I was emailed an offer to try out the Rachio Iro sprinkler system, described as easy to set up and use. "As for the sprinkler, you plug it in where your old controller was and then it helps create a customized watering schedule with you home Wi-Fi network. You then can change or update it from your phone anywhere you have a signal."
Stanislaus County saw the state’s highest year-over-year percentage increase in property values at 11.4 percent, with total-assessed values at $39.7 billion for 2014-15. Merced County had the second highest percent increase, 9.3 percent, and San Joaquin County was fourth at 8.8 percent.
More than 1,000 high school sophomores from throughout Merced County and Chowchilla got a better understanding of their future career options and the education necessary to get them there at a Career Industry Day on Tuesday at the county fairgrounds.
A federal judge on Friday rejected jailed former NBA player Tate George's appeal of his 2013 fraud conviction, ruling that the government provided ample evidence for a jury to find him guilty of running a real estate Ponzi scheme.
Insurance company American International Group Inc. has agreed to pay New York state $35 million to settle claims that two former subsidiaries did business without licenses and misled regulators about their operations in the state.
Medicare said Friday it will consider paying doctors to counsel patients about their options for end-of-life care, the same idea that spurred accusations of "death panels" and fanned a political furor around President Barack Obama's health care law five years ago.
The explosion of Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket is stirring up mixed emotions as scientists and others involved in the space industry wait for more details on what happened over the Mojave Desert on Friday.
Anti-fracking activists and campaigners backed by big oil and gas companies sparred outside of voting sites on the last day of early voting in a North Texas university town that's considering a ban on new permits for hydraulic fracturing.
The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday released a revised environmental review of proposed petroleum development in Alaska's Chukchi Sea, a step that could lead to a resumption of Arctic Ocean drilling in 2015.
Japan is pumping more money into its lagging economy, expanding an already lavish stimulus effort. The surprise announcement Friday highlights diverging fortunes among the world's top economies. Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Reserve ended its own unprecedented stimulus in a sign of increased confidence in economic recovery.
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