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California unveils historic water restrictions over drought crisis

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:02

California announced sweeping state-wide 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. The executive order issued by Brown would aim to achieve a 25 percent reduction in water usage across cities and towns throughout California by a combination of measures. "As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible," Brown said.

Getty oil heir found dead wrote of serious health problem

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:01

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A court filing by Andrew Getty, the oil heir found dead in Los Angeles, says he had a serious health problem.

California governor orders 25 percent reduction in water usage statewide

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:00

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown, acting in the face of a devastating, multiyear drought, ordered the first statewide mandatory water restrictions on Wednesday, directing cities and communities to reduce usage by 25 percent. Brown, who made the announcement at a ski resort in the Sierra Nevada mountains, said the move, which comes as California reports its lowest snowpack levels on record, would save some 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months. Brown last week signed emergency legislation that fast-tracks over $1 billion in funding for drought relief and water infrastructure within the parched state. The proposed legislation would appropriate voter-approved bond funds to speed up water projects and programs and provide aid to struggling California cities and communities.Earlier in March, the state Water Resources Control Board imposed new drought regulations, outlawing lawn watering within 48 hours of rain and prohibiting water from being served in restaurants unless a customer requests it.The state is entering the fourth year of record-breaking drought that has prompted officials to sharply reduce water supplies to farmers and impose strict conservation measures statewide.

Arkansas governor rejects bill after pressure over gay discrimination

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 08:53

By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday rejected a religion bill he had said he would sign into law, reversing course after a national firestorm of criticism assailing such legislation as discriminating against gays and lesbians. In a news conference Hutchinson said he was sending the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) back to the Republican-controlled state legislature for a rewrite to better balance tolerance for diversity and protections of religious freedom. The governor said his own son had asked him to veto it, adding a personal element to the intense pressure to reject the bill he had already faced from businesses such as Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's biggest retailer. "We just didn't get it perfect through that legislative process." Hutchinson's reversal came a day after Indiana Governor Mike Pence, also a Republican, said he was sending his state's RFRA back for a rewrite for the same reason.

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 07:55

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Protesters again disrupt U.S. Supreme Court proceedings

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 06:13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protesters disrupted U.S. Supreme Court proceedings for the third time in just over a year on Wednesday, with several people shouting out before the nine justices heard oral arguments in a bankruptcy case. The protesters appeared to be criticizing the court's 2010 campaign finance ruling that lifted limits on corporate spending in federal elections. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

Iraq declares victory over Islamic State group in Tikrit

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 06:04

TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraq declared a "magnificent victory" Wednesday over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds.

A day after missing deal deadline, Iran nuclear talks resume

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:22

Iran and six world powers are pressing ahead with efforts to hammer out a framework accord.

Man accusing police in Detroit suburb of brutality due in court

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:04
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A man who was dragged from his car, struck several times in the head and Tasered by suburban Detroit police during an arrest recorded on squad car video is set to appear Wednesday in court on a drug charge. Floyd Dent, 57, contends police planted the cocaine after the traffic stop on Jan. 28 in Inkster, Michigan, about 14 miles west of downtown Detroit. Gregory Rohl, Dent's attorney, has said his client, who is black, was targeted because of his race. Dent, who has worked for Ford Motor Company for decades, was initially charged with assault, resisting arrest, and possession of cocaine.

World's oldest person dies at 117

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:10

TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest person has died nearly a month after celebrating her 117th birthday.

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalized

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 22:10

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Exclusive: Republican White House hopefuls attack Obamacare but take money

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 21:10

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, all staunch opponents of President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act, have collectively applied for and won at least $352 million through grant programs set up by the law, federal records show. "Receiving federal grants that existed prior to the ACA is not the same as participating in the core elements of the ACA." The money in question stems from less controversial parts of the law that enhance public health and other nuts-and-bolts programs, rather than the insurance exchanges and expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor that have drawn fierce opposition from Republicans.

Los Angeles to pay $1.35 million to mother of driver who died in police custody

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 18:26
(Reuters) - The city of Los Angeles will pay $1.35 million to the mother of a man who died of an asthma attack while in police custody, the Los Angeles Times reported. Jorge Azucena, 26, was arrested in 2013 for running a red light, the newspaper said. A subsequent investigation by the police department and the inspector general of the Los Angeles Police Commission found that officers as well as jail personnel ignored his requests for assistance, the newspaper reported. Azucena's mother, Juana Garcia, sued the city, leading to the settlement announced Tuesday.

Folk icon Joni Mitchell hospitalized in Los Angeles

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 18:14

Legendary folk singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has reportedly been rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home, according to TMZ.

Lavrov, Zarif claim breakthrough in Iran nuclear talks

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 18:09

Russia and Iran's foreign ministers claimed a breakthrough early Wednesday in talks on a framework deal curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme, but the US said not all issues had been agreed yet, as discussions were suspended for the night. "One can say with relative certainty that we at the minister level have reached an agreement in principle on all key aspects of the final settlement of this issue," Russian media quoted Sergei Lavrov as saying at talks in Switzerland. This came after Russia's top diplomat and the foreign ministers of five other major powers and Iran continued working through the night as they missed a midnight (2200 GMT) deadline to agree the main outlines of what they hope will be an historic accord. The powers hope a full agreement, due to be finalised by June 30, will see Iran scale back its nuclear capability to prevent Tehran developing nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian programme.

U.S. corporations pressure two states accused of curbing gay rights

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 18:03

Arkansas lawmakers passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Tuesday that critics said would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians, drawing a swift demand from Wal-Mart Stores Inc for the governor to veto the bill. Arkansas followed Indiana, which passed a similar act last week. The world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart , based in Bentonville, Ark., issued a statement saying the Arkansas bill threatened to undermine "the spirit of inclusion" in the state and "does not reflect the values we proudly uphold." Signed by Doug McMillon, chief executive officer, the statement asked Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson to veto the legislation.

Grandson of Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty found dead in Los Angeles

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 18:00
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The grandson of billionaire Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty, Andrew Getty, was found dead at age 47 on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported. Celebrity news website TMZ reported that Getty, the son of Gordon Getty and an heir to his grandfather's oil fortune, was found in a bathroom of his Hollywood Hills home about 2 p.m. under suspicious circumstances and that a former girlfriend was being detained as a potential witness or suspect. The Times said that Andrew Getty had sought a restraining order against a woman two weeks earlier. A Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman told Reuters that detectives were conducting a death investigation at a home in the Hollywood Hills, where a white male was found not breathing.

Gay basketball player responds to Indiana's religious freedom law

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:32
Derrick Gordon shares his concerns with Yahoo's Bianna Golodryga.

Nigeria opposition leader fears 'tricks' after election victory

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:18

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's aviation minister says President Goodluck Jonathan has called challenger Muhammadu Buhari to concede and congratulate him on his electoral victory. This paves the way for a peaceful transfer of power in Africa's richest and most populous nation.

Obama vetoes Republican bid to block union election rules

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:43

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure by Republicans in Congress that would have blocked a government labor agency's rules designed to speed up the time it takes to unionize workers. The rules would shorten the period between a union filing a petition to represent workers and an election, from the current median of 38 days to as little as 14 days. Employers would be required to share workers' names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses with unions. The National Labor Relations Board adopted the rules last year and they are set to take effect April 14.