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Escaped oil... California farmers' offer... Will judge get benched?

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 20, 2015 at 1:41 p.m.



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GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — It now appears more oil ended up in California coastal waters than originally thought. The Coast Guard says the oil that spilled from a pipeline in Santa Barbara County formed two slicks spanning a total of 9 miles. And a company official says the line was operating at full capacity when it broke, suggesting much more oil escaped than initially estimated.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — It may be an offer that California water officials can't refuse. A group of California farmers is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year. It could turn out to be one of the most important concessions brought about by California's record four-year drought. The offer is being presented to state Water Board officials.

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants seized parts of the Syrian town of Palmyra in pitched battles with government forces today. Palmyra is home to majestic ancient ruins, and there are fears the extremists will destroy the ruins as they have done with major archaeological sites in neighboring Iraq.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials have released some of the documents taken from the Pakistani compound of Osama bin Laden. The material shows that during his years in hiding, the al-Qaida leader urged followers to concentrate on attacking Americans. There's also a video letter to one of his wives. The documents were seized in the 2011 raid in which bin Laden was killed.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A lot of contempt in this court. A Florida judicial review panel is recommending a four-month suspension for a judge in Brevard (breh-VARD') County. The judge was captured on video last year berating and threatening to assault a public defender. The judge is also accused of hitting the public defender outside the courtroom, something the judge denies doing.

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