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California Water Use Drops 11.5 Percent In August

State officials on Tuesday reported the largest monthly decline in water use this year as the severity of California’s drought hits home, with community wells running dry, farm fields turning to dust and once massive reservoirs becoming vast mudflats.

10/07/2014

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Twitter Suing FBI, DOJ To Reveal Information About Surveillance Of Users

Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users.

10/07/2014

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Connecticut Couple Suing U.S. Airways After Abducted Teen Flown To Sacramento International Airport

Authorities say 29-year-old Nathan Salas of Merced, California, met the girl online and flew her on a US Airways flight from New Haven to Sacramento International Airport, where he was arrested.

09/23/2014

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Call Kurtis Investigates: Explosive Danger During Fire Season

In the heart of fire season, a Call Kurtis Investigation has uncovered the same types of explosives that are used for target practice have sparked California wildfires.

Our undercover investigation found it’s not hard to find these products, and you can buy as many as you want.

09/22/2014

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Call Kurtis: Wedding Venue Decides To Issue Refund After Woman’s Fiancé Dies

Just a week after her fiance’s death, Amanda said she called wedding venue owner to cancel.

Amanda said he told her he would work to give her money back – only if he could rebook her date.

09/22/2014

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Apple Unveils Larger iPhones And Smart Watch

long with larger iPhones, Apple is poised to unveil a wearable device — marking its first major entry in a new product category since the iPad’s debut in 2010.

09/09/2014

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Amador County Winemakers Seeing Earlier, More Flavorful Crop This Year

It’s winemaking time in California. We caught up with grape pickers and vintners in Amador County at the height of this early harvest.

09/05/2014

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Call Kurtis: Google Has My Financial Aid Money And Won’t Give It Back

Alex transferred all his financial aid into Google Wallet, a mobile payment system. Then, without warning, Google Wallet closed his account and Alex was cut off from his money.

09/05/2014

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Lawmakers Approve Statewide Ban On Plastic Bags

Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

08/29/2014

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CalVet Pulls Funding For Student Veterans Attending Corinthian Colleges

CalVet withdrew approval at all California campuses mid-quarter. This is the latest hit to for-profit colleges, and it’s left some military veterans scrambling.

08/29/2014

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Crush 29 Eviction One Of A Series Of Financial Troubles For Roseville Restaurant’s Owner

The owner of the restaurant, Abe Alizadeh, is known for founding a restaurant empire in the region, but he has also had a bad financial track record. More than 70 Jack In The Box restaurants he owned closed after he declared bankruptcy over millions of dollars he owed in unpaid taxes.

08/27/2014

In this Nov. 11, 2010 photo, packed boxes head toward shipping trucks at an Amazon.com fulfillment center, in Phoenix. (AP)

Amazon Hiring For 200+ New Full-Time Positions At Tracy Fulfillment Facility

Amazon is looking for workers to fill more than 200 full-time positions at its fulfillment facility in Tracy.

08/26/2014

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Tailgating will never be the same now that your Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Woody-Tailgate Trailer with  sleek leather furnishings and details from Moore & Giles, rich wood finishings (handcrafted from reclaimed Bulleit Bourbon casks), elegant glassware, and a top-notch entertainment system, including a flat-screen TV, Blu-ray Disc™ player, and a state-of-the-art sound system, plus a one-year supply of Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye.

Neiman Marcus: The Christmas Book 2012

The 2012 Christmas Book was unveiled today by luxury retailer Neiman Marcus in Dallas.

The makers of Airborne agreed to a $30 million settlement over false advertising claims that Airborne tablets can prevent or reduce the risk of colds, reduce the severity or duration of a cold, and protect against colds in crowded places such as airplanes, offices, or schools. (source: Federal Trade Commission)

Too Good To Be True…

Advertising is supposed to make you WANT a product. But some time, the claims go too far. Here are a few products over the years that have made false, misleading, or unsubstantiated claims…and got caught! It does not include the dozens of diet pills that have been fined for making false claims.

The Volkswagen E-Bugster is displayed during the press preview for the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit Michigan, January 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Geoff Robins (credit: GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

2012 North American Car Show

The 2012 North American International Auto Show is under way in Detroit. Here is a look at some of the new cars expected to hit showrooms this year.

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Cheaper In 2012

Who knows if the economy will improve in 2012? But there is some bright money news. Some things will cost less this year. DealNews.com put together a list of ten items that will likely be cheaper in 2012.

Dog-napping has risen sharply in the 2011, according to the American Kennel Club.  TIMEMoneyland says smaller, valuable dog breeds are being stolen because they're easier to steal.

5 Weird Items Being Stolen During Recession

With the down economy and the rising value of some goods (and creatures), thieves are targeting some odd items to sell for a quick buck. Here is a list of the top 5 Weird Things People Are Stealing from TIME/Moneyland.

Take the top tennis players in the world and focus just on their cleavage. That was the premises of the "Adult Tennis Boobs" app. Apple said no thanks. (credit: Overdamped)

Banned: Most Controversial iPhone Apps

Apple now has strict policies on which applications for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch are approved for their App Store. But some risque or offensive apps have made it through the approval process, while others were rejected before getting to market. Here’s a look at a few of the most controversial apps.

Poppin' Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper by Hasbro's Playskool, $29.99: A colorful elephant that can launch plastic balls and plays music. (credit: toysrus.com/hottoys)

2011 Hot Holiday Toys by Toys R Us

Every year, toy makers and sellers hope there will be a runaway hit toy to help spur excitement around the holidays and boost sales. Toys R Us is betting that 15 toys ranging from a flying, inflatable remote-control fish to tiny collectible monsters will be big hits this season.

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