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In this photo taken Monday, May 18, 2015, Gino Celli checks the moisture of land just planted with corn seed on land he farms near Stockton, Calif. Celli farms 1,500 acres of land and manages another 7,000 acres, has senior water rights and draws his irrigation water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California: Farmers strike drought deal

Saturday, May 23, 2015

California farmers who hold some of the state’s strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal yesterday to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record. Officials hope the deal will serve as a model for more such agreements with growers in the nation’s top-producing farm …

ISIS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Islamic State militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said yesterday. The purge, which relied mostly on informants, was aimed at solidifying the extremists’ grip on the strategic …

Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report yesterday. Amnesty said in a statement that it has heard from former captives of both Ukrainian government and separatist forces who say they faced savage …

Cigarette packs must concede addictive intent, not deception

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Philip Morris USA Inc. and other tobacco makers must say on cigarette packages that they’re “intentionally designed” to ensure addiction, a federal appeals court said. The companies don’t, however, have to say they lied about the dangers of smoking. That’s the decision of a Washington-based appeals court yesterday …

Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Toyota vowed to help pinpoint the cause of a defect in air bags used in more than 50 million vehicles worldwide, saying the auto industry risks losing the trust of car buyers if the problem drags on unresolved. …

Clinton’s NH appearance draws ardent supporters, curious onlookers

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The windows were papered over from the inside, and on the door of the Water Street Bookstore in the middle of Exeter, a sign informed customers: “We are closed from 12-3 p.m. today due to a private event. We apologize for the inconvenience!” For those who hadn’t seen …

Senate is ‘playing chicken’ with NSA spy program, White House says

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The White House and top Senate Republicans traded dire warnings yesterday as a standoff over a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program threatened to continue into the weekend. If senators do not act before leaving Washington this weekend for a week-long recess, the legal authority underpinning the NSA’s …

Mexico: Gun battle leaves more than 40 dead

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A shootout between members of a powerful drug cartel and Mexican security forces in the western state of Michoacan left at least 40 people dead yesterday, according to Mexican officials. The violence unfolded in the morning near the town of Tanhuato, along Michoacan’s border with the state of …

Senate gives Obama a win on trade pact

Saturday, May 23, 2015

President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda yesterday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations. A coalition of nearly 50 Senate Republicans and more than …

Portsmouth park honors, preserves African burying ground

Saturday, May 23, 2015

From installing sculptures to planting grass, the construction of Portsmouth’s newest park posed a sensitive challenge: digging deep was off limits given the hundreds of bodies buried below the site. The remains, however, are the very reason for …

U.S. ground troops have ‘no role’ in Iraq

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday she sees “no role whatsoever” for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State militants. The existing U.S. policy of providing air support, intelligence, surveillance …

Rules about public risk pools could change in Senate plan

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Secretary of State’s office could lose its ability to regulate a public risk pool it’s had issues with for years if a last-minute amendment to the Senate’s budget remains in place. The amendment transfers enforcement authority over public risk pools to the insurance department. It would take …

Concord man who sent out hoax email leading up to special election charged with felony

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Concord man who confessed to creating a hoax email leading voters to believe a candidate for state representative was dropping out of a special election has been charged with two crimes, including a felony, by the state’s …