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Federal water allocation for drought-stricken California farms cut to zero

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The worsening drought in California will force a first-ever complete cutoff of federally supplied irrigation water to most farm districts throughout the state’s Central Valley heartland this year, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said on Friday.<p>The projected 2014 zero …

Feds: No Water For Drought-Hit California Farmers

A federal agency said California farmers hit hard by a withering drought will receive no irrigation water this year from a sprawling system of rivers, canals and reservoirs across the parched state.<p>The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said Friday there simply isn't enough water in the Central Valley …

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In drought-stricken California, court rules smelt fish get water

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California appeals court sided with environmentalists over growers on Thursday and upheld federal guidelines that limit water diversions to protect Delta smelt, in a battle over how the state will cope with its worst drought in a century.<p>The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of …

Brazil drought raises concerns about World Cup water supply

This year’s drought in Brazil has left the state of Sao Paolo with its lowest-ever water level.<p>The Cantareira water system, the largest of six in the area, has reservoirs at less than 15 percent of their normal level.<p>Wagner Ribiero, a professor at the University of Sao Paolo, warns that if the …

Huge Underground Water Reserves Discovered in Drought-Stricken Kenya

Of the 41 million people residing in Kenya, 17 million lack access to clean water. But today the people of the drought-stricken nation have a reason …

Ryan: Comments were 'inarticulate'

Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday called remarks he made the day before “inarticulate,” responding to a firestorm from the left that accused him of racially insensitive comments.<p>“After reading the transcript of yesterday morning’s interview, it is clear that I was inarticulate about the point I was trying …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

TRADE At Montreal talks, Canada proposes new approach to breaking NAFTA auto gridlock Subscriber content<p>Business Briefing How U.S. became ‘the Wal-Mart of the oil market’ and an unprecedented threat to status quo Subscriber content<p>ECB hits out at Washington for talking down the dollar<p>CANNABIS DEAL …

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How Business Can Lift People Out Of Poverty: 4 Insights From The World's Best Social Entrepreneurs

How do you profitably sell to a customer who earns less than $2 per day?<p>It is probably the most daunting business question in the world—as well as the most important, because that’s the earning power of nearly one third of humanity, the two billion people at the so-called “base of the pyramid.”<p>The …

Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

And why their "bad" decisions might be more rational than you'd think.<p>In August, <i>Science</i> published a landmark study concluding that poverty, itself, hurts our ability to make decisions about school, finances, and life, imposing a mental burden similar to losing 13 IQ points.<p>It was widely seen as a …

Can the Bible Help Solve World Poverty?

An economist and a theologian have teamed up to offer what they believe to be a time-tested blueprint to solve world poverty: a mixture of free market values and the Bible.<p>Image source: Crossway<p>In their book “The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution,” economist Barry Asmus and theologian …

Oscar Pistorius prepares to testify as prosecution rests case

Athlete's lawyers yet to disclose whether he will testify first in his own defence when trial resumes on Friday<p>Oscar Pistorius admitted he is having a "tough time" on Tuesday as prosecutors closed their murder case against him, bringing closer the defining moment when he must account for his …

David Moyes: Bayern Munich have weaknesses that Manchester United can exploit

• Champions League holders will provide 'epic' ties • Mourinho set for Ibrahimovic reunion as Chelsea draw PSG<p>David Moyes believes Bayern Munich have weaknesses that can be exploited when Manchester United play the Champions League holders in the quarter-final next month, while José Mourinho is set …

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Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet: Search Expands to 11 Countries, 'Deep and Remote Oceans'

The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet now spans "large tracts of land crossing 11 countries as well as deep and remote oceans," …

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Oscar Pistorius: South Africa's most senior detective defends police case

Lieutenant General Vineshkumar Moonoo says he is 'very happy' with how the trial has gone so far and he's confident the prosecution will get their man<p><b>South Africa's</b>most senior detective has defended the police investigation of <b>Oscar Pistorius</b>for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and said he …

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Pistorius Dropped By Company That Made His Blades

Oscar Pistorius, on trial for murder, was dropped by the company that manufactured the blades he used to become the first double amputee to run at the Olympics.<p><b>NBC Sports:</b> <b>Continue Reading</b>

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Gory details lend Oscar Pistorius trial a 'CSI' flavor

As it entered its second week, the Oscar Pistorius murder trial turned into an episode of "CSI," replete with gory autopsy details and photographs of the crime scene. Even the bathroom door through which he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was reassembled and put up in court.<p>Drama from the …

Oscar Pistorius 'spent £2,700 on guns before Steenkamp shooting'

Athlete's murder trial hears details of order for six guns including a pump-action shotgun and a semi-automatic assault rifle as it emerges he knew law on shooting intruders<p>Oscar Pistorius, the paralympic athlete accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, paid R48,500 (£2,700) for seven …

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Bayern Munich 1-1 Arsenal: five Champions League talking points

There is no shame in defeat by the holders but Arsène Wenger has regrets from the first leg as well as the group stage<p>1 Perhaps it is worth winning your group after all<p>There are a few moments over the course of the tie that will cause Arsène Wenger great regret, not least Mesut Özil's penalty miss …

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PSG 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen (PSG win 6-1 on agg)

Paris Saint-Germain's quest to win a first European Cup moved a step closer as they secured a quarter-final spot with a 6-1 aggregate mauling of Bayer Leverkusen.<p>Leading 4-0 from the first leg in Germany, it would have taken a huge upset for PSG not to progress and despite a couple of worrying …

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Barcelona 2-1 Manchester City (Barcelona win 4-1 on agg)

• Pictures: the best images from Camp Nou<p>The Champions League is a tough, unforgiving competition and Manchester City, once again, have been consigned to the role of jealous onlooker. This may not be the devastating, pass-the-opposition-to-death Barcelona that bewitched everyone in the Pep …

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Real Madrid vs. Schalke 04: Final score 3-1, Madrid finish off Schalke in style

Madrid left no doubt of their superiority over Schalke 04, defeating the German side 9-2 on aggregate to advance to the Champions quarterfinals.<p>Madrid finishing off Schalke 04 in style with a 3-1 victory on Tuesday at the Bernabéu. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and Álvaro Morata added a goal as <i>Los</i> …

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Investigators try to pinpoint location of Flight 370 with inexact satellite data

WASHINGTON — Finding a missing Malaysia Airlines plane may hinge on whether searchers can narrow down where they need to look using satellite data …

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Malaysian Airlines MH370: March 19 as it happened

Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott has said two objects possibly related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight have been spotted<p><b>Live: follow the latest on the seach for Malaysian Airlines MH370</b><p><b>Latest</b><p><b>07.30 Please join us for today's live coverage of the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 as</b> …

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World Cup Qualifying - OFC News and Scores

More worldwide football tournaments involving potentially all national teams could be coming to every odd-numbered year, under a new proposal.<p>The …

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