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Trees and receding water rings are left behind from the receding waters of Pine Flat Reservoir in Sanger, Calif., last fall. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Turning sewage into drinking water gains appeal as drought lingers

Thursday, May 28, 2015

LOS ANGELES — It’s a technology with the potential to ease California’s colossal thirst and insulate millions from the parched whims of Mother Nature, experts say. But there’s just one problem — the “yuck factor.” As a fourth year of drought continues to drain aquifers and reservoirs, California water managers and environmentalists are urging adoption of a polarizing water recycling … 0

No room at top of GOP’s 2016 list of hopefuls

Thursday, May 28, 2015

No fewer than five contenders are atop the crowded Republican presidential pack, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee each get 10 percent support among Republican voters. Democratic front-runner … 0

Officers in Freddie Gray case file for change of venue

Thursday, May 28, 2015

BALTIMORE — Defense attorneys for six police officers facing criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case are seeking to have the case tried elsewhere in Maryland, saying their clients can’t get a “fair and impartial trial” in Baltimore. In an 85-page document filed Wednesday with the court seeking a change of venue, the … 0

26 people treated after accidental anthrax shipment

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — At least 26 people are being treated for potential exposure to deadly anthrax after an Army biodefense facility in Utah mistakenly sent live samples to private and military laboratories in as many as nine states and South Korea, officials said Thursday. No confirmed infections were reported, … 0

Obama tours hurricane center, cites threat of sea level rise

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A presidential visit is like a hurricane. There’s a quiet, and then madness and confusion and closed roads and flashing lights and people running around, and then everything is quiet again. President Barack Obama … 0

Life goes on in India during deadly heat wave

Thursday, May 28, 2015

HYDERABAD, India — Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month. … 0

Kurdish fighters in Syria retake IS-held territories

Thursday, May 28, 2015

BEIRUT — In contrast to the Iraqi army’s failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country’s northeast under the cover of … 0

Putin says FIFA scandal ‘not our business,’ alleges U.S. meddling

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied any connection with the bribery scandal afflicting the world soccer organization FIFA, claiming the allegations of inappropriate influence in choosing venues for the next championships are the result of Western “pressure” to … 0

FCC head proposes broadband subsidy

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — A $1.7 billion federal program that subsidizes phone service for low-income consumers would be overhauled to help expand access to high-speed Internet under a proposal Thursday by the head of the Federal Communications Commission. About 12 million households participated last year in the Lifeline program, which … 0

Nation and world briefs, May 29

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted on bank-related charges CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors announced bank-related charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Thursday, accusing the 73-year-old Illinois Republican of structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in … 0

Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism

Thursday, May 28, 2015

MEDULIN, Croatia — Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts. With Croatia announcing it will allow oil drilling in the Adriatic … 0

IS group suicide attacks kill 17 troops in Iraq

Thursday, May 28, 2015

BAGHDAD — Islamic State extremists unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the militants from the sprawling … 0

Newer types of birth control pills confirmed to raise blood clot risk

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Women who take newer types of birth control pills face a higher risk of developing blood clots than women who take older types, researchers said Tuesday, providing what some called “clarifying” evidence that more modern contraceptives designed as safer options may in fact pose more risk than earlier … 0