Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes hit Islamic State military strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and a simultaneous U.S. strike targeted an al-Qaida cell said to be plotting direct assaults on American and other Western interests, the U.S. military said Tuesday. President Barack Obama declared that Arab support for the airstrikes "makes it clear to the world this is not America's fight alone."

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Twice, prosecutors said, Reshay Tiara Mott and Elliton Jaytwan Varnado clicked through the want ads on Craigslist and found a couple of easy robbery marks in men who were on the prowl for some sexual entertainment.
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Experts say a giant mudslide at Mount Shasta over the weekend likely stemmed from an unusual glacier melt. Forest Service officials suspect California’s prolonged drought is at play.
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James Monroe Powell, a cheerful man with a tireless work ethic who shined shoes for bigwigs at the state Capitol for half a century, died Sept. 7, his family said. He was 98.
Instead of simply opposing school bonds they don’t like, representatives from the Sacramento Taxpayers Association have been meeting with Sacramento County school districts since early summer to collaborate on them.
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For the second time in two years, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a federal judge must order the release of one of three men found guilty for the 1999 murder of a beloved Sacramento minister and gay rights activist, unless local prosecutors want to retry him, because he was denied his constitutional right to an attorney while under police questioning.

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