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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

Paid family leave a big hit in Rhode Island

Monday, May 25, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — As President Barack Obama pushes for a federal law to get paid leave to care for a new baby or an ailing relative, residents of one of the three states that already provide it sing … 0

Decades later, fallen soldier from New York finally honored

Sunday, May 24, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — Carroll Heath didn’t have it easy growing up in the Great Depression. His father wasn’t around, his mother was a patient in a mental hospital and he kept largely to himself. Soon after graduating high … 0

Wal-Mart pushing for animal welfare

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, … 0

IS group purges enemies in Syria’s ancient Palmyra

Friday, May 22, 2015

BAGHDAD — Islamic State group militants searched through the Syrian town of Palmyra for government troops and fighters, using lists of names and informers to track them down and shooting some in the head on the spot, activists … 0

Suicide bomber attacks Saudi Arabian mosque; 19 dead, dozens wounded

Friday, May 22, 2015

CAIRO — A suicide bomber struck a Shiite Muslim mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, reportedly killing at least 19 people, injuring dozens of others and raising the specter of sectarian violence amid the Saudi-led air … 0

Now-classified Benghazi info sent through Clinton’s private email

Friday, May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email server about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that has now been classified. The email in question, forwarded to Clinton … 0

Pipeline tests ordered after Calif. oil spill

Friday, May 22, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The company responsible for a pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil along the California coast was ordered to take a series of steps before it can restart the line, federal regulators said Friday. … 0

Nation and world briefs, May 23

Friday, May 22, 2015

US to search for boat people BANGKOK — Attention turned Friday to the seas off Southeast Asia’s west coast as naval vessels from Myanmar and Malaysia searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military prepared air patrols … 0

Boy Scouts’ leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NEW YORK — The national president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and called for change in order to … 0

Former Boko Haram captives still held — by Nigerian military

Thursday, May 21, 2015

YOLA, Nigeria — The accusations against a woman who was rescued from Boko Haram abductors came from some of her fellow former captives during a group counseling session. Why had she received preferential treatment and better food while … 0