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Increasing Beach Erosion May Become Norm ... Search for Missing Fishermen Called Off ... Freight Trains May Return to North Bay

USGS: Increasing West Coast Beach Erosion Could Become Norm
The U.S. Geological Survey says West Coast beaches could erode severely due to climate change. A new study maps erosion during the 2009 El Nino storm season. The beaches eroded an average of 36 percent more than usual. The study's lead author Patrick Barnard says that may become the norm.

Coast Guard Calls Off Search for Missing Fishermen
The Coast Guard is ending its aerial search for seven Northern California men lost during a fishing trip in Mexico. Guardsmen searched more than 800 square miles by air yesterday. Mexican officials say they will keep looking for survivors or remains.

Freight Trains May Return to North Bay
Freight trains can return to the North Bay after Novato amended a deal with the train operator. The original deal called for welding the tracks in town to reduce noise. Yesterday the Novato City Council voted instead to slow the trains down to 25 miles per hour.

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