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In Las Vegas, Lawns Are The Biggest Water Waster

Las Vegas depends on Lake Mead for its water and the reservoir is dropping. The city's water officials long ago instituted water conservation measures. Critics say they are not nearly enough.
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Ridge Of High Pressure Blocks Snow From Oregon Ski Resort

Throughout the West, bone dry conditions are exacting a toll on places that rely on water to thrive. In southern Oregon, recreation plays an important role in the region's economy. The ongoing drought is drying up streams where fishing once was plentiful and it's left ski resorts wanting for snow.
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Holder To Decide Soon On Death Penalty For Tsarnaev

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is due to announce this week whether he'll seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother accused in the Boston Marathon bombing. The 20-year-old defendant is accused of killing four and injuring hundreds in the attack and the manhunt that followed.
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Gunmakers Protest Microstamping Law In Calif.

California's new microstamping law effects all new or redesigned semi-automatic handguns sold in the state. It requires they be equipped with laser technology that imprints a handgun's make, model and serial number onto shell casings when a bullet is fired. Two manufacturers are pulling some of their products out of California.
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Lawmakers To Address Delaware's Troubled Casino Industry

A task force is expected to issue recommendations this week to lawmakers on how to overhaul the state's casino industry. Competition from nearby states cost Delaware's three casinos $13 million — a 5.5 percent drop in tax revenue between 2011 and 2012. Some analysts say the industry may be facing layoffs or worse without help.
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Denver, Seattle Museums Bet Art In The Name Of Football

If Seattle wins the Super Bowl, the Denver Art Museum hands over a Frederic Remington bronze of a cowboy on a bucking bronco. If Denver wins, the Seattle Art Museum gives up a six-paneled Japanese screen from 1902. The winner only gets to keep the other museum's artwork for three months.
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Obama Calls For The Creation Of MyRA Accounts

In his State of the Union address, President Obama pitched an idea for making it easier for Americans to save for their retirement. He took the message on road to Pittsburgh Wednesday.
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Petition Wants Justin Bieber Booted Out Of U.S.

A petition on the White House website calls the pop star "a terrible influence on our nation's youth." The petition gained more than 100,000 signatures, which means the White House must answer it.
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Cold Super Bowl Could Lead To More Turnovers

This Sunday's Super Bowl features the team with the No. 1 defense — the Seattle Seahawks — against the team with the No. 1 offense, the Denver Broncos. That is surprisingly rare, and has happened just a few times in the 48 Super Bowls to date.
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Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames

Drillers pumping oil on the Great Plains are also producing a lot of natural gas. But the state doesn't have the infrastructure to transport or store it, so much of that gas isn't being sold — it's being set on fire.

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