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California, Wary of More Wildfires, Is Paying for Them Already

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CLEARLAKE, Calif. — Two thousand homes lost and two-thirds of the land burned: The residents of Lake County, a sparsely populated area north of Napa Valley, understand better than most the devastating cost of wildfires in recent years.

Yet few people in Lake County, or in many other fire-prone parts of California, could have anticipated the millions they are now spending this summer on wildfires, even before the first big one ignites.

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San Jose cat saves woman from a possible drug addiction

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Time for more of your wonderful stories, some about how you came to have your pet, and all about how much having a pet adds to life.

DEAR JOAN: About 4 years ago, I had a knee replacement. I was sent home after just three days with a big bottle of pain pills.

I took them for 3½ weeks and then decided it was time to stop so I could start driving.  That night, I went to bed and couldn’t sleep. I had pain and was jittery. I was thinking about getting another one of those pain pills when my kitty, Bialy, came and sat on my chest.

He’d never done that before (although he does now since he lost his brother). I couldn’t bring myself to get up to get any medication with him being so cuddly. He did the same the next night and by that time, I had no more need for pain killers.

I still tell people that Bialy saved me from a lifetime of addiction.

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Swimming: Triton girls bring strong performances against Ripon

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The Tracy Tritons girls showed their strength at the final regular-season meet of the Mid-Valley Swim League season at Ripon High on Saturday.

The Ripon Sea Lions were the top team with an overall score of 1,828 to the Tritons’ 1,682.

The Triton girls had multiple winners in six of the seven age groups, including five each in the 13-14 and 17-18 divisions.

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California pot seller asks court to void county delivery ban

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LOS ANGELES — Another legal fight is underway over home marijuana delivery in California.

A licensed cannabis company has sued Santa Cruz County, claiming that it’s violating state law by prohibiting deliveries from out-of-county retailers into a swath of unincorporated areas.

The East of Eden Cannabis Co. lawsuit filed Friday in Superior Court in Santa Cruz County comes as the latest development in a thorny legal fight over who decides where pot can be delivered in California, the nation’s largest legal marijuana market.

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California Shouldn’t Ignore Hydropower in Climate Change Fight

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Is the cleanest, greenest electricity in the world green enough for California?

For years, the people of the northern San Joaquin Valley have been trying to get hydropower recognized for what it is: the original source of clean electricity. Our efforts have been stymied by people who feel entitled to decide what is, or isn’t, green enough.

That’s why I have begun the process of modifying our state Constitution to recognize safe, abundant, carbon-free hydropower as a reliable source of renewable energy in our fight against climate change

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Explore Southern California on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner this summer

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Southern California’s top destinations are at their best during the summer, with great weather, long days, and special events. Instead of navigating busy freeways, packed parking lots and crowded downtowns, start your summer getaway with a relaxing trip on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner®.
The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner carries 3 million passengers each year to 27 stations in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo counties. Onboard amenities such as a market-style café, Wi-Fi, power outlets, and spacious seating offer a comfortable ride that let you arrive refreshed and ready to explore.
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High school football leads off fall sports calendar

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High school football begins with five games involving local teams on the Aug. 23-24 weekend, highlighted by the nationally-televised game with St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale visiting De La Salle in Concord on Friday, Aug. 23.

MaxPreps has rated this as the eighth biggest game of the 2019 high school season. The schools met in 2011 with the Florida powerhouse beating the visiting Spartans 30-6 as defensive standout Joey Bosa (third draft pick in the 2016 NFL draft out of Ohio State) led the Raiders defense that stifled a DLS team which went on to win the California State championship and finish third in final national rankings.

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THE BEAUTIFUL BLOG Bay Area Soccer: SF City and SF Glens end seasons

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On Friday night, Orange County SC U23 defeated SF City FC 3-1 in City’s final match of the season. With the result, City will finish in sixth place in USL League Two’s Southwest Division, a disappointing result for a club that had an abundance of talented players but was prone to the kind of defensive lapses that caused them to give up 39 goals this season, most in the eight-team division.

The match was decided in the first ten minutes. Excellent ball movement led to Orange County’s 7th-minute goal.

Goalkeeper Paulo Guerin played a long ball into City’s half. After two passes, Devin Cornejo sent in a cross from the right side that Miguel Berry headed past a leaping Marcus Lau.

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Keeping it local | Stanislaus County Fair in full swing in Turlock

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TURLOCK, Calif. — The Stanislaus County Fair is in full swing for its 10-day run in Turlock, celebrating its 108th anniversary.

“It’s definitely one of the most competitive fairs in the state!” Kristi Johnson, an FFA student showing a 277-pound pig said.

The county fair kicked off on Friday, the same day as the California State Fair, but ABC10 found many families sticking around town to keep it local.

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How American policy has separated refugee families

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When Wajed al-Khalifa and her family arrived in the U.S. as refugees in 2015, everything about America seemed foreign. They were resettled to Turlock, California, a rural city about two hours east of San Francisco. Yet it wasn't long before they started hitting milestones.

Khalifa and her husband, Gasem al-Hamad, got driver's licenses. Their four kids excelled in school, quickly overcoming barriers such as English-language instruction and a new education system. It was a big change after fleeing war in Syria, living in limbo in Jordan for more than two years, and then being accepted to resettle in the U.S. as refugees.

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