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YouNews Breckenridge Gets Rain Breckenridge Gets Rain
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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Entertainment Sony, back in the crosshairs, defends 'Concussion' 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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Local & Regional California data shows racial disparity in arrests, deaths California data shows racial disparity in arrests, deaths
Just 6 percent of Californians are African American, yet they are involved in 17 percent of all arrests in the state and a quarter of in-custody deaths, according to what officials called a nationally unprecedented release of data Wednesday.
Local & Regional Officer shoots California fugitive at Reno apartment
A California fugitive wanted for questioning in the investigation of a homicide in Oakland was reported in critical condition Wednesday after he was shot by police when federal marshals attempted to serve an arrest warrant at a Reno apartment building.
Local & Regional School drug counselors charged in $46 million fraud scheme
Eight women who worked for a company hired to counsel drug abusers in Los Angeles County schools were charged in federal court with a scheme to fraudulently bill California nearly $50 million for bogus services over a decade, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday.

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National & World Photos: Dramatic images of record hurricane activity in Pacific Ocean (Photo Gallery)
Chalk up two firsts for the planet this year when it comes to hurricanes this summer -- a parade of three simultaneous hurricanes in the Pacific Ocean over the weekend, plus a rather odd record set in the Atlantic too.

First in the Pacific, where three Category 4 hurricanes -- Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena -- were roaming the Central Pacific Ocean waters at the same time on Sunday. It's the first time in the satellite imagery era (think post 1950s) that three major hurricanes were observed at the same time east of the International Dateline, according to The CIMSS Satellite Blog via the University of Wisconsin (aka "the other U-Dub".)

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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.

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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 U.S. factory orders edge up 0.4 percent in July 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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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.
Technology What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day
You, your mom, your grandma and elementary school buddy Lawrence might have been some of the billion people who logged in to Facebook on Monday — the first time that has happened in a single day. That's right, one billion people, or one-seventh of the Earth's population.

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Business McDonald's will launch all day breakfast on Oct. 6
If you're one of those people who hates missing the end of breakfast hours at McDonald's, hang on just a little longer: the chain says its breakfast menu will be available all day starting Oct. 6.

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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.