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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 …

Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in …

Police investigate after teen shoots friend through window

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Authorities are considering whether to bring criminal charges against a Montana 17-year-old who fired a bullet through his bedroom window, killing his friend in a case an investigator has described as an accident. The unidentified suspect had been …

Baltimore prosecutor disputes conflict of interest claims

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baltimore’s top prosecutor has filed a blistering response to conflict of interest allegations raised by lawyers for six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. The defense lawyers asked that a judge replace State’s Attorney Marilyn …

House bill would cap tax-payer dollars for ex-presidents’ travel

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space and staff …

Clinton urges emails’ release

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hillary Clinton urged the State Department yesterday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, as her decision to spurn administration rules and use a private email address continued to …

Iraq struggles with sectarian politics after Ramadi fall

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As it moves to try to reverse the stunning loss of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest Sunni province, the Shiite-led government is hamstrung by the sectarian politics it has failed to overcome ever since the Islamic State …

Over 370 migrants taken to Indonesia after months at sea

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

More than 370 migrants stranded at sea for months were rescued and taken to Indonesia, officials said yesterday, the latest in a stream of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to reach shore in a growing crisis confronting Southeast Asia. …

Masses of Burundi refugees show up in Tanzania

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tanzania Masses of Burundi refugees show up Cholera and severe diarrhea have broken out among tens of thousands of refugees from Burundi who are jammed into a village in Tanzania on the edge of Lake Tanganyika, with the …

Charges filed against 170 motorcycle gang members in Texas

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

About 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs were charged with engaging in organized crime yesterday, a day after a shootout at a Texas restaurant that killed nine people and wounded 18. The crowd of suspects was so large …

Appeals court sides with Google in anti-Muslim film case

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled yesterday in a victory …