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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 …

Jerusalem: Israel scraps bus plan many critics had called racist

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday canceled a plan that would have banned Palestinian laborers from riding on the same buses with Jewish settlers in the West Bank, just hours after it was announced — an embarrassing about-face …

Waco restaurant video shows bikers, others seeking cover

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, dozens of motorcycle riders ran inside seeking cover and tried to guide others to safety, security video reviewed exclusively by The Associated Press showed yesterday. The …

Islamic State seizes ancient town of Palmyra in Syria

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Islamic State extremists captured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra after government defense lines there collapsed yesterday, a stunning triumph for the group only days after it captured the strategic city of Ramadi in Iraq. It was unclear …

Banks fined more than $5B, to plead guilty to market rigging

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Four of the world’s biggest banks agreed yesterday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets – a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal …

Capitol cops get bathroom training after guns left in toilet

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Capitol Police officers are getting training after officers accidentally left their guns in the Capitol’s public bathrooms three times this year. One gun was found by a child. “We are now providing additional training on what to do …

US releases 100+ bin Laden documents

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Documents swept up in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound portray a leader cut off from his underlings, disappointed by their failures, beset by their complaints and regretting years of separation from much of his extensive family. …

More small-style events for Hillary Clinton in second visit to NH since announcing bid for president

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In her second visit to New Hampshire since announcing her presidential campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to visit the Seacoast area Friday for campaign events focused on small businesses. Her campaign says she will visit Smuttynose Brewery in …

State senators dip into renewable energy fund to pay for homeland security

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A week after voting to fully restore the state’s renewable energy fund, Senate budget writers decided yesterday to use some of the fund’s money to bankroll homeland security and emergency management. The Senate Finance Committee voted yesterday to …

Smart meter debate back before Maine supreme court

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The debate over the safety of so-called smart meters installed by Central Maine Power is going back before the state Supreme Court, setting up a legal clash over regulators’ conclusion that they pose no risk. Opponents are challenging a December conclusion by the Maine Public Utilities Commission that …

Motorcycle gang shootout started with parking dispute

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A deadly weekend shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs apparently began with a parking dispute and someone running over a gang member’s foot, the police said yesterday. Waco police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said an uninvited group appeared for Sunday’s …