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State takes new approach to regulate pot farms water use

SACRAMENTO — Fish and Wildlife officers have recently joined local narcotics teams in inspecting pot farms that are allegedly draining a half million gallons of water a day from Northern California’s Eel River as part of a unique state effort to identify growers willing to work with authorities to monitor water use and environmental effects […]

This date in sports history for Aug. 31

Aug. 31 1895 — The first professional football game is played at Latrobe, Pa., between Latrobe and Jeannette, Pa. Latrobe pays $10 to quarterback John Brallier for expenses. 1934 — The Chicago Bears and the College All-Stars played to a 0-0 tie before 79,432 in the first game of this series. 1950 — Brooklyn’s Gil […]

Italy’s Eni finds ‘supergiant’ natural gas field off Egypt

ROME — The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday it has discovered a “supergiant” natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the “largest-ever” found in the Mediterranean Sea. The news came a day after Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi met in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the Egyptian leader’s office said. Eni said the […]

Nestle: Forced labor has no place in our food supply chain

GENEVA — Nestle says “forced labor has no place in our supply chain” following a U.S. class action lawsuit that alleges the Swiss food company knowingly supported a system of slave labor and human trafficking to make its Fancy Feast cat food. Nestle didn’t deny the allegations in an email Sunday to The Associated Press […]

7 men crash Northern California house party, rob guests

ROSEVILLE — Police in Northern California are looking for seven men who crashed a house party and robbed the guests at gunpoint. The Sacramento Bee reports Sunday Roseville police officers responded Saturday to a report of a robbery at a house party organized by teenagers while their parents were out of town. Officials say seven […]

Woman falls down Big Sur cliff, drowns in ocean

BIG SUR — Officials say a 20-year-old woman died after sliding down a seaside cliff and falling into the ocean while hiking in Big Sur. Monterey County Search and Rescue says Medina Faraz was hiking in the area of McWay Falls, near Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. She was climbing down and around a cliff […]

Missing hiker found in Sierra Nevada recovering from surgery

FRESNO — The family of a woman who was rescued after being stranded in the rugged Sierra Nevada for nine days said Sunday that she is recovering from surgery to set the broken bones on her lower left leg. Miyuki Harwood’s family said in a statement that she has asked for “uninterrupted rest and quiet.” […]

Largest Orange County jail implements water-saving programs

ORANGE — Inmates at Orange County’s largest jail will get low-flow toilets and shower valves with timers as part of a wide-ranging effort to save water amid the state’s four-year drought. The conservation plan at the Theo Lacy jail also includes tearing up 3,000 square feet of grass and replacing it with decomposed granite donated […]

6 San Quentin inmates ill with Legionnaires’ disease

SACRAMENTO — Prison officials say they have confirmed six San Quentin State Prison inmates are ill with Legionnaires’ disease. State corrections department spokeswoman Dana Simas said Sunday that five of the inmates are being treated at outside hospitals. She says another 51 inmates are under observation at the prison’s medical unit. Simas says cooking at […]

Fire at Saudi oil company residence kills 11

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A large fire broke out Sunday in the basement of a sprawling residential complex in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich east, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 200, officials in the kingdom said. The blaze began early in the morning in a multistory residential compound known as Radium in […]

Egypt announces parliamentary vote for October, November

CAIRO — Egypt on Sunday announced that long-awaited parliamentary elections will take place in October and November, a hoped-for step toward democracy amid a harsh crackdown on dissent. Ayman Abbas, head of the Supreme Election Committee, said that half the country’s 27 governorates will vote on Oct. 18-19. The second stage will take place for […]

Sierra Leone: Officials confirm new Ebola death

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone —€” Health officials in Sierra Leone on Sunday confirmed an Ebola death less than a week after the country’s last known patient was discharged from a hospital. Samples from the body of a 67-year-old woman who died recently in Kambia district in the country’s north came back positive for the deadly disease, […]

Activists say IS damages ancient temple in Syria’s Palmyra

BEIRUT — Islamic State militants in Syria severely damaged the Bel Temple, considered one of the greatest sites of the ancient world, in a massive explosion Sunday, activists said. The 2,000-year-old temple was part of the remains of the ancient caravan city of Palmyra in central Syria, seized by IS in May. The news of […]

When the wells run dry: California families cope in drought

TULARE — Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It’s his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more. “There it goes,” said […]

New York town’s large collection of WWII vet photos endures

MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. — During World War II, hundreds of servicemen in uniform had their photographs taken at a popular tavern near the Hudson River in upstate New York. Seventy years after the war officially ended with Japan’s surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, Siciliano’s Restaurant is long gone, but the black-and-white portraits endure. Only a few of […]

‘Awakenings’ author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

NEW YORK — There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat. Those stories and many more, taking the reader to the distant ranges of […]

Nelson Shanks, painter of presidents and royalty, dies at 77

ANDALUSIA, Pa. — Nelson Shanks, a painter renowned for his portraits of prominent figures ranging from presidents to a pope to royalty, has died. He was 77. Shanks died Friday at his home in Andsalusia, in Bucks County, according to Bill Wedo, spokesman for the Studio Incamminati art school Shanks founded with his wife, Leona. […]

Vote tally for Iran nuclear deal rises to 31 in Senate

WASHINGTON — Oregon’s Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley on Sunday became the 31st senator to announce support for the Iran nuclear deal, as momentum builds behind the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran. Merkley’s backing puts supporters within reach of the 34 votes required to uphold a presidential veto of a […]

White House says Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will change the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, bestowing the traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential visit to Alaska. By renaming the peak Denali, an Athabascan word meaning “the high one,” Obama is wading […]

Service pays tribute to slain television reporter, cameraman

ROANOKE, Va. — Community religious leaders gathered Sunday to remember 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward, the two television journalists who were shot and killed while working last week. The interfaith service at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke was filled with somber prayers across several religions, along with music from the Roanoke Symphony […]

‘Compton’ tops box office for 3rd week; ‘War Room’ surprises

NEW YORK — The Christian drama “War Room” made a surprise bid for the box-office lead, Zac Efron’s music drama “We Are Your Friends” fell completely flat and the N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” keeps chugging along. Universal’s “Straight Outta Compton” topped the box office for the third-straight week with $13.2 million at North American theaters […]

Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it. Obama leaves Monday for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. There, and in […]

Planning on seeing the pope in Philadelphia? Here’s some tips

Pope Francis will spend two days in Philadelphia next month, but visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the pontiff will have to make every minute of their planning count. His two big public events will both be on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, home to the city’s museum district. He’ll attend the closing ceremonies of […]

As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled

LOS ANGELES — Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected, though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing. Full or preliminary scores have been released for Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West […]

Mormons keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite gay leaders

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church announced Wednesday it will maintain its longtime affiliation with the Boy Scouts despite the organization’s decision to allow gay troop leaders — preventing what would have been a thundering blow to the national association. The decision from senior leaders of the Mormon church — the nation’s largest sponsor […]

Today in History: Aug 30, 2015

  Today is Sunday, August 30, the 242nd day of 2015. There are 123 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 30, 1945, U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Japan to set up Allied occupation headquarters. On this date: In 1861, Union Gen. John C. Fremont instituted martial law in Missouri […]

Barbers offer groomsmen some wedding-day bonding

Ben Thompson was having trouble thinking of a way to thank the groomsmen in his wedding. “I didn’t want to buy something tacky or cliche,” said Thompson, of Charleston, West Virginia. Then he discovered that his local barbershop offered a package geared to grooms and their attendants, and he decided to treat his friends to […]

The gift of gold: Bolt wins again, with help from the US

  BEIJING — Usain Bolt’s final gold medal at the Bird’s Nest came gift-wrapped. With a red-white-and-blue bow, too. The World’s Fastest Man made it 3 for 3 in Beijing again, leading the Jamaicans to a runaway win Saturday in the 4×100-meter relay that came easy thanks to an American team that still hasn’t figured […]

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