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Local News

More “no burn” days coming to air district vote

“No burn” days for fireplaces would double under a proposal up for a vote Thursday. But people owning cleaner-burning devices would get...

Suicidal man tries to crash into CHP officer

A 21-year-old Merced man allegedly tried to crash his vehicle into a California Highway Patrol vehicle over the weekend in an apparent suicide attempt, officers told the Sun-Star.

Heartbreak: Homes burn before residents’ eyes, 33 destroyed near Bass Lake in Oakhurst area

The fire began off Road 426 outside Oakhurst and quickly climbed a hill, engulfing many homes around the crest before it descended to the edge of ...

Sodium intake too high among children, CDC report says

Children and teens are eating too much sodium, putting them at risk of developing high blood pressure and heart disease in the future, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sports

Amid calls to sit Ray McDonald, Harbaugh says 49ers won’t “flinch”

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh declines to comment when asked if he thinks defensive end Ray McDonald will be cleared of wrongdoing.

San Francisco’s Ray McDonald against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Business

Toll in GM crashes may top 125

At least 125 people may have been killed in crashes related to defective ignition switches in General Motors cars, according to the first batch of...

At least 125 people may have been killed in crashes related to defective ignition switches in General Motors cars, including Ryan Backus, who died in a 2006 crash involving this 2005 Chevy Cobalt.
State

Rod Wright steps down from the California Senate

Democratic state Sen. Rod Wright, sentenced to jail Friday for being convicted of perjury and voting fraud, resigned from the California Senate on...

California state Sen. Rod Wright appears at a Los Angeles courthouse on Sept. 3.
Living & Entertainment

Rhode Island magician competes on NBC talent show

A magician from Rhode Island is competing in the finals of "America's Got Talent."

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