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Some cities spared drastic water cuts
SACRAMENTO — Water use must plummet in each California community under Gov. Jerry Brown’s sweeping plan to get through a relentless drought, but regulators on Saturday offered some cities relief from drastic cuts. Brown this month ordered a 25 percent cutback in statewide urban water use. The ...
By Fenit Nirrappil The Associated Press FULL STORY
Arrests in Minneapolis, San Diego in terrorism investigation
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Authorities in Minnesota say arrests have been made in connection with their terrorism investigation into youth who have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to fight with militants, including the Islamic State group. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said the arrest...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Almonds get roasted in debate over California water use
SAN FRANCISCO — California almonds are becoming one of the world’s favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water than all the showering, dish-washing and other indoor household w...
By Ellen Kickmeyer The Associated Press FULL STORY
Breakaway Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader
NICOSIA, Cyprus — Turkish Cypriots are voting for a new leader for the breakaway north of Cyprus on Sunday in an unpredictable contest as talks to reunify the ethnically split island are expected to resume next month. Some 177,000 residents are eligible to vote for seven candidates, including ha...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Wartime climate in Saudi puts calls for reform on hold
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — An electronic billboard at an upscale Saudi mall flashes an advertisement for a designer fragrance before switching to images of soaring F-16s and King Salman saluting the troops. “The response has come to you who threaten the nation,” the caption says. “To those who ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Video: Islamic State kills Ethiopian Christians in Libya
CAIRO — Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed Sunday. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group’s atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared caliphate in Syria...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Survivor: Smugglers locked hundreds in hold of capsized boat
ROME — A smuggler’s boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya’s coast as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union Sunday to finally meet demands for decisive action. Surviv...
By Frances D’Emilio The Associated Press FULL STORY
Gyrocopter pilot frustrated message isn’t getting through
RUSKIN, Fla. — The letter carrier who caused a full-scale security review in Washington when he violated national airspace by landing his gyrocopter on Capitol Hill expressed frustration Sunday that his message wasn’t getting through. Doug Hughes had hoped to raise awareness about the influenc...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Sperm bank sued after donor details emerge 7 years later
ATLANTA — He was good on paper: Eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot. That’s why Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson say they chose Donor 9623 to be the biological father of their child. Then last June, almost seven years after Collins gave birth to a son conceived with his sp...
By Kate Brumback The Associated Press FULL STORY
Empty chairs honor 168 victims of Oklahoma City bombing
OKLAHOMA CITY — Every day when Dr. Rosslyn Biggs goes to work as a federal government veterinarian she is reminded of her mother, one of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and honored Sunday on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until Sept. 11, 2001. B...
By Tim Talley The Associated Press FULL STORY
Utility: No leaks found in California gas line that exploded
FRESNO — A gas pipeline that exploded at a sheriff’s gun range in Central California had been inspected twice in April for gas leaks, and no leaks were found, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Sunday. PG&E said its crews did a ground survey of the pipe on April 1 and an aerial survey on April 16....
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Police: Seal or sea lion pup abducted from Los Angeles beach
LOS ANGELES — Whoever snatched a seal or sea lion pup from a Los Angeles beach early Sunday should not confuse the animal’s cuteness with its potentially vicious bite, according to an animal rescue expert. Witnesses to the abduction said four people wrapped the pup in a blanket and left in a c...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Report: Hostile workplace at university Alzheimer’s center
LOS ANGELES — An investigation found that female faculty at the Alzheimer’s disease research center at the University of California, Los Angeles, worked under hostile conditions, according to a newspaper report. In a letter to research center staff, a UCLA administrator wrote that an outside in...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Researcher denied flight after tweet poking United security
WASHINGTON — United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline’s onboard systems could be hacked. The researcher, Chris Roberts, attempted to board a...
By Jack Gillum The Associated Press FULL STORY
California delta smelt survey turns up only 1 fish
SACRAMENTO — California’s drought appears to be taking a toll on a threatened fish species. State officials found one delta smelt during a survey earlier this month of 40 sites in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, The Record of Stockton reported over the weekend. The survey by the state Departm...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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