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Statewide Drought Forces Californians To Take Drastic Measures For Water Conversation

Federal Government Awards Rural Californians $9.7 M In New Drought Aid

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced $9.7 million in new drought aid for rural Californians.

07/18/2014

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New Twist On Coffee Giving Drinkers Big Benefits?

In case you haven’t heard, butter is back. And one way it’s being used is in your morning cup of coffee. You heard that right. Buttered coffee drinkers say it’s supposed to keep you full, increase cognitive function and even help you lose weight.

07/05/2014

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State Minimum Wage Increasing To $9 An Hour Tuesday

California’s minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour when a new law takes effect on Tuesday and provides workers with the first such increase since 2008.

06/30/2014

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GM Announces The Recall Of 7.6 Million More Vehicles Over Faulty Ignition Switches

General Motors is recalling at least 7.6 million more vehicles dating back to 1997 to fix faulty ignition switches as the company’s safety crisis continues to grow.

06/30/2014

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Defective Air Bag Recall Spreading To More Manufacturers

A recall of defective air bags is spreading to more manufacturers.

06/23/2014

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Harley-Davidson Introduces Electric Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson will unveil its first electric motorcycle next week, and President Matt Levatich said he expects the company known for its big touring bikes and iconic brand to become a leader in developing technology and standards for electric vehicles.

06/19/2014

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What Does The AT&T/DirecTV Deal Mean For Customers?

Ready to bundle your mobile phone and TV bills together? That is one of the changes customers can expect if AT&T Inc.’s proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is approved by regulators.

05/19/2014

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Honda Recalls Nearly 25,000 Odyssey Minivans

Honda is recalling 24,889 Odyssey minivans from the 2014 model year because their side air bags may not deploy during a crash.

05/01/2014

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Calif. Foreclosure Starts Rise In 2014

A research firm says California home foreclosure starts increased from January through March after plunging to an eight-year low in the previous quarter.

04/22/2014

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The Eatery In West Sacramento Closes Its Doors

Owners posted a message on the restaurant’s facebook page on Tuesday which reads, “Due to ongoing battles with the Board of Equalization and our landlord we can no longer stay in business.”

04/22/2014

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Survey: U.S. Gas Prices Jump 9 Cents Per Gallon In Last 2 Weeks

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average U.S. price of gasoline has jumped 9 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, bringing the total increase to 40 cents over 10 weeks.

04/20/2014

Sparks from a titanium-coated club can ignite nearby vegetation. (Getty Images)

Study: Golf Clubs Can Spark Wildfires

Hitting a rock or other obstacle with a titanium-coated club creates sparks that could ignite dry underbrush.

03/20/2014

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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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