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Why did Sacramento commuter train suddenly jolt? Amtrak isn’t saying

Amtrak officials have declined to discuss why a Capitol Corridor passenger train suddenly jolted violently last month, injuring one passenger and causing others to fear it would derail. A spokeswoman said an investigation is underway. Federal Railroad Administration officials also have declined comment. Several passengers say they are angered by the lack of an explanation nearly a month after the incident.

Business & Real Estate

Tribe wins major ruling on Elk Grove casino project

In a major boost for a proposed $400 million Indian casino in Elk Grove, the federal government has agreed to let the tribe acquire 36 acres of land in the suburb for the controversial project. The U.S. Department of the Interior, in a ruling made public Friday, said it will take the land “into trust” for the Wilton Rancheria Indian tribe. That decision would pave the way for the tribe to buy the land, at the south end of Elk Grove near Highway 99, from shopping mall developer Howard Hughes Corp.

Business & Real Estate

TV ad rips Elk Grove casino project. Who’s behind it?

The fight over a proposed Indian casino in Elk Grove is intensifying, with an obscure nonprofit group airing a blistering TV commercial saying the casino would inundate the suburb with drugs, prostitution, bankruptcies and other woes. The 30-second spot, which aired last weekend on KXTV-ABC 10, was sponsored by a Sacramento group called the Council on Prosperity and Accountability. The organization appears to have connections to the card club operator that is spearheading the pending voter referendum on the casino.

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Video catches vandal wrapping bacon on door handle of Davis mosque to offend Muslims

Six windowpanes were smashed and strips of uncooked bacon were placed on an exterior door handle just after 3:45 a.m., Davis police said. Police are calling it a hate crime because pork Muslims are prohibited from eating pork products. The security camera video also showed her slicing the seat of a bicycle and cutting the tires several bikes.
Video courtesy of CAIR
Video catches vandal wrapping bacon on door handle of Davis mosque to offend Muslims 2:21

Video catches vandal wrapping bacon on door handle of Davis mosque to offend Muslims

Placer County Sheriff's Office: Avalanche evacuation warning for Alpine Meadows area 1:44

Placer County Sheriff's Office: Avalanche evacuation warning for Alpine Meadows area

Journey to the Dumpling co-owner 'obsessed' with soup dumplings 0:46

Journey to the Dumpling co-owner 'obsessed' with soup dumplings

Rehabbed pier now open on West Sacramento riverfront 0:36

Rehabbed pier now open on West Sacramento riverfront