Trial delayed in 2015 slaying of Merced taxicab driver

Joseph E. Castrillo, 20, has pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with the Jan. 5, 2015, slaying of 59-year-old Dean Barker, a driver for the Merced Taxicab Co. and a former Dos Palos police officer. Barker was shot and killed in the front seat of his cab in the 300 block of Mimi Lane, according to the Merced Police Department.

Facebook CEO trying to buy out land near his Hawaii estate

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went to court to gain ownership of isolated pockets of land tucked away within his sprawling estate in Hawaii, many of which are less than an acre and could be split between hundreds of owners in a situation unique to the islands.

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Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Merced teen's wish to meet "Weird Al" Yankovic

Merced Union High School student Mina Lopez, 14, has her wish granted by The Make-A-Wish Foundation to meet "Weird Al" Yankovic, during a ceremony at Yosemite High School in Merced, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Lopez, who is battling leukemia, will travel to San Francisco to meet Yankovic.
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Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Merced teen's wish to meet 1:50

Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Merced teen's wish to meet "Weird Al" Yankovic

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Atwater High's Valencia Twins

Merced Symphony performs for 3,000 children 1:26

Merced Symphony performs for 3,000 children

Naked woman steals sheriff deputy's truck, leads police on 70-mile chase 2:51

Naked woman steals sheriff deputy's truck, leads police on 70-mile chase

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