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Ex-Madera food company settles lawsuit for $1.47 million

Z Foods, a defunct dried fruit processor from Madera, was ordered July 21 by a federal judge to pay $1.47 million to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The federal agency contended that Z Foods allowed supervisors to sexually harass female employees. Male workers who witnessed the acts and complained were retaliated against and later fired.

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Boy Scouts faring well a year after easing ban on gay adults

There were dire warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group's leaders, under intense pressure, voted to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults. Several of the biggest sponsors of Scout units, including the Roman Catholic, Mormon and Southern Baptist churches, were openly dismayed, raising the prospect of mass defections.

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Barricaded man in L Street surrenders

A standoff across from the state Capitol ended peacefully late Monday afternoon when police arrested a man who had barricaded himself in his car on L Street.
Hector Amezcua The Sacramento Bee
Barricaded man in L Street surrenders 0:46

Barricaded man in L Street surrenders

Man in car near Capitol screams at Sacramento police 1:11

Man in car near Capitol screams at Sacramento police

Ted Cruz invokes Reagan in California: 'There's a new revolution brewing' 0:31

Ted Cruz invokes Reagan in California: 'There's a new revolution brewing'

Jerry Brown economics: 'empathy' vs. market 'ravages' 0:40

Jerry Brown economics: 'empathy' vs. market 'ravages'