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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 …

Senate votes to give Obama fast-track authority on Pacific Rim trade deal

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Republicans and a small band of Democrats rescued President Barack Obama’s trade agenda from the brink of failure yesterday, clearing a key hurdle in the Senate but leaving the final outcome in doubt. Supporters must still navigate a set of tricky-but-popular proposals that could torpedo the legislation’s chances, …

Days after Waco, South Carolina braces for bikers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of bikers are expected to descend on South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach area this Memorial Day weekend – and when they do, they’ll be met with beefed-up security. Locals say there are rarely problems during the …

Former Boko Haram captives still held — by Nigerian military

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The accusations against a woman who was rescued from Boko Haram abductors came from fellow former captives during a group counseling session. Why had she received preferential treatment and better food while they were held? Wasn’t she married …

Clinton’s Benghazi emails show correspondence with adviser

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A batch of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state show her corresponding with a longtime adviser about the Libyan rebellion against Moammar Gadhafi and the Benghazi attack. The set of messages, which were …

Prosecutor: 6 officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray

Thursday, May 21, 2015

All six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray were indicted by a grand jury, a prosecutor said yesterday. The indictments were very similar to the charges Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced about three weeks …

Proposal would raise application fees for major utility projects like Northern Pass

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Energy developers will have to pay hefty application fees to start the state’s permitting process, if a bill passed by the Senate yesterday becomes law. The state Site Evaluation Committee is charged with approving large-scale energy projects in …

In Concord, Jeb Bush tells crowd “I’m a little different than my dad and my brother”

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Anne Coughlin of Concord has listened to a lot of presidential hopefuls over the years, and has seen candidates named Bush and Clinton dominate the headlines. The same names are again in the spotlight as the presidential primary …

License Revocations

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The director of motor vehicles released the following list of driving while intoxicated license revocations. ∎ Jeffrey F. Sapier, 36, of Allenstown ∎ Chad W. Larochelle, 25, of Alton ∎ Thomas W. Beckwith, 54, of Concord ∎ Matthew T. Caldwell, 35, of Concord ∎ Christine E. Graves, 27, of Concord ∎ Todd Paris, 45, …

State budget: Senate pushing to restore cuts to health services

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Senate budget writers moved yesterday to restore many of the deepest cuts to health services in the House’s $11.2 billion budget, including services for older residents, people with developmental disabilities and substance abuse treatment. “What we did today was a compassionate budget in regards to health and human …

Pirate Bay defies court order with intimidating new logo

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Though it’s been raided by Swedish authorities, sued and just had its native Swedish domain piratebay.sg shut down, Pirate Bay has yet to walk the plank. Indeed, the same day the peer-to-peer file sharing site – which facilitates the illegal downloading of films and other media – lost …