California fires' death toll now at 48; many still missing

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — A message board at a shelter for the many people who fled California's deadliest wildfire is filled with photos of the missing, as well as pleas for any information about relatives and friends.

Rare conservation win: Mountain gorilla population ticks up

WASHINGTON (AP) — There are more gorillas in the mist — a rare conservation success story, scientists say.

Dogs and portable morgues: Search intensifies in fire zone

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities moved to set up a rapid DNA-analysis system and bring in cadaver dogs, mobile morgues and more search teams in an intensified effort to find and identify victims of the deadliest wildfire in California history, an inferno that killed at least 42 people.

Grim search for more fire victims; 31 dead across California

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — As wildfires raged at both ends of the state, officials released another grim statistic: six more bodies discovered in the burned-over town of Paradise and outlying areas, bringing the death toll there to 29 and matching the record for the deadliest single blaze in California history.

Some Southern California fire evacuations lifted

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Some of the thousands of people who fled Southern California's huge wildfire were being allowed to return home, and traffic was flowing Monday on the major highway through the area after a closure of several days.

Second solar farm planned at UI

SAVOY — Farm fields along Curtis Road in Savoy would be converted into the next University of Illinois solar farm under a proposal winding its way through campus.

The UI is planning its second solar farm just north of Curtis, west of First Street, and it would be roughly triple the size of the current 21-acre installation a mile directly north along Windsor Road.

Letter from Birdland | Don't let time change get your goat

Whenever we change the clocks, forward or back, I can count on getting an email with a haiku from my friend Mickey from California.

Just Askin' | Leftover pumpkins

Q: What's done with all those leftover pumpkins?

A: At Curtis Orchard in southwest Champaign, they're used as fertilizer.

"We put them out in the patch, and some will become pumpkins for next year," said Kelsey Jestis, a manager at Curtis Orchard.

She said there's still some pumpkins for sale, though.

20-year deal planned for UI's 2nd solar farm

The UI's first solar farm was built on university-owned land through a public-private partnership with Phoenix Solar Inc. of California. The firm designed, built and is operating the farm for the first 10 years.

Another Keystone XL setback; environmental review ordered

NEW YORK (AP) — Environmentalists cheered a federal court order that blocks a Trump administration permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, pending an environmental review.

The pipeline would begin in Alberta and shuttle as much as 830,000 barrels a day of crude through a half dozen states to terminals on the Gulf Coast.