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Is the rising jobless rate a good thing?

Economists said the higher unemployment rates, oddly, reflect continued improvement in the economy in June. Thousands of Californians, including in Merced County, flooded into the job market, in part because of the end of the school year but also because of optimism. Employers were hiring, but not in sufficient numbers to accommodate everyone.

Environment

Fire seasons are becoming hotter, drier and longer

The fast-moving brush fire tearing through the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend is part of a larger trend: Wildfire seasons in the western United States are lasting longer and burning more land, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Puppy rescue by City of Merced Fire Department

Truck 51 of the City of Merced Fire Department found and rescued a puppy that fell two floors down in an HVAC system on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.
City of Merced Fire Department
Puppy rescue by City of Merced Fire Department 1:42

Puppy rescue by City of Merced Fire Department

Merced migrant students wrap up summer program 1:34

Merced migrant students wrap up summer program

Pokemon Go players take ownership of parks 0:58

Pokemon Go players take ownership of parks

Merced College officer quits amid 'turmoil' 1:25

Merced College officer quits amid 'turmoil'