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Jack London State Historic Park, 100 years after he died

GLEN ELLEN, Calif.-Rain fell. Nothing major, certainly not on the level of an Old Testament gully washer. Just a steady, spitting splatter of linked hydrogen and hydroxyl ions that turned the ground squishy and made you want to nominate the inventor of Gor-Tex for a Nobel.

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In New Orleans, the ghosts are like family

It's a generally accepted fact that New Orleans is unlike any other American city. Where else will you find people willingly boarding buses marked "Cemeteries"? Where else will voodoo priests and priestesses be lauded as rock stars, their graves decorated with floral tributes? What other city deifies its sinners and names its football team the Saints?

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Winston Churchill's paintings star in an exhibit on the Queen Mary

It was late summer 1939. Winston Churchill, then a member of the British Parliament, and artist Paul Maze were leisurely painting at their easels by a babbling brook in the French countryside. Suddenly, a young messenger boy came running across the field, clutching a telegram. "Situation worsening," it read. "Advice: Come home. You might have a job," Maze would later recall in a documentary.

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Japanese students call on Merced College board to address issues with home stay program

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Los Banos 99 Cent Only Store Grand Opening

The new 99 Cent Only Store at 1209 W. Pacheco Blvd. in Los Banos holds a grand opening ceremony May 25, 2016.
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Los Banos 99 Cent Only Store Grand Opening 01:13

Los Banos 99 Cent Only Store Grand Opening

El Capitan's Braiden Ward after Gauchos clinch section title game berth. 01:56

El Capitan's Braiden Ward after Gauchos clinch section title game berth.

Merced County Sheriff's Department investigating use of metal spears during bloodless bullfighting in Stevinson 03:25

Merced County Sheriff's Department investigating use of metal spears during bloodless bullfighting in Stevinson

Los Banos 99 Cents Only Store prepares for grand opening 00:58

Los Banos 99 Cents Only Store prepares for grand opening