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California state water board issues revised drought regulations

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LOS ANGELES -- In response to numerous complaints, California regulators Saturday issued a revised plan for the state's first-ever mandatory water cuts, emphasizing the need for urgent action as summer looms.

The drought, which started in 2012, could persist for years, warned Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resources Control Board...Read more

In New Hampshire, Republicans squabble over foreign policy, experience

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NASHUA, N.H. -- More than a dozen Republicans eyeing the White House gathered here Friday and Saturday to make their cases to hundreds of party activists, drawing out areas of disagreement in the expansive field that will likely emerge as contentious fault lines in the 2016 nominating process.

The most potent conflict at thetwo-day conference ...Read more

Iraq's Baiji oil refinery retaken from Islamic State

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BEIRUT -- Iraqi government forces have fully liberated the strategic Baiji refinery from Islamic State militants, state media said Saturday, and military reinforcements were reportedly arriving at the embattled western city of Ramadi.

Airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition continued to pound positions, with the U.S. Central Command on Saturday ...Read more

Kasich emerges as another possible Republican candidate

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NASHUA, N.H. -- Another candidate could be emerging as an important player in the 2016 Republican presidential nomination free-for-all -- Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.

On paper, he looks great. Popular governor in the state pivotal in every presidential election. Loads of Washington experience. Budget expert. Good with people.

Kasich is one of ...Read more

Popping the question: Which GOP candidates would go to a gay wedding?

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WASHINGTON -- When it comes to attending a gay wedding, not all presidential aspirants say "I do."

It sounded at first like a simple, if unusual, question to ask a potential leader of the free world: Would you go to a same-sex wedding?

But it is fast becoming a kind of conservative litmus test for potential Repubican presidential candidates.

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Context for Facebook chatter about presidential candidates

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WASHINGTON -- Millions of people have talked about the presidential contenders on Facebook as they launch campaigns. But despite some gaudy numbers, context and limits of the data cast doubt on the impact Facebook conversations will have on the race.

In the 24 hours surrounding Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's Monday speech in Miami announcing his ...Read more

Japanese company says its magnetic levitation train set speed record

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A Japanese company said its magnetic levitation train set a speed record this week, reaching 366 mph on a test track.

The Central Japan Railway Co., often called JR Central, said the test run involved a seven-car "maglev" train on a 26.6-mile track in Japan's Yamanashi prefecture. The company said it hopes to break the speed record again on ...Read more

The prison OKC bomber Terry Nichols calls home

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On April 19, 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed, killing 168 and injuring more than 680 people. Three conspirators were charged in connection with the bombing: Timothy McVeigh, Michael Fortier and Terry Nichols.

Timothy McVeigh, the man who carried out the bombing, was sentenced to death on June 13, 1997. ...Read more

20 years after Oklahoma City bombing, victims' loved ones learn to carry on

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- She heard a couple of pops and then the line went dead.

The walls of the portrait studio in which Tina Tomlin sat shook as she put down the phone.

It was part of her routine to call her husband, Rick, every morning at 9 a.m. at the Department of Transportation in downtown Oklahoma City, where he worked. Rick, 46, had been ...Read more

FBI's lead investigator in Oklahoma bombing describes probe

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When retired FBI Agent Danny Defenbaugh thinks about the Oklahoma City bombing, a playful image of childhood innocence cut from colored construction paper pops into his mind.

Driving up to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, he recalls, quickly revealed to any visitor that there were children as well as adults inside.

"You go up a little ...Read more