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Obama: Water distribution not a zero-sum game
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE

President Barack Obama, center, speaks about the drought after touring a local farm in Los Banos, Calif., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Obama will next travel to Rancho Mirage, Calif., to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah II. From second to left Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Obama, Maria Gloria Del Bosque, Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., Joe Del Bosque, Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Barack Obama, center, speaks about the drought after touring a local farm in Los Banos, Calif., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Obama will next travel to Rancho Mirage, Calif., to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah II. From second to left Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Obama, Maria Gloria Del Bosque, Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., Joe Del Bosque, Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Barack Obama, second from left in group, tours a local farm with Governor Jerry Brown, left, Joe Del Bosque of Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., and Maria Gloria Del Bosque also of Empresas Del Bosque, Inc.,and Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., in Los Banos, Calif., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, where he spoke about the drought. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Barack Obama, left, speaks during a roundtable with community leaders including California Gov. Jerry Brown, and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., at San Luis Water Facility in Firebaugh, Calif., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, regarding the ongoing drought. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Barack Obama, third from left, speaks during a roundtable with community leaders including California Gov. Jerry Brown, and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., right, at San Luis Water Facility in Firebaugh, Calif., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, regarding the ongoing drought. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Barack Obama, gesturing at center of group, arrives to take part in a roundtable with community leaders at San Luis Water Facility in Firebaugh, Calif., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. has to stop thinking of water as a “zero-sum” game and must do a better job of figuring out how to make sure everyone’s water needs are satisfied.

He toured central California on Friday and warned that weather-related disasters, like the drought, will only get worse.

Obama announced more than $160 million in federal aid to help the state cope with its worst drought in more than 100 years. He also says he’ll ask Congress for $1 billion to create a fund to invest in research and pay for new technologies to help communities deal with climate change.

In California, Obama also held wide-ranging talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah (ab-DUHL’-uh) II.

Obama is spending the weekend in California and returns to Washington on Monday.

Associated Press

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