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Last Fridays storm brought little rain to the valley floor but it came down hard in the foothills of Breckenridge. Lightning and isolated showers kept me pinned inside my vehicle in an attempt to wait it out. After the rain let up I barely made it out after almost getting stuck in the mud.

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Offbeat Lost, overgrown sheep yields 89 pounds of fleece Lost, overgrown sheep yields 89 pounds of fleece (Photo Gallery)
A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and shedding almost half his body weight.

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Sports SEC's title hopes may rest on an influx of new starting QBs
Given the turnover, many SEC teams might play things a bit closer to the vest, at least early in the season. Star running backs such as Georgia's Nick Chubb, Alabama's Derrick Henry and LSU's Leonard Fournette could get even more carries. The onus will also be on the defenses to keep the score down.
Sports Sony, back in the crosshairs, defends 'Concussion'
Nearly a year after the devastating hacking attack that leaked thousands of emails, Sony Pictures Entertainment again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming Will Smith film about head trauma and the NFL, "Concussion."

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Home Watch: Steam blows in San Jose Watch: Steam blows in San Jose (Video)
Video has surfaced of a blast that happened a year ago in San Jose. A worker escaped major injury from a steam-caused explosion in a manhole.
Home Huge swarms of bats amaze onlookers Huge swarms of bats amaze onlookers (Video)
In the Sacramento, California area -- a mass flight of bats called a "Bat-nado" by some can only be seen during the summer months. And experts say bat season arrived earlier this year. Anjali Hemphill reports.

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Business US trade deficit drops to $41.9 billion in July US trade deficit drops to $41.9 billion in July
The U.S. trade deficit fell in July to the lowest level in five months as exports posted a small gain while imports declined, reflecting a big drop in shipments of consumer goods such as cell phones.
Business Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.89 percent Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.89 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week after a sharp drop the previous week, as global markets continued to whipsaw amid economic disruption in China and uncertainty over Federal Reserve interest-rate policy.

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Technology Judge approves $415M settlement in Apple, Google wage case
A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement that ends a lengthy legal saga revolving around allegations that Apple, Google and several other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers.
Technology Tech Tips: Windows 10 privacy settings worth checking
Microsoft's new Windows 10 system offers more personalization than before, but it also collects more data than people might be used to on PCs, from contacts and appointments to their physical location and even Wi-Fi passwords.

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Business U.S. factory orders edge up 0.4 percent in July
Orders to U.S. factories posted a modest gain in July, helped by the biggest rise in motor vehicles orders in a year and a solid gain in a category that tracks business investment plans.

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Health Kern supervisors hold hearing on synthetic drugs (Video)
The Kern County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on a rule that will ban the sale, advertising and packaging of synthetic drugs, usually known as spice or bath salts. The ordinance takes affect Oct. 2.
Health California lawmakers advance aid-in-dying bill on second try
The Assembly Public Health and Developmental Services Committee heard from some of the same advocates and opponents before approving the new bill, ABX2-15, on a 10-2 vote Tuesday, sending it to another committee.
Health Study: Tiny, wireless pacemaker could be surgery-free option
A tiny, wireless pacemaker could offer some heart patients a surgery-free alternative to the traditional devices, a new study says. Some doctors, however, say there are lingering safety questions and warned patients not to rush to get the new technology.