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Thursday August 31st, 2023 night edition

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Almost all of California is finally drought-free, after Tropical Storm Hilary’s rare summer drenching added to this winter's record-setting rainfall totals.

But despite all that drought-busting precipitation, California continues to capture only a percentage of that water.

Much of the abundance in rain from Hilary ended up running off into the ocean — not captured or stored for future use, when California will inevitably face its next drought.

Following the torrent of winter storms from a parade of atmospheric rivers, much of California pulled out of drought conditions after three of the state's driest years on record.

“Most of that lingering drought ... has been essentially removed from the Mojave Desert," said David Simeral, a climatologist at the Desert Research Institute, who mapped the latest U.S. Drought Monitor update.

Only California's most northwestern and southeastern corners remain under moderate drought or in abnormally dry conditions — just 6% of the state, according to the drought monitor.

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Mitch McConnell freezes, struggles to speak in second incident this summer

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McConnell, 81, initially seemed to struggle to hear when asked at an event in Covington, Kentucky, about his views on running for reelection.

But the senator then froze at the lectern and did not speak for about 30 seconds.

He did not appear to immediately respond when a member of his staff approached him to ask if he had heard the question. »

Lawyer Dies After Shot By His Own Concealed Gun Triggered By MRI Scanner

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The magnetic field generated by the MRI machine then reportedly caused the gun to discharge a shot right into his abdomen, as described by Folha De S.Paulo.

But unfortunately, the damage to his body was already so great that the lawyer ended up dying on February 6.

If you do get into a fight with an MRI machine, the MRI machine will probably win. »

Longshot Republican presidential candidate files lawsuit to disqualify Trump from N.H. primary

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Castro also filed a federal lawsuit in Florida in January seeking to have Trump disqualified.

Calabresi said he voted for Trump in 2016, then abstained in 2020 because Trump had suggested postponing the election.

Chuck Morse, a former New Hampshire Senate president who’s competing with Ayotte, launched a petition demanding that Trump and all candidates have ballot access in New Hampshire. »

Rudy Giuliani loses defamation lawsuit from two Georgia election workers

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A federal judge has determined that Rudy Giuliani has lost a defamation lawsuit from two Georgia election workers against him after he failed to provide information sought in subpoenas.

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Giuliani has been struggling financially, buried under 2020 election legal proceedings, a new criminal case against him in Georgia related to efforts to overturn the election and other matters. »