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California loosens residency restrictions for sex offenders
SACRAMENTO — California will alter its 8-year-old ban preventing all registered sex offenders from living near schools or parks and instead impose the restriction only on pedophiles and others whose sex crimes involved children, state officials announced Thursday. The state corrections department...
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Water spending plan heads to the governor
SACRAMENTO — A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation. The California Assembly voted unanimously, 74-0, on AB91 a day after the Senate approved bills t...
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Lawyer disputes police’s hoax claim in kidnapping
VALLEJO — A lawyer disputes police claims that the kidnapping of a California woman was a hoax and says her boyfriend was bound and drugged during the abduction. Attorney Dan Russo said Thursday his client Aaron Quinn did not immediately call police when his girlfriend Denise Huskins was abducte...
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California lawmakers heading to Cuba on spring trade trip
SACRAMENTO — Democratic members of the California Assembly announced Thursday that they’re heading to Cuba for a five-day agricultural trade mission next week as the U.S. considers easing economic restrictions against the island nation. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Assemblyman Henry Perea, ...
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Federal appeals court to reconsider California gun ruling
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has agreed to reconsider its decision to strike down a California law that requires applicants for a concealed weapons permit to show “good cause” beyond self-defense. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday an expanded 11-judge panel of the...
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Bold budget moves slowly through the Senate
WASHINGTON — Republicans slowly pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward Senate approval Thursday, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to erase deficits through trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the health care law. Appr...
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House OKs Medicare bill; fate up to Senate
WASHINGTON — In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years. The lopsided 392-37 vote shifted pressure onto the Senate, where its prospects...
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Government aims to protect users of ‘payday’ loan programs
WASHINGTON — Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what’s advertised as a brief loan. Many have run out of money between paychecks. So they obtain a “payday” loan to tide them over. Problem is, such loans can often bury them in fees and debts. Their bank accounts can ...
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Turmoil in Yemen escalates as rebels bombed
SANAA, Yemen — The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the airstrikes. Iran denounced the Saudi-led air campaign, saying it “considers this a...
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Co-pilot deliberately took plane down
PARIS — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside. The account Thursday of the final moments of Ger...
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Iraq troops start final push for Tikrit
TIKRIT, Iraq — Iraqi troops started the final phase of an offensive to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit on Thursday, a military official said, just hours after the United States launched airstrikes on the Islamic State-held city. The push, however, is going ahead without the countr...
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Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would ...
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Jury: Silicon Valley firm didn't discriminate
SAN FRANCISCO — A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discrimi..
Senate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election
WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, the wily Nevadan who dominated the Senate for a ..
Israel to stop withholding Palestinian tax revenue
JERUSALEM — Israel said Friday that it will transfer Palestinian tax revenues it has been withhold..
Magnitude-4.2 quake shakes central California; no damage
COALINGA — A small earthquake jolted an area of central California, but there were no reports of d..
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