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California Governor Gavin Newsom is rejecting criticism that he’s subverting voters’ will with his executive order for a moratorium on the state’s death penalty.

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LONDON (AP) — Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times, according to the biggest-ever study to examine the impact of pot on psychotic disorder rates.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Searchers have recovered the cockpit voice recorder and found other parts of an air ambulance that disappeared in Alaska with three people on board in January, the owners of the aircraft said Tuesday.

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JOHANNESBURG — More than 1,000 people were feared dead in Mozambique four days after a cyclone slammed into the country, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the floodwaters, the nation’s president said.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Bernie Torme, a guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, died a day before his 67th birthday, according to his drummer.Drummer Mik Gaffney told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Torme died on Sunday at a London hospital. Gaffney said Torme had pneumonia in both lungs and was on life s…

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ROSAMOND — Marijuana outlets deemed temporarily legal in Rosamond failed to convince Kern County Board of Supervisors to allow them to stay open until November instead of May and in three of four cases will be forced to shut down even sooner, before the end of the month.

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SAN FRANCISCO — A man who spent more than six years in prison after police framed him for murder is expected to receive a $13.1 million settlement from city of San Francisco on Tuesday.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The Los Angeles City Council went on record today in support of a parcel tax measure on the June ballot in hopes of generating hundreds of millions of dollars for local schools.

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LANCASTER — Antelope Valley College and SoCal Farms LLC will work together to create a program for commercial industrial hemp production, with the college providing the research component.

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PALMDALE — The City Council will decide tonight whether to proceed with forming a Community Choice Aggregation pro­gram, in the hopes that the program may give it the ability to provide elec­tric­ity to residents at lower rates by negotiating power pur­­chases directly with en­er­gy producer…

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The Trump ad­min­is­tration on Monday pro­posed new limits on federal student loans taken out by parents and graduate students as part of a broader proposal to curb the cost of college.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police say a 53-year-old man who crashed a rented scooter into a tree in down­town San Diego last week has died in the city’s first electronic scooter fatality.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has sent a 20-page list of military construction projects to lawmakers who want to know which might be cut to pay for President Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican border.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, wanted in his home country in connection with Latin America’s biggest graft scandal, was arrested in California on suspicion of public intoxication and spent the night in jail before he was released Monday morning, authorities said.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman was arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of her 9-year-old daughter was found in a duffel bag along a suburban horse trail near Los Angeles, authorities said Monday.

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SACRAMENTO — Stand­ing beside the fam­ily of a 22-year-old black man who was fatally shot by police a year ago Monday, the Rev. Al Sharp­ton called for Cal­if­ornia to make it easier to pros­ecute officers who kill civ­ilians and to require that all cases go before a grand jury.

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LANCASTER (CNS) — A 41-year-old man who died from wounds he suffered when he was stabbed earlier in the week during a domestic argument has been identified by the coroner’s office.

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UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — A gunman killed three people and wounded five during a mid-morning tram ride Monday in the Dutch city of Utrecht, raising the specter of another extremist attack only days after the murderous rampage in New Zealand.

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — About 1,000 members of the Venezuelan security forces have fled to Colombia since last month, giving up weapons and uniforms as they abandoned the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Colombian authorities said Monday.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Searchers combed a river in the Sierra Nevada foothills for a little girl swept away during the weekend, and two people were rescued in Los Angeles early Monday, putting a focus on dangers resulting from California’s exceptionally wet winter.

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LANCASTER — Crews from Los Angeles County Fire Department Battalion 11 knocked down a non-in­jury fire Monday at a two-story house in the 2300 block of West Columbia Way (Avenue M) after a rough­ly 20-minute battle against heavy smoke and flames, the Los Angeles Coun­ty Fire Department re­po…

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PALMDALE — In about a month, residents will have a free new place to exercise outdoors, as a fitness court featuring a variety of equipment will be in place at Pelona Vista Park.

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LITTLEROCK —  Kep­pel Union School District will use the lease-leaseback option for construction of the district’s bus trans­por­tation facility at Antelope Elementary School.

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LANCASTER —  Civil Rights leader Bernard Lafayette and James Perkins Jr., the first black mayor of Selma, Alabama, will be the guest speakers for Saturday’s r3AV Summit.

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PALMDALE — A man has died from apparent gunshot wounds during a deputy-involved shooting after barricading himself in a trailer Saturday night.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities were using boats and large vehicles on Saturday to rescue and evacuate residents in parts of the Midwest where a recent deluge of rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring over frozen ground, overwhelming creeks and rivers, and kill­ing at least one person.

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Al Silverman, a magazine editor and publishing executive who collaborated with Chicago Bears halfback Gale Sayers on an autobiography that was adapted into “Brian’s Song,” the popular 1971 television movie about the friendship between Sayers and his dying teammate, Brian Piccolo, died March …

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LOS ANGELES — Dick Dale, whose pounding, blar­ingly loud power-chord instrumentals on songs like “Miserlou” and “Let’s Go Trippin’” earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar, has died at age 81.

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A few months after teen shooters killed 12 class­mates and her father at Col­umbine High School, Coni Sanders was standing in line at a grocery store with her young daughter when they came face to face with the magazine cover.

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CAIRO (AP) — Hun­dreds of Sudanese took part in anti-government pro­tests in the capital and other cities on Sunday as the government an­nounced it had secured $300 million in loans to ad­dress the economic cri­sis that triggered the unrest.

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EUGENE, Ore. — Three decades ago, Lori Ann Bour­geois was guarding fight­er jets at an air base. After her discharge, she fell into drug addiction. She wound up living on the streets and was ar­rest­ed for possession of meth­am­phet­amine.

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — As the Hungarian prime min­is­ter’s conflicts with the Euro­pe­an Union appear headed to a breaking point, calls are in­creas­ing for greater scrutiny of his government’s spending of the bloc’s funds.

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LOS ANGELES — A leak from a 9,000-gallon gasoline tank­er caused the vehicle to catch fire, which spread to one nearby home, and ig­ni­ted the atmosphere in storm drains Sunday morn­ing, injuring two people and sending a huge plume of smoke into the sky over South Los Angeles.

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CALIFORNIA CITY — As part of his effort to stream­line City Council meetings and make them more efficient at conducting bus­i­ness in public, Mayor Chuck McGuire brought back a proposal for the Coun­cil to switch from fol­low­ing the 19th-Century Rob­ert’s Rules of Order to a simplified vers…

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LANCASTER — Antelope Val­ley Union High School District stu­dent trustee Noah Sveiven has distinguished himself with thought­ful, eloquent commentary and a willingness to vote his con­science.

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LANCASTER — Rep­re­sen­tatives from Agents of Change, a local educational leadership and public ser­vice organization, made their pitch before Antelope Val­ley Union High School Dis­trict governing Board Thursday evening.

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CALIFORNIA CITY — To assist with a num­ber of major crimes under investigation, the Cal­if­ornia City Police De­part­ment will hire temporary technical specialists with specific expertise to work with the detective bureau.

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NEW YORK — A new, troublesome topic hovered over the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York this year: Britain’s failed Brexit deal with the European Union that could squeeze Ireland’s economy.

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Marjorie Weinman Sharmat had two dreams as a child — to become a detective and to be a writer. By age eight she had accomplished both, after she and a friend put out their own spy newspaper, The Snooper’s Gazette. Most of its news came from eavesdropping on adults.

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LAKE BALBOA (CNS) — A “pothole blitz” by the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services aimed at fixing some of the damage inflicted on city streets after the above-average rainfall this year kicked into high gear Saturday.