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Mexico ready to play the corn card in trade talks

From the hundreds of millions of tortillas consumed every year to the countless tons of corn-enriched feed that fattens livestock and poultry, corn is perhaps Mexico’s most important agricultural commodity, one at the center of its life and culture.

Nation & World

Scientists race to prevent wipeout of world’s coral reefs

There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean temperatures. What’s left is a haunting expanse of gray, a scene repeated in reefs across the globe in what has fast become a full-blown ecological catastrophe.

National

Going boldly beyond the diaper: NASA explores solutions to poop problem

The matter of space pooping is not completely solved. Inside a habitable satellite, such as the International Space Station, toilets with suction-generating fans collect and dump solid waste, which may incinerate in the atmosphere like shooting stars. During a rocket launch or spacewalks, however, adult diapers remain the best technology available.

National

Engineers have known for decades that Oroville’s backup spillway was unreliable

Engineers have known for decades that Lake Oroville’s unlined auxiliary spillway could cause serious erosion if water ever spilled over it, possibly compromising the earthen structure and flooding communities downstream. But water districts that buy water from Oroville balked at lining the backup spillway in 2005. Environmentalists opposed an earlier proposal to install gates atop the structure to raise the elevation of Oroville during a flood.

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VIDEO: Southridge Suns reflect on season

After losing to Gig Harbor 5-1 in the state championship game, Southridge baseball coach Tim Sanders and players Mason Martin, Wyatt Hull and Jake Harvey talk about what it took to make it to the title game, and what it means for seasons to come.
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VIDEO: Southridge Suns reflect on season 2:25

VIDEO: Southridge Suns reflect on season

Hanford's Joe Gauthier talks about his performance at state and his senior season 0:55

Hanford's Joe Gauthier talks about his performance at state and his senior season

Highlights from the 2A/3A/4A state track championships in Tacoma 0:42

Highlights from the 2A/3A/4A state track championships in Tacoma

Highlights from Day 2 of the 2A/3A/4A state track meet 1:03

Highlights from Day 2 of the 2A/3A/4A state track meet