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    Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an executive directive today calling for a 20 percent reduction in the city's fresh water use by 2017, and a 50 percent cut in the amount of imported water purchased by the Department of Water and Power by 2024.
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    An insect found in Ramona has been positively identified as the red bug Scantius aegyptius, native to the Mediterranean, the San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures said Wednesday.
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    County officials eye a shuttered detention center for use as a camp to place juvenile inmate fire crews near fire-prone wildlands.
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    A majority of veterans who leave the military and return to Los Angeles County are unprepared for the transition to civilian life, with most having no job and many suffering from untreated physical and mental health issues, according to a USC study released today.
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    California became the first state in the nation to ban plastic grocery bags today when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by a pair of Southland legislators that will prohibit large stores from using the sacks beginning in July.
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    New skyscrapers in Los Angeles will no longer be required to have helipads under revisions announced today by city leaders, clearing the way for Los Angeles high-rises to be built with angled or pointed roofs.
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    A committee of the California Energy Commission today recommended approval of a new 940-megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant in Huntington Beach to replace an aging facility that's been offline since 2013
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    Airport officials estimate that more than 100,000 people will ride the shuttle in its first year of operation.
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    A bill authored by a San Diego lawmaker allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees when a local workforce need is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after being passed by the Senate today.
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    A bighorn sheep that got stuck in a canal in the Coachella Valley city of La Quinta is back in the wild today, thanks to an assist from an animal control officer.