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Here comes El Nino; good news for US weather woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific Ocean this year that will change weather worldwide. And that’s good news for a weather-weary United States.

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California gold discovery spurs rush of theories

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Word last week that a Northern California couple found $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that loot.

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Redwood ‘poachers’ force park road closure

Frequency and size of thefts on the rise

Budget targets superbugs

WASHINGTON — Sounding an alarm about the growing threat of superbugs, the Obama administration is proposing a jump in spending to fight antibiotic-resistant germs in hospitals. Infections that can withstand some of the best antibiotics already are killing more than 23,000 Americans a year, and some bacteria are becoming resistant to drugs of last resort, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Mardi Gras now in full swing

NEW ORLEANS— A cold, gray day greeted revelers gathering Tuesday along parade routes as the Carnival season in New Orleans headed to a crest with the unabashed celebration of Mardi Gras.

Army general to face sex charges in court

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Once a rising star among the U.S. Army’s top battle commanders, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair is now fighting sexual assault charges that could land him life in a military prison if convicted.

Fire marshal: E-cigarette batteries can cause fires

MEDFORD (AP) — The lithium batteries that power the vaporizers in electronic cigarettes have caused two recent fires in Medford, and fire officials say users should be careful with the newly popular devices.

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California soaking brings little drought help

AZUSA, Calif. — A storm that brought some of the highest rainfall totals to the Los Angeles area in years, including eight inches on some mountains, was just the beginning of what the region needs to pull out of a major drought.

Wold news in brief, Feb. 28

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Airlines may be experiencing pilot shortages

WASHINGTON (AP) — Regional airlines report difficulty over the past year in finding enough pilots to hire, but it isn’t clear whether there is a shortage of pilots, a government watchdog said in a report released Friday.

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Powerful storm hits California

Ushers in new worries for state

13 exposed to radiation at New Mexico plant

puncturing a canister, Farok Sharif, president of the Nuclear Waste Partnership, said Monday before a community meeting in Carlsbad.

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Arizona governor’s veto aimed at own party’s right

Veto slaps down anti-gay bill

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New food labels would highlight calories and sugar

WASHINGTON — Those “Nutrition Facts” labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look.

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Tiny houses help address homeless issue

Occupy Madison promotes houses as shelter alternative

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