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The import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump are boosting the cost of building a home by thousands of dollars, and that's adding to the challenges of people trying to rebuild from California's wildfire and other disasters.
The CEO of the California Building Industry Association said tariffs on imported lumber and other construction materials could increase the cost of building a typical home by $20,000.
Other factors also are at work, such as a shortage of construction workers. But the tariffs are entirely the result of a government policy change.
A "suicidal" airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and was chased by military jets before crashing into a small island in the Puget Sound on Friday night, officials said.
Preliminary information suggests the crash occurred because the 29-year-old man was "doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills," the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said.
Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the sheriff's department, said on Twitter the man was suicidal and there was no connection to terrorism. The man's condition after the crash wasn't immediately known.
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Government and police officials in the nation's capital say they are confident the city can manage this weekend's planned white nationalist rally without violence.
Meanwhile, Washington's robust local activist community is also gearing up for counter-protests.
The Unite the Right 2 rally will take place Sunday afternoon in Lafayette Park in front of the White House. The rally is timed for the one-year anniversary of the first Unite the Right in Charlottesville, Virginia, which devolved into chaos and violence resulting in the death of a counter-protester.
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In a last-ditch effort to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoises, the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research received tissue biopsies for its Frozen Zoo.
The biopsies were collected at the end of 2017 from two female vaquitas during an attempt to establish a breeding program.
The tissue was collected by scientists working with the Mexican government and conservationists during a last-ditch effort to capture the few remaining vaquitas, which live in in the waters off the northern end of the Gulf of California.
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