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PBC News & Comment: Brown Tells California Farms: No Water Transfers This Year

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--White House announces new "climate hubs" to support farms through climate change

--in Chicago, NATO 3 case nears end, judge refuses to dismiss terrorism charges

--Texas will execute a woman today,  Suzanne Basso, whose murder conviction appears very weak

--CVS drug chain announces it will stop selling cigarettes

--last US drone strike in Pakistan was on Christmas day, and January was first month in 2 years without a drone hit there

--UN panel on rights of children slams Vatican for coverups of child sex crimes by priests

--in this Sunday's NY Times Magazine, there is a lengthy article on Turkey and the role of Fetullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania

--Libya says it has destroyed all chemical weapons;  Syria is still working on it

--Rep. Paul Broun, (extreme R-GA) emails your humble host with an offer that could win him an AR-15 rifle