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Spaghetti sauce is under threat as water crisis slams tomatoes

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Tomatoes are getting squeezed.

California leads the world in production of processing tomatoes — the variety that gets canned and used in commercial kitchens to make some of the most popular foods. The problem is the worst drought in 1,200 years is forcing farmers to grapple with a water crisis that’s undermining the crop, threatening to ...Read more

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California has the most non-English speakers. Why do lawmakers have to translate at meetings?

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, D-Los Angeles, was leading a hearing in the California Legislature when a caller began speaking Spanish over the public comment phone line.

“Hago un llamado para pedir a los legislators que aseguran que los trabajadores excluidos del seguro de desempleo ser un mayor prioridad este año,” ...Read more

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One year after the US withdrew from Afghanistan, refugees find support from all corners of Chicago

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CHICAGO — A year ago, former Afghan soldiers Rahimullah Zaland and Khan Madin Ashana fled their home country as the United States withdrew the last of its troops in dramatic airlifts in the final weeks of August. They spent months traveling separately through different countries, looking for a safe haven before landing in Chicago.

“When I ...Read more

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They call it 'tranq' -- and it's making street drugs even more dangerous

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Approaching a van that distributes supplies for safer drug use in Greenfield, Massachusetts, a man named Kyle noticed an alert about xylazine.

“Xylazine?” he asked, sounding out the unfamiliar word. “Tell me more.”

A street-outreach team from Tapestry Health Systems delivered what’s becoming a routine warning. Xylazine is an animal ...Read more

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People think of Mexican Catholics as a monolith on abortion. One family shows it's not that simple

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LOS ANGELES — Ana Lopez was 14 when her mother shared some gossip about a woman in their Huntington Beach neighborhood who, rumor had it, had gotten an abortion.

"How could they kill that innocent baby?" Bertha Valdez asked her daughter. "Catholic people don't do that."

"Se va a ir al infierno," Lopez recalls her mother telling her. "She's ...Read more

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'Not even Orwell could have dreamed up a country like this': Journalists forced to flee Nicaragua

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — On Father's Day of last year, Octavio Enríquez shared pizza and soda with his two children. Then he told them he was leaving.

A Nicaraguan journalist known for rigorous investigations, his latest reporting had led him dangerously close to President Daniel Ortega, a former leftist revolutionary who ruled his nation — ...Read more

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Anshu Jain, Deutsche Bank chief in a pivotal era, dies at 59

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Anshu Jain, Cantor Fitzgerald’s president who was known for his time leading Deutsche Bank traders into the lender’s investment banking heights, died five years after being diagnosed with duodenal cancer. He was 59.

“We are deeply saddened that our beloved husband, son, and father, Anshu Jain, passed away overnight,” his family said in...Read more

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Mexico flies troops to busiest US border city after gang attacks

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Hundreds of Mexican military troops were flown into Tijuana on Saturday to beef up street patrols after armed gangs hijacked and burned at least a dozen vehicles in the border city, the latest in a wave of attacks hitting civilians across the country.

U.S. consulate staff were ordered to shelter in place Friday evening but no one was reported ...Read more

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Bolsonaro, Lula vie for votes by pledging longer low-income aid

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Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro and challenger Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pledged to preserve 600 reais ($118) in monthly government aid to poor families while campaigning for election in October.

Front-runner Lula said during a Facebook live event on Saturday that he’s the only candidate committed to keeping the aid at that level. The law ...Read more


Renowned researcher Marty Martin, dubbed 'the ambassador of rattlesnakes,' dies from rattlesnake bite

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William “Marty” Martin, a renowned snake researcher who dedicated his life’s work to the study of timber rattlesnakes, died last week after he was bitten by a snake on the property of his West Virginia home, his wife said. He was 80.

Martin, who was described as the “ambassador of rattlesnakes” in a 2019 profile on the online journal ...Read more

Connecticut dad shoots teen son while instructing him on guns: cops

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A Connecticut teen was accidentally shot by his father Friday afternoon as the older man was instructing him about guns, according to authorities.

Police said that the 17-year-old, whose name along with his father’s was not released, sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder just after 3 p.m. Friday in Meriden, about 22 miles southwest of ...Read more

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Hurricane center ups odds of Gulf of Mexico system to form

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center continues to keep its eye on a system in the Gulf of Mexico with a small chance to develop into tropical depression.

In its 8 p.m. Saturday tropical update, the NHC said the weak low pressure area located off the Texas coast has increased shower and thunderstorm activity.

“Although there is ...Read more

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In Florida, loved ones of prisoners banned from wearing #visitsmatter T-shirts

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ORLANDO, Fla. — When Ann Beal Salamone went to visit her son in prison last week she wore a white T-shirt with “MY VISITS Matter” written in the center of a big red heart.

On her way out, another visiting mother noticed the T-shirt and asked where she could get one as well. The two women began to chat and were joined by a correctional ...Read more

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Alec Baldwin must have pulled trigger in 'Rust' shooting, FBI report says

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Alec Baldwin must have pulled the trigger on a revolver in the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust” last year, according to an FBI forensics report.

The feds found that the old school weapon, a .45 Colt (.45 Long Colt) caliber F.lli Pietta single-action revolver, could not be fired without someone pulling the trigger, ABC News reported ...Read more

Scallop boat killer sentenced to nearly 20 years, faces deportation proceedings

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BOSTON — The man who hammered and stabbed his way through a scalloping boat like a Hollywood slasher movie in the high seas off of Nantucket, leaving one crew member dead, is scheduled to spend nearly the next 20 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs sentenced Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 31, to 235 months in prison — ...Read more

Russian war in Ukraine bruises Baltics' relations with China

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China’s refusal to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine played a role in Estonia’s decision to quit an Eastern European initiative that aimed to enhance relations with Beijing, the Baltic nation’s top diplomat said.

“It was definitely a factor that we kept in mind when making the decision. Before that, we consulted with a series of ...Read more

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India says US raised concern over processed Russian oil shipment

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NEW DELHI — The U.S. expressed concern that an Indian company hid the origin of Russian oil, processed it and shipped some products to New York, according to a deputy governor of India’s central bank.

India was notified of the case by the U.S. Treasury, Michael Patra, deputy governor in charge of monetary policy at the Reserve Bank of India...Read more


6 children and teenagers shot at Raleigh nightclub Friday night

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Six children and teenagers were shot at a night club in Raleigh Friday night.

The six victims, ranging in age from 12 to 17, were shot during a fight at a private event geared toward teenagers at Club Dreams, 2414 Paula St., according to police.

“The incident started out as an altercation inside of the club,” said Raleigh...Read more

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House Democrats ask intelligence chief to assess Trump documents

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WASHINGTON — Two top House Democrats asked the U.S. Director of National Intelligence to provide a “damage assessment” after the FBI said it seized highly classified documents at former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida.

A classified briefing on the assessment’s progress is also sought “as soon as possible,” House ...Read more

LA Unified officials knock on doors, urging chronically absent students to return

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LOS ANGELES — Yordi Luna, 15 — who excels at math, likes science and loves playing football — missed about 40 to 50 days of classes during his first year of high school, mother Leydi Luna said.

"I knew he was missing, and I knew it was my responsibility to do something," she said. But it wasn't clear what.

As a single mother who had to ...Read more