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California farmers to get more water

Friday, 18 April 2014 17:30
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Drought-stricken California farmers and cities are set to get more water as state and federal officials ease cutbacks due to recent rain and snow, officials announced on Friday. The Department of Water Resources said it is increasing water allotments from the State Water Project from zero to 5 percent of what water districts have requested. The State Water Project supplies water to 29 public agencies serving more than 25 million Californians…
Opinion: A galaxy full of Earths?
Friday, 18 April 2014 16:46
.cnn_html_media_utility::before{color:red;content:'>>';font-size:9px;line-height:12px;padding-right:1px}.cnnstrylccimg640{margin:0 27px 14px 0}.captionText{filter:alpha(opacity=100);opacity:1}.cnn_html_slideshow_media_caption a,.cnn_html_slideshow_media_caption a:visited,.cnn_html_slideshow_media_caption a:link,.captionText a,.captionText a:visited,.captiontext a:link{color:#004276;outline:medium none}.cnnVerticalGalleryPhoto{margin:0 auto;padding-right:68px;width:270px}]]]]]]>]]]]>]]> Scientists announced in June 2013 that three planets orbiting star Gliese 667C could be habitable. This is an artist's impression of the view from one of those planets, looking toward the parent star in the center.
Michelle Obama to guest star on 'Nashville'
Friday, 18 April 2014 16:31
The First Lady will make a cameo on the May 7 episode of "Nashville." STORY HIGHLIGHTSThe First Lady will make a cameoOn the show the star will enlist help for a charity eventThe episode is set to air in May (EW.com) -- Michelle Obama's about to be all over our TV screens: The First Lady is making a cameo on NBC's Parks and Recreation for its April 24 finale and now will be guest starring…
Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings
Friday, 18 April 2014 16:31
STORY HIGHLIGHTSMan charged with 18 felony counts covering nine incidentsPolice have not identified the man who was taken into custody There have been as many as 20 shootings dating back to March 8Three people have been shot, but there have been no life-threatening injuries Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) -- [Breaking news alert, 2:34 p.m.] Mohammed Whitaker, suspect in the Kansas City-area highway shootings, is charged with 18 felony counts covering nine incidents, Jackson County's prosecutor…
Faces 5 violations
Friday, 18 April 2014 16:31
STORY HIGHLIGHTSNEW: Capt. Lee Joon Seok has been charged in connection with the ferry's sinkingNEW: Lee says he left the helm briefly "to tend to something'' in his cabinNEW: A third mate says the ship's steering ''turned much more than usual'' Prosecutor: A third mate, not the captain, was at the helm of ship when the sinking began Are you there and safe? Show us what's happening. Jindo, South Korea (CNN) -- A South Korean…
Missouri Man Accused of Targeting Kansas City Drivers Faces 18 Felony Counts
Friday, 18 April 2014 16:31
A Missouri man accused of turning roadways in Kansas City and its suburbs into a shooting gallery faces 18 felony charges in twelve separate incidents since early March, officials said Friday. Authorities had been tracking suspect Mohammed Whitaker, 27, at his Grandview home, south of Kansas City, after receiving tips from the public. “Tonight might be a good night’s sleep. It’s been few nights [like that] for so many of us,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean…
SpaceX Launches Cargo and Tries a Rocket Recovery
Friday, 18 April 2014 16:31
SpaceX launched more than two tons of cargo to the International Space Station — and also conducted an experiment in rocket recovery. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off into the cloudy skies over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 3:25 p.m. ET, sending a robotic Dragon cargo capsule into orbit. The Dragon held nearly 5,000 pounds (2,200 kilograms) of supplies and equipment for the station, ranging from the legs for a space robot to…
Aircraft Carrier Truman Returns Home After 9 Months at Sea
Friday, 18 April 2014 16:31
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group returned home to Virginia on Friday, reuniting thousands of sailors with friends and family. The strike group ships arrived at the Naval Station in Norfolk, Va., after a nine-month deployment to the waters near Europe and the Middle East. There were 171 babies born to sailors aboard the ship during the deployment, according to the Associated Press. Above, sailors man the rails as the nuclear aircraft carrier Harry…
Rajaratnam's brother loses bid to dismiss insider trading charges
Friday, 18 April 2014 16:18
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rengan Rajaratnam, the younger brother of imprisoned hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, on Friday lost a bid to dismiss some of the insider trading charges leveled against him last year. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled that the indictment adequately alleged the essential elements of the crimes charged. Buchwald agreed that four securities fraud counts were "internally inconsistent" with a conspiracy charge contained in the…
Provocative study finds popular opinion has near-zero influence in D.C.
Friday, 18 April 2014 16:18
“America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.” That’s the startling claim in a provocative new study by Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University. Many of us like to believe that popular opinion influences policymakers, at least indirectly. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. “The general public has little or no independent influence” on policymaking, the two political scientists found.