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Cal­i­for­nia di­als back wa­ter releases from dam OROVILLE, Calif. — Cal­i­for­nia of­fi­cials are slow­ing the re­lease of wa­ter from a lake be­hind the na­tion’s tallest dam so crews can re­move de­bris from the bot­tom of the struc­ture’s dam­aged spill­way.

State Depart­ment of Wa­ter Re­sources of­fi­cials said Thurs­day that re­mov­ing de­bris pro­tects Oroville Dam’s power plant and will al­low for it even­tu­ally to be restarted.

Of­fi­cials had been re­leas­ing 100,000 cu­bic feet of wa­ter, or enough to fill an Olympic-size swim­ming pool, each se­cond from the lake since Sun­day, when the sher­iff or­dered an im­me­di­ate evac­u­a­tion. They didn’t say how much wa­ter is now be­ing re­leased. Depart­ment act­ing Di­rec­tor Bill Croyle said Wed­nes­day that wa­ter man­agers would start di­al­ing back the flow now that the lake has been re­duced and can ab­sorb runoff from storms ex­pected over the next sev­eral days.

White su­prem­a­cist talked of Dy­lann Roof type at­tack: FBI COLUMBIA, S.C. — A white su­prem­a­cist with felony con­vic­tions in South Carolina bought a gun from an un­der­cover FBI agent, telling the agent he planned an at­tack in “the spirit of Dy­lann Roof,” au­thor­i­ties said Thurs­day. Ben­jamin Mc­Dow­ell, 28, was ar­rested in Myr­tle Beach shortly after buy­ing the .40-cal­i­bre Glock and am­mu­ni­tion for $109 from the, FBI agent Grant Lowe wrote in an af­fi­davit. Mc­Dow­ell didn’t have a spe­cific tar­get in mind, once telling the un­der­cover agent he might just shoot at a party of black peo­ple, Lowe wrote.

“I got the heart to do that s---, but I don’t have the good train­ing,” Mc­Dow­ell said, ac­cord­ing to the un­der­cover agent. Mc­Dow­ell is charged as a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm.

The gun he was sold had its fir­ing pin filed down so it could not be used, Lowe wrote.

Joey the pet squir­rel stops a burglary: po­lice MERIDIAN, Idaho — A pet squir­rel named Joey pre­vented a burglary at­tempt in Idaho last week by scratch­ing the teen sus­pect when he tried to break into a gun safe, po­lice said. The uniden­ti­fied teenager told of­fi­cers that the squir­rel’s at­tack “scared him, ob­vi­ously, be­cause he wasn’t ex­pect­ing to have, you know, a squir­rel come fly­ing out of nowhere at him,” said Of­fi­cer Ash­ley Turner of the po­lice depart­ment in Meridian, a Boise sub­urb. “So ba­si­cally he said he took what he could and left as fast as he could.”

The squir­rel’s owner, Adam Pearl, said Joey has lived in his house for about six months after he was found in a flower pot by a friend’s daugh­ter when he was about one week old. Joey’s re­ward for his vig­i­lance were Whop­pers, the squir­rel’s favourite candy. Pearl had planned to re­lease Joey into his back­yard in the spring.

“But now, I don’t know,” he said. “I’m kind of torn.”

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