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California Rolls Out Statewide Restrictions On Water Use

California is set to impose mandatory water restrictions Tuesday. Urban water users will be prohibited from spraying down pavement, watering landscaping in a way that causes runoff and running fountains that do not re-circulate their water.
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House GOP Counters Obama's Request By Promising Own Proposal

House Republicans have resisted granting President Obama's request for $3.7 billion in emergency immigration funds. Now, they're crafting a package of their own to respond to the crisis at the border.
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Fate Of Decades-Old Cigar Factory Dangles By A Phrase

Florida once had 150 cigar factories but now there's just one left. The J.C. Newman company worries that new FDA rules on cigars may put it out of business. Now, it's enlisting the help of elected officials in Florida.
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Why Some Politicians Turn Down Free Money

Once in a while, elected officials turn down raises because they think it looks bad if they're also having to cut budgets or raise taxes. Sometimes, though, they're genuinely altruistic.
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U.S. Customs Seize Giant African Snails Bound For Dinner Plates

Officials say the snails are "highly invasive, voracious pests" that eat paint and stucco off houses. But the snails are a prized delicacy in West Africa, where they're marinated or grilled on sticks.
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Two Former State Attorneys General Arrested In Utah

The former chief law enforcement officers face 23 counts of bribery, obstruction of justice and other charges. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert calls it "a black eye" for the state.
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Odin's Beard! Marvel Announces A New Thor — And She's A Woman

The comic book publisher said the new character will be the Thor of the Marvel Universe.
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In Response To Dwindling Applications, Peace Corps Makes Big Changes

The Peace Corps has announced that it's streamlining its application process so volunteers won't have to spend hours doing paperwork or wait a year to find out if they're being sent abroad.
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With Elder Care Planning, Start Early To Avoid Conflicts And Crises

Tell Me More's parenting panel discusses the challenges of caring for an elderly parent or loved one, especially when it comes to needing guardianship.
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In 'Underwater Dreams,' Robotics Team Puts Lens On Immigration Debate

The new documentary, produced by Jeb Bush Jr., explores the topic of immigration reform through the lives of undocumented students who win an underwater robotics competition.

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