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Pro-life pregnancy clinic denied space in Vacaville medical building


VACAVILLE, Calif. - A church-funded pregnancy clinic that counsels expectant mothers on alternatives to abortion is suing the owner of a medical office building for refusing to lease space to the organization.

Alpha Pregnancy Clinics of Northern California signed a lease in October to move its current Vacaville location in a small strip center behind a grocery store into the Nut Tree Road Medical Arts Center.

"We're bursting at the seams," executive director Diedre Eckle said. "But we'd also like to relocate to a place that's more medical."

Eckle said among the medical services offered by her clinic are no-cost ultrasounds.

"It's a piece of education that sometimes is the difference between them choosing life for their child or abortion," she said.

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Last-minute strategies to cut your tax bill

Last-minute strategies to cut your tax bill

With another tax year ending, it is time again to discuss tax planning. ... Read More

Man in Davis park indecent exposure filming pleads guilty to child porn


A man originally accused of taking pictures of 10- and 12- year-old boys as the woman he was with opened her dress and exposed herself to the kids pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography.

Nicholas Robert Bowen, 63, of Grizzley Flat entered the plea in Sacramento federal court Thursday.

According to court records, Bowen and Wenyi Xu of Folsom were arrested after a witness reported seeing Xu expose herself and Bowen take pictures of her and the victims at Davis Community Park on July 10, 2013.

There was a similar act at a Folsom elementary school, investigators alleged.

The investigation also turned up hundreds of sexually explicit photos of children on Bowen's electronic devices.

Court documents also state Bowen and Xu exchanged child porn images between Jan. 1, 2013 and July 10, 2013. Some of the images were of Xu's young daughter.

Senate layoffs resulted from $4 million budget gap

Senate layoffs resulted from $4 million budget gap


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate faces a budget shortfall of up to $4 million this fiscal year, helping explain why it laid off 39 of its roughly 1,000 staff members last month.

Senate officers had previously said that fiscal problems were to blame for the cutbacks.

Dan Reeves, chief of staff in the Senate president pro tem's office, tells The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/15QTIdl ) that the deficit resulted from slow budget growth during the recession, higher health care costs and having too many employees.

He says the constitutional formula that the sets the Legislature's budget provided a smaller than expected increase this year.

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Women must continue to lean in harder for top leadership roles, UC Davis study shows

Women must continue to lean in harder for top leadership roles, UC Davis study shows

The rewards of corporate leadership accrue faster for men. ... Read More

Rain causes travel problems in Sacramento area

Rain causes travel problems in Sacramento area


The much-needed rain storm throughout the Sacramento area on Tuesday did not go off without a hitch.

The wet and slippery roads caused major travel problems for commuters during the evening rush hour. The heavy congestion was a headache for drivers who were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic.

Dozens of vehicle accidents were reported, including a solo-vehicle roll over crash on Exposition Boulevard. The driver walked away without injuries.

"There's a lot of traffic and accidents so it kind of helped me," said Lea Johnson, who found herself stuck in traffic, trying to make her flight out of Sacramento International Airport.

Luckily for Johnson, her flight, as well as dozens of others, were delayed because of the inclement weather.

"First, they told me 35 minutes [delay] and now, it's almost an hour," she said.

Bitter food but good medicine from cucumbers

Bitter food but good medicine from cucumbers

The same compounds bred out of wild cucumbers to curb the bitter taste have potential to treat cancer and diabetes.

High-tech genomics and traditional Chinese medicine come together as researchers identify the genes responsible for the intense bitter taste of wild cucumbers. Taming this bitterness made cucumber, pumpkin and their relatives into popular foods, but the same compounds also have potential to treat cancer and diabetes... Read More