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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

Study reveals flaws in gene testing

Thursday, May 28, 2015

BOSTSON — The first report from a big public-private project to improve genetic testing reveals it is not as rock solid as many believe, with flaws that result in some people wrongly advised to worry about a disease … 0

Soccer’s popularity still high, despite FIFA bribery scandal

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — European soccer fans reacted with a mix of satisfaction and world-weariness to the news Wednesday that top officials of FIFA, the world sport’s governing body, had been indicted on corruption charges. “I’m delighted this happened. … 0

Vatican: Irish gay marriage vote signals ‘a defeat for humanity’

Thursday, May 28, 2015

VATICAN CITY — Last week’s referendum legalizing gay marriage in Ireland “is not only a defeat for Christian principles, but also a bit of a defeat for humanity,” according to a top Vatican official. Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin — the Vatican’s second-in-command — made the comments … 0

Pentagon: Military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samples

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores. “At … 0

‘1 person, 1 vote’ districting method challenged

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — For 50 years the “one person, one vote” principle has been used to try to equally distribute political power by counting all people in states and cities, and then putting them into election districts of roughly the same size. But the mathematics of power may be … 0

Charter announces $55B Time Warner Cable buy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NEW YORK — As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion. And executives say they’re confident regulators will … 0

Texas man charged with helping friend join IS group

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A 20-year-old Texas man was arrested Tuesday and charged with helping a friend travel overseas, where he successfully joined Islamic State militants in Syria, according to a criminal complaint. After helping with his friend’s trip, Asher Abid Khan traveled to Turkey to join the fight, but was tricked … 0

Pushing back in Iraq

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

BAGHDAD — Iraq vowed Tuesday to retake Anbar province — now mostly held by the Islamic State — by launching a large-scale military operation less than two weeks after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the … 0

Closed-door espionage trial begins for Washington Post reporter in Iran

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian security court on Tuesday began the closed-door espionage trial of an Iranian-American reporter for The Washington Post who has been detained for more than 10 months. Jason Rezaian, the Post’s 39-year-old bureau chief … 0

Texas floods displace thousands

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Severe storms pummeled central and southeast Texas late Monday and early Tuesday, the latest devastation from a weekend storm system that spawned tornadoes and widespread flooding in major cities, killed at least eight people in the state and … 0