WILLIAMS, Ariz. -- A northern Arizona city that relies primarily on runoff has declared a water crisis.
Residents in Williams can be fined for watering lawns or washing their cars with potable water. Businesses are hauling water from outside town to fill swimming pools. Building permits have been put on hold because there isn't enough water to accommodate development.
As cities across the West cope with drought, officials in Williams clamped down on water use early and severely this year.
The restrictions came after the town received less than half of normal precipitation over several months.
Reservoirs are low, and the city is pumping its only two wells to capacity.
Mayor John Moore said he's hopeful the monsoon season will bring some relief for the community about 60 miles from the Grand Canyon.
Teens fall asleep, drift: Authorities have rescued two teenagers who fell asleep on a raft near New Buffalo, Mich., and drifted 300 yards from shore in Lake Michigan. The Berrien County Sheriff's Office in southwestern Michigan says the 14-year-old girls had no paddles or life jackets but they had a phone Sunday. They called their parents who called police.
Police and fire departments from three townships, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard, responded. The teens were rescued in good shape.
Halfway rower: An American rower hoping to cross the Atlantic Ocean in honor of his brother has passed the halfway mark. A spokesman for 48-year-old Victor Mooney said early Sunday the specially built oceangoing rowboat had done more than half the 3,000-mile journey from the African coast to the British Virgin Islands. His journey is being done in honor of a brother who died of AIDS in 1983. Mooney has tried the same feat three other times, without success. He hopes to resupply in the British Virgin Islands then row back to New York.
Ukraine vote: Ninety percent of voters in a key industrial region in eastern Ukraine came out in favor of sovereignty Sunday, pro-Russian insurgents said in announcing preliminary results of a twin referendum that is certain to deepen the turmoil in the country. Roman Lyagin, election chief of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic, said around 75 percent of the Donetsk region's three million or so eligible voters cast ballots, and the vast majority backed self-rule.
Nigerian missteps: The president of Nigeria for weeks refused international help to search for more than 300 girls abducted from a school by Islamic extremists, one in a series of missteps that have led to growing international outrage against the government. The United Kingdom, Nigeria's former colonizer, first said it was ready to help in a news release the day after the mass abduction on April 15, and made a formal offer of assistance on April 18, according to the British Foreign Office. Yet it was only on Tuesday and Wednesday, almost a month later, that President Goodluck Jonathan accepted help from the United States, Britain, France and China.
Appeal coming: Arkansas' top lawyer will ask the Arkansas Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision to overturn a 2004 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced his intent to appeal to the high court late Saturday night, but not before 15 licenses were issued for same-sex couples in northwest Arkansas' Carroll County, heralding the arrival of gay marriage in the Bible Belt. "Thank God," Jennifer Rambo said after Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn issued a marriage license to her and Kristin Seaton, a former volleyball player at the University of Arkansas. The Fort Smith couple had traveled overnight to ensure they'd be first in line, and wed moments later on a sidewalk near the courthouse.