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Six rescued, including three lifeguards, in high surf PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 03 March 2014 15:41

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California ocean rescue took a dramatic turn over the weekend when three lifeguards who were attempting to save three people also had to be plucked from high surf by boat.

The ordeal began Saturday in Laguna Beach during a powerful storm when a woman was sucked into the ocean by a wave and pulled 400 yards out to sea by a rip current, The Orange County Register reported Monday (http://bit.ly/1eWHnku).

Two swimmers already in the water, including one with a surf board, tried to save her but began to struggle against the pounding surf.

A lifeguard swam out to help but couldn't swim back to shore amid 15-foot waves. Two more lifeguards entered the water, but rough waves kept all six from returning to shore.

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Moscow: troops in Ukraine defending its citizens PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 03 March 2014 07:19

GENEVA (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russian troops that have streamed into Ukraine are protecting his country's citizens living there.

Lavrov said on Monday that it's necessary to use Russian troops in Ukraine "until the normalization of the political situation."

He told an opening session Monday of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva that Russia is committed to human rights and "military interventions on the pretext of civilian population produce the opposite effect."

Ukraine has accused Russia of a military invasion, and has called on Kremlin to withdraw its troops.


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California farmers hire dowsers to find water PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press   
Monday, 03 March 2014 07:06

ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) — With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches.

Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools — usually copper sticks or wooden "divining rods" that resemble large wishbones — and what they describe as a natural energy to find water or minerals hidden deep underground.

While both state and federal water scientists disapprove of dowsing, California "witchers" are busy as farmers seek to drill more groundwater wells due to the state's record drought that persists despite recent rain.

The nation's fourth-largest wine maker, Bronco Wine Co., says it uses dowsers on its 40,000 acres of California vineyards, and dozens of smaller farmers and homeowners looking for wells on their property also pay for dowsers. Nationwide, the American Society of Dowsers, Inc. boasts dozens of local chapters, which meet annually at a conference.

"It's kind of bizarre. Scientists don't believe in it, but I do and most of the farmers in the Valley do," said Marc Mondavi, a vineyard owner whose family has been growing grapes and making wine since the mid-20th century in the Napa Valley.

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DeGeneres' selfie crashes Twitter PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 03 March 2014 05:29

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres' goal of setting a retweet record with her star-studded selfie was achieved before the Oscars telecast was even over.

During a comic bit, the Oscars host prevailed upon actor Bradley Cooper to take a picture with her and several other stars crowding around, including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Long before midnight Sunday, the photo had been retweeted more than 2 million times, breaking a record set by President Barack Obama with the picture of him hugging First Lady Michelle Obama after his re-election in 2012.

Twitter also sent out an apology because all of the retweeting disrupted service for more than 20 minutes after 10 p.m. ET.


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'12 Years a Slave' rises up at Academy Awards PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer   
Monday, 03 March 2014 05:27
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Lupita Nyong’o receives a standing ovation as she accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama "12 Years a Slave" best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

Steve McQueen's slavery odyssey, based on Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir, has been hailed as a landmark corrective to the movie industry's virtual blindness to slavery, instead creating whiter tales like 1940 best-picture winner "Gone With the Wind." ''12 Years a Slave" is the first best-picture winner directed by a black filmmaker.

"Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live," said McQueen, who dedicated the honor to those, past and present, who have endured slavery. "This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup."

The normally reserved McQueen promptly bounced up and down on stage, later matter-of-factly explaining his joy physically took over: "So, Van Halen. Jump."

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