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Cape Town pushes possible tap closure on “Day Zero” to May

By BRAM JANSSENAssociated Press CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) – Cape Town has pushed back “Day Zero” – the date when it might have to turn off most taps because of a long drought – by nearly a month to May 11. Cape Town authorities said Monday that the reprieve …

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J. Lo shout-outs A-Rod, covers Prince at pre-Super Bowl show

By MESFIN FEKADUAP Music Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jennifer Lopez raised money for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico, celebrated an anniversary with beau Alex Rodriguez and covered Prince songs at a pre-Super Bowl concert in Minneapolis. Lopez headlined the DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night concert at Nomadic Live at …

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Heavy rain brings floods to Albania, Macedonia; worker dies

TIRANA, Albania (AP) – Heavy rains flooded riverbanks and led to the death of a power company worker Sunday, the Adriatic country’s government said. A government statement said the worker was killed while repairing an electric line in northern Albania. Many roads were temporarily blocked by water or mudslides, ports …

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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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