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San Diego paper lays off 178 workers

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The San Diego Union-Tribune said Tuesday that it was laying off 178 employees, about 30 percent of its staff, in a cost-cutting effort that mainly affected its printing and delivery operations.

The job cuts came five days after Tribune Publishing Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times, completed its purchase of the San Diego newspaper. At the time...Read more

Classmates, FTD settle with 22 states over alleged misleading practices

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SEATTLE -- A social-networking site and floral-delivery company have agreed to pay $11 million to resolve allegations of deceptive billing and advertising in a multistate settlement, attorneys general from Washington and 21 other states announced Tuesday.

According to a news release from the Washington state Office of the Attorney General, the ...Read more

Southern California water importer OKs $350 million boost in lawn-removal rebates

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LOS ANGELES -- Responding to a surge of interest in removing grass amid California's worsening drought, the Metropolitan Water District agreed Monday to spend an additional $350 million to help homeowners and businesses replace the turf.

The move comes as Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered urban water users to cut consumption by 25 percent and urged ...Read more

James Holmes' notebook: Opposing views of Aurora shooter's mind-set

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Day 18 of the Aurora, Colo., shooting trial was an exercise in the old adage: The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

The book quoted Tuesday from the witness stand in Division 201 of the Arapahoe County Justice Center, however, was not the Bible. Instead, it was an unassuming brown notebook with a metal spiral along its spine and the ...Read more

Seattle mayor proposes legislation targeting some medical-marijuana dispensaries

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SEATTLE -- Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Tuesday proposed legislation that could shut down more than 50 medical-marijuana dispensaries and give the city a tighter grip on the rest of Seattle's pot industry.

The plan would create a new business license specific to the marijuana industry and create priorities for enforcement against medical-...Read more

Rescue squads scour Texas riverbank for flooding survivors

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WIMBERLEY, Texas -- Near the foot of the RM 12 bridge in Wimberley, a pickup lay on its roof Tuesday, and a small house was propped up at an angle by an embankment it had landed on. Kitchen appliances, vinyl records and a teddy bear lay scattered across the mud, the smell of leaking gas hung in the air, and a chicken pecked at the debris.

Down ...Read more

Fourth staffer leaving Rawlings-Blake's criminal justice team

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BALTIMORE -- The highest-ranking remaining member of the Baltimore Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice has submitted her resignation, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Shannon Cosgrove, deputy director of the office, will be the fourth member of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's criminal justice team to leave in recent weeks.

Three others have left ...Read more

Gunfire from US, a death in Mexico; can grieving family sue in US?

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The family of a Mexican boy shot to death by a U.S. Border Patrol agent tried an argument in federal court Tuesday previously made by an Abu Ghraib detainee and the family of another Mexican teenager killed along the border: The U.S. Constitution protects foreigners on foreign soil.

But that argument failedArkan Mohammed Ali, ...Read more

Restaurant apologizes for turning away veteran who had service dog

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CHICAGO -- A national restaurant chain has fired a local manager and issued an apology after an Army war veteran who says he has post-traumatic stress disorder was refused a table because he was accompanied by a service dog.

Garrett Loughran, 32, and his 5-year-old labradoodle named Hershey, donning a red service dog cape, went to Houlihan's in...Read more

Bernie Sanders launches presidential campaign with populist pitch

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WASHINGTON--Liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont publicly declared his presidential candidacy Tuesday with a demand for what he labeled the nation's billionaire class: "Your greed has got to end."

"Today ... we begin a political revolution. Today, we stand here and say loudly and clearly that enough is enough," Sanders said in front of a ...Read more

In Corpus Christi, friends of missing families hold out hope

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AUSTIN, Texas -- What was supposed to be a long, relaxing weekend getaway in Central Texas turned into tragedy for three Corpus Christi families that were swept away during historic flooding near the Blanco River and are still considered missing.

Eight of the people declared missing by Central Texas authorities after floods on the Blanco River ...Read more

Officer interviewed in Olympia, Wash., police shooting

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- It could be weeks before the investigation into the shootings of two unarmed men last week by an Olympia police officer is concluded, according to the Thurston County Sheriff's Office.

Meanwhile, the family members of the two wounded stepbrothers have retained an attorney, according to a news statement by the sheriff's office,...Read more

Nuclear talks bog down as Iran team balks at key decisions, envoys say

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WASHINGTON -- Talks over Iran's nuclear program are bogging down because Tehran's negotiators are reluctant to put in writing previous concessions that may be deeply unpopular at home, current and former diplomats said Tuesday.

With the negotiations' June 30 deadline about a month away, the Iranian team is balking at important decisions, saying...Read more

UK defense budget in Cameron crosshairs after election pledge

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LONDON -- David Cameron's election pledge to slash state spending means Britain is almost certain to miss agreed NATO budget targets, with a risk of curbing its military prowess and straining ties with the U.S., its key ally.

The promise to deliver 30 billion pounds ($46 billion) of cuts by 2018, a key component in the austerity pitch that won ...Read more

Ex-LAPD officer suspected in slaying is arrested in Mexico, sources say

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LOS ANGELES -- A two-month search for an ex-LAPD officer accused of fatally shooting a man near a Pomona nightclub has ended after the 27-year-old was arrested in Mexico, according to sources familiar with the case.

Details about the arrest of Henry Solis were not immediately available Tuesday afternoon. The sources, who were not authorized to ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A man traveling from Liberia has died in New Jersey of Lassa fever, a disease rarely seen in the U.S., federal health authorities said.

The patient traveled from Liberia to Morocco to JFK International Airport on May 17 and had no symptoms and was not screened, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and ...Read more

Unrest will cost Baltimore $20 million, officials estimate

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BALTIMORE -- The recent rioting and unrest in Baltimore will cost the city an estimated $20 million, officials said Tuesday.

The expenses -- which go before the city's spending board for approval Wednesday -- include overtime for police and firefighters, damage to city-owned property and repaying other jurisdictions for police and other ...Read more

Montana's rule on campaign contribution limits is headed back to court

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned a 2012 ruling that declared Montana's restrictions on state campaign contributions unconstitutional.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said a federal district judge applied the wrong legal standard when he struck down the limitations as a ...Read more

Military bans Big Macs, other treats at Guantanamo legal meetings

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MIAMI -- A Sudanese captive and his lawyers baked a Guantanamo guilty plea over chocolate chip cookies. Attorneys for a sickly Syrian hunger striker got him to sip juice while working on federal court strategy. Child soldier Omar Khadr passed through his adolescence behind the razor wire in Cuba chowing down on pizza and McDonald's with his ...Read more

Bernie Sanders officially launches Democratic presidential bid

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders formally joined the 2016 Democratic presidential race on Tuesday, hoping to start "a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially and environmentally."

Sanders, a political gadfly who rose to become mayor of Burlington, made his announcement on the Lake Champlain waterfront that ...Read more