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Sacramento soldier comes home injured but proud: ‘I just did my job.’

Will Hoover grew up on welfare in south Sacramento, a kid with a strong sense of responsibility and a resilient way about him. On Aug. 5, 2014, he saved three lives in the so-called “insider attack” in Afghanistan that killed Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, the highest-ranking American war death in Afghanistan. Hoover almost died that day; he was badly wounded and may lose his leg. But he harbors no regrets. “I just did my job,” he said.

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Sacramento police cameras have got your number

Since September, Sacramento police have installed cameras at major intersections around the city, offering officers real-time data on suspect cars that has led to a handful of arrests. They’re called Police Observation Devices, or PODs, and local police are trumpeting them as a key part of the “next-generation” technology they say is making Sacramento safer.

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Crater Lake, Oregon’s blue beauty, faces unclear future

Crater Lake National Park is one of the most scenic natural destinations in the West, one that delights a half-million visitors every year. There’s mild trouble brewing in paradise, however, as some subtle effects of a warming climate pose immediate threats to the park’s flora and fauna, and could eventually compromise the lake’s legendary clarity.

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Opinion: Family circumstances cloud right-to-die debate

The story of Brittany Maynard, 29, who took a fatal dose of barbiturates rather than die a painful death from brain cancer, makes a compelling case for legislation that would allow Californians to end their lives under certain circumstances. But most dying people look more like my father than Maynard – and end-of-life decisions can be murky.

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