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August 17, 2015 - 3:58pm
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's plans for massive water tunnels have yet to win approval, but a report shows California already is planning to take up to 300 farms to acquire land for the project.

A 160-page report prepared by state contractors lays out plans to move rapidly to eminent domain to acquire land for two, 30-mile long tunnels.

The tunnels would help ferry water from Northern and Central California to Southern California....

August 17, 2015 - 3:57pm
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CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — Lots of golf, a family outing on a private beach and a stack of books. President Barack Obama's two-week vacation on Martha's Vineyard is shaping up as a pretty low-key retreat.

Obama is staying at the same secluded vacation property he rented last year, way up a lengthy dirt road in Chilmark. That's on the western part of the island.

The Martha's Vineyard Times reports the sprawling home has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms...

August 17, 2015 - 3:55pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The inspector general for the Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the cause of a massive spill from an abandoned Colorado gold mine that unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into rivers that supply water to at least three states.

The inspector general's office said the investigation also will focus on the EPA's response to the Aug. 5 spill from the defunct Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colo. About 3 million gallons of...

August 17, 2015 - 3:55pm
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LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) — An experienced cyclist is dead after participating in the grueling Leadville 100 mountain bike race in Colorado.

Fifty-five-year-old Scott Ellis died Saturday near the end of the 100-mile, high-altitude course.

His Peloton-Specialized team said he apparently suffered a heart attack.

Lake County coroner Shannon Dent said natural causes seem to be to blame but wouldn't elaborate, referring questions to the...

August 17, 2015 - 3:54pm
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man has pleaded guilty to trying to kidnap a young girl from her bedroom in an attempt thwarted by the child's father.

Troy Morley entered his plea Monday to one count of child kidnapping in an agreement with prosecutors. Three other charges against him were dismissed.

Prosecutors say the 48-year-old man sneaked into a suburban Salt Lake City home in the early morning hours last November and took the 5-year-old girl from...

August 17, 2015 - 3:42pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — Michael Jordan's business manager says the former basketball star's image has been meticulously protected so young people will know of his achievements.

Curtis Polk testified Monday in federal court in Chicago in the former Chicago Bulls star's lawsuit seeking damages from a now-defunct grocery store chain that used his image without permission.

Polk says marketing deals can have promotional value for Jordan beyond cash compensation....

August 17, 2015 - 3:34pm
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POULTNEY, Vt. (AP) — A college student in Vermont is living in a 96-square-foot house he built to reduce his carbon footprint — and save money.

The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1MwOCWq ) that Green Mountain College senior Rob Dunn has been living in the two-story Poultney home since August 2014.

The home is powered by two 100-watt solar panels. A rocket mass heater built from a cast-iron stove insulated with a mixture of clay, sand and straw...

August 17, 2015 - 3:32pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says that the review of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails have found as many as 305 of the messages could contain classified information requiring further review by federal agencies.

In a filing Monday as part of a lawsuit against the State Department, officials told a U.S. District Court judge in Washington they would be able to meet an existing schedule to release copies of Clinton's emails because only about 5 percent of the...

August 17, 2015 - 3:31pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man suspected of killing a retired dentist, taking three men hostage and wounding two deputies was killed by gunshots fired by deputies after he refused drop a handgun.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood says an autopsy performed Monday on 34-year-old Benjamin Peter Ashley has determined his cause of death to be a homicide because two of the wounds inflicted by officers who confronted Ashley on Saturday were fatal.

However,...

August 17, 2015 - 3:28pm
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Rand Paul says he has contributed $250,000 and pledged another $200,000 to pay for a proposed GOP presidential caucus in his home state of Kentucky next year.

State GOP officials are scheduled to vote Saturday on rules for the proposed March 5 caucus.

The state party's proposed switch from a primary to a caucus would allow Paul to run for president and re-election to his U.S. Senate seat simultaneously without...

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