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They're advising everyone to watch the snow, even more than the rain. Rain is nice, but the snowpack is critical. Hydrologists say all you have to do is remember last year, when there was no snow pack. A good snowpack gives us that slow spring melt that helps fill reservoirs but doesn't cause downstream flooding. And so far, so good. The Sierra Snowpack is at about 115 to 130 percent of normal. Now if it dried up we'd be in trouble, but there are still two and a half months in the rainy season. And the reservoirs are slowly re-filling--Lake Oroville stands at 47 percent of capacity and Lake Shasta is up to 55 percent of capacity. And other measures are helping. People realize they can no longer have lawns like in the past, conservation does help, and water storage is no longer a dirty word, even in Democratic California.

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said that a Yolo County resident has tested positive for a mild case of the virus after seeking a doctor for flu-like symptoms. The resident confirmed that they had traveled to one of the countries currently heavily affected by the mosquito borne virus recently. The CDC says the most common symptoms for Zika are a rash, joint pain, itchy red eyes and a fever - which are all usually mild but can last up to a week. Pregnant woman are advised to take extra precautions against mosquitoes if they plan to travel to heavily afflicted areas, as Zika virus has been linked to a serious birth defect.

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Some continue to remain skeptical in the wake of a charge against a former Paradise Police Officer. While some indicated it's about time others say former Paradise Officer Patrick Feaster got off light with an involuntary manslaughter charge for fatally shooting 26 year old Andrew Thomas last November. District Attorney Mike Ramsey says his investigation showed it was truly an accidental shooting.

 

 

Thomas was shot in the neck last November when Feaster fired on him after a rollover accident where Thomas was suspected of drunk driving. His estranged wife was thrown from the vehicle and killed. For some, the involuntary manslaughter charge was too light. Authorities indicate Feaster could've saved the life of the 26 year old Thomas if he'd given timely information to his superiors.

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A former Paradise Police Officer who was caught on police dashcam shooting a man in the neck in November 2015 is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter for the incident. 
 
Officer Patrick Feaster, who parted ways with the department last week was in Butte Count Court today and will face criminal charges for the officer involved shooting that resulted in the death of 26-year-old Andrew Thomas. The arraignment has been continued for two weeks to allow for the defense to prepare.
 
Feaster was booked into Butte County Jail before being released on his own recognizance and rescheduled to appear Feb. 24. 
 

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33-year-old Floyd Casados was taken into custody when he reportedly tried to escape a burning home about 1:30 AM Monday. He then reportedly kicked another inmate while in the jailhouse and charged with that. He was released, but later, Cal Fire investigators found Casados intentionally set the fire and he fled as they tried to arrest him. He was eventually taken back into custody and charged with suspicion of arson, obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.

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The Paradise Irrigation District heard from citizens Monday night about a plan for a 10 to 12 dollar increase that would gradually increase through the year 2020. More than 5,900 protest forms were submitted. The board members voted unanimously to accept and verify the forms thus killing the proposed rate increase. Another meeting on the idea will be February 17th.

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Oroville police arrived a the main office of the probation department at County Center Drive in Oroville after a report of a bomb threat before 9:30 am Monday. The office was evacuated briefly while officers searched the building. Officers did not find any suspicious items and employees were able to return to work.

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The fire started in a detached garage at a four-plex on Oleander Avenue around 6 pm Monday. Firefighters heard banging from the inside of one of the garage units. They used a saw to cut through the door and pulled a man out. The unidentified man was taken to Enloe Medical Center. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.

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Embattled Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster is reportedly no longer  employed with the Paradise Police Department. Paradise Police Chief Gabriela Tazarri-Dineen annouced Monday that officer Patrick Feaster is no longer with the department. She did not say if Feaster resigned or was fired. Feaster reportedly shot 26 year old Andrew Thomas after Thomas crashed his vehicle on Pearson Road. His passenger 23-year-old Darien Ehorn died at the scene. Officer Feaster claimed that his gun accidentally discharged striking Thomas in the neck as he was attempting to exit his vehicle. Thomas died almost a month later. The death of Thomas prompted D-A Mike Ramsey to consider possible charges of manslaughter against Feaster. Ramsey will reporteldy make a decision after the autopsy report.      

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30-year-old Edward Walcott was taken into custody after allegedly robbing the Money Saver grocery store on Park Avenue Sunday afternoon. He reportedly fled to an apartment on on West 16th Street. Authorities set up a perimeter around the apartment and used a public address system to call the suspect out of the building, but he did not respond. After 90 minutes the SWAT Team and Hostage Negotiation Team were called to the scene. Tear gas was reportedly used causing Walcott to be drawn out of the apartment.

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Search crews say they've found the body of a Red Bluff man who'd been missing two days. The body of 35-year-old Stefan Dekker was found late Friday morning in a pond off Red Bank Road. Authorities say there is no evidence of foul play and they believe he drowned. He was first reported missing last Wednesday morning and later his vehicle and dog were found on Red Bank Road near a pond on the property.

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32-year-old Brandon Qassem got 10 years and 8 months last Thursday for his part in an explosion that occurred on November 20th in 2014. He was already convicted of felony Child Endangerment and Manufacturing a Controlled Substance that caused great bodily injury.

 

The lab was in Thermalito and exploded more than a year ago. The burn injuries happened to his two nephews.

 

His wife was also convicted of one felony count of Child Endangerment for allowing her 1-year-old to be near the lab.

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One Paradise official is crediting a tax measure for keeping the city solvent. City Manager Lauren Gill says Measure C which was passed by the voters in late 2014 has helped fund a lot of things.
 
 
Measure C was a half cent sales tax that will only last 6 years. She says it was projected to bring in about 850 thousand dollars but may wind up raising a million dollars. Paradise Leaders get a mid year look at their budget this Tuesday. 

 

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The primaries are showing one major party is in trouble. Remember these numbers--25 and 7. Republicans have 25 states where they control both houses of the Legislature plus Governor. Democrats control everything in 7 states. Various news reports are saying it's not the GOP that's in trouble--it's the Democrats--and it may last for years. Democrats console themselves that the GOP is run by crazies and Dems have won the White House several times recently--but after that, what? No Senate, no House, only almost one quarter of the state governments, an avowed Socialist who's 74 and a 68 year old woman even many Democrats don't like and then what--? Democrats have no one on the horizon so if they lose this bid for the White House the entire Federal Government is controlled by Republicans. Perhaps for years, even decades. Of course, neither party really represents most of America. But that's something for another time.

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The group, known as the Committee of Vigilance is filing the complaint against Paradise Police officer Patrick Feaster, Paradise Police Chief Gabriela Tazzari-Dineen, and Butte County D-A Mike Ramsey for the November 25th officer involved shooting of Andrew Thomas.

 

Officer Feaster claimed he accidently discharged his gun striking Thomas in the neck after Thomas reportedly crashed his vehicle on Pearson Road resulting in the death of Darien Ehorn. Thomas himself died about a month later.

 

The complaint contains 16 criminal counts. The committee is requesting a formal investigation by the Butte County Grand Jury. The group is also calling for removal of D-A Mike Ramsey.  The Committee of Vigilance will hold a news conference and a rally at 1 PM on Friday at the Paradise Community Park.     

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21-year-old Andrew Reenan pleaded guilty in court Thursday to charges of driving under influence. Reenan reportedly crashed his Toyota Camry in a tree on 20th Street in October that took the life of 19-year-old Haley McMahon and injured 19-year-old Tyler Burns.

 

Reenan will be back in court in April for sentencing where he faces over 10 years behind bars.    

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Butte County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence at the Lime Saddle Estates Mobile Home Park on Pentz Road before 5:30 pm Thursday after a report of a shooting.

 

Deputies learned that 48-year-old Richard Duran got into an argument with another man and allegedly shot him in the leg with a shotgun. The bullet reportedly went through the victim's leg and hit his girlfriend's foot. The male victim reportedly held Duran down until deputies arrived.

 

The victims were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Duran was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.      

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Paradise Police do not suspect foul play in the death of a woman whose body was found Thursday.

 

The badly decomposed body of 41-year-old Vandy Caruthers was found in some brush just south of Grand Canyon Drive in the area of Honey Run Road.

 

Police think she died from hypothermia and exposure to the elements. They think Carithers had been dead for about four to 6 weeks. 

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They say on the afternoon of January 30th a female Chihuahua named Purdy got away from her handler at an event and bit a 21-year-old man. Authorities are worried about possible rabies and must verify the dog's health. If not found, the victim will have to start rabies shots. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the dog is asked to contact Chico Animal Control. 

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The 51st annual Colusa Farm Show wrapped up its three day run  on Thursday. The show had none of your usual household items--but it had everything from insurance to heavy equipment for the many agricultural shoppers who stopped by. Farm Show Vice Chairman Joe Stottlemyer says it had a little bit of everything from all over.

 

 

The hope is to give people a look at the newest in ag technology, solar energy, drone surveying and water management options. 

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You've probably heard the phrase too big to fail. Well, one State Lawmaker says the Public Utilities Commission is too big to succeed. Assemblyman Mike Gatto says it's time to restructure the scandal ridden State P.U.C. He's urging a ballot measure be placed before voters by the Legislature. 
 
 
Gatto is chairman of the influential Utilities and Commerce Committee and says it's time to hit the reset button on an agency that no longer works for the 21st Century. 

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When the first Super Bowl aired 50 years ago, no one paid much attention to the ads. Not so today. Back in 1967 you could buy a 30 second ad for 40 grand. Now, it's 5 million dollars. And if you thought the Big Game was an escape from politics, think again.

 

Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have all bought pricey sports to run during the Game---in game spots will cost Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio 300 thousand dollars--far more than the few hundred bucks they typically pay per spot. And they're placing their spots on local CBS affiliates that reach New Hampshire, which has its primary next Tuesday.

 

Agencies are also trying something new this year--unveiling the ads BEFORE the Big Game to drum up interest, have them go viral or on social media.

 

And oh yes, someone gets a commission on those big ads--not the usual but a fraction--but a fraction of 5 million dollars is still a good chunk of change. 

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A 3-year-old boy is abandoned in the Chico City Plaza on Monday. A young homeless couple with a small boy approached Chico City Councilwoman Reanette Fillmer, who is also a member of the Posse foundation, an outreach group for the homeless on Monday morning. The couple told Fillmer that they had been taking care of the child after his parents had asked some of the homeless in the plaza to watch him for an hour while they went to do something, but they never came back to get him. Fillmer later discovered that the parents had left to do some acid. The parents came back to look for the boy later on Monday, and the father, 30-year-old John Eldridge, was arrested for misdemeanor child endangerment. The mother was not taken into custody. The child was placed in the care of Butte County's Children Services Division. The Posse Foundation says it plans to reach out to the parents to attempt to get them the help they need to provide the boy with a safe living environment.

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A beauty school with campuses in Chico and Redding is facing accusations from the federal government. Marinello Schools of Beauty, a cosmetology school that operates 56 campuses nationwide, is accused of falsifying financial aid records and allegedly offering funding to students with invalid high school diplomas. They're also accused of cheating students out of money by either charging them too much or withholding the federal aid they were eligible for. The Department of Education has announced that is cut off federal funding for 23 Marinello schools in Nevada and California. Marinello has released a statement that calls the state's actions are unfounded, and that the lack of due process before cutting funding to their schools has caused irreparable harm to the business. 

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The Chico PD conducted a Sex Offender Compliance Check Wednesday. The Police Department conducts compliance checks at different times throughout the year. Authorities say the purpose of a compliance check is to verify registered sex offenders addresses, vehicles, and employment information provided during the mandated law enforcement registration. Out of the 40 verified registrants, 29 were in compliance, 10 could not be verified, and 1 was arrested for allegedly being out of compliance. According to police, Chico currently has 187 registered sex offenders residing within the city. 

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An investigation is underway after an officer accidentally fires his gun outside a bank in Chico. Officers arrived at the Bank of America on Broadway after receiving a hold up alarm around 4 pm Wednesday. Officers searched the bank but determined that it was a false alarm. An unidentified officer reportedly fired his patrol rifle by accident into the cement while outside of the bank. No one was injured and the bank remained open. An administrative investigation is underway to determine if the officer acted negligently or violated department procedures.   

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A high speed chase lands three men in jail on charges of evading police and attempted burglary. The incident began Tuesday afternoon after Chico authorities responded to a hold up alarm at the Sprint Store. Witnesses saw some suspects fleeing the area in a gray Camry. Police saw the suspected vehicle south on Highway 99 and chased it in speeds exceeding 95 miles an hour. They eventually caught up with the suspect and detained all three suspects in the vehicle. One was booked for evading police and all three face a charge of commercial burglary. An employee at the store thought the suspects had stolen two cell phones, but Investigators determined that the men had fled the business before they could take anything.      

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A Red Bluff teen gets 15 years in State Prison for shooting a Red Bluff girl last July. 18-year-old Anthony Nahinu was sentenced to the term for the shooting of a 15-year-old girl. Prosecutors say Nahinu opened fire near the Red Bluff Diversion Dam after a fight broke out between a group of people. That's when the teen girl was shot in the back. She was initially listed in critical condition but survived. Nahinu turned himself in last August. 

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Recent Oil Prices are reviving the old Wall Street-Main Street dispute. The recent slide in oil prices is bad news for Wall Street but good news for Main Street. Or investors hate it but consumers love it. Lower oil prices--and they may go down even further---mean cheaper gas and heating oil and give consumers more money.

 

Wall Street types see it as bad news because oil companies make less money. If you've noticed that Wall Street isn't always on the side of the consumer that's a trend we've been seeing for decades. But now Wall Street is complaining that consumers aren't spending that lower oil price savings while consumers are saying hey, we need to pay off our debts and so what--oil companies will only make millions not billions. Some even argue that with oil prices so low, gas at the pump should really be about a dollar a gallon. And so it goes. 

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli refused to testify Thursday in an appearance before U.S. lawmakers over severe hikes for a drug sold by a company that he acquired, yet even without answering questions, managed to leave them infuriated.

 

Shkreli appeared to smirk throughout his hour-long appearance, and moments afterward, insulting tweets began to appear under his official account calling the lawmakers "imbeciles."

 

Shkreli has been widely scorned for hiking the price of a long-established and potentially lifesaving drug by more than 5,000 percent. He exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when he went before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

 

Lawmakers erupted in fury. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the committee, told the 32-year-old Shkreli to wipe the smirk off his face.

 

Shkreli was dismissed less than an hour into the hearing, but not before Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. shouted down a request by Shkreli's attorney to speak. Lawmakers, instead, took turns denouncing his conduct and attitude.

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says faith is the "great cure" for the fear that sometimes leads people to do "funny things."

 

He says his faith also helps him deal with the "unique elements of my job."

 

The president made the comments at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. It's his final address as president to the annual nondenominational gathering.

 

He says fear of change and the uncertainty it often brings can lead people to lash out against anyone who's different.

 

He says fear can also lead people to give in to despair and it can feed man's most selfish impulses.

 

The president says faith and Jesus are good cures for fear. Obama also spoke about tolerance for different religions.

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal and state officials exchanged criticisms over who is to blame for a lead contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan.

 

An Obama administration official told Congress Wednesday that Michigan officials failed to heed federal warnings about the crisis and delayed for months telling the public about the health risks of lead-contaminated water.

 

Joel Beauvais, acting water chief for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said federal officials urged the state to treat Flint water for corrosion-causing elements last year but were "met with resistance" from state officials.

 

Keith Creagh, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, agreed that the state should have required Flint to treat its water, but said the EPA "did not display the sense of urgency that the situation demanded," allowing the problem to fester for months.

 

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CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama says bias against any segment of American society tears at the fabric holding the nation together and must be tackled "head on."

 

In an address Wednesday at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Obama pushed back against bias that Muslim Americans say is on the rise following terrorist attacks in Paris and California.

 

Obama talked about a 13-year-old Muslim girl from Ohio who wrote him to say she is scared.

 

Obama said that girl is like his own daughters. He says it's wrong that any child would be filled with doubt or question their place in society.

 

The visit was Obama's first as president to an American mosque.

 

Before the speech, Obama met at the mosque with Muslim-American leaders from around the country.

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Army and Marine Corps generals say they believe all women should have to register for the draft now that combat jobs are open to them.

 

The military service leaders say they will not lower standards to bring women into the more grueling jobs.

 

They told the Senate Armed Services Committee that it will take up to three years before the combat posts are fully integrated.

 

Army Gen. Mark Milley and Marine Gen. Robert Neller said women should be included in the requirement to register for the selective service at age 18. But Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Army Acting Secretary Patrick Murphy would only say that the issue should be discussed.

 

Political leaders have so far been reluctant to endorse the draft requirement.

 

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The former Pennsylvania district attorney who declined a decade ago to prosecute Bill Cosby testified Tuesday that he hoped the decision would free the comedian to testify in his accuser's lawsuit and help her win damages.

 

Cosby did, in fact, go on to testify as part of Andrea Constand's civil case, and she eventually settled for an undisclosed amount.

 

"I did not believe it was just to go forward with the criminal prosecution, but I wanted there to be some measure of justice" for Costand, former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor said.

 

The testimony came at a court hearing where Cosby's lawyers asked a judge to throw out the sexual assault charges because of what they said was a binding, decade-old commitment from Castor that Cosby would never be prosecuted.

 

The current district attorney has said he has no record of such an agreement.

 

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A victorious Ted Cruz and buoyant Marco Rubio have emerged from Iowa with compelling claims to the outsider and mainstream mantles in the fractured Republican primary.

 

Cruz emerged with a comfortable lead Monday night to win the country's leadoff vote in what had been a close race until the end.

 

Donald Trump, uncharacteristically humble after a second-place Iowa finish, was headed for far friendlier territory in New Hampshire, where the billionaire firebrand has been running strong.

 

Amid historically large turnout in Iowa, the unexpected benefactor was Rubio, who came within striking distance of Trump. Republicans had already been looking to New Hampshire to winnow their congested field.

 

The Florida senator's strong showing bolsters his case that Republicans should coalesce behind him as the mainstream alternative to the rowdier Trump or Cruz.

 

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Clinton has narrowly won the Democratic caucuses in Iowa, outpacing a surprisingly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders to claim the first victory in the 2016 race for president.

 

The former secretary of state, senator from New York and first lady edged past the Vermont senator in a race the Iowa Democratic Party called the closest in its caucus history.

 

The Iowa Democratic Party said it would not do any recount of the close results, and a spokesman for the Sanders campaign said it does not intend to challenge the results of the caucuses.

 

Clinton's victory in the Iowa Democratic caucuses means she will collect 23 delegates and Sanders will win 21.

With her advantage in superdelegates — the party officials who can support the candidate of their choice — Clinton now has a total of 385 delegates. Sanders has 29.

 

It takes 2,382 delegates to win the Democratic nomination for president.

 

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GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization has announced that the explosive spread of the Zika virus in the Americas is an "extraordinary event" that merits being declared an international emergency.

 

The agency convened an emergency meeting of independent experts on Monday to assess the outbreak after noting a suspicious link between Zika's arrival in Brazil last year and a surge in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads.

 

Although WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said there was no definitive proof that the Zika virus, spread by mosquitoes, is responsible for the birth defects, she acknowledged on Thursday that "the level of alarm is extremely high."

 

The last such public health emergency was declared for the devastating 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which killed more than 11,000 people.

 

WHO estimates there could be up to 4 million cases of Zika in the Americas in the next year.

 

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Locked in what's become a neck-and-neck primary battle, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made frantic, last-minute appeals to Iowa voters in the final hours before Monday night's caucuses.

 

Sanders told volunteers and supporters in Des Moines, "We've got a tie ballgame - that's where we are." He implored them to turn out and caucus, saying, "We will struggle tonight if the voter turnout is low. That's a fact."

 

Clinton hopes to overcome her surprising 2008 defeat to Barack Obama in Iowa, which transformed the then-first term Illinois senator from a longshot into serious contender.

 

Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, stopped by a campaign office in Des Moines, where Clinton said: "I'm so excited for tonight. I'm feeling so energized!"

 

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump says evangelical Christians "really do get me."

 

He's bragging about his support from the group also pursued by rival Ted Cruz just hours before the leadoff Iowa caucuses.

 

Trump told a rally in Waterloo that "the evangelicals have been unbelievable to Donald Trump."

 

Trump spoke to a smaller-than-usual crowd at the Ramada Waterloo Hotel and Convention Center, where many seats were left unfilled. Supporters may have been dissuaded by the heavy fog that blanketed local roads all morning.

 

Earlier, Trump told Iowans that rival Ted Cruz "will destroy your ethanol businesses, 100 percent."

 

Cruz has advocated phasing out ethanol subsidies over time — a position that is deeply unpopular in the agricultural state.

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Chico firefighters are responding to a building fire on the Chico State University campus. Smoke was reported coming from  Aymer J. Hamilton Hall  around 9:45 a.m. Monday.  The building is located behind the Bidwell Mansion, and has been evacuated.
 
Reportedly, firefighters at the scene suspect that the fire started from an electrical malfunction, which caused the insulation around the air ducts in the ceiling of the building to catch fire. 
 
The fire has been extinguished, and no injuries were reported.

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 The fire started at a mobile home on the 9 thousand block of Cohasset Road in Cohasset after 9 pm Thursday. Cal Fire crews arrived minutes after receiving the call but the home was already fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to put out the fire before it could reach another trailer on the property. Fire crews found two bodies inside the home and one person outside suffering from major burns. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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GENEVA (AP) — Indirect peace talks aimed at resolving Syria's five-year conflict have begun at the U.N, headquarters in Geneva, without the participation of the main opposition group.

 

Friday's talks are the first since two rounds of negotiations collapsed in 2014. Syria's conflict has killed more than 250,000 people.

 

The main opposition delegation has said it will not participate without an end to the government and Russian bombardment of civilians and a lifting of sieges in rebel-held areas.

 

The meetings are part of a process outlined in a U.N. resolution last month that envisages an 18-month timetable for a political transition in Syria.

 

The first meeting is between the U.N. Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura and a government delegation headed by the country's ambassador to the U.N., Bashar Ja'afari.

 

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The couple accused of murdering an Oroville woman last year have been brought back to Butte County from Wisconsin. 54-year-old Julie Moss and 46-year-old William Smith Junior were arrested in Wisconsin Rapids last December and were arraigned for murder Thursday.  
 
They're charged with the murder of Angela Murray whose body was found in a remote area off Dunstone Drive south of Oroville last November. An autopsy found Murray had been stabbed to death. 
 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials say the number of U.S. residents diagnosed with Zika infections in the past year has grown to 31.

 

All of them are believed to have caught the infection while traveling in the Caribbean or Latin America where there are outbreaks of the tropical illness.

 

Officials said Thursday the 31 people are in 11 states and Washington. In U.S. territories, Puerto Rico has 19 confirmed cases and the U.S. Virgin Islands has one.

 

The government is looking at the issue of blood donations from travelers, although officials think the virus is gone from an infected person's blood in a week or less.

 

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BURNS, Ore. (AP) — A video posted by the holdouts occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge says the remaining five members of the armed group will leave if none of them face arrest.

 

The statement was posted early Thursday to the YouTube channel "DefendYourBase," which the group has been using to give live updates from Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. David Fry has made frequent posts, but no face was visible in the video.

 

It shows a campfire while a man says authorities told the group that "out of five people left here, four of us are allowed to leave."

 

The video says the FBI told them that one of the remaining occupiers faces a federal felony charge. The video says "we are willing to stay here" unless authorities agree to drop it.

 

The FBI has established checkpoints around the refuge. Eleven other people have been arrested in connection to the standoff.

 

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — "Affluenza" teenager Ethan Couch has arrived in Texas after being deported from Mexico.

 

The 18-year-old arrived on a flight at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport late Thursday morning. He could be seen walking through the airport escorted by law enforcement.

 

A sheriff's deputy says he's scheduled for a detention hearing tomorrow. The judge will decide whether to continue to hold Couch at a juvenile facility, to book him in an adult jail or to let him go.

 

Investigators believe Couch and his mother fled to Mexico in early December, as Texas prosecutors investigated whether he violated his probation in a 2013 drunken-driving wreck that killed four people.

 

Couch and his mother were apprehended on Dec. 28 in Puerto Vallarta.

 

His mother was quickly deported. Couch initially won a court-ordered delay, but his attorneys recently dropped the deportation fight, saying his rights were protected by Mexican authorities.

 

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The man who died Tuesday Night in a vehicle roll over has been identified as 31 year old Daniel Kelley of Denver, Colorado. He was reportedly driving a 1995 Volvo at a high rate of speed on Highway 99 north of East 20th Street before 8:45 pm Tuesday. The Volvo reportedly slammed into the back of a GMC Yukon and then into the back of a Saturn, injuring several people. According to the CHP, the Volvo rolled onto its roof and Kelley was partially ejected from the vehicle. Kelley reportedly died at the scene. 

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 A man was reportedly seen driving a black Honda sedan erratically in the northbound lane of Highway 70 just south of Lower Honcut Road in south Butte County around 5:30 pm Wednesday. The driver allegedly went over to the southbound lane and struck a minivan. A woman in the minivan was airlifted to Enloe Medical Center with major injuries. The driver of the Honda was reported dead at the scene. A portion of the highway was closed for several hours while authorities investigated the scene. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.    

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20-year-old Brandon Fields was arrested Wednesday at a residence on Notre Dame Blvd. after Chico police received information allegedly linking him to two arsons that took place on January 12th. The first of the arsons took place New Dawn Circle where a motorcycle was reportedly lit on fire and that fire spread to a nearby vehicle. Then a boat fire was reported in a driveway on Webster Drive along with a mail box. In addition, property from the vehicles was located scattered around the roadways near the fires. Fields was charged with two counts of arson.     

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The answer is former President John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States. Tyler, who took office in 1841 after the death of President William Henry Harrison from pneumonia, fathered 15 children.

 

One of his sons with Tyler's second wife was born when Tyler was 63. That son then fathered HIS SON when he was 77 and so Harrison Ruffin Tyler was born in 1928. The other grandchild, Lyon Gardner Tyler, was born in 1924. Both still live, although they are quite old--Lyon Gardner Tyler is 92 and Harrison Ruffin Tyler, who lives in Franklin, Tennessee, is 87. 

 

Again, John Tyler was America's 10th President, was born in 1790, had 15 kids, with one born to his second wife when he was 63. Apparently large families and fathering children late in life were not that unusual in the 1800's. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged while pledging to closely monitor developments in the global economy and financial markets.

 

The Fed says in its policy statement that economic growth has slowed since it raised rates from record lows in December. The changes in its statement signaled that the Fed could be prepared to slow future rate hikes if recent market turbulence and global weakness do not abate.

 

It repeated language age it used in December that it foresees gradual rate increases in the future.

 

Some economists have said they now expect just two slight rate increases during 2016.

 

The policymakers left their benchmark rate unchanged in a range of 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent. Until December, they had kept that rate at record lows.

 

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Snow is being forecast in Iowa for early next week, but people gathering for the presidential caucuses likely won't be hindered.
 

Mindy Beerends, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Des Moines, says there could be rain and a little snow during the caucuses, set to begin at 7 p.m. Monday, but early projections show no accumulating snow until early Tuesday.

 

Weather is always an unpredictable factor of the caucuses, which typically draw hundreds of thousands of Iowans to precinct gatherings to choose presidential candidates and conduct political party business.

 

The bigger problem could be for the many campaign staffers and reporters in Iowa who want to leave after the caucuses. They could find their exit complicated by steadier snow Tuesday.

 

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BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Some witnesses say a man who was killed by police had charged at authorities during the arrests of armed activists occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge. But others say he complied with orders.

 

Authorities say a man died when officers opened fire during a traffic stop Tuesday. The daughter of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum tells the Oregonian it was the Arizona rancher.

 

Police have not detailed what led to the shooting or if Finicum or anyof the other ranchers exchanged gunfire with officers.

 

Mark McConnell says he drove one of the vehicles stopped by authorities and that Finicum was in another and "charged" at officers.

 

McConnell said in a video posted to Facebook that the rancher took off and authorities pursued.

 

He says he didn't see the shooting, but others in the group said he charged after law enforcement.

 

A message was left Wednesday at a phone number believed to belong to McConnell.

 

Briana Bundy, group leader Ammon Bundy's sister-in-law, said Finicum and others "did everything they asked, and they murdered him."

 

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Vehicles were backed up due to construction on Highway 99 north of East 20th Street in Chico when a man driving a dark colored Volvo reportedly did not slow down and slammed into the back of a GMC SUV before 8:45 pm Tuesday. According to the CHP, the Volvo rolled onto its roof and the unidentified driver died at the scene. Two boys in the GMC were taken to Enloe Medical Center with minor injuries. The left-hand northbound lane near the East 20th onramp was closed while crews cleared the scene.       

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The threat came after 8 am Tuesday morning, when a suspicious device was found near a water fountain at the historic building. The device was allegedly wrapped in a cotton t-shirt and duct tape. The bomb squad reportedly tried to disrupt the device but it did not explode. Employees were allowed to return to the annex building around 10:30 am. According to authorities, a man was later arrested, but his identity has not yet been released. 

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A 5 thousand dollar fine is slapped on a local roadside zoo. The Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation must pay the fine to Federal Officials for a series of alleged infractions. They include subjecting animals to more than 100 degree heat and mistreatment of other animals. The group PETA had been complaining for years about the roadside zoo, which is at the juncture of Highway 99 and 149 near Oroville. 

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Sierra Pacific Industries announced Monday that their sawmill located in Arcata will be closing. Sierra Pacific spokesman Mike Pawlicki said flat home construction in the United States and increased lumber imports from Canada played a role in the decision to close the mill. Pawlicki also said that the mill will continue to process lumber through March 25th then stop accepting lumber. Approximately 120 jobs will be affected by the closure, but Sierra Pacific is offering a 2000 dollar stipend for employees that want to stay with the company in another location.

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In every big sporting event, there are winners and losers. The Patriots lost to the Broncos Sunday in the AFC Championship, so all those caps, t-shirts and sweatshirts prepared beforehand saying they're AFC Champs will now go to nations where there's a need for clothing--like in Africa.

 

The clothing goes to the group World Vision, a Christian Non-Profit that distributes that clothing to countries in need. For instance, all that clothing that proclaimed the New York Mets World Champs--they lost to the Kansas City Royals--went to the nation of Ghana for people affected by the recent flooding. And all that gear that said the Chicago Bears were champs in 2007--they were beaten by the Indianapolis Colts--went to Zambia in Africa. As in most things in life, almost isn't good enough--but it is to the clothing deprived. 

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Police from both the city of Chico and the University will now be working more closely in and around the campus area. The joint Public Safety Agreement which was signed Monday between the two parties is patterned on state law and a similar agreement between authorities in San Luis Obispo, which also has a state university campus. Katy Simmons is Executive Director of the Chico Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

The MOU will reportedly allow the University Police to cite the Chico Municipal Code in off campus events and disturbances. The hope is to improve the safety and quality of life for both students and other residents.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland officials are ready to announce administrative discipline for 13 police officers who fired during a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people after a high-speed chase.

 

They include Patrolman Michael Brelo, who was acquitted of manslaughter charges in May for having fired the last 15 shots of the barrage in East Cleveland on Nov. 29, 2012.

 

The mayor, police chief and public safety director scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference to discuss disciplinary action.

 

All the officers were cited for joining the chase and leaving the city without permission. Many were cited for endangering other officers by creating a crossfire situation.

 

Brelo was suspended without pay, and the other officers were put on desk duty.

 

The police union previously said the discipline would be challenged during hearings.

 

 

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy says an initial inspection at Naval Medical Center San Diego found no sign of a gunman or a shooting.

 

Navy spokesman N. Scott Sutherland said Tuesday that military police had checked Building 26 after a person reported hearing three shots in the basement earlier in the day.

 

The base remained on lockdown as authorities went from room to room and led personnel out of the facility.

School officials say a lockdown has ended and instruction has resumed at three schools near the medical center.

 

In addition, TV images showed uniformed Navy personnel walking outside the medical facility. Their hands were in the air and they were being patted down by base police as a precaution.

 

The Navy hospital previously said on its Facebook page that an active shooter was reported and people were told to run, hide or fight.

 

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Everyone's lining up for the big day in two weeks--with big costs. Those of us here in the Northstate have a big advantage over most Americans--we'll probably DRIVE to Santa Clara--and that can save you quite a bit from the price and availability of airline flights from around the country.

 

But it's still pricey. The lowest ticket price according to Tiq IQ is 31 hundred dollars and 3450 on Stub Hub and parking passes starting at 68 bucks. There are about 35 thousand hotel rooms in the greater Bay Area--with Priceline saying 2 star hotels going for up to 600 a night, 3 stars going up to almost 12 hundred a night--and 4 star hotels are pretty much sold out. If you're going to stay home--and the advice is do--you may be thinking about a new TV.

 

Prices for those also rise just before the Big Game. Oh, yes, Super Bowl 50 features the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.  

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The man killed in a fatal traffic accident Friday afternoon has been identified as 40 year old Armin Latham of Willows. 

 

He was driving his Lexus when it collided with a bread truck in the rain near Ord Bend Park near the Glenn County-Butte County line. His 30-year-old wife and 1-year-old son were passengers, but they escaped with various injuries.

 

The 33-year-old bread truck driver, Cameron Alarcon of Chico, suffered moderate injuries. The incident happened about 1 Friday afternoon when the Lexus driven by Latham for some reason went into the other lane and collided with the truck on Ord Ferry Road. 

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Chico Police believe they have two of several suspects in a car theft ring in custody. They arrested two men Sunday evening after an incident on Notre Dame Boulevard. People reported seeing two men leave the area on foot after an apparent vehicle burglary.

 

Later police arrested 30-year-old Timothy Delong and 25-year-old Justin Bradley. Delong reportedly admitted that he'd been driving a stolen vehicle and later officers found so called "shaved" keys, which allow access to many cars of the same model.

 

The two remain in Butte County jail while other suspects may be arrested and charged.  

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Officers arrived at a unit at the Tuscan Villa apartments on Rancho Vista Drive around 4:30 am Monday and learned that a purse and a car were allegedly stolen from the residents while they were asleep. An officer on patrol found the reported stolen vehicle at a motel. Police found another vehicle that was also allegedly stolen from the same apartment complex. Officers found the stolen purse in the suspects' motel room. 42-year-old Sean Allison was arrested and charged with multiple felony counts and 56-year-old Pamela Bradford cited for possession of stolen property and she was released.     

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A state law gives campus police officers the authority to patrol a one-mile area surrounding the campus, the agreement signed on Monday basically reaffirms that law. University police officers can now enforce city laws like noise and social host ordinances. 

 

Authorities believe it's good for students living near the campus to see more officers from both departments having a presence in the area.

 

City leaders said the agreement doesn't just effect students. For police, the south campus had been a problem area for quite some time. Now that University Police will be aiding in responding to calls, Chico officers can focus more of their resources on the rest of the city.

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 21-year-old Proudstar Wilson was arrested in Happy Valley Monday. She was charged with the January 6th murder of 52-year-old Jon Boring at his home on Douglas Lane in Redding. The primary suspect, 25-year-old Robert Pasillas turned himself on January 12th. Authorities believe that there are two more people who were either witnesses or may even have been involved in the murder.     

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Due to a recent rash of mail thefts the Chico Police Department is telling residents to contact them immediately if they notice anything suspicious.

 

If you are the victim of mail theft officials say to not only contact Chico PD but to also file a report with the U-S Postal Service. Authorities say to set up a fraud alert from one of the major credit bureaus and monitor your credit report to help spot signs of identity theft.

 

Finally, they say to consider getting a Post Office Box. P-O Boxes are usually safe inside highly monitored Post Offices.

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Wal-mart is proposing an expansion to its current store on Forest Avenue. The company is interested in turning it into a super-center for the chain by increasing it's size to 200,000 square feet, which would house a gas station on the corner as well as a drive-thru that would allow customers to pick up groceries they had previously called in to order.

 

They are waiting on an environmental impact report to be completed, which is projected to be finished in the next couple months by the Community Development Department.

 

Seven years ago the city rejected an expansion plan for the site, which Wal-mart says they have reworked to make the latest proposal more attractive.

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BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The Burns Paiute Tribe is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to prevent an armed group from moving freely on and off a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

 

The small group angry about federal land use policy took over the buildings at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge more than three weeks ago.

 

Thousands of ancient Native American artifacts and maps to where more antiquities can be found are kept inside the building. Recent videos posted to social media show members of the group going through some of the antiquities and criticizing the way the government stored the items.

 

Tribal chairwoman Charlotte Roderique said the government should secure the refuge and stop allowing members of the group free passage to and from the site. She said the tribe fears some of the artifacts will go missing.

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two law enforcement officials say a bomb left behind by the couple responsible for the December attack in San Bernardino, California, failed because it was poorly constructed.

 

One official says 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farook and 29-year-old Tashfeen Malik drove around San Bernardino after the shootings at the social services center. They stayed close to the site of the shooting, apparently trying to detonate the remote-controlled bomb.

 

The officials were briefed on the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the case publicly. The attack left 14 people dead.

 

One official says the couple's two cellphones were so badly crushed that investigators haven't been able to conduct a forensic examination. Their computer hard drive hasn't been found.

 

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NEW YORK (AP) — Another drop in energy prices is dragging down oil and gas companies in midday trading, leading the overall market lower.

 

Chevron and Exxon Mobil each fell 1 percent.

 

The price of U.S. oil fell 5 percent to $30 a barrel in New York.

 

Twitter dropped 4 percent after several top executives departed.

 

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of Ohio's environmental agency is calling for a criminal investigation after the operator of a water treatment plant in northeast Ohio failed to tell the public that high levels of lead and copper had been detected in some homes last summer.
 

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler said in a statement Sunday that officials are "taking steps" to revoke the operating license of the plant operator in Sebring.

 

The statement says the EPA has "reason to suspect" that the operator falsified reports.

 

The water system serves about 8,100 customers in Sebring, about 60 miles southeast of Cleveland.

 

Sebring schools canceled classes Friday and Monday.

 

The city manager said last week that seven of 20 homes where the water is routinely tested showed the high levels of the contaminants.

 

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general has named a former prosecutor as special counsel to investigate whether laws were broken during the process that left Flint with lead-tainted water.
 

Bill Schuette said Monday that former Wayne County assistant prosecutor Todd Flood will spearhead his office's probe with assistance from Andy Arena, the former head of Detroit's FBI office.

 

The Republican attorney general also said his office is reviewing what can be done to prevent Flint residents from being billed for water.

 

Schuette's office represents both the people of Michigan and state government.

 

Schuette says appointing the special counsel will prevent conflicts between him, his investigation team and the team defending the state against water-related lawsuits.

 

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has apologized for regulatory failures and other things that led to Flint's crisis. Federal investigations also are underway.

 

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