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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Despite the dire warnings and unprecedented new use restrictions, officials worry Californians may still not grasp the seriousness of the drought or the need for conservation. New rules adopted yesterday are an effort to force cities to limit watering on public property, encourage homeowners to let their lawns die and impose mandatory water-savings targets.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A report being released today by a bipartisan group of senators concludes that the Department of Veterans Affairs still hasn't done enough to improve budgeting and speed up applications. Troubled by delays in handling of veterans' claims, the nine senators plan to introduce legislation to require a wide-scale independent review of the whole department, along with recommendations for change.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department says federal enforcement efforts and growing public awareness are the main factors behind a near doubling of reports of sex offenses on college campuses. The reasoning is contained in a letter to California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. There were more than 6,000 cases in 2013, compared to 3,300 in 2009. Education and law enforcement officials say sex offenses are underreported crimes and the real number is much higher.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Four men in Afghanistan have received death sentences in the slaying of a woman that spurred renewed efforts to guarantee women's rights. The sentences were part of a trial of 49 suspects, including 19 police officers in the brutal mob killing of a woman in Kabul in March. The 27-year-old woman was wrongly accused of burning the Quran. The trial was unusually fast for Afghanistan. Eight defendants got prison and 18 had charges dropped.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Ride-hailing company Uber is getting out of Dodge -- and the rest of Kansas -- because of new rules imposed on it by the Legislature, which voted comfortably to override the governor's veto of the regulations. Uber says it is ending operations and its website blames the state. The measure requires drivers for ride-hailing companies to get background checks and more car insurance.

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