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Local & Regional County leaders want tougher local rule on synthetic drugs County leaders want tougher local rule on synthetic drugs (Video)
Kern County supervisors have started the process for a tougher, local rule against so-called synthetic drugs like "spice" and "bath salts." The board on Tuesday heard the proposal from county lawyers, which includes tools to go after businesses selling the drugs.

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Local & Regional County leaders want tougher local rule on synthetic drugs (Video)
Kern County supervisors have started the process for a tougher, local rule against so-called synthetic drugs like "spice" and "bath salts." The board on Tuesday heard the proposal from county lawyers, which includes tools to go after businesses selling the drugs.
Local & Regional Officials: MET team designed to respond to crisis situations with mental health patients (Video)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- Kern County has a Mobile Evaluation Team, referred to as the MET team, that is dispatched to law enforcement when they are dealing with someone who has a mental illness, officials said Tuesday.

“As we all know, law enforcement just gets called out to situations.
Local & Regional Firework violators face misdemeanor charges in court (Video)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- Those accused of violating local firework laws over Independence Day arrived in court Tuesday. They were fined up to $1,500. Some violators had their fines reduced to $480.

There were eleven fires this year caused by illegal fireworks.

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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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Offbeat Cat found alive aboard sunken boat Cat found alive aboard sunken boat
A trapped, hungry, wet and scared cat is now safe after it was found tucked away in a boat that had sank to the bottom of Lake Havasu.

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Sports Tom Brady vows to fight on, denies 'deflategate' accusations (New) Tom Brady vows to fight on, denies 'deflategate' accusations
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady vowed to fight his four-game suspension on Wednesday, and team owner Robert Kraft opened training camp by saying he continues to "believe and unequivocally support" the three-time Super Bowl MVP.

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Home Kitten in dress is fed using syringes Kitten in dress is fed using syringes
A young kitten was having trouble eating so her caretaker came up with a solution.
To better simulate getting fed by her actual mother, this cat owner decided to feed Munchkin the Kitten using syringes with her food stuffed inside.
Home Pass the crayons! Coloring books for adults catching on Pass the crayons! Coloring books for adults catching on (Video)
If you like to be creative, but don't consider yourself an artist, there's a new hobby that might be just right for you. Adult coloring has become extremely popular in recent months. So popular, in fact, several adult coloring books are on best seller lists.

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Technology Motorola refreshes Android phones, offers better cameras Motorola refreshes Android phones, offers better cameras
Motorola is refreshing its Android smartphones with better cameras and other improvements as it seeks to lure customers who want lower-cost alternatives to leading smartphones from Apple and Samsung.

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Technology Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means
Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.
Technology Software turns smartphones into tools for medical research
Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life.
Technology Could Twitter stop the next terrorist attack?
Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and government officials.

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Business Orders for U.S. durable goods jump 3.4 percent in June
Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods posted a sizable gain in June, but the advance was fueled by higher demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of this volatile category, a key category that represents business investment rose by a far more modest amount.
Business U.S. appeals court rejects apartheid cases against Ford, IBM
Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot sue IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Corp. in New York because they cannot show that the companies' alleged offending behavior occurred in the United States, a federal appeals court said Monday.

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Health Congress, officials respond to Planned Parenthood 'fetus-selling' video
Planned Parenthood released a video Thursday in which organization President Cecile Richards defends its fetal tissue donation programs but apologizes for the way a staff member talked about them in a secretly-recorded video posted online earlier this week.
Health Study finds contaminants in California public-water supplies
Nearly one-fifth of the raw groundwater used for public drinking water systems in California contains excessive levels of potentially toxic contaminants, according to a decade-long U.S. Geological Survey study that provides one of the first comprehensive looks at the health of California's public water supply and groundwater.