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Drought Forces Restrictions On Colorado River Water Releases

Relentless drought will force the government to cut back on water releases between Glen Canyon and Lake Mead. It's the first time that's happened since dams were built on the Colorado River. Reduction starts next year, and the announcement gives the 40 million water users in the Southwest time to plan.
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Chinatown's 'White Devil John' Sentenced To 20 Years

In Massachusetts Thursday, John Willis was sentenced in federal court to 20 years in prison for money laundering and drug charges. Willis formed unlikely ties with one of Boston's Asian gangs after joining a Chinese family and learning to speak Cantonese as a teenager.
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Ford Lowers Mileage Rating On C-Max Hybrid

On Thursday, Ford issued a statement lowering the vehicle's stated performance for combined city and highway to 43 miles per gallon. The car had been advertised at 47 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, but tests reportedly showed the figure to be inflated.
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Oklahoma School Districts Consider Adding Storm Shelters

It's the first day of school in Moore, Oklahoma. In May, a massive tornado ripped across town, killing 24 and obliterating homes, businesses and two schools. Schools there didn't have storm shelters, but districts across Oklahoma are beginning to make changes.
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Time Warner Cable Customers Miss Out On CBS

For two weeks, customers with Time Warner Cable in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas have been unable to watch CBS with their cable box. Time Warner and CBS disagree over how much the cable company should be paying the television network for transmitting its shows.
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Fox Launches 24-Hour Sports Network On Saturday

For years, ESPN has been the dominant name in sports broadcasting, not to mention the most profitable bundle of channels on cable television. But it will face its first serious challenge when Fox launches its 24-hour national sports network.
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Wild Horses Run Free As Adoption Centers Fill Up

Across the West, the Bureau of Land Management grapples with dwindling holding space for wild horses it has rounded up. But advocates say the bureau's housing of mustangs is not only ineffective but unsustainable. The cost of keeping the horses has tripled since 2000.
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Why This Year's Blueberry Bounty Has Growers Feeling Blue

A bountiful blueberry crop this summer means lower prices. That's welcome news for consumers, but might spell trouble for blueberry farmers.
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Herzog Plumbs Guilt And Loss Wrought By Texting And Driving

Werner Herzog's latest project is a slight departure for the acclaimed filmmaker: a 35-minute public service announcement on the dangers of texting and driving. Yes, it's long, he says, but the "inner landscape" of great suffering such accidents can cause "can only be shown if you have more time."
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Riding Choppers And Harleys To Protect Kids In Need

Bikers may have a tough image, but Happy Dodson, Taz Roman and other members of Bikers Against Child Abuse have a soft spot for kids. The international nonprofit accepts referrals from parents, police and social workers, and if those kids ever feel unsafe, BACA members will come roaring to their aid.

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