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Drought-ridden California not saving enough water, figures show

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LOS ANGELES--State data released Tuesday painted a stark portrait of the uphill struggle Californians face in achieving a mandated 25 percent reduction in urban water use, with one official joking grimly that dealing with severe drought was similar to grappling with the five stages of grief.

Cumulative water savings since last summer totaled ...Read more

Clinton calls for pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants

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LAS VEGAS -- Hillary Rodham Clinton staked an early claim for Latino support Tuesday by calling for a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants living in the country illegally, elevating the debate on an issue likely to play a vital role in the 2016 presidential race.

Appearing with several young people who benefited from an easing of ...Read more

Islamic State group claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attack

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GARLAND, Texas --The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for Sunday night's attack at a controversial cartoon contest, deepening the mystery about what motivated two men to drive across two states and embark on a violent terrorist attack in a quiet Dallas suburb.

But the White House cautioned Tuesday that it was too early to ...Read more

Officials criticize DEA response to agents who forgot man left in cell

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WASHINGTON -- Obama administration officials and lawmakers are calling for greater accountability and tougher disciplinary procedures at the Drug Enforcement Administration after the agency imposed only light punishments on agents who forgot a San Diego man in a holding cell, leaving him without food or water for five days and nearly killing him...Read more

Helicopter flight nurse was in spin before falling to death, report says

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AUSTIN, Texas -- STAR Flight nurse Kristin McLain was in a spin when she fell to her death from a helicopter hoist last week, according to a preliminary federal report released Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board's report provides more details of the tragedy that rattled McLain's colleagues and eroded their morale. A few hours ...Read more

At PEN gala: Charlie Hebdo's 'mission of satirizing sacred targets endured'

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NEW YORK -- If the PEN American Center's mission is to promote free expression and lively discourse, the literary group accomplished that with its decision to honor the French magazine Charlie Hebdo at its annual Literary Gala on Tuesday night.

Even before the attack on a Texas art event lampooning the Prophet Muhammad, PEN's decision to award ...Read more

Clinton vows to do more than Obama to protect immigrants

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WASHINGTON -- Eager to lock up the Latino vote against possibly strong Republican challengers, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that she would do more than President Barack Obama to halt the deportation of immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

"I would do everything possible under the law to go even further," Clinton said at a ...Read more

Attorney general does not rule out broader federal probe of city police

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BALTIMORE -- U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday that the Justice Department will examine the best options to improve the Baltimore Police Department in the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death, and a full-scale civil rights investigation has not been ruled out.

After meeting with elected leaders, clergy and activists at four ...Read more

Baltimore officer requests to see knife as part of defense in Freddie Gray case

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BALTIMORE -- A defense attorney for one of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray is challenging prosecutors' claim that Gray was falsely arrested, and filed a motion Tuesday demanding to inspect the knife Gray carried.

The motion was the first legal move in defense of an officer involved in the April 12 arrest ...Read more

Man who dropped gun in Baltimore is charged

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BALTIMORE--A 23-year-old man who dropped a gun that went off and caused an uproar at Pennyslvania and W. North avenues Monday was charged with a gun violation, police said.

Robert Edward "Meech" Tucker, was taken to a hospital but was uninjured in the incident, which happened one week after violent rioters looted and torched the CVS Pharmacy ...Read more

Clinton vows to do more than Obama to protect immigrants

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WASHINGTON -- Eager to lock up the Latino vote against possibly strong Republican challengers, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that she would do more than President Barack Obama to halt the deportation of immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

"I would do everything possible under the law to go even further," Clinton said at a ...Read more

Dan Donovan wins special election to succeed Michael Grimm in New York

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WASHINGTON -- Republican Dan Donovan easily won a special election in New York's 11th District on Tuesday night, solidifying his role as the successor to disgraced ex-Rep. Michael G. Grimm.

The Staten Island district attorney defeated his Democratic opponent, New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile, 58 percent to 41 percent, with 72 percent of...Read more

Texas gunman's mother: 'He just had a normal American upbringing'

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PHOENIX--The two versions of Nadir Soofi are hard to reconcile.

There's the small-business man who loved cars; the Texas-born son of a Catholic nurse and a Pakistani American engineer; the all-American kid with a privileged upbringing, who caused little trouble other than the traffic tickets he got after moving to Phoenix in the mid-2000s.

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Man walking with Michael Brown before fatal shooting sues Ferguson, Darren Wilson, ex-police chief

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CLAYTON, Mo. -- Dorian Johnson, who was walking with Michael Brown Jr. on Aug. 9 when the two were approached by then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, has filed a lawsuit against the city, Wilson and former Police Chief Thomas Jackson.

The suit claims that Wilson assaulted Johnson, violated his constitutional rights, and intentionally and...Read more

Federal judge says grand juror's request to talk about Ferguson belongs in Missouri court

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ST. LOUIS -- A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a former grand juror needs to go to a state court to seek permission to talk publicly about participation in consideration of charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown.

"How Missouri manages its criminal justice proceedings and how it employs and ...Read more

Hillary Clinton up? Down? Depends on when you ask

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WASHINGTON -- Two of the country's best-regarded political surveys just came out with opposite headlines, one declaring that Hillary Rodham Clinton's favorability had declined lately, the other declaring an upswing.

Can they both be right?

Yes, and there's no trickery involved, just timing.

It was the NBC/Wall St. Journal survey, released ...Read more

GOP approves budget, but that's just the easy part as showdowns loom

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WASHINGTON -- Fulfilling a top campaign pledge, Republicans on Tuesday gave final approval to the first budget from Congress in more than five years.

Despite passage of the largely symbolic budget blueprint, Congress faces a rough road ahead in translating that vision into actual spending bills that will satisfy both parties and avoid a ...Read more

Worshipper attacked while leaving Dallas-area mosque

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Police stepped up security near a Dallas-area mosque Tuesday because a worshipper was attacked in the parking lot after evening prayers.

The man, 59, was assaulted about 10:15 p.m. Monday behind the Islamic Association of North Texas, according to the Richardson Police Department.

Police said two men pulled the man to the ground and beat him, ...Read more

Military training exercise is nothing to worry about, Perry says

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Former Gov. Rick Perry said Texans -- including new Gov. Greg Abbott -- don't have any cause for worry about an upcoming military training exercise in Texas.

Abbott last week directed the Texas State Guard to monitor Operation Jade Helm 15, an eight-week federal training exercise that will bring about 1,200 troops to Texas ...Read more

Islamic State embrace of Texas attack is first claim of action in US

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IRBIL, Iraq -- Islamic State radio stations in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday claimed that two gunmen slain by police in Texas were "brothers of the caliphate" but did not include any details about the failed attack in Garland, Texas, that would show a direct link between the group and the two men.

The broadcast first aired on a station in Raqqa, ...Read more