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    How To Get Rich in Trump’s Washington

    New President? New opportunity. And if it happens to be President Trump, some eye-opening opportunities. Among the requirements, though, is early allegiance to Donald J. (Some among us would be disqualified immediately.) For the chosen few though, like Robert Stryk, it's an opportunity to ... clean up! Stryk's get-rich-quick story is right here.

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    News of a Trump Tower in Moscow — Is This the Smoking Gun?

    We remember when President Trump told us he had no business dealings with Russia save his beauty pageant. Turns out that isn't true. In 2015 there was an effort underway to build a Trump Tower in Moscow! And with that effort, a series of incriminating emails including a prediction from Trump attorney Michael Cohen that…

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    Amazon’s Whole Foods: Cheaper Avocados & Kale?

    The era of "whole paycheck" may be a thing of the past. Amazon is slated to officially take over on Monday and, with that takeover, a promise of cheaper food beginning immediately! And that includes, we're told, even better bargains for users of Amazon Prime. Too good to be true? We've got much more about…

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    Trump’s New Test for Immigrants: Could You Pass?

    The President wants to cut immigrancy to the U.S. in half. This will be done, we're done, with a skills-based testing program that scores applicants on factors including age, education, income, job prospects and proficiency in English. And then there's the test. Could you pass? Turns out only about 2% of American citizens would. Ready…

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    The Wife of Trump’s Treasury Secretary in the Midst of a Multimedia Maelstrom

    She flits between a European vacation and a trip to the Hamptons. She tweets about the designer clothing she wears. The way-too-blonde blonde posts an Instagram photo of herself -- Hermes bag on one arm, a Hermes scarf on the other -- while she's disembarking from a government jet! We're talking about Louise Linton, the…

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    The Great Solar Eclipse in 116 Seconds

    So everyone loved Monday's Great Total Solar Eclipse. And well they should. Turns out the event is the most photographed event in human history and prompts the biggest/fastest migration (folks heading to the 60-mile wide swath) in human history. All the more amazing that videographers and photographers can cram an awesome recap in just 116…

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    Mercedes Unveils the Coolest Electric Car Yet

    Luxury vehicles in the Art Deco era of the 1930's were obscenely long and dominated by seemingly never-ending clean lines. So it comes as no surprise that the newest 30's-inspired Mercedes Cabriolet is 20 feet long! -- in other words, good luck finding a parking space. 750 horsepower, zero to 60 in under four seconds…

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    Swastikas & the Strange Symbols of the Alt-Right — What Do They Really Mean?

    We've all seen them -- swastikas, celtic-like and clan-like symbols worn by protestors of the extreme right. And then, of course, there are the stars-and-bars of the confederate flag. Turns out the aforementioned are just a small sampling of the inventory available to the alt-right. What are those other symbols? What do they all mean?…

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    Trump’s Councils Disbanded — the Amazing Inside Story

    When the President equated hate groups with the protesters opposing them, members of Trump's elite business councils began quitting in droves. All the more amazing because Trump is, supposedly, all about business. Even more amazing too when we learn about the inside story of disenchanted CEO's and a troubled Trump. As per usual, we've got…

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    Better Living Through Science: How Driscoll Reinvented the Strawberry

    Suppose we could put this in the "better living through science" category. The science in this case is creating a better strawberry and the folks at Driscoll have done a pretty good job of reinventing. And wouldn't you know it, much of that reinventing is done right here at UC Davis! In the words of…

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    Post Charlottesville: “Don’t Be a Sucker”

    An anti-Nazi short film from the 1940s entitled "Don’t Be a Sucker" has gained new popularity since Charlottesville -- new relevance too. The film suggests that old attitudes about fascism in America have never gone away! "Don’t Be a Sucker" feels strangely timely in 2017. Those who don't learn from the past and destined to…

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    Destruction Porn — China’s Largest Demo Ever

    OK, admit it. You too like to see buildings blown up -- preferably old buildings w/o people inside! With that in mind, you're in for a real treat as China performs its largest demolition ever. We're talking 2 & 1/2 tons of explosive fun. 36 buildings destroyed in 20 seconds! Ready for a real treat?…

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    Coming in October: Springsteen on Broadway

    It's true. Springsteen is coming to Broadway in October. Bruce views his eight weeks of solo shows on the Great White Way at the less-than-a-thousand-seat Walter Kerr Theatre as an opportunity to be "as personal and intimate as possible." We have the details of "Springsteen on Broadway." Alas, that opportunity to play a small venue…

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    7 Shows Trump Should Watch on His Vacation

    As we know, 17 days on any vacation can be a bit to bear. That's why the folks at the New York Times did a little perusing to pick the perfect pics for the Prez. By the way, we don't include watching the news because he does that anyway -- Fox News, of course. But…

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    The Climate Change Report the Trump Administration Doesn’t Want Us to See

    The New York Times got a copy but that doesn't mean the White House is anxious for us to see the contents. We're talking about the most-detailed study yet on climate change. Climate change is happening NOW and this report contradicts claims about climate change made by President Trump and friends. And that brings up…

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    Apple with One More Big Thing?

    Apple stock has gone through the roof as of late. Everyone's excited about the latest i-phone that's due out in the next several weeks -- hopefully in time for back-to-school and the holidays. Meanwhile, Tim Cook & friends may have something else up their sleeves -- an untethered version of the Apple Watch with the…

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    Are You Prepared for the Solar Eclipse? Really Prepared?

    The total solar eclipse countdown is on. August 21st is the date and, by every measure, it's going to be quite a day. We're talking massive crowds and massive traffic jams. We're talking the suggested deployment of the National Guard too. This has states, counties and towns along the path of the total solar eclipse…

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    Job Offer: Defend Earth from Aliens; Get Paid $187,000!

    Yes, 187K for defending Earth from aliens. Become a Planetary Protection Officer. Hey, this is a REAL job -- paid for by U.S. taxpayers. At least a couple of caveats though. Frequent travel may be required and you'll need to pass a drug test. Want to know more? Check out this official U.S. govt link…

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    The NAACP Issuing It’s 1st Ever State Travel Advisory — for Missouri!

    Strange but true. The NAACP has issued its first ever travel advisory for a state -- and that state is not Mississippi or Alabama. It's not even in the South. It's Missouri where, according to the pioneer civil rights organization, discrimination and racial attacks made it a dangerous place for people of color to visit.…

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    A Nuclear Comeback in the U.S.? Think Again

    It's being called a major blow to the future of nuclear power in the U.S.  This as we learn that not one but two unfinished nuclear reactors in South Carolina have been scuttled permanently. Plagued by cost overruns and all sorts of delays, the utilities decided to pull the plugs when the price tag escalates…

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    The i-Pod Shuffle & the i-Pod Nano: It’s Time to Say Goodbye

    Their reign was huge and these tiny gadgets made a huge impact among music lovers around the world ... but nothing lasts forever. And with that said, we bid adieu to the i-pod shuffle and the i-pod nano. Apple agrees. It's been fun but time to move on.

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    Future Combat Sports? Look to the Upcoming McGregor-Mayweather Fight

    It's all about supply and demand, we're told. With a record 5 million pay-per-view buys at stake, the upcoming crossover fight between the UFC's Conor McGregor and boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. appears to be bigger than big. MMA fighters are looking to move from five- or six-figure paychecks to the astronomical realms of the…

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    Late Night Munchies? Taco Bell & Lyft Have a Plan for You

    Late night munchies?  A need to head for fast food quickly? Apparently Taco Bell and ride-sharing Lyft have a plan for you. "Taco Mode" we're told will handle those cravings in a program that begins in Orange County and is destined, we're told, for a nationwide rollout in 2018. We got the news you need…

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    Elon Musk’s Would Be Hyperloop Between DC & NYC

    Elon Musk is a busy guy. When he's not trying to build an electric car or colonize Mars or get the government to regulate artificial intelligence, he's got new plans: building a hyperloop between Washington D.C. and New York City! And supposedly, Musk already has "government approval"? Our coverage begins with trying to find out…

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    Woman Found Guilty of Murder — Busted by the Pet Parrot!

    Wow! This is one of those incredible stories -- we used to call 'em "water cooler stories." A Michigan woman found guilty of murdering her husband after their pet parrot repeatedly cries out: "don't shoot!" A story culled from The Onion? No, my friends, this is the real deal!

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    Hit by Lightning — True Tales from Survivors

    Hit by lightning. What a way to go. Yet a direct, personal lightning strike is not necessarily a death sentence. Many survive -- and some are willing to talk about it. Turns out that Florida has more lightning strikes (and fatalities) than any other state. Be prepared to be shocked. We present to you: four tales of…

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    Ethics Chief’s Departing Remarks for Trump: U.S. Is “Close to a Laughingstock”

    The Director of the Office of Government Ethics has decided he won't be leaving office with a whimper. Instead, outgoing Walter Shaub calls for major changes in federal law to expand the office's oversight. He also accuses the Trump administration of flouting or challenging long-accepted ethical norms. Bottomline, Shaub says Trump's actions have made the U.S.,…

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    In China, Your Nurse May Soon Be Your Robot

    The times ... they are indeed a changing. No where is that more evident than in China where they've spend 3 billion bucks on industrial robots in one year alone. Already for world's largest producer, they're now zeroing in on "service" robots -- starting with the elderly care industry. It seems, actually, that the future…

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    Is VR the Real Deal? Facebook is Betting “Yes”

    Facebook, it seems, has plans for making its Oculus Rift headset into something that will popularize virtual reality the way Apple did with the smartphone? Code named "Pacific," Facebook's soon-to-be-released device is a $200 wireless headset that will, they hope, put VR on the map ... once and for all. What do you think? The…

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    Tech Giants Stage Net Neutrality “Day of Action”

    Today is the day. Google, Facebook, Twitter and Kickstarter are just some of the sites that have declared today a day of protest to fight for net neutrality. Net neutrality: a principle demanding that all internet traffic be treated equally and where big bucks companies are prevented from creating so-called fast lanes for certain data…

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    Coke Has Your Personalized Bottle and Song … Maybe.

    It actually started in Australia back in 2011: People's first and last names displayed on Coca Cola bottles in stores now. We're talking a thousand plus names ... and songs. To hear their song, consumers must type in their name on a special website that, almost immediately, spits out a tune. Want to know more?…

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    Amazon’s Prime the Apparent TV Titan These Days

    We've seen it all -- the old school, over-the-air TV networks giving way to cable TV.  And have you heard the latest? There's apparently a new winner as Amazon's Prime is on pace to become more popular than cable! We've got all the details on the ever-changing look on your TV screen.

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    Tiny Satellites Track North Korean Missiles

    Little did we know. Civilian satellites developed to count cars in Target parking lots are being reconfigured to help the American military detect and track North Korean missile launches. The improbable details (from our friends at the New York Times).

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    A Convenience Store Too Convenient?

    It's being compared to a 7-Eleven crossed with a driverless tractor-trailer. The Moby Mart is an autonomous mobile supermarket that eliminates the late-night munchy run to the corner store. Instead this store comes to you ... but actually that's only the beginning. Is this some far-fetched idea that will never get off the ground? Hardly.…

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    Trump’s Tweets: What Are They Really About?

    We've never had a president that tweeted before. Nor have we had a POTUS that watches (and reports on) five hours of television a day. Some of these missives make sense; still others do not. What's the takeaway on these tweets? Well, according to this op-ed piece, Trump's tweets should not be underestimated.

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    Tesla’s 1st Mass-Market Car Goes Into Production

    We've been waiting. Up until now, we've had to shell out 60K for a Tesla -- a little rich for this particular pocket. Good news though. The Model 3, Tesla's long-awaited mass-market electric car goes into production in Fremont this week. That's not to say that Elon Musk and friends don't have some production problems…

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    4th of July Fireworks — a Dog’s Worst Enemy

    It's a fact. More dogs run away during 4th of July fireworks than any other period during the year. But wait, we've got some good news. We've got several useful tips that can change what happens to Fido during fireworks. Please peruse ... and please share because preventing even one such incident is worth it. 

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    Oakland’s Homeless — Too Big to Ignore

    Blame California's mild climate for attracting so many people to the Golden State -- including the homeless. In LA., we learn that one in five of that city's community college district's quarter million students is homeless and nearly two-thirds can't afford to eat properly. In Sacramento, the popular American River Parkway is no longer safe…

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    Trump Talks Taxes — on the Internet!

    If you were to take a poll, we're thinking the average Joe or Jane thinks we already pay too much in taxes (don't tell that to our friends in Scandinavia). And so it's of special note that we learn that President Trump believes in internet taxes? At least it seems that way. The kerfuffle begins with…

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    Global Cyber Warfare — We’ve Got the Details

    They call it Petya. The cyberattack that first strikes Ukraine has now hit government agencies, utility distributors and financial institutions around the world. Who's behind it? Those demand for money, do we pay up? How might you and I prepare ourselves for this and future  onslaughts? Important questions when we learn that computers can be…

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    Climate Change is Real, Mr. Trump

    There's no time to kick back -- future generations of people, animal and plant life are at stake. We're talking, of course, about global warming and, this time around, we have team coverage from our friends at the New York Times. The rapid rise of carbon in the atmosphere is reflected by new concerns by…

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    Meet Martha — the World’s Ugliest Dog!

    News out of Petaluma this weekend with the crowning of the World's Ugliest Dog. In recent years, winners of that annual contest included the old, the tiny and, in recent years, the hairless. It's all different this year. Martha is the favorite of the Northern California crowd from the very beginning. The judges didn't even…

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    Check Out This Snafu on the BBC’s 10 o’clock News!

    The BBC gives new meaning to the terms "Technical Difficulties" and "Please Stand By." Anchor Hew Edwards is left "standing by" ... but, in fact, he's live for millions of Brits to see on their tellies. We've got the complete details including the video (thanks to our friends at TVNewser and the somewhat red-faced Beeb).

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    Hot Car Deaths? A 10-Year Old Comes Up with a Life Saver!

    Wow. Timing could not be more apropos. In the midst of a record-breaking heat wave and on this the longest day of the year, we learn about a device that could save lives in hot cars -- and it was invested by a 10-year old! When youngster Bishop Curry heard that his neighbor’s 6-month-old infant…

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    Your Global Warming IQ? Take the Test Right Here!

    Just out: 100 potential global warming solutions! This is certainly news we can use. But with so many choices, any ideas as to which ones are best? Which ones are worst by the amount of greenhouse gases they could cut? Take the test and hopefully you'll do better than we did! Yes, news we can use…

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    President Trump Obstructed Justice? Read What the Washington Post is Reporting

    Times are tough for Trump -- and apparently getting tougher. This as the Washington Post is reporting that Justice Dept. special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the President for obstruction of justice. Moreover, we've learned the probe has now widened to include three top intelligence officials. Inquiring minds want to know and, in this case,…

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    Crisis at California’s Salton Sea — It’s Disappearing

    California's largest lake? No it's not Tahoe -- besides we share Tahoe with Nevada. Cali's largest lake is the landlocked Salton Sea. There's a problem with the Salton Sea though -- it's disappearing -- and that disappearing act is having a calamitous effect on the environment. Among other issues, we're talking about worsening dust storms…

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    Best Movies of the 21st Century So Far? We’ve Got the List!

    We love lists! And we certainly love movies. No wonder the New York Times list of the 25 Best Films of the 21st Century piques our interest. A reminder though: we're just one-sixth the way thru the 21st century but thousands of movies have been released already.  So why not check 'em out? What's #1?…

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    Coming to Cali: a Frog Invasion!

    They're coming: The Coqui frog! Sounds like a sci-fi movie but this, unfortunately, is the real deal. Turns out the tiny Coqui frog is a voracious, cacophonous amphibian that's already disrupting the ecosystem of Hawaii's Big Island. And now the bad news: it's got a foothold in California. Found so far mainly is So Cal,…

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    New Clues About Our Earliest Relatives

    Fossils uncovered in Morocco are quite the treasure trove. They are, scientists say, the oldest known remains of Homo sapiens. It's a discovery that reportedly rewrites the timeline of our origins and also suggests that our species evolved through multiple African continent locations. Much more about these 300,000 year old bones and our original ancestors -- from our…

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    NASA’s Mars Missions in Jeopardy?

    A new report from the non-profit Planetary Society warns that NASA is facing a looming budget crisis. The space agency doesn't have any Mars missions planned after a 2020 rover that will collect samples - not even one to retrieve the samples and return them to Earth. Because missions and vehicles take years to plan, this country…

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    New Storm Clouds, Political Ones, This Hurricane Season

    This year’s storm season began on the same day President Trump petulantly pulled the United States out of the Paris Accord — a move that puts this country and South Florida, in particular, at grave risk. Scientists warn us that warmer oceans will result in more frequent and intense hurricanes. Those hurricanes could slam into…

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    Rock Climber Makes Historic Ropeless Ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan

    His name is Alex Honnold -- he cut his rock-climbing-teeth at the age of 11 in Sacramento. And now he's done, what may considered, the impossible. This weekend he conquered Yosemite's 3,000 foot sheer granite El Cap with the first ever rope-free climb -- and he did it in four hours. An amazing story and…

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    Global Warming Initiative: Trump Bows Out; California is In

    Now more than ever, California is poised to take the initiative on global warming. President Trump bows out when Governor Brown takes the lead for this state and quite possibly the nation. The issues, the politics and what it means for the Golden State -- all at a time when Brown heads to China for…

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    Way Cool: WAZE Offers Carpooling Option

    We love Waze and there's about to be a reason to love it more. The traffic & navigation app is about to offer a carpooling option -- and it's for Cali!  The new option lets drivers offer rides to people traveling on a similar route. Save gas, save time (using those carpool lanes), meet new compadres…

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    Winners of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin Music Video Contest

    A year ago Elton John and Bernie Taupin, one of music's most acclaimed songwriting teams, announced a global competition seeking music videos for three of their most iconic early Seventies hits: "Rocket Man," "Bennie and the Jets" and "Tiny Dancer." A year later, we have our winners and E.J. says he's humbled by the results. We have those…

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    Cows Breathe Easier as India Bans Slaughter of Cattle

    It's one of our more unusual stories but, nevertheless, important -- especially for cows. This as the government of India outlaws the slaughter of cows and buffaloes. Turns out it's not a 100% ban but it comes pretty close. And, of course, we have complete coverage -- direct from India -- from our friends at the…

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    Trump’s Son-in-Law Jared Kushner a Slum Landlord? We’ll Let You Decide

    He's been in the news for assisting the President with his Middle-Eastern affairs but now Jared Kushner, husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka, is in the spotlight for another reason. Kushner is being branded as a slum landlord -- so say his tenants in a Baltimore apartment complex. Our friends at the New York Times with…

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    Schwarzenegger Says You Can Have 4 Hummers and Still Save the Planet

    Arnold Schwarzenegger admits he has four Hummers and he likes nothing better than riding his Harley. Yet the ex-governor and "The Terminator" star insists that should not stop him from being an environmental evangelist. Perhaps helping a bit: three of his Hummers run on hydrogen, vegetable oil and bio-diesel and he's hoping to put an electric…

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    Alfred E. Neuman Ripped Off by Time Magazine? We’ll Let You Decide!

    Back in 1952, Time Magazine called the then-fledgling Mad Magazine "short-lived satirical pulp." Ironic that all these years later, Alfred E. Neuman & Friends are still around. Even more ironic given the latest charges: Time Magazine has allegedly ripped off Mad Magazine. We'll let you decide -- click on images for details.      …

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    Disturbing Developments in Antarctica Threaten Coastal Cities Worldwide

    We don't often sound the alarm -- we prefer the less frenetic, casual approach. We do have a serious problem though as scientists warn that the south pole ice sheet has entered the early stages of irreversible disintegration. Sounds bad and it gets worse for the world's great coastal cities -- cities like New York,…

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    The Male Romper Has Come to Claim Your Manhood

    A kickstarter campaign has created quite the controversy -- Aced Designs is asking for money to make male romper suits. The campaign has indeed attracted a lot of money and a lot of derision. Is this for real? You betcha. Is this something a guy would want to wear? Well, we'll let you decide. Just in case…

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    Coming to Cali … the Obama Freeway

    It's currently called "The 134" -- it runs between Glendale, Pasadena & Eagle Rock in So Cal. But the 134 is apparently about to get a new name: the Obama Freeway. The renaming has, so far, sailed through the State Senate (34-1) and now heads to the Assembly where passage is expected. We see no…

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    An “Evolutionary Gamble” May Be Killing California’s Desert Tortoises

    It's not the biggest story in the world -- unless you're a tortoise. Nevertheless, we're real concerned these days about tortoise deaths in California -- specifically female desert tortoises in So Cal's Joshua Tree National Park. A U.S. Geological Survey biologist thinks he knows the reason for the tortoise troubles and, as per usual, we've…

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    Gavin Newsom with a 2nd Run for Governor and with a Challenge to Trump

    The first time around, Gavin Newsom was running against a seemingly unbeatable Jerry Brown. In his second bid as governor, he's the front runner and is already taking on Trump. "You want resistance to Donald Trump? Boy, bring it on, Donald." We've got the insider details on Newsom's gubernatorial run and his forthcoming anti-Trump campaign.

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    Trump Invents What He Didn’t Invent

    In a new interview with The Economist, President Trump claims that he came up with the phrase “prime the pump” during a talk about his plan to overhaul the tax code. Truth be told, the common idiom has been in use since the mid to late 1800's -- an expression derived from using water to…

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    $100 Million to Help the Homeless in San Francisco

    $100 Million to help the homeless -- creating permanent housing, improving aid for mental illness and other causes for homelessness. It's the biggest donation of its kind ever made to San Francisco -- the Tipping Point Community charitable organization is pledging those big bucks to cut the city's chronically homeless population in half over five years.…

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    Our Future Commute: Self-Repairing, Self-Charging Roads

    Wait! A road that fixes its own pot holes? A road that self-charges electric cars? Dutch scientists are working on both issues right now. Honchos at Delft University discuss plans to test self-repairing asphalt whose conductive steel fibers and bacteria would both fix small cracks in the pavement and send electricity to electric vehicles above.…

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    Cinco De Mayo Especial: Move Over Margarita; La Paloma has Arrived!

    Think of tequila and Cinco de Mayo, the margarita comes to mind. But hiding in the margarita’s icy shadow and salty rim is the real treasured drink of Mexico: La Paloma. We've got the details on this Mexican favorite -- its history, favorite ingredients & more -- just in time for your enjoyment this Cinco de…

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    Warm Weather, Sierra Snow Melt & Now: Flooding Dangers

    We knew it was going to happen. A record snowfall in the high Sierra is finally melting -- and with that melt off, flooding dangers. In the Central Valley town of Tranquillity, local farmers are worried about a collapsed levee — a disaster that happened a decade ago. Now they hope that the reservoir has…

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    The Eagles: Don’t Use Hotel California w/o Permission

    What happens when a hotel in Baja calls itself "Hotel California?" Be prepared for a lawsuit for using The Eagle's most famous song without permission. Our story gets even stranger with the hotel allegedly piping "Hotel California" and other Eagles songs through the hotel sound system. It's now in the hands of lawyers and an L.A.…

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    Fish … Our Next Global Food Shortage?

    Overfishing is depleting oceans all around the planet -- making matters even worse, China's enormous appetite for fish and its deep-sea fishing vessels straying thousands of miles from home port. We've got the details (thanks to our friends at the New York Times).

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    25 Years Later: the L.A. Riots Revisited

    With the 25th anniversary of the L.A. riots fast approaching, we have a not-so-fond look back on those fearful days in SoCal. No wonder -- with 60 dead and more than a thousand properties damaged. The riot by the numbers. An unlikely icon of the riots. Images of then & now. The violence then and the acrimony…

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    New Studies Detail Cannabis Consumer Habits

    Because it was always been an illicit market, we know little about the cannabis consumer. With the legalization of pot in several states, we are now learning more about those who partake. Among the findings: concentrates and edibles are grabbing market share from the traditional "bud." Also big these days: prerolled joints and vaping. We've…

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    A Refuge for Orangutans; A Quandary for Environmentalists

    The palm oil business is, we're told, decimating rain forests in Borneo -- and that's the habitat for endangered orangutans. But there's some good news for saving the species: a major palm oil company has purchased part of an island for orangutan rehab. But are these guys off the hook as they continue harvesting palm…

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    Is a Tesla in Your Future? Elon Musk Bets on YES!

    Back in the day, folks couldn't go cross country without gas stations. Fast forward to now and the Tesla folks face the same dilemma -- until now. Tesla will double for size of their Supercharger Electric Car Charging Network this year to 10,000 public charging units globally. California will get 1,000 of those new units.…

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    Uber Update: What the Ride-Sharing Titans Are Really Up To!

    Ride sharing is big, getting bigger and not about to go away ... unless! Such is the case with Uber. The company has grown f-a-s-t ! They're in more than 70 countries with a valuation nearing 70 billion bucks. Uber's biggest problem these days? Industry analysts say it's Travis Kalanick, Uber CEO. He has, we're…

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    Your Complete Guide to 4 – 20

    Who would think that April 20th would become a holiday for the counter-culture and on its way to becoming mainstream? Heady stuff. Rather we spend some time in celebration -- celebration of how far we've come. General Mills' Totino Pizza Rolls with a "Stock Up B4/20" ad campaign targeting stoners? Recreational or medical marijuana now legal…

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    Where Your Tax Money REALLY Goes!

    President Trump has his tax reform package that's stalled big time. Democrats refuse to play ball with Trump until he reveals his past tax records -- and does anyone see that happening? That news, along with the fact that Tuesday was "Tax Day" gives us reason to reveal the coolest of websites -- for folks…

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    Marijuana Inc. — It’s Coming to Cali

    The recent history of marijuana cultivation in California is so ... quaint. Overwhelmingly small growers in hidden corners of mostly Northern Cal. We all knew it was gonna get big but now that government is involved, it's destined to be big. We not talking just regulation either. Big business and big government ofttimes go hand…

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    Trudeau Says Legal Recreational Pot is Coming to Canada

    Ever wanted to emigrate to Canada? Thousands did during the Vietnam War. Now, perhaps a new reason to join our Neighbors to the North? With the Trump Administration seemingly ready to pounce of pot proponents in this country, Prime Minister Trudeau is ready to legalize recreational pot in Canada. If Trudeau's bill passes (as expected),…

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    Searching for China’s Fountain of Youth

    This is crazy! Or is it? We'll let you decide. It's called Longevity-Themed Tourism and it's booming these days in China. Visitors breathing clean air, drinking "longevity water," seeking cures like snake and scorpion secretions. Dare to take the cure? Dare to learn more?

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    Consumer Alert: TV Ads Now Speaking to Our Smart Devices!

    Watching TV? Beware ... because a commercial you're watching may intentionally activate your Google home device. A 15-second Burger King commercial is the latest culprit -- you can watch but beware if Alexa or Google are listening. Sound a bit like Big Brother? You're not alone in your concern. We've got the cautionary concerns detailed…

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    Saying Goodbye to Another Rock n Roller: J. Geils

    We are sadden again. Guitarist John Warren Geils Jr. has left us. He was 71. Better known as J. Geils, he was the founding member of the J. Geils Band and with vocalist Peter Wolf, the band became, as we all know, rock n roll mainstays. We have much more on the passing of J.…

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    A Leaping Shark All Too Near Surfers — See the Video

    Jeez louise! A surfer's worst nightmare has got to be a worst case scenario with a shark. All the more frightening when the shark encounter is caught on video. Such is the case in So Cal waters near Trestles -- an all too popular surf spot. We've got the video to prove it! Hey, and…

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    Apple’s New $5 Billion Campus: Move-In Time Approaches

    Insiders tell us it's the new "spaceship" campus in Silicon Valley. Drone video confirms that Apple's new five billion dollar digs are indeed something special. As move-in day nears, we've got the latest on the 175 acres to be known as Apple Park.

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    San Francisco: Getting a Big Boost from Caffeine

    San Francisco was once a thriving home to food manufacturing -- no more. That biz collapses years ago. But now there's a bright spot in the city's food future: coffee roasting.

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    Free Entrance to All National Parks for 2 Weekends in April

    Make your plans now. Entrance fees to all 124 national parks will be waived on April 15-16 and 22-23. The upcoming freebies are in honor of National Park Week. Just so you can decide which park you'd like to visit, we've got photos of 18 of our favorite national parks -- most here in the…

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    Only a Matter of Time: an Avocado Bar Opens in Brooklyn

    It is New York City's trendy borough. Brooklyn neighborhoods include defunct artisan mayonnaise-only stores and craft beer brewers. Will a Brooklyn-based avocado-only restaurant succeed where other entrepreneurs have failed? Avocaderia calls itself "the world's first avocado bar" -- kind of a shame it didn't happen first in Fallbrook or Ojai. But wait, turns out there is…

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    Exclusive Look at 12 Design Proposals for Trump’s Border Wall

    Up to 400 construction and/or design companies could be submitting their border design proposals today for President Trump's border wall. San Diego is ground zero for the border project and that's where prototypes will be built for the selection of a winner or winners. Here are a dozen of the wall designs (thanks to our…

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    Born in So Cal, Sriracha Sauce Tries Its Luck in Vietnam

    It's the fastest growing condiment by far these days. Sriracha has become a tabletop regular -- right next to the mustard and ketchup. The stuff is now offered at McDonalds. There are sriracha-flavored potato chips. The fan favorite that started in Cali nearly 40 years ago is now filling shelf space in Ho Chi Minh City.…

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    Travel the World & Make Big Bucks. World’s Best Job? Apply Here!

    Wanted: Individual to Travel Around the World & Get Paid US$10,000 a Month This sounds so good, we're sure hoping it's not a scam. Thirdhome, a Tennessee company is offering the successful applicant the opportunity to stay in up to a dozen luxury properties and share their experiences on social media ... and get paid…

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    Wrong Side of the Border: In Tijuana, Deportees Trapped in Purgatory

    Busted and deported post haste. Those are the new guidelines with President Trump's "get tough" immigration policy -- a policy that's created most unusual circumstances on the other side -- in Tijuana. Stuck in TJ. Quite the story we share with you now.

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    Internet Privacy? Forget About It!

    House Republicans were able to pass it; President Trump says he'll sign it -- we're talking about legislation that allows internet providers to collect and sell our online browsing history, location info, health data and more. In the words of one online expert: "Today's vote means that Americans will never be safe online from having…

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    Solar Power Rules!

    Solar power indeed! California recently set a record for the amount of solar power supporting the state's main electric grid. And now a new state senate bill introduced here in Sacramento could help us reach a goal of 100% clean energy. We've got the illuminating details.

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    Stranded at Big Sur — What’s It Really Like?

    Those poor folks at Big Sur. A bridge on the northside out of commission and landslides blocking the southern entrance, Big Sur residents are indeed blocked from the outside world. How are they dealing with their isolation? When will things be fixed? Stranded at Big Sur -- We've got details hither to not revealed.

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    Using Ultra Awesome JPL Tech, Check Out Our Sierra Snowpack!

    We know there's lots of snow up in the Sierra but just how much? The State of California uses long poles poked into certain spots to measure the depth of the white stuff. Our high tech friends at JPL have a better way. We share it with you here!

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    Work Ethic Goes Awry: Working One’s Self to Death

    What is it with Americans? We don't take vacations and in Europe, they're on holiday for all of August. Americans work 40 hours a week (actually more); in France, they go out on strike with a 32 hour work week. Great piece in the New Yorker on this very subject that deserves our attention. "The Gig…

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    Disney Steals Zootopia from Total Recall Screenwriter?

    Could this be the biggest Hollywood trial since OJ decided to take his Ford Bronco out for an extended spin? Screenwriter Gary Goldman charges that Disney ripped Zootopia off from him ... stealing character designs, themes, lines of dialogue and even the name Zootopia. The House of the Mouse is, of course, denying the charges…

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    “Donald, the Musical” — Watch It Here!

    We typically don't repost stuff from the late night TV talk shows ... but we've got to make an exception for "Donald, the Musical" -- debuting last night on James Corden's "Late Late Show." Corden's ratings are on a roll these days and critics claim it's because his show is the place to go for…

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    How to Lose Four Billion Bucks … in a Hurry!

    A couple of years ago, he was on top of the world -- a billionaire before he hit 50 and generating big bucks for his investors. Today it's a different story for hedge fund manager William Ackman. Just how did he and fellow investors lose four billion dollars so quickly? For anyone ever interested in…

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    Sea Otters Invade Morro Bay!

    Hey, just in time for a weekend jaunt -- a trip to Central Cal and to Morro Bay to see ... a sea otter invasion! What would cause the crowd of lovable critters? Blame nature, we suppose, because it's sea otter breeding season! Complete with video, we've got the latest on these love-lorn otters and…

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    L.A.’s County’s Teflon Sheriff, Once Powerful & Popular, Found Guilty!

    My, how the mighty have fallen. And so it is with L.A. County's once powerful (& popular) Sheriff Lee Baca. He's found guilty of a bevy of charges -- a guilty verdict that could also land Baca behind bars. It also caps an explosive corruption scandal that brings down many of the county's top cops.…

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    Paranoia and Suspicion Seize the Trump White House

    White House staffers are 'scared" of the "hostile environments" in the West Wing. Employees, reportedly, are turning off their business phones and stuffing them in drawers when they get home at the end of the day -- in fear of being "monitored." Scary stuff indeed -- and we've got the details from our friends at…

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    Using Drones to Catch Africa’s Wildlife Poachers

    Wow! Seems like a great idea: using drones to bust wildlife poachers. Africa is indeed in the midst of what the New York Times calls a "profound poaching crisis." And we agree. Elephants and rhinos are being butchered for their ivory and there's been little success in stopping the slaughter. Will drones come to the…

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    Coral Reef Die Off — the Time to Act is Now!

    The world has lost roughly half its coral reefs in the last 30 years. Scientists are now scrambling to ensure that at least a fraction of these unique ecosystems survives beyond the next 30 years. The health of the planet depends on it: Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine species, as well as…

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    History Uncovered: How a Font Escapes the Nazis & Lands on the Moon

    We do love history -- especially stuff coming out of nowhere. Futura is one of our favorite fonts -- it's used everywhere but its history is quite unique. A font escaping the Nazis and, eventually, landing on the moon? It's news we don't necessarily have to know ... but certainly good to know. We have…

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    The List: America’s Most Livable Cities

    Another day, another survey -- this one the Gallup/Healthways Well-Being Index of Most Livable American Cities. #1? Naples, Florida. Santa Cruz ranks very high; Sacramento not so much. Chico, meanwhile, almost dead last -- just above Flint, Michigan! We've got the complete list for you -- and the just-as-important reasons why. BTW: We think Chico gets…

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    The Results are In — Best Countries in the World

    It's an annual survey done by the folks at U.S. News & World Report: The Best Countries. In a world seemingly turned upside down by political turmoil, we do ask the question: are there any stable places left on the planet? Using rankings that prioritize countries enjoying some measure of peace, quiet and prosperity, the…

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    Feel the Urge to Demonstrate? The Need to Protest? “WeBot” Comes to the Rescue

    It would seem that for the first time since the turbulent 60's, protest has become a daily occurrence. People worldwide are standing in solidarity with protestors -- and using social media to organize, connect, petition & more. Up until now, though, it hasn't been that easy to know the details ... or the location of…

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    Extreme Drought in California? Yes, If You Live in Santa Barbara

    That idyllic ocean enclave called Santa Barbara is hurting big time these days. While most of California and all of Northern Cal is awash with water, the folks in SB are desperately dry. Santa Barbara reservoirs are far from full, groundwater is way too deep and city officialdom is forced to crank up a long moth-balled…

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    Veep Pence Uses Private Email Account for Govt Biz While Governor

    A private e-mail account may have cost Hillary Clinton the White House. What will the repercussions be with the news that Vice President Pence used his private AOL account to conduct state biz while Indiana governor? Making matters worse, that account suffers a phish infection with each of Pence's contacts sent an e-mail telling them…

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    How the Snapchat Founder & CEO Changed the World

    Big, big deal -- Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat, has generated the largest IPO in So Cal history. After raising 3.4 billion, Snap's valued in the neighborhood of 24 billion bucks. Those are big numbers -- but the Snapchat story is even bigger! Learn how 26-year-old Evan Spiegel, the Snapchat founder & CEO, has literally…

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    Fact Check: Trump’s First Address to Congress

    Does this photo of  Trump, Pence & Ryan give you indigestion or ... make your heart go pitter-patter? Is Trump changing his abrupt ways? Actually willing to comprise? "Alternative facts" mode? Can a zebra change its stripes? Can't help but asking because that's what the media/enemy does and, let's face it, inquiring minds want to…

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    Infamous San Francisco Murders of the 20th Century

    OK, we admit it. Infamous San Francisco Murders of the 20th Century is a pretty grizzly headline but it does illustrate a timeline of most interesting Baghdad by the Day capital crime capers. The Zodiac Killer, the Zebra Killings, the Trailside Killer, the Golden Dragon Massacre -- those just some of the names and events that…

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    Tourist Flights to the Moon Next Year?

    SpaceX announcing plans to fly two private citizens around the moon next year. CEO Elon Musk says his unnamed, non-celebrity passengers have already "paid a significant deposit." That flight to include much more than complementary peanuts. The passengers will undergo health and fitness tests ... and training. We've got the details of this new era…

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    Academy Award Winners & the Biggest Snafu in Oscar History

    Well, it was supposed to be an Academy Awards all about diversity and possibly politics. And it was ... until the very end when the wrong Oscar for Best Picture is announced! Last night's winners (& nominees). Video of that epic error. And a great show after all.

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    Bees Are Smart — Just How Smart? You’ll “Bee” Amazed

    Thank God that bees are busy -- their non-stop pollinating of so many food crops, scientists say, may keep us humans from starving. But now we learn that bees are smart -- very smart. Bumblebees can actually be trained to perform tricks. Details? We've got 'em right here -- bee-lieve it or not.

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    NASA & Euro Astronomers Reveal 7 Earth-Like Planets

    It sounds like front page fodder of the tabloids but the folks at NASA assure us it's the real deal -- the discovery of seven Earth-like planets capable of harboring LIFE?! The revelations get better too. With their distance from their star, these seven could be the right temperature to be awash with water. Moreover,…

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    Celebrating 75 Years of … Crossword Puzzles!

    A nine-letter word for a puzzle that's been in the New York Times for 75 years? The answer, in this case, is easy: "crossword." Needless to say those puzzles get harder -- especially the Sunday brain teaser. So what is it about puzzles that capture our attention? Just what makes 1.5 million folks tackle the…

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    Fake News: Victimizing America First, Now Plaguing Europe

    Scary stuff, that fake news. Might it have put Trump in the White House? We may never know ... but we do know that news hackers are now hitting our Euro brethren big time. In the words of the NYT: "The rise of sophisticated hacks and a torrent of fake news coincide with angry populist…

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    Vintage Sacramento Strip Clubs & More

    Kudos to the Sacramento County Historical Society for their installation at Art Street -- a follow-up to the incredibly successful Art Hotel exhibit. On display are dozens of historic photos and stories of Sacramento "back in the day." We especially enjoyed the ads from Sacramento strip clubs, restaurants and more. We took photos of just a…

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    Zuckerberg Rebuffs Trump; Time He Says for a “Global Community”

    He's quite the dude. Mark Zuckerberg has done with Facebook what no one predicted ... no one. Yet the CEO is far from finished when it comes to goals and aspirations. It's time, Mark says, to cast aside President Trump's isolationist "American First" sentiment. "We have to build a global community that works for everyone."…

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    Beyond Oroville: Our Concerns Continue

    The rain is here. Two storms -- one now, the second during the weekend. A third stronger, wetter, warmer onslaught expected to hit Northern Cal Monday night and into Tuesday. How will the fragile Oroville Dam perform during these several days of wet weather? And looking ahead, will that bounty of Sierra snowpack cause issues…

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    Westminster Kennel Club Dogs … Up Close & Personal!

    First things first. Congrats to Rumor, a German Shepherd, winner of this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show! We've got "team coverage" -- that means complete details of the big show with Rumor standing tall amongst the 3-thousand dogs (& their trainers) in attendance ... as well as 22 photos of this, the 141st annual…

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    Valentine’s Day Special: Finding Love

    In the words of the author, "Is there a proven strategy for finding love? If so, I suspect millions of people would like to know." Forget the antiquated rules. Don't lower your expectations. Surely there's a science to this. Here's a time-tested piece on Finding Love (thank you NY Times).

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    More $ to Visit the Mouse House

    Somethings are inevitable: death, taxes and the cost of visiting Disneyland going up! And to think we remember when Disney had a, b, c & e tickets for the price of individual rides? Pay One Price (an entrance fee) has been the norm for decades -- as has been the escalating cost of admission (and…

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    Newspaper ID’s SNL’s Baldwin as Trump

    Whoops! Turns out Alec Baldwin is so convincing, a Dominican Republic newspaper runs a photo of the actor portraying President Trump instead of Trump! El Nacional apologizes on its website but not before the gaffe becomes an internet darling. And who are we to stop the viral views?

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    Trump & S.N.L. — Strange Bedfellows

    Donald Trump for some 30 years loved Saturday Night Live. These days? Not so much. It all changed, we're told, when Alec Baldwin became Donald J. It's a great story with some awesome S.N.L. video clips from over the years.

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    Stephen Curry: Donald Trump’s an Ass

    The best in basketball goes political -- something Stephen Curry typically doesn't like to do. Bottomline, the Warrior Great calls President Trump an ass. The San Jose Mercury-News has the scoop on Stephen and we share it with you here.    

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    See the Latest Chapter of “Living the Dream” in California

    We've all seen the "Visit California" commercials. The storyline? Our tourism board featuring celebs who give multiple reasons why folks should visit our Golden State. Well, there's a brand new "Visit California" spot out there we'd like to share with you -- even though most of you already call Cali home.

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    Hey, Remember the Zika Virus? California Prepares for Its Unavoidable Arrival

    The Zika Virus is here to stay, the experts tell us.  And last year's headlines are destined to return too. Yes, more cases in Puerto Rico, Florida ... and, this time around, California! So say vector control authorities. We've got the details on this state's preparation of a looming invasion.

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    The Berkeley Riots: An Inside Look

    Shades of the '60's on the U.C. Berkeley campus. Student demonstration time at the University of California flagship campus. We've got issues ranging from free speech to participation of  a thriving Bay Area anarchist movement. We've got you covered on both counts. What's with Milo Yiannopoulos, claims of anti-semitism, racism and that tweet from Trump?…

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    Did Punxsutawney Phil See His Shadow?

    It's perhaps our most bizarre holiday -- if you can call it that: February 2nd, today is Groundhog Day. And the big question of course: did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? And just in case you would like to know more about this amazing holiday ...

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    Great Story! Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Marrying Fireman Who Saves Her

    Everyone loves "feel good stories" and today we've got a great one: a Boston Marathon bombing survivor will be marrying the fireman who rescues her! Roseann Sdoia tells us, "In the hospital, my mom tried to set me up with him. 'Oh, did you see that firefighter? He's so cute.' And I was like, 'Mom,…

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    Why “Hollywood” Is History

    Live streaming, plummeting theater attendance and then there's that trifecta of Facebook, Apple & Google. All of the aforementioned are playing a role in changing tinseltown forever. The folks at Vanity Fair take us down this dark dilemma facing Hollywood.      

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    4,000 U.S. Troops Exposed to Radiation and Can’t Get Medical Care

    Frankly this sucks. Some 4,000 U.S. troops who helped clean up plutonium from the Enewetak Atoll back in the late 1970's are denied medical care. These soldiers didn't even wear shirts -- let alone respirators. Hundreds are now plagued with cancer, brittle bones, birth defects in their children and more. News you need to know…

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    Donald Trump & Elon Musk: a Budding Bromance?

    At first glance, they would seem like strange bedfellows. Donald Trump a fossil fuel guy; Elon Musk is Mr. Tesla/SpaceX/Alt Energy. So what is the connection? Inquiring minds need to know -- and we've got the skinny (thanks NY Times).

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    A Sure Cure for a Happy Thursday!

    Border walls; the death of Mary Tyler Moore. It's been a tough week. But wait, we've got the sure cure so we might put a smile on your face. It's a #CuteAnimalTweetOff ! These animals will make your day!

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    Trump’s Ten Trillion Dollar Debt?

    Something is strangely amiss here. President Trump promises to slash taxes ... but then there's the pledge to spend $1 trillion in infrastructure repairs ... and the pledge for more money for the military. We recall that Republicans took over the House back in 2010 over fears of a bloated federal deficit and the need…

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    Academy Award Nominations — the Complete List

    Congrats to the musical "La La Land" -- it lands a whopping 14 Academy Award nominations. That ties a record held by "All About Eve" and "Titanic." "La La Land" is nominated for best directing, best picture & best original screenplay. The film's stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling both receive best acting nods. Hey,…

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    Consumer Cannabis Alert: Beware of Bogus Bongs!

    Let's face it. It's a new world out there. In these days of legalized marijuana (recreational & medicinal), there's a huge biz in pot paraphernalia -- and bogus bongs -- in this case: counterfeit Roor Bongs. Roor, it seems, is the Rolls Royce of the bong biz. We've got "team coverage": Details on the bogus…

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    Inauguration Day: a Look Back Through the Years

    We know that today's day is historic -- but how historic? We do it in two ways. A look at today's front page of newspapers from all over the country. And a look back at highlights from past inaugurations from, once again, newspapers.    

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    Just How Hot Was It? Check Out the Ultra-“Cool” Interactive Database

    True. 2016 was the hottest year on record. In an AccuWeather database, 90% of the more than 5,000 cities they tracked experienced warmer than normal temperatures. Sacramento, for example, with an average temperature of 64.6 degrees is 3.5 degrees above normal. Check out where you live. Enter your city and, like magic, an amazing weather…

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    California Real Estate Gone Wild: A Quarter BILLION Dollar Home!

    A shack can go for a quarter mil in Palo Alto. We were curious. What does a quarter BILLION dollar mega-mansion look like in Bel-Air? Enquiring minds want to know about the 38-thousand square feet, the 12 bedrooms & 21 bathrooms, the movie theater, the helicopter pad and so much more. Check out the most…

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    A List to Avoid: The 25 Most Roach-Infested American Cities

    We hate roaches ... and will avoid them at all costs, right? Well, if that's so, you'll need to avoid cities in our Top 25 Most Vermin-Infested American Cities. "Vermin" because we've also included rats and mice. Oh, and FYI, Three California Cities are on The List! Click with caution: Here's the Top 25! And,…

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    Looking Back 50 Years: Remembering San Francisco’s Summer of Love

    Yep, we officially have to wait a few months for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love ... but the portend of things to come was already happening. That would be the first "Gathering of the Tribes Human Be-In" at the Polo Grounds in Golden Gate Park. Peace, love, flowers, beads, music, politics and…

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    On MLK Day, a Time to Rekindle the Spirit

    Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15th, 1929 but we celebrate his birthday today. He brought hope and healing to America during some very troubled times. On this day, on this week, we need to hear once again his all-important "I Have a Dream" message because we are once again at a cross…

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    Pop Quiz Time: Are You a News ACE?

    How closely do you follow the headlines? Subscribe to a news app on your i-phone? Listen to the news on Sacramento's K-ZAP? Or, heaven forbid, watch Fox News? Are you indeed a News Hound ... or a News Ace? Easy enough to find out. Take the Pop Quiz!

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    Is the California Drought Finally Over?

    The reservoirs are bulging. Local mountains are inundated with snow. Even in always-parched Southern California, the L.A. Times opines: "Los Angeles feels more like London ..." Inquiring minds do want to know: Is our 6-year drought finally over?

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    President Obama’s Final Message to America — Watch It Here!

    "Democracy can buckle when we give into fear." -- President Barack Obama in his farewell address at Chicago's McCormick Place. It was both a nostalgic and hopeful message to America -- given in the city where his political career began. Missed it last night? Don't despair. We've got it for you ... right here.

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    The Quintessential Sacramento Insider & He Lives in West Hollywood!

    Want to know what's going on in state government in Sacramento? Your "go-to" guy is Rob Pyers and he does it all from a one-bedroom apartment in West Hollywood. How did a laid-off drugstore employee become this most sought after expert on everything Sacramento? It's a must-read for anyone interested in how things operate in…

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    A Treasure Lost in the Storm: the Pioneer Cabin Tree

    So sad. The storm continues to takes its toll -- among the destruction, the beloved Pioneer Cabin Tree at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. High winds were just too much for the iconic tree.

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    Golden Globe Results AND Streep’s Skewering of Trump

    Big night in Bev Hills with the Golden Globe Awards -- the foreign press' salute to Hollywood's finest and an indicator, some say, of some of the winners at the upcoming Academy Awards. The highlight last night was not any one movie or TV show. It was Meryl Streep doing a number of Donald Trump.…

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    The Drought-Buster Cometh — California’s Most Rain in Over a Decade!

    Are you ready for the Big One? The last time we had this much rain was in 2005 -- more than a decade ago. Blame or bless it all on an "atmospheric river" too. Flooding in the lowlands and the foothills, avalanches and blizzards in the Sierra -- it's all part of our forecast. As…

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    The Cutthroat Race to Build the World’s Fastest Elevator!

    We've always had a need for speed and, apparently, elevators are no exception. Congrats to the elevator in the Shanghai Tower -- that puppy travels at 40mph -- and, as such, is the fastest elevator in the world. It's all part of an elevator boom in China. As the country's skyscrapers get taller, the elevators…

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    Shades of the 60’s: 100,000 Women Marching on Washington!

    It started out as the idea of a retiree on her Facebook page: What if women marched in Washington en masse on Inauguration Day? By bedtime, 40 women responded that they were in. When she woke up, the number had grown to 10,000. Now, more than 100,000 people have registered to attend the January 21st…

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    Read ‘Em Here: Newly Uncovered Nixon Dirty Tricks

    "The roots of the present are deep in the past" -- so said my junior high social science teacher Mr. Roller seemingly a hundred years ago. A 2017 warning perhaps when we learn about Richard Nixon's dirty tricks so many years later? Specifically we now learn that Nixon attempted to secretly mess up Vietnam peace talks…

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    Our Favorite Feel Good Story of 2016!

    Can't think of a better way to bid adieu to a rough and tumble 2016 and welcome in a gentler, kinder 2017 than with this story: Eric O'Grey's life is a disaster. He's obese, hasn't been on a date in 15 years and is clinically depressed. Following a nutritionist's advice, he goes to a shelter…

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    Trump on Marijuana Legalization: What Will He Do?

    The people have spoken. Recreational marijuana is now legal in eight states and dozens more have signed off on the benefits of medical marijuana. The problem, of course, pot is also regulated under federal law where it remains verboten. President Obama has had a somewhat hands-off attitude to the legalization groundswell but, on January 20th,…

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    Gluten-Free … the New Fat-Free

    In case you hadn't noticed, gluten-free IS the new fat-free. As one consumer notes: "The trend is towards products that have more 'free from' labels on them than a Nascar driver has auto-parts endorsements on his jacket." We've got the trend-setting details from our friends at Ad Age.

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    2017: A Look Ahead

    Enough of 2016 -- not the best of years in so many ways. But wait! 2017 is literally days away and yes, we've got so many things to look forward to -- some good; some bad. Trump & the media. A million drones in the sky. True internet TV? And that pesky problem of fake…

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    2016: A Look Back in Must-See Photos

    We continue our review of a tumultuous 2016 -- Thursday it was about the folks we lost. Today and over this Christmas weekend: it's the past 12 months told in pictures. Check it out and you too will agree, most of these shots do indeed tell a thousand words. Thanks again to the awesome folks…

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    2016: A Look Back on the Ones We Lost

    We said a final farewell to some wonderful folks: David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Prince and too many more. Our friends at the New York Times have put together an awesome salute to the aforementioned and other all too familiar names. Great stories, great photos that only the Times could assemble. Check out those we have…

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    Queen Elizabeth Taken Ill — At 90 Years Old, That’s Big News

    She is the longest-reigning British monarch ever ... and she's sick. Queen Elizabeth II has cancelled her holiday travel plans as a Buckingham Palace source reveals that the 90 year old beloved queen has "taken ill." London's Daily Star with a headline: BREAKING: Queen falls sick and dramatically abandons Christmas plans last minute.

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    The Biggest Drug Abusers in America: the Pharmaceutical Industry?

    Incriminating evidence that the biggest abusers of hydrocodone and oxycodone could be ... the pharmaceutical manufacturers of said pain killers. In West Virginia, we've got the evidence that the drug industry fought in court to keep secret. And the new strategy for the manufacturer of OxyContin to make up for declining domestic sales -- by…

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    A Final Farewell to Zsa Zsa

    Can't think of the last time we did an obit here on the news page but we're doing so now. We're breaking the mold much as Zsa Zsa Gabor did during her 99 (?) years on the planet. With only a modestly successful career in movies and TV, she was at the top of her…

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    Obama on Russian Hacking: “We Need to Take Action. And We Will”

    Outgoing President Obama promising to take action against Russia for its alleged hacking campaign during the U.S. presidential campaign. He's not revealing what action and when but presumably occurring before Jan. 20th when Donald Trump becomes President. It's heady stuff -- with global repercussions. We've got the source info here -- including Obama's interview with…

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    California’s Newest Millionaires? Tree Cutters!

    It's true. The 102 million dead trees in California’s drought-plagued forests are turning tree cutters into millionaires. Getting rid of this state's massive amounts of dead trees, according to the L.A. Times, has become a problem ... and an opportunity. Here's the story -- with video & more.

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    Fracking Causes Earthquakes … But What About Our Drinking Water?

    frack·ing ˈfrakiNG/ noun the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc., so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas. OK. Does it or doesn't it? The billion dollar question: Does fracking contaminate drinking water? The E.P.A. is out with their final version of a comprehensive fracking…

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    Oh Yea, We Love This — Our Video of the Week!

    Hoverboards continue to be a hot item on this year's Christmas Wish List (especially those with the exploding batteries). Seriously though, we're thinking they'll be especially hot when we see how a kid in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin puts his hoverboard to use. Check out our Video of the Week!

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    The Oakland Warehouse Fire: What Did Happen Inside the Ghost Ship?

    Still have questions about the Oakland Warehouse Fire? You're not alone. The Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms folks say they and the other involved agencies will hold a news conference Tuesday but, thanks to several New York Times reporters, we've got an inside look now as to what happened inside "The Ghost Ship."

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    Christmas Shopping Alert: JC Penney, Sears, Kohl’s & Macy’s Tricking Shoppers?

    It's one of those stories that causes us lots of consternation -- especially right now in the midst of the holiday shopping season: L.A. prosecutors accuse four big time retailers of tricking shoppers. It's all about deceptive ads that lead us to believe that we've buying stuff at a big discount. Say it ain't so…

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    Dec. 8, 1980 — John Lennon Gunned Down — My 6 Days in NYC

    36 years ago today: John Lennon gunned down by Mark David Chapman outside the Dakota building in New York City.  Hearing the news, I was on a flight to NYC two hours later to cover a story ... and a week that was perhaps the most indelible of my lifetime. I share with you this morning's newscasts…

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    This Year’s Hot Holiday Toy? … Hatchimals!

    They're called Hatchimals and they are the hot toy for kids this Christmas -- that also, of course, makes them the hot elusive toy this Christmas. And just what is it with Hatchimals that's resonating with the rug rats? It's an interactive, furry critter that hatches out of an egg and grows up before our very…

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    Warriors’ Klay Thompson with an Unbelievable 60 points in 30 seconds — See It!

    With deference to our Sacramento Kings, our neighboring Warriors are ruling the roost. No where was that more in evidence than last night in Oakland against the Indiana Pacers. Guard Klay Thompson putting on a clinic as he breaks an NBA record for points scored in under 30 minutes. Klay gets 60! We've got the…

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    Finally! — Celebration for the Standing Rock Sioux

    Donald Trump supports the pipeline's completion but that chapter is still 6 weeks away. Sunday was a day of celebration for the Standing Rock tribe and the many gathered on the Oceti Sakowin campsite. Celebration as the Army Corps of Engineers announces they're denying the necessary easement; they will now explore alternative routes. Pictures tell…

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    Beaver Busted for Trashing Store with Fake Christmas Trees

    Hey, it's the weekend and time to look at the lighter side of the news -- stuff that makes you smile -- unless, perhaps, you're a beaver! Yep, a beaver wandering into a dollar store in Charlotte Hall, Maryland apparently thinking the fake Christmas trees were real? Here's the story that, like we said, should…

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    Magic Mushrooms: “A Big Deal” in Reducing Depression & Anxiety

    One dose of psilocybin (or known as "silly-cybin" or "magic mushrooms" back in the day), can have a profoundly positive effect on people suffering from terminal cancer. Researchers say the results are indeed remarkable -- an immediate reduction in depression and anxiety for up to eight months seen in patients with advanced cancer given a single dose…

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    Vets to Serve as Human Shields to Protect Dakota Pipeline Protesters

    Things are definitely heating up on the Dakota Pipeline protest front. Local law enforcement say they'll enforce of blockade of supply and food from reaching the ground zero protest site. Now though, we learn about support for the Sioux from American veterans! Two thousand vets serving as "human shields" -- protecting the protesters from "overly-aggressive…

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    Kudos to Patagonia — $10M in Sales on Black Friday & Donating Every Cent to Save the Planet

    We like nothing more than acknowledging folks who do great things -- including so-called "big business."  There is perhaps no better example of a business doing the right thing than Patagonia. The Ventura-based, high-end outdoor apparel & gear retailer announcing they made $10 million in Black Friday sales -- five times expectations -- and they're…

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    Thanksgiving Day Shopping Gone Wild: Modesto’s Vintage Faire Mall Video Gone Viral

    Thanksgiving Day shopping gone viral indeed! We’re talking a 41-second video of a fight among shoppers at the Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto. That fight among a half dozen men kicking & punching each other — with Modesto police saying there were no reports of injuries and the fight was apparently resolved quickly with the…

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    Thanksgiving Day Treat: the International Space Station Shares Recipe for Cornbread Dressing

    As we enjoy our Thanksgiving Day turkey and all the accoutrements here on earth, the crew aboard the International Space Station is enjoying this special day. Mission Control promises to beam up some live football games. And as far as food is concerned: NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, the station's commander, is serving as Thanksgiving chef for the 6-person crew.…

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    The Amazing Ondra Has Done It — Conquered El Cap!

    Not only has Czech free-climber Adam Ondra conquered El Cap -- he did it in the record time of eight days! Yep, griping tiny slices of sheer granite and using strength and talent to inch up a the 3,000 "Dawn Wall," the 23 year old is in the record books. The only others to do…

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    1944 Norman Rockwell Reminding Us — It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

    A painting by Norman Rockwell depicting undecided voter sentiment in 1944 -- not unlike our 2016 campaign -- has sold for $6.5 million at a Sotheby's art auction in New York City. Entitled "Which One? (Undecided; Man in Voting Booth)," it depicts a somewhat befuddled man standing in a voting booth clutching a newspaper featuring…

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    World’s Best Free Climber Conquering Yosemite’s El Capitan

    Free-climbing Yosemite's El Capitan in less than a week? Impossible? Hopefully not for Adam Ondra -- he's attempting just that. It's exciting stuff for the 23-year-old from the Czech Republic. How does Adam do a 5.14d -- considered the highest end of rock climbing? We've got all the info right here (courtesy of the New…

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    14 Year Old Frozen: “… Wants to Return in 100 Years”

    No, this is not the National Enquirer. This is the real deal. In a landmark court case in England, a 14-year old dieing of cancer is cryogenically frozen -- this in the hope that, in the future, her cancer can be cured. We've got the story with details on cryonics and comments from a baffled barrister…

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    Sacramento Residents: Free Dog or Cat Adoption Now thru End of Year

    Best news ever for Sacramento dog & cat lovers. Thanks to the generosity of Remax realtor/pet lover Kim Pacini-Hauch, dog and cat adoptions are free at Sacramento's Front Street Shelter now through the end of the year. Kim posted her intensions on her Facebook page Tuesday night and since then: there have been more than…

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    Surgeon General Report: Drug Addiction and the Alarming Details

    One in seven Americans will develop a drug addiction in their lifetime but only one in 10 will receive treatment. The just-released Surgeon General's report is likened to reports on smoking and lung cancer a half century ago and it took Congress an additional decade to require health warnings on cigarettes. How long will it take…

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    The Oil Pipeline Saga Continues — with an Assist from Sacramento

    It’s a story that refuses to go away — and for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe … rightfully so. We’re talking of course about efforts to put that $3.8 billion oil pipeline over tribal lands — and, in the process, putting the Sioux’s water supply and cultural sites at risk. A bit of the back…

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    Is Your Cell Phone Secretly Sending Your Data to China?

    Scary indeed when security experts reportedly find a secret backdoor on some U.S. android smartphones -- a backdoor that secretly sends data to -- China! Is it for some advertising advantage or, just perhaps, the latest episode of egregious espionage? It's news we can use ... but, more importantly, news we need to know.  

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    REAL NEWS: Govt. Prepares for Asteroid Strike on L.A.

    An asteroid wipes out the city of Los Angeles? Sci Fi or the real deal? Seems that Government officialdom (NASA & FEMA in this case) are indeed making preparations for an actual astroid attack on L.A. Don't take our word for it though -- let's hear it from those directly involved.

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    FAKE NEWS on the Internet — Can It Be Stopped?

    Fake news on the internet? Of course; it's everywhere. During the presidential campaign we were inundated and some are asking whether bogus news actually influence the election. Obviously this is a huge issue with the folks at Google and Facebook. What are they doing about it? We have the story (thanks to our friends at…