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Tougher water restrictions ... Farmers get permission use big drones ... Food critic Josh Ozersky dead



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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians are going to have to cut way back on their water usage. The state's water regulators have adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions for people, governments and businesses. Homeowners are being told to let their lawns die. Gov. Jerry Brown had pushed for the more stringent restrictions, ordering water agencies to cut urban water use by 25 percent from levels in 2013.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal authorities have given rare approval to farmers to use drones large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides. The drone developed by Yamaha Corp. U.S.A. is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs 207 pounds. Small drones weighing a few pounds already had been approved for limited use to take pictures the help farmers identify unhealthy crops.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man accused of shooting a northern Idaho police officer after stealing his patrol car faces more serious charges now that the officer has died. Sgt. Greg Moore died late Tuesday afternoon, more than 16 hours after he was gunned down. Before Moore died, the suspect, 26-year-old Jonathan Renfro, appeared in court, where bail was set at $2 million.

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have passed a bill that could make it a lot easier for transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificates. Right now, people in Hawaii are required to undergo gender reassignment surgery if they want to make that change. But the state House and Senate approved a bill Tuesday that removes the surgical requirement. The bill now awaits the governor's signature.

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities in Chicago say an autopsy following the death of food critic Josh Ozersky is inconclusive and further testing is needed. The 47-year-old, whose witty and snarky writing generally focused on his obsession with all things meat, was found dead in his room at the Conrad Chicago Hotel on Monday. Ozersky was in Chicago for the James Beard Foundation Awards.

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