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AP Top California Headlines At 3:24 p.m. PDT

When the wells run dry: California families cope in drought
TULARE, Calif. (AP) -- Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It's his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma's Dust Bowl. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more....

Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift set for MTV VMAs
The M in MTV will stand for Miley on Sunday night....

AP PHOTOS: Neighbors fill buckets, pray for rain in drought
OKIEVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- People living in this dusty neighborhood called Okieville at the heart of California's Central Valley know the harsh reality of drought. Many of their wells have dried up, so some neighbors rig lines from house to house to share water from the remaining wells deep enough to hit water. Others benefit from state drought relief that pays for trucked-in water to fill tanks....

California dry wells by county at a glance

New app to help Tahoe researchers with citizen observations
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) -- Researchers at Lake Tahoe are enlisting local residents, tourists and other beach-goers to record their observations and photographs on a new smartphone app to help scientists better understand the lake's environmental conditions....

Woman falls down Big Sur cliff, drowns in ocean
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say a 20-year-old woman died after sliding down a seaside cliff and falling into the ocean while hiking in Big Sur....

2 killed in car crash after pursuit in Gardena
GARDENA, Calif. (AP) -- The California Highway Patrol says two men who led police on a high-speed car chase through South Los Angeles were killed when they ran a red light and their small sports car slammed into an SUV....

7 men crash Northern California house party, rob guests
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- Police in Northern California are looking for seven men who crashed a house party and robbed the guests at gunpoint....

Largest Orange County jail implements water-saving programs
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) -- Inmates at Orange County's largest jail will get low-flow toilets and shower valves with timers as part of a wide-ranging effort to save water amid the state's four-year drought....

California beach reopens after Hammerhead shark sighting
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A San Diego County beach is open again after being shut when a shark was seen circling kayakers....

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