By Sharon Bernstein PHILLIPS, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown, in his most sweeping action to combat a devastating multi-year drought, ordered residents and businesses on Wednesday to cut water use by 25 percent in the first mandatory statewide reduction in California history. The move comes as California's snowpack, which generally provides about a third of the state's water, is at its lowest level on record in a sign the state's drought, now entering its fourth year, is far from over. We're just doing it through the different water districts." Brown said the state would develop rebate plans to help families and businesses remove a planned 50 million square feet (4.6 million square meters) of lawns, and replace old appliances with newer, more water-efficient models. Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the state Water Resources Control Board, said regulators would not hesitate to issue fines of up to $10,000 a day to water districts that do not succeed in implementing the cutbacks.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke University officials are trying to determine who hung a rope noose from a tree, what the president of the elite Southern school described Wednesday as a vicious symbol in a region where lynchings were once used to terrorize black residents.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man who stormed a California medical office and shot the mother of his five children before turning the gun on himself left behind a suicide note filled with frustration over a property dispute, police said Wednesday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors in Las Vegas won't seek the death penalty in the shooting death of a mother of four in a case that authorities initially dubbed road rage, but later said may have resulted from a tragic chain of neighborhood coincidences and misperceptions.