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Ex-attorney accused in bizarre kidnap case to plead guilty

The bizarre saga of a Vallejo, Calif., kidnapping-for-ransom case, in which police initially accused the victims of carrying out an elaborate hoax, will take a major step toward a resolution Thursday when the accused abductor pleads guilty in a Sacramento federal courtroom, attorneys said.

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Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach

Unmoved by harsh debate reviews, a defiant Donald Trump renewed his attacks against a former Miss Universe winner on Wednesday, showing no sign of making big changes to his message or debate preparation before his second faceoff with Hillary Clinton. The outspoken Republican nominee instead pressed ahead with an aggressive strategy focused on speaking directly to his white, working-class loyalists across the Midwest.

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‘Hello Kitty Bandit’ repeatedly targets local gift shop

Owner DJ Jones is tired of the repeated quick-strike break-ins at his store, Aloha Floral and Gifts in the Bear Creek Galleria. Since January, there have been seven break-in attempts at the 12-year-old business, the latest being early Friday at 3:20 a.m., Jones said. Video by Vikaas Shanker
‘Hello Kitty Bandit’ repeatedly targets local gift shop 1:05

‘Hello Kitty Bandit’ repeatedly targets local gift shop

Merced students celebrate Constitution Day 0:41

Merced students celebrate Constitution Day

Two houses burn in Merced fire 0:50

Two houses burn in Merced fire

Truck crash Highway 99 in Merced County 0:26

Truck crash Highway 99 in Merced County