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Calif. Solar Plant Blamed For Causing Birds To Ignite In Mid-Air

A new form of solar energy is having an unwanted side effect: It makes some birds ignite in midair.


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Off-Duty LA Paramedic Killed, Boy Hurt In Small Plane Crash In Mojave Desert

An off-duty Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter pilot and paramedic was killed and a boy was critically injured Monday when a fixed-wing aircraft crashed into a dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert.

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Human Bones Recovered In Desert Near Cabazon

Authorities say human bones have been found in a desert area north of Cabazon.


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2 Of 4 Sets Of Remains Found In Victorville Desert Identified As Joseph, Summer McStay

Two of four sets of skeletal remains found in the desert outside Victorville earlier this week have been identified as the parents of a Fallbrook family that went missing nearly four years ago, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.

CBS2 / KCAL9–11/15/2013

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Desert Residents Push For Ban On Bobcat Trapping

Residents in one Southland desert community are coming together to save the bobcat.


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Newberry Springs Residents Angered Solar Farm Blocks Mountain Views

Newberry Springs residents are angered by the construction of a 27-acre solar farm they claim has ruined their views of the mountains.

CBS2 / KCAL9–03/29/2013

A 150-acre fire in Anza is now fully contained. It destroyed a mobile home and storage shed Friday. (credit: CBS)

150-Acre Fire Near Palm Springs Now Fully Contained

Firefighters have contained a wildfire that burned 150 acres in the Southern California desert south of Palm Springs and destroyed one mobile home and an outbuilding.


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Marine Collapses And Dies During Training Session In Twentynine Palms

Officials say a Marine has collapsed and died after a day of training in the California desert in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan.


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Family Field Trips with Desert Adventures

Have you ever really explored the desert? I am not talking about exploring the pool at a swanky Palm Springs resort or navigating the porta-potty line at the Coachella Music Festival, I mean getting to […]

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M3.0 Quake Rattles Palm Springs Area; No Damage Reported

A magnitude 3.0 earthquake that was felt from Hemet to Indio rattled the mountains south of Palm Springs.

CBS Los Angeles–02/20/2012

3.5M Quake Rattles Mojave Desert; No Injuries, Damage

A 3.5 magnitude earthquake struck early Tuesday morning in a remote region near the Mojave Desert.

CBS2 / KCAL9–10/11/2011


Field Trip: Tucson, Arizona

Just an 8-hour drive away, Tucson is ripe for exploring for LA families.

CBS Los Angeles–09/01/2011

3 Bodies Found In Palm Tree Grove Near Thermal

Sheriff’s deputies have found three bodies in an agricultural area south of Palm Springs after ashooting was reported in the Southern California desert.


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Boxer Asks EPA To Save Desert Families From Stinky Odor

Sen. Barbara Boxer wants the Environmental Protection Agency to act urgently to save the town of Mecca from seeing more people fall ill.


Krystal Park, 13, reads a small sign across the street from her house warning of "nonpotable water", which in fact contains hexavalent chromium in the Mojave Desert town of Hinkley, CA, west of Barstow. Krystal Park, 13, reads a small sign across the street from her house warning of "nonpotable water", which in fact contains hexavalent chromium, July 19, 2001 in the Mojave Desert town of Hinkley, CA, west of Barstow. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Toxic Plume Spreads In ‘Brockovich’ Calif. Desert Town

Regulators say water wells near the town made famous by the movie “Erin Brockovich” are showing increased concentrations of cancer-causing chromium.