides

Warnings have been posted for the risk of mudslides in areas that burned in last year’s wildfires, as bone-dry California looks forward to its best week of rain and snow this winter.

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Relatives of Chinese Disaster Victims Treated Like Enemies of the State

Relatives of Chinese disaster victims — from a stampede killing 36 in Shanghai to the capsizing of a ferry carrying hundreds to the Tianjin chemical explosion in August — allege that the government has wiretapped their phones, threatened, and sometimes beaten them to keep them from asking questions.