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Sunday May 1st, 2022 evening edition

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The latest government maps show nearly all of the West is in drought, and 95% of California is suffering severe or extreme drought.

This is unprecedented," said Adel Hagekhalil, general manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

The latest government map drought. California is not alone as reservoirs across the West are draining.

Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the nation formed by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, needs a new pump to ensure water can flow to Las Vegas.

"The problem with climate change is that it takes all the historical patterns and kind of shifts them," NASA scientist Dr. JT Reager told CBS News' Ben Tracy.

Reager said the West is in a 22-year megadrought, as climate change makes it hotter and drier.

It's drier, we're starting to see less water in our reservoirs, and we have fires, and in California, there's just this series of consequences that we anticipate," said Reager. »

Native American Students Can Now Attend U. of California Tuition-Free

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The University of California system said this week that all in-state students who are members of federally recognized Native American, American Indian, and Alaska Native tribes will have tuition and fees — about $14,000 each year — waived starting this fall.

Native American students make up less than 1 percent of the UC system’s total enrollment.

Native American students who are already enrolled should also qualify, as will graduate students, said Mishuana Goeman, a professor of gender and American Indian studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. »

Depleted Russian units that failed to take Kyiv are merging, says MoD

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“It has been forced to merge and redeploy depleted and disparate units from the failed advances in north-east Ukraine.

The statement added that Russian missiles also struck four ammunition and fuel depots.

Ukrainian prosecutors say they have pinpointed more than 8,000 war crimes carried out by Russian troops and are investigating 10 Russian soldiers for suspected atrocities in Bucha near Kyiv. »

Police found 150 skulls at a "crime scene" in Mexico. It turns out the victims, mostly women, were ritually decapitated over 1,000 years ago.

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A skull discovered at the archaeological site Templo Mayor sits on display in Mexico City, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

In light of the cave experience, archaeologist Javier Montes de Paz said people should probably call archaeologists, not police.

In 2015, archaeologists found the main trophy rack of sacrificed human skulls at Mexico City's Templo Mayor Aztec ruin site. »

‘Battlefield 2042’ and ‘FIFA 22’ look set to arrive on Xbox Game Pass

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This week, Xbox storefront pages for both Battlefield 2042 and FIFA 22 have been updated with the Game Pass logo (thanks, XGP).

While nothing’s been confirmed just yet, the update strongly suggests that both games may join Microsoft‘s Xbox Game Pass service in the near future.

However, several of next month’s additions to Xbox Game Pass have already been confirmed. »