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Water picture improves for some California towns
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- While much of California remains in the grips of extreme drought, spring storms have eased pressure slightly and reduced the number of rural communities considered at risk of running dry....
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Navy probes report of gunman at San Diego base
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Officials at the U.S. Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego are searching the base after an unconfirmed report of an armed individual there....
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Gaga over gorillas? 2 babies arrive at Bronx Zoo
NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City zoo is celebrating the arrivals of two baby western lowland gorillas....
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Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers
NEW YORK (AP) -- The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international law....
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UN chief: Syria war threatens Lebanon's stability
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general is warning that the 3-year-old conflict in Syria poses a serious threat to the stability of neighboring Lebanon, as thousands of refugees stream into the small country and weapons and fighters are transferred out....
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Major oil & gas firm to list drilling chemicals
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a major shift; it's unclear if other firms will follow suit....
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Colorado lawmakers plan to boost marijuana profits
DENVER (AP) -- The federal government has reluctantly agreed to let Colorado be the first state to collect taxes from the legal sale of recreational marijuana, but it also has made clear it doesn't agree with the move and may try to stop it, if isn't tightly controlled....
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Ex-Marine sentenced to die in sailor's slaying
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A federal jury sentenced an ex-Marine to death on Thursday for murdering a fellow service member in 2009, one among a series of violent, sexually motivated attacks he committed over the years....
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Residents of Wyoming town allowed to return home
OPAL, Wyo. (AP) -- Residents were allowed to return home Thursday, nearly 22 hours after an explosion at a natural-gas processing plant forced the evacuation of their small southwestern Wyoming town....
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Fake mayoral Twitter account yields no charges
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- No charges will be filed over a fake Twitter account that purported to be a central Illinois mayor's lewd thoughts on sex and drugs....
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Feds weigh protecting orcas in West Coast waters
SEATTLE (AP) -- A federal agency is weighing whether to protect endangered orcas in the waters off the West Coast....
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Family of slain TSA agent files claim for $25M
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The widow and two children of a security screener killed in an attack at Los Angeles International Airport last year have filed a $25 million claim against the city of Los Angeles....
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FDA backs off animal feed rule affecting brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The federal government is backing off proposed regulations that brewers say would add to their costs without improving the safety of grain used to feed livestock....
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Chicago to name high school after President Obama
CHICAGO (AP) -- President Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago plans to name a high school after him....
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Postal workers unions protest Staples program
NEW YORK (AP) -- Postal workers around the country protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service's pilot program to open counters in stores, staffed with retail employees....
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