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Arkansas governor seeks fix of religion bill seen as targeting gays

By Steve Barnes By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) – Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson told lawmakers on Wednesday to revise a bill that rights activists and U.S. Continue reading

California governor orders statewide water cutbacks to combat drought

By Sharon Bernstein By Sharon Bernstein PHILLIPS, Calif. (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown, in his most sweeping action to combat a devastating multi-year drought, ordered residents and businesses on Wednesday to cut water use by 25 percent in the first mandatory statewide reduction in California history. The cuts mean industrial parks and golf courses must immediately cut a quarter of their water use on ornamental turf, and homeowners will be pressed to replace thirsty lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping Continue reading

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges

By ERIC TUCKER and SEAN CARLIN WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million worth of gifts and travel from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors on the donor’s behalf. A federal grand jury indictment accuses the New Jersey Democrat of using the power of his Senate seat to benefit Dr Continue reading

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

By ANDREW DEMILLO LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Continue reading

California unveils historic water restrictions over drought crisis

By Rob Woollard Los Angeles (AFP) – California announced sweeping statewide water restrictions for the first time in history Wednesday in order to combat the region’s devastating drought, the worst since records began. Governor Jerry Brown issued the declaration at a press conference in a parched, brown slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains that would normally be covered by deep snow. “Today, we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet (1.5 meters) of snow,” Brown said. Continue reading

Antiquities looted from India end up at Honolulu museum

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — An international investigation into antiquities looted from India and smuggled into the United States has taken authorities to the Honolulu Museum of Art. The museum on Wednesday is handing over seven rare artifacts that it acquired without museum officials realizing they were ill-gotten items. Agents from the U.S Continue reading

‘Miracle dog’ survives being hit by car, clubbed, abandoned

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The stray dog was hit by a car, clubbed in the head and left for dead in a ditch in Washington state Continue reading

Search, social & shopping: Pinterest turns 5

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In its five short years of life, Pinterest has become ‘the’ place where brides-to-be create wish boards of wedding china photos and do-it-yourself home renovators bookmark shiny turquoise tiles for bathrooms. It’s where people share ideas and ingenuity and get creatively inspired. And it’s fueled a new way of searching for items that’s even stolen traffic from tech giant Google Continue reading

Iran extensions underscores Obama’s dilemma in talks

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s willingness to extend Iranian nuclear talks at least twice this week has laid bare the dilemma he faces as he pursues a high-stakes accord. Walking away from negotiations would strip Obama of a legacy-shaping deal, deeply complicate international efforts to stop Iran’s suspected pursuit of a bomb, and perhaps raise the specter of U.S. Continue reading

Getty oil heir found dead wrote of serious health problem

By TAMI ABDOLLAH and ANDREW DALTON LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Getty, among the heirs in a family whose name is synonymous with elite American wealth, said in a court filing before he was found dead that he suffered from a serious health problem that could endanger his life. Getty, 47, whose grandfather J Continue reading