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Victoria's Secret 2010 Fashion Show

 SLIDESHOW: Victoria's Secret 2010 fashion show

By Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY

NEW YORK - Call it the year of the hot mommy. Behind many of the biggest names on Victoria's Secret's supersized catwalk Wednesday night was a pint-sized tot, waiting at home.

"There are so many girls who have babies," said Alessandra Ambrosio, 29, backstage before the fashion show, not yet changed into the pink silk robe and flip-flops handed to all the models. Her daughter Anja, 2, is starting to recognize Mom's work. "If I show her a Victoria's Secret catalogue or a campaign, she will know which one is me," she said proudly. "And she poses already."

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Report projects impact of huge storm in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A new report details the projected impact on California if a catastrophic winter storm causes extensive flooding and landslides.

The report released Thursday by the U.S. Geological Survey creates a realistic scenario to raise questions about the ability of authorities to handle such a disaster and is to be used for preparedness.

A team of 117 researchers considered a hypothetical winter storm similar to a 45-day storm that devastated California in 1861 and 1862.

They found that such a storm could cause hundreds of landslides, flooding stretching 300 miles long in the Central Valley and serious damage in the state's major population centers.

In all, researchers estimated the losses and damages could cost on the order of $725 billion.

The New Professional: Party tights and forgetting

OK, so I lied. But I didn't do it on purpose. You see, when I wrote this guest post for Classy Career Girl about a month ago, I actually wrote that I cheated three times.  However, when I went back to add links, I could only find two links. I tried and tried but could not for the life of me remember what my third cheat was. Had I counted the two pieces of my skirt suit? Unlikely. So I changed it to "twice" and linked both cheats I could remember. But the third cheat just would not get out of my mind. Had I just imagined it?

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Less people dropping money in red kettles this year

SACRAMENTO - The Salvation Army is reporting a shortfall in red kettle donations this season. With only three days left in the holiday red kettle bell ringing season, The Salvation Army is asking for the public's help in upping donations.

Donations in the red kettles go to serve individuals in need throughout the area. Kettle funds not only help provide Christmases to families in need, the income also funds the much needed social service programs assorted Salvation Army locations offer throughout the year.

Local areas that are running short on kettle donations include:

Auburn
Sacramento
Stockton

To make a donation to these communities, simply drop it in the red kettle or visit their websites to make a secure donation online.

To make an online gift, visit the following websites for the areas in need:

auburnsalarmy.org
salarmysacto.org
stocktonsalarmy.org

 

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UPS workers fired following News10 investigation

AUBURN, CA - United Parcel Service store workers were fired this week after it was believed employees were opening packages meant for shipping.

The firing of about four employees came in the wake of a News10 investigation in early December.

"UPS does not tolerate employees opening or tampering with packages shipped by customers," said UPS spokesman Brandon Olsen.

The manager resigned shortly after News10's story aired in early December.

An investigation was launched when a Grass Valley man contacted News10, claiming his laptop computer was stolen by UPS store employees who allegedly replaced the laptop with sheets and soda,  then sent it to its destination.

Auburn grocery store suspected purse thief sought

AUBURN, CA - Placer County sheriff's investigators are looking for a man suspected of stealing customers' purses as they were grocery shopping in Auburn last week.

Dean Erwin with the Placer County Sheriff's Department says deputies learned of the incidents Dec. 30. Victims reported when they were in markets and turned their backs for a moment to select merchandise off shelves, someone stole their purses from grocery carts.

Erwin said investigators have reviewed store surveillance camera footage and determined the same man is responsible for two of the thefts. Investigators were looking a footage from a third incident as well.

The suspected thief is a black man in his 20s with a shaved head. He is described as 5 feet, 8-10 inches tall with a muscular build. He was wearing a long white t-shirt with black pants.

Auburn man caught cashing check stolen from friend

AUBURN, CA - Authorities arrested 20-year-old Kyle Estes Monday afternoon inside of a north area bank after he tried to cash a check stolen from a woman he recently befriended.

Placer County Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin said Estes and a woman walked into U.S. Bank located at 2360 Grass Valley Highway around 2 p.m. and attempted to cash a $550 check. Erwin said a woman, whose name was not released, had left the bank 20 minutes before Estes' arrival, to report recent unauthorized activity on her account. Investigators determined she had recently become acquainted with Estes.

Bank officials noted the check was related to the woman's account and immediately called authorities while Estes and his female acquaintance were still inside the bank, said Erwin.

Heavy snowpack brightens state's water outlook

SACRAMENTO, CA - The season's first measurements of California's mountain snowpack on Tuesday reaffirms the state is off to a great start for next year's water supply.

According to the state Department of Water Resources (DWR), the water content of the snowpack is at 198 percent of normal. Previously, water managers said they would be able to deliver 50 percent of requested water in 2011. If the strong early measurements hold up as the winter and spring seasons progress, DWR says it was all-but-certain more water could be released to users.

Some 25 million Californians and nearly a million acres of farmland rely on State Water Project (SWP) water.

Roseville-based Solar Power wins big contract

Roseville-based Solar Power wins big contract

ROSEVILLE - Roseville-based Solar Power, Inc. beat out its competitors to win the construction bid for one of the nation's largest rooftop solar systems. The company will build a five megawatt system for White Rose’s distribution warehouse in New Jersey.  White Rose is one of the nation's largest independent wholesale food distributors.

AAA offers free 'Tipsy Tow' service on New Year's Eve

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - AAA says there no excuse for drinking and driving this holiday weekend. The company will offer free "Tipsy Tow" service for revelers on New Year's Eve.

From 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. on New Year's Day, in Northern California, anyone who has been drinking, can call (800) 222-4357 and a tow service will take you and your car home for free, up to ten miles. Just tell the AAA operator you need a Tipsy Tow and a truck will be dispatched to your location, whether your a AAA member or not.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver's home as long as there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck.