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Fed rate increase is 3rd this year; foresees 3 more in 2018


The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy … Click to Continue »

A pregnant teen ‘can’t wait’ to give birth. Then a firefighter hit her car, cops say

Eighteen-year-old Alyssa Pimentel was so excited about her pregnancy that her Facebook profile photo is of a sonogram. In October, she wrote on Facebook, “can’t wait till january!!,” which is … Click to Continue »

SUV driver plows into Modesto house — after hitting cars, tree and streetlight

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"Another four feet and it could have killed me," Craig Powell said as he looked over the gaping hole in the southeast corner of his Granger Avenue home left after … Click to Continue »

After argument, she ran down boyfriend with her car in parking lot, Modesto police say

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Modesto police are seeking a 21-year-old woman on suspicion of attempted murder after she reportedly struck her boyfriend with her car in a McHenry Avenue parking lot after a fight … Click to Continue »

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The Latest: Breaks for college students back in tax bill


The Latest on the Republican tax overhaul (all times local): 6 p.m. Congressional aides say negotiators have removed several controversial provisions from sweeping tax legislation, including one that would have … Click to Continue »


GOP says it's got a deal on taxes; cuts coming for next year


Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation's tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans — Donald … Click to Continue »


Addiction, mental illness complicate help for the homeless


This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless. It takes teams of outreach workers — building relationships … Click to Continue »


US stocks moving higher following of Fed rate hike


U.S. stocks were moving higher in afternoon trading Wednesday following the Federal Reserve's widely expected decision to raise short-term interest rates for the third time this year. The central bank … Click to Continue »

The Latest: Fed sees 'modest lift' to growth from tax cuts


The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says that she and her colleagues expect a "modest lift" to … Click to Continue »


EU approves Poland's program to develop clean energy


The European Union has approved Poland's 9.4 billion euro ($11 billion) plan for developing renewable energy sources, the EU's executive body said Wednesday. Heavily dependent on its own coal for … Click to Continue »


UK pay rates up but still lagging behind price rises


Wages in Britain are beginning to creep up, official figures showed Wednesday, but are still lagging the rise in prices, meaning households continue to experience a real-terms pay cut as … Click to Continue »


NTSB El Faro probe highlights maritime safety issues


While fateful decisions made by the captain of the doomed freighter El Faro were instrumental in the ship's sinking, federal investigators spread plenty of blame around and highlighted multiple safety … Click to Continue »


Gehrig's 1931 contract sold at auction for $216,000


Lou Gehrig's 1931 contract with the New York Yankees has sold at auction for $216,000. Gehrig played with the Yankees from 1923 to 1939, when he retired while suffering from … Click to Continue »


Pedophile stopped at Sydney Airport by anti-sex tourism law


A convicted child molester was prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport on Wednesday under new laws aimed at keeping Australian pedophiles from traveling to Southeast Asia for sex tourism. … Click to Continue »


Ex-Kansas official accused of misconduct fired from new job


A company that helps to manage the Medicaid program in Kansas has fired an employee who was accused of sexual misconduct while working as a state social services administrator. Amerigroup … Click to Continue »

Value Village sues Washington attorney general over demands


The company that operates 300 Value Village, Savers and other thrift stores in the U.S., Canada and Australia is suing Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, saying his office has … Click to Continue »


SpaceX delivery delayed few days; 1st reused rocket for NASA


SpaceX has delayed its latest grocery run for the International Space Station by at least another few days. The company now aims to launch its first recycled rocket for NASA … Click to Continue »

Cheech Marin touts state tool for California pot businesses

Comedian and legendary stoner Cheech Marin doesn't want your pot business to go up in smoke. That's why he's in a new public service announcement publicizing a California Secretary of … Click to Continue »

AP Exclusive: Sold NKorean brides face hard choices in China

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The North Korean woman drives a motorbike slowly down a narrow lane shaded by tall corn to the farmhouse where she lives with the disabled Chinese man who bought her. … Click to Continue »


US national parks to slash number of free days for visitors


National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks' … Click to Continue »

Wednesday, Dec 13

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee leaves behind city in turmoil


Under Mayor Ed Lee's seven-year watch, San Francisco went from a city mired in recession to a technology-fueled economic powerhouse where housing costs skyrocketed and the chasm between the wealthy … Click to Continue »

Mom died in 1993, but her daughter kept cashing her Social Security checks for 24 years

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Dorothy Griffin began collecting her Social Security benefits in 1986. By April 1991, her daughter, Emma Carter-Alexander, began to care for her and was approved by the government to receive … Click to Continue »

NTSB blames captain, bad safety culture for loss of El Faro


A ship captain's unwillingness to listen to his crew's suggestions to change course from the path of a raging hurricane. A weak corporate safety culture that left crewmembers ill-prepared to … Click to Continue »

Tuesday, Dec 12

Hughson family’s story to be featured on ‘NBC Nightly News’

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When Kimber and David Genzoli carried on a tradition of decorating an almond tree at the corner of their Hughson orchard to honor their daughter, they never imagined her story … Click to Continue »

The Latest: Jerry Brown to Trump: "Get out of the way"


The Latest on the climate summit taking place in Paris (all times local): 7:10 p.m. California Gov. Jerry Brown is urging President Donald Trump to start fighting climate change or … Click to Continue »

New gun restrictions are coming to California in 2018. Here’s what they mean to you

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California’s more than 6 million gun owners are going to see new restrictions in 2018 stemming from sweeping regulations lawmakers and voters have approved over the past two years. But … Click to Continue »

'One of my nightmares': Pipe bomb attack hits in NYC subway


A would-be suicide bomber inspired by Islamic State extremists strapped on a crude pipe bomb, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set the device off at rush … Click to Continue »

Monday, Dec 11

Ceres teen couldn't believe The Rock was talking to her — until he started spilling details

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Saturday's surprise party for Ceres High sophomore Jillian Jimenez had a "Star Wars" theme. But edited into the Millennium Falcon cockpit photo on the invitation, right there alongside Luke, Obi-Wan, … Click to Continue »

Turlock man arrested on suspicion of child abuse, molestation

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A 34-year-old Turlock resident was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of sexual abuse and molestation of a child under the age of 14. James Michael Warda is an acquaintance of … Click to Continue »

6-year-old made $11 million in one year reviewing toys on YouTube

When most people think back on the child celebrities of their time, they likely think of child movie actors, the well-trained stars of showbiz. For some, these were stars like … Click to Continue »

Where, exactly, will the North County Corridor go?

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The long and difficult task of choosing one preferred route for the future North County Corridor — among 18 or so potential plans floated over the years — is over. … Click to Continue »

Sunday, Dec 10

Trump talks tax cuts and budget on golf course with Graham


President Donald Trump sought Sunday to gloss over the difficult work ahead for lawmakers laboring to finalize tax cut legislation he can sign by his self-imposed Christmas deadline. Trump tweeted … Click to Continue »

Christopher had 323 doctor visits and 13 major surgeries. He might not have been sick

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Even before the birth of their son, Ryan Crawford suspected that something was wrong with the boy’s mother. A pregnant Kaylene Bowen would call Crawford in the middle of the … Click to Continue »

Man attacks a cop and drags him by his leg. Video captures what happens next.

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Cellphone footage showing a man being fatally shot after attacking a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy at a Lauderdale Lakes apartment complex went viral Friday. The video — taken from an … Click to Continue »

2 dead after car crashes into cement wall in Atwater

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Two people died in a two-car collision in Atwater Saturday afternoon. The victims were identified by the Merced County Sheriff's Office as 20-year-old Atwater resident Luis Casares and Jessica Rodriguez, … Click to Continue »

Saturday, Dec 9

Man climbs atop historic Oakdale clock building, three-hour standoff ensues

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Law enforcement spent three hours talking a belligerent man off the ledge of the iconic clock tower building at the center of Oakdale early Saturday morning as he ripped pieces … Click to Continue »

Someone is shooting randomly at drivers. The bullet holes in their vehicles prove it

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Random shootings on public roads have occurred recently in both Fresno and Madera counties, and sheriff’s investigators from both regions are seeking the public’s help to catch whoever is responsible. … Click to Continue »

3-year-old who 'treats everyone like family' has brain surgery after Riverbank wreck

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A 3-year-old girl who was badly injured by a reckless driver in Riverbank last month underwent brain surgery this week. The long-term effects of her injuries will become more clear … Click to Continue »

Fast-moving flames force people to flee on a moment's notice


Flames were practically on top of Dick and Joan Marsala's home when they got an urgent knock on the door and were told to leave. The couple, in their mid-80s, … Click to Continue »