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Local & Regional Brown lawns loom this summer in California Brown lawns loom this summer in California (Video)
In Garden Grove and other communities across the state, residents can expect to see their gardens shrivel and lawns go brown this summer as mandatory water-conservation rules take effect amid California's punishing four-year drought.

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Local & Regional Brown lawns loom this summer in California (Video)
In Garden Grove and other communities across the state, residents can expect to see their gardens shrivel and lawns go brown this summer as mandatory water-conservation rules take effect amid California's punishing four-year drought.

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Local & Regional Local residents shouldn't see big change from newest drought orders (Video)
There won't be any new regulations for homeowners, besides the ones that are already in place in the drought ordinance set by the city, which includes the three-day-a-week watering system: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for even-numbered houses; Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays for odd-numbered houses.

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National & World Detroit boy in basement: Stepmother put me there for 11 days
A boy reported missing for 11 days before he was found in his Detroit basement testified Wednesday that his stepmother ordered him down there and told him to "shut up and be quiet" while investigators scoured the neighborhood searching for him last June.

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Sports A's activate Coco Crisp from disabled list A's activate Coco Crisp from disabled list
The Oakland Athletics activated outfielder Coco Crisp from the disabled list Wednesday and put him into the lineup as the leadoff hitter against the Minnesota Twins.

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Technology The first self-driving vehicle you see may have 18 wheels The first self-driving vehicle you see may have 18 wheels
Although much attention has been paid to autonomous vehicles being developed by Google and traditional car companies, one truck maker believes that automated tractor-trailers will be rolling along highways before self-driving cars are cruising around the suburbs.
Business Survey: Hiring by U.S. businesses slows sharply in April Survey: Hiring by U.S. businesses slows sharply in April
U.S. companies hired in April at the slowest pace in nearly a year and a half, a private survey found, as the strong dollar dragged down overseas sales and energy companies cut back on spending in the face of lower oil prices.

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Technology Googling on mobile devices surpasses PCs in U.S. for 1st time
Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world.
Technology High-tech sensors help kids keep eye on aging parents
Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook.
Technology Comcast now has more Internet than cable customers
Just before its $45 billion deal with Time Warner Cable collapsed over regulators' fears about a giant cable company's control over the Web, Comcast was racking up more Internet customers.

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Entertainment 'Avengers' + 'Star Wars' = big year for Disney
Who would win if Captain America fought Luke Skywalker? Why Disney, of course, which stands to bring in astronomical amounts of money this year from two big installments of two of the most popular film franchises ever.

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Business For some long-term unemployed, hope arises: A job audition
Bill Lewis was under more pressure than most new hires when he began a job in information technology last year in Monroe, Connecticut. Jobless for a year, he had eight weeks to persuade his employer to keep him and pay his salary.
Business Europe moves to help tech companies compete with U.S. giants
The European Union has unveiled a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon by unifying the continent's digital sector and taking a hard line on abuses by dominant firms.
Business Growth in U.S. service economy picked up speed last month
U.S. service firms' growth accelerated in April, fueled by more orders, rising sales and an uptick in hiring. The figures provide solid evidence that the economy is recovering from its first-quarter stumble.

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Health Nurses at 6 hospitals across California strike over staffing
Registered nurses at six California hospitals went on strike Thursday over staffing levels and other issues during contract negotiations, a move the medical centers called "inappropriate" but said would not interrupt services.