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Farmers weigh in on bill allowing permits for field workers

ATWATER (AP) — To some Merced County farmers, a bill that would allow farmworkers who live in the country illegally to get work permits could be a solution to labor shortages. Merced-area farmers said the proposal makes sense for their businesses because it would help widen the pool of field workers, the Merced Sun Star […]

Rain calms California fire that jumped freeway, burned cars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A rare summer storm helped firefighters advance Saturday on a wildfire that swept across a California interstate, torching vehicles and sending people running for their lives before burning property in a desert town. Light rain and moist air dampened the blaze that began Friday afternoon in the mountainous Cajon Pass 55 […]

Americans crush Cuba in quarters

BALTIMORE — Clint Dempsey scored on a fourth-minute header, added a pair of second-half goals for his first international hat trick, and the United States routed Cuba, 6-0, on Saturday to reach its eighth straight CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal. Dempsey converted a penalty kick early in the second half and added a late goal to […]

Vape industry has few rules, but change seems likely

By Julia Horowitz  SACRAMENTO (AP) — The Vapor Spot doesn’t immediately conjure images of the Wild West. There’s a curved, neon-backed bar and full-length windows at the downtown Sacramento shop. The high exposed ceilings are decked with orbed light fixtures to give the expansive space a warm glow. Patrons gather in the “vape shop” to smoke […]

How did gunman go from typical suburban life to attack?

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Counterterrorism investigators are trying to figure out why a 24-year-old Kuwait-born man who by many accounts lived a typical life in suburban America attacked two military facilities in a shooting rampage that killed four Marines. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tennessee, had not been on the radar of federal authorities before […]

Leader Johnson and Spieth off to strong starts at St. Andrews

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Jordan Spieth played like he had a Grand Slam to win. Dustin Johnson played like he had a score to settle. The two main characters from Chambers Bay brought their games across eight time zones and an ocean Thursday and set the tone at St. Andrews for what could be another […]

Froome stays strong through the Pyrenees

PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France — One mountain range completed, one more to go. Only the Alps loom as the last major obstacle between Chris Froome and a second Tour de France victory in Paris. His rivals tried and failed to make the British rider and his super-strong Sky team wilt on the toughest — and […]

House passes another bill to stem California drought

By Kevin Freking  WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday passed GOP-led legislation designed to bring more water to California’s farm belt amid a severe and lengthy drought. Similar legislation has failed in the last two congressional sessions, and the White House and Democrats remain opposed. The four-year California drought has forced communities to cut […]

San Diego wins $188 million in major water dispute

By Elliot Spagat  SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California judge gave San Diego a big victory Wednesday in its quest for water independence, ruling that the region’s water agency is owed $188 million it overpaid for having Colorado River water brought to the coast. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow ruled last year that […]

Muslim scholars use Ramadan to push for an Islamic renewal

By Aya Batrawy ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Muslims are called on to reflect on their faith as they conduct their daily fast. This past month, some clerics and scholars reflected on ways to reform the religious discourse in Islam to keep up with modern-day challenges and […]

Study finds contaminants in California public-water supplies

By Ellen Knickmeyer and Scott Smith SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly one-fifth of the raw groundwater used for public drinking water systems in California contains excessive levels of potentially toxic contaminants, according to a decade-long U.S. Geological Survey study that provides one of the first comprehensive looks at the health of California’s public water supply and […]

Greece gets relief from creditors after first austerity test

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece got a triple dose of good news on Thursday, when creditors agreed to open talks on a third bailout package, to give the country an interim loan to cover its debts, and to provide more support to its shuttered banks. Greece’s fellow states in the 19-country eurozone said they were […]

Berkeley tightens rules for balconies

BERKELEY (AP) — Berkeley officials have tightened the city’s building codes in light of a harrowing fifth-floor balcony collapse that killed six people and injured seven others in June. The City Council approved laws Tuesday night requiring that all new balconies be made with corrosion-resistant materials, have ventilation openings to keep out moisture, and be […]

State agency sets low-water lawn rules in drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California extended its drought-inspired purge of idyllic emerald lawns from new developments, with state officials voting Wednesday to adopt more stringent water limits on landscapes for new homes and businesses. The rules approved by the California Water Commission would essentially eliminate grass from new office and commercial buildings and reduce turf at […]

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