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Cape Town’s water crisis highlights city’s rich-poor divide

By BRAM JANSSENAssociated Press CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) – “Day Zero” is approaching as South Africa’s showcase city of Cape Town prepares to turn off most water taps amid the worst drought in a century. Tensions among the four million residents are highlighting a class divide in a country …

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This week in odd news: Dog unemployment, calamari calamity

By BY RICHARD A. SOMMAASSOCIATED PRESS OWNER RECEIVES LETTER GRANTING DOG UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS SAUGATUCK, Mich. (AP) – Michael Ryder had been approved for $360 every week in Michigan unemployment benefits – until the state learned he’d been dogging it at the Detroit-area restaurant chain where he supposedly worked. Ryder is …

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Southern California’s brief escape from drought ends

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and RICH PEDRONCELLIAssociated Press PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) – California’s brief escape from severe drought ended Thursday after scientists declared more than 40 percent of the state in moderate drought and water officials confirmed lower-than-normal snowpack in the Sierra Nevada. Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, …

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Drought deepens dramatically in Southern California

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and RICH PEDRONCELLIAssociated Press PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) – California is rapidly plunging back into drought, with severe conditions now existing in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties – home to one-fourth of the state’s population, a national drought monitor said Thursday. The weekly report released …

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Oklahoma quakes tied to how deep wastewater is injected

By BY SETH BORENSTEINAP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – A new study finds that a major trigger of man-made earthquakes rattling Oklahoma is how deep – not just how much – fracking wastewater is injected into the ground. Scientists analyzed more than 10,000 wastewater injection wells where 96 billion gallons …

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A wild ride: Sinkhole swallows man and his motorcycle

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – A motorcyclist got the ride of his life in Georgia when a sinkhole opened up in a parking lot and swallowed him and his bike. The Augusta Chronicle reports city firefighters pulled the man from the hole at the Augusta Exchange parking lot Wednesday. The motorcyclist …

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Dutch watchdog urges slash to gas extraction to limit quakes

By MIKE CORDERAssociated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – A mining watchdog advised the Dutch government Thursday to significantly reduce the amount of gas extracted from the Groningen region, saying a cut is necessary to lower the risk of damage from subsequent earthquakes. The Dutch State Supervision of Mines urged …

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10 Things to Know for Thursday

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. WHY FBI, TRUMP ARE FIGHTING, AGAIN The agency declares it has “grave concerns” about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia investigation that the president wants …

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Puerto Rican voter registration drive gets state help

By MICHAEL MELIAAssociated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – As advocates prepare efforts register hurricane-displaced Puerto Ricans to vote in the U.S. mainland, the chief elections officer in Connecticut is putting the weight of her office behind drives to sign up as many eligible newcomers as possible. Residents of the Caribbean …

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Insurance claims from California wildfires near $12 billion

By JONATHAN COOPERAssociated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Insurance claims from last year’s deadly California wildfires have reached $11.8 billion, making it the most expensive series of wildfires in state history, an official said Wednesday. The staggering number exceeds the total insurance claims from the top 10 previously most costly …

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