By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed more than a dozen bills aimed at improving access to water in the state, where drought is common and tension is high over the competing needs of residents, agriculture and the environment. The new laws attempt to address some of the most immediate concerns, including the difficulty faced by small communities when local groundwater becomes polluted or is over-pumped. The measures also reflect growing interest in California in finding ways to safely recycle wastewater so that it can be used again for drinking and cooking. "California needs more high quality water, and recycling is key to getting there," Brown, a Democrat, said in his signing message. To speed the effort, Brown also proposed consolidating the responsibility for all water-quality programs under a single agency, the state Water Resources Board. Water has long been a sore point in California, where the precious resource has been diverted from mountain lakes and streams to irrigate farms and slake the thirst of metropolitan areas around Los Angeles and San Francisco. Many of the state's initiatives to deal with the problem, including a long-awaited effort to preserve access to water while addressing environmental problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, are highly controversial. They face criticism from all sides and often lead to political stalemates. But the bills signed Tuesday chip away at individual problems bit by bit, many of them meeting little opposition. "Water is a finite resource," said Scott Shapiro, a Sacramento attorney whose clients include public water agencies. "And it's either in the wrong place or it's in the wrong quality and existing regulations don't allow us to use it in the right way - and each of these laws is an attempt to address some of those limitations." BLUE BABIES Among the most difficult problems in recent years has been the pollution of groundwater in communities throughout the state, either because it has been over-pumped or because chemicals used in agriculture, particularly nitrates in fertilizer, have leached into the water table. Assemblyman Luis Alejo, a Democrat who sponsored three of the bills, said such pollution is common in the agricultural communities that he represents in Monterey County. One of the measures signed by Brown would authorize grants for poor communities that need funds to clean up their drinking water or find emergency replacements. "There is a small community of less than 500 people where their entire water system was recently put under a court order that they can no longer drink it because of high levels of nitrates," Alejo said. Among the problems in the county from drinking water with high levels of nitrates has been "blue baby syndrome," in which infants lose oxygen from their blood, Alejo said. Other issues involve the availability and cost of water. Some farmers manage the cost of growing their crops by buying or selling water rights during times when the state limits its use for irrigation. One of the new laws would allow more landowners to do that by loosening the requirements for selling the rights. The law promoting the recycling of wastewater is meant to increase the supply of water and reduce the cost, said its sponsor, Democratic state Senator Ben Hueso. In his Southern California district, avocado growers are chopping down trees because they fear not having enough to irrigate them, while the Colorado River, which also runs through the district, has had so much water diverted for so long that it's time to find other sources, Hueso said. "We need to find ways to make water more available for those growers while also keeping water more affordable," Hueso said. His measure directs state water officials to investigate ways to recycle wastewater so that it is drinkable. The law aims at developing regulations by 2016, although Brown, in his signing message, urged administrators to move more quickly. (Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Steve Orlofsky)
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Both deputies were shot in the face while on patrol outside the jail complex, Rivera said.The suspected gunman, whose identity was not immediately known, was killed during the gunfire exchange.Both deputies were taken to the hospital. One was to be released with a bullet graze to his face, and according to Rivera, the other remains in critical yet stable condition with a gunshot wound to the eye.The motive behind the shooting was not yet clear.
Prince Harry will attend Prince Philip's funeral without Meghan Markle, who didn't get permission to fly
Prince Harry will attend Prince Philip's funeral, which is set to be held April 17. Markle, who's pregnant, didn't get medical clearance to fly.
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Los Angeles Police DepartmentThree toddlers were found stabbed to death on Saturday morning in a Reseda, Los Angeles, apartment, and their mother, Liliana Carrillo, was arrested following a police manhunt. The victims, whose names were not disclosed, were 3, 2, and six months old. Their grandmother found their bodies after she returned from work around 9:30 a.m. Police said Carrillo, 30, may have stolen a pickup truck in Bakersfield, California hours after the stabbing. She was taken into custody near Ponderosa in Tulare County. Investigators have yet to identify a motive. “Obviously, they’ll be talking with this lady at length to try to figure out what’s going on in her mind,” Lt. Raul Jovel told The Los Angeles Times, “These are the moments we carry throughout our career. It’s hard to process that as a police officer.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Of the 123,500 Marines who have been offered a vaccine, about 48,000 said no, while about 75,500 agreed to get one, according to data obtained by CNN.
Prince Philip died at age 99 on Friday. Born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, he and Queen Elizabeth II were cousins through Queen Victoria.
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The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will be carried through the grounds of Windsor Castle in a modified Land Rover that he designed for the occasion himself. The funeral will take place next Saturday at 3pm, following a short procession in which the Prince of Wales and senior members of the Royal family will follow the coffin on foot as it is driven to St George’s Chapel. The Queen will not take part in the procession. It will be a royal funeral like no other, with Royals adhering to Covid-19 guidelines by wearing masks throughout the ceremony and maintaining social distancing. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed that it would not be a state occasion, in accordance with the Duke’s wishes, but a ceremonial royal funeral in line with the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002. Her Majesty gave final approval to the plans, which “very much reflect the personal wishes of the Duke" who died peacefully at home in Windsor Castle on Friday morning.
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Tar Heels could be depleted in the frontcourt if new coach Hubert Davis is unable to convince Walker Kessler to stay.
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Officials said the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution.”
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President Biden joined world leaders in paying tribute to Prince Philip, who died Friday at 99.
Ukraine's defence minister said on Saturday his country could be provoked by Russian aggravation of the situation in the conflict area of Ukraine's eastern Donbass region. The minister, Andrii Taran, said Russian accusations about the rights of Russian-speakers being violated could be the reason for the resumption of armed aggression against Ukraine. "At the same time, it should be noted that the intensification of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine is possible only if an appropriate political decision is made at the highest level in the Kremlin," he said in a statement.
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Pfizer and BioNTech have asked US regulators to make their COVID-19 vaccine available to adolescents ages 12 to 15
The vaccine showed "100 percent efficacy" and triggered a "robust antibody response" in trials with adolescents, the companies announced last month.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have not said if they have suspects in the killings.
The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can "break through" Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is low and the research has not been peer reviewed. The South African variant, B.1.351, was found to make up about 1% of all the COVID-19 cases across all the people studied, according to the study by Tel Aviv University and Israel's largest healthcare provider, Clalit. But among patients who had received two doses of the vaccine, the variant's prevalence rate was eight times higher than those unvaccinated - 5.4% versus 0.7%.
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Russia demanded 200,000 Sputnik V vaccines back after officials in Europe questioned the quality of the shot
Slovakia's drug agency said roughly 80% of Sputnik V's safety and effectiveness data was missing. Russia accused it of "sabotage."
Data: Sherpa; Chart: Will Chase/AxiosYou've got your COVID vaccine, and the CDC says it's OK to travel this summer, even internationally. But you're likely to find that your overseas options are limited by border restrictions in many countries.Why it matters: If you don't do your homework before traveling, you could wind up stranded in a foreign airport or quarantined in your hotel room for two weeks.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeReopening international travel is not a one-sided decision. While the United States is ahead of most of the world on vaccinations, other countries like France are imposing new lockdowns amid fresh COVID surges as they wait for more vaccines to become available.Knowing when and where it is safe to travel is confusing, especially because the rules change frequently. Catch up fast: First, it's important to understand the CDC's updated travel guidance, issued April 2. Fully vaccinated travelers no longer have to take a test before going abroad, and can avoid quarantine on their return. But they still need to get tested three days before they board a plane back to the U.S., and they should also monitor themselves for any symptoms and get tested three to five days after returning home. When traveling within the U.S., fully vaccinated people do not need to be tested before or after their trip, and they don't need to quarantine either. In all cases, travelers should wear a mask, stay six feet away from others and wash their hands often. What's happening: Many airlines and travel companies are bending over backwards to help people sift through the rules and manage all the new requirements.Sherpa, which specializes in international visa requirements, has created an interactive map that shows the level of restrictions Americans will encounter in each country. The PC Agency, a UK travel consultancy, created a traffic light system that designates countries as red, yellow or green, depending on their level of restrictions. Lonely Planet has also produced a guide that lists the countries vaccinated Americans can visit without major restrictions.What they're saying: If you want to go to Albania, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico or Tanzania, you're good to go. There are no restrictions, even for those who are not vaccinated. Other destinations, including many in the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Africa, require visitors to have a negative COVID test before arrival. Some require a mandatory quarantine even with a negative test, although a few, like Iceland, have created new exemptions for vaccinated travelers.Many popular travel destinations, including France, Germany, Spain and Greece, remain off limits for visitors. The catch: The trickiest part of international travel might be getting home. All travelers, including vaccinated Americans, need to test negative before boarding their return flight. "It is one of the big obstacles to getting travel going again, which is why some consumers are holding back. It's the fear of testing positive," Paul Charles, founder of the PC Agency, tells Axios. What to watch: Charles expects a safe travel corridor to open up between the U.S. and the U.K. soon, and the rest of Europe to open up to Americans by early July. In the meantime, airlines and cruise operators are bending over backwards to try to help passengers manage it all. American Airlines helps passengers check the travel requirements for their destination, arrange a pre-flight COVID test if necessary and securely upload documents to a mobile health passport app called VeriFLY.United Airlines offers similar help through its Travel-Ready Center.Viking is the first cruise line to add full-scale PCR testing labs on all of its ocean ships. It's part of a plan to resume cruises in June for vaccinated passengers, starting with Bermuda, Iceland and the UK.The bottom line: As travel slowly resumes, creating peace of mind for passengers is the number one focus, says travel consultant Shashank Nigram, CEO of Simpliflying. "This will be part of the travel psyche going forward."Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
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Jessica Alba's Honest Company is filing for an IPO after selling $189 million worth of diapers and wipes in 2020
Jessica Alba's consumer goods business Honest Company filed for an IPO on Friday with plans to sell shares on the Nasdaq under the symbol "HNST."
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A Russian dissident was murdered in his own home and his death made to look like suicide, a coroner has ruled. Nikolai Glushkov, a close friend of the deceased oligarch Boris Berezovsky, Mr Putin's one-time fiercest rival, was found dead in the hall of his property in New Malden, south-west London, a week after Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and Yulia, his daughter, were poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury. Glushkov, 68, the former deputy director of the state airline Aeroflot, said he feared he was on a Kremlin hit-list. Paramedics who arrived at Glushkov's home on March 12 2018 immediately raised concerns that he had been killed because of the way suicide paraphernalia appeared to be deliberately placed around the body. A post-mortem examination concluded he died at the hands of a third party, due to compression of the neck". The pathology report read to the court said the injuries "could be consistent with a neck-hold, applied from behind, and the assailant being behind the victim. "There is a lack of injuries to suggest prolonged grappling or restraint with the third party, and a lack of injuries of a defensive nature to the upper limbs. "This would suggest the victim had been rapidly incapacitated - garroted sleeper holds are known to cause unconsciousness within seconds."
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have called police to their California home 9 times in as many months
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have experienced a challenging start to their new lives in California, having to call authorities to their Montecito home nine times over the course of just as many months. The famous couple moved to their Golden State residence with their 1-year-old son Archie in July 2020, after reportedly living with their friend, Tyler Perry, in his $18 million Los Angeles ...
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Ingenuity was supposed to spin its blades at full speed on Friday, but a "watchdog" timer that identifies issues abruptly cut the test short.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says he hired private investigators to find out why Fox News isn't letting him speak on air
Mike Lindell said Friday he "spent a lot of money" investigating Fox News for its failure to invite him on air to peddle false election claims.