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  • California firefighters gain ground on wildfires

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Weather conditions that at least temporarily calmed allowed firefighters to gain ground early Wednesday on a pair of wildfires that forced thousands of residents to leave their homes.

    Evacuation orders were lifted for all of the more than 20,000 residents in and around San Diego on Tuesday night just a few hours after they were called, and all but a handful of those in 1,200 homes and businesses told to evacuat... Continue Reading →

  • Snow in Rockies but Western drought continues

    DENVER (AP) — A powerful spring storm that dumped more than 3 feet of snow in some parts of the Rockies closed a major national trucking route for more than 24 hours, snapped power lines and drew skiers to the slopes of Colorado's only remaining open ski area. Just to the south, some Arizona communities are rationing water because of drought, and to the west, drought-parched California is bracing for another week of hot weather tha... Continue Reading →

  • Arizona town near Grand Canyon runs low on water

    WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) — In the northern Arizona city of Williams, restaurant patrons don't automatically get a glass of water anymore. Residents caught watering lawns or washing cars with potable water can be fined. Businesses are hauling water from outside town to fill swimming pools, and building permits have been put on hold because there isn't enough water to accommodate development.

    Officials in the community a... Continue Reading →

  • Genetically modified foods confuse consumers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most Americans have no idea if they are eating them.

    The Food and Drug Administration says they don't need to be labeled, so the state of Vermont has moved forward on its own. On Thursday, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed legislation making his state the first to require labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

    What about the rest of the countr... Continue Reading →

  • Texas, Arkansas clean up after strong storms

    DALLAS (AP) — Homeowners and utility crews cleaned up Friday after thunderstorms with winds of up to 70 mph tore through North Texas, leaving widespread damage. More severe weather was expected Friday through the central U.S., including strong winds and large hail.

    By Friday morning, about 200 homes remained without power in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to Oncor — down from a reported 34,000 Thursday.

    The stor... Continue Reading →

  • Water flows uphill? Maybe, in California drought

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Water has flowed from Northern California's snow-capped peaks to the south's parched cities ever since the California Aqueduct was built in the 1960s. Now, amid one of the worst droughts in history, state officials are considering an audacious plan to send some of the water back uphill.

    State water engineers say using pumps to reverse the flow of the aqueduct would be a first in a drought. It would ... Continue Reading →

  • Oil above $100 as Ukraine fears offset China data

    The price of oil was slightly higher Monday, inching above $100 a barrel, as investors weighed escalating tensions in Ukraine against a fourth month of contraction in China's manufacturing sector.

    By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for June delivery was up 42 cents to $100.18 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Friday, the Nymex contract rose 34 cents to settle at $99.76.

    Brent... Continue Reading →

  • Hillary Clinton: Gun culture 'way out of balance'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says the nation's gun culture has gotten "way out of balance." She tells a mental health conference that the U.S. needs to rein in the notion that "anybody can have a gun, anywhere, anytime."

    The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate says the idea that anyone can have a gun is not in the "best interest of the vast majority of people." But she says that doesn't conflict wit... Continue Reading →

  • Latest weather wallop: Florida, Alabama flooding

    PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In the latest blow from a dayslong chain of severe weather across the South and Midwest, the Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast were hit with widespread flooding early Wednesday, with people stranded in cars and homes waiting for rescuers to find a way around impassable roads and others abandoning vehicles to walk to safety.

    Crews weren't able to respond to some calls for help because of flooding in and around Pensacola, and one woman died when she drove her car into high water, officials said. Boats and jet skis were moved from the beaches to the... Continue Reading →

  • 'Star Wars: Episode VII' cast unveiled

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Star Wars: Episode VII" finally has its stars. May the Force be with them.

    After months of carefully guarded secrecy and endless Internet speculation, the cast of the latest incarnation of the space epic was unveiled Tuesday on the official "Star Wars" website by Lucasfilm and the Walt Disney Co.

    Starring in J.J. Abrams' new "Star Wars" are: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Andy Serkis an... Continue Reading →

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