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Report names U.S. cities with foulest, cleanest air

The nation's 25 most smoggy cities improved air quality over the last year, but half the nation's residents still live with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to an American Lung Association report released on Wednesday. Full story

Fire out at small Bakersfield, California refinery

The fire is out at the San Joaquin Refining Co plant in Bakersfield, California, a fire department official said Thursday. Full story

Palin spells out 2010, 2012 messages

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Bakersfield, Calif., gives a speech that sounds a lot like a 2012 trial balloon, or at least an effort to drum up speculation and boost her GOP brand. Full story

California wildfire rages

   A wildfire near Bakersfield has burned more than 2,000 acres. Msnbc.com

Restaurant burglarized

   A Bob’s Big Boy restaurant is set to open next weekend in Bakersfield, California, but according to surveillance cameras, three men stole the 300lb Big Boy statue.

Does this man have the sweetest job?

   TODAY’s Sara Haines visits John Harrison, who gets paid to be an ice cream taste tester at Dreyers Grand Ice Cream in Bakersfield, California.

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