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StemExpress cuts ties with Planned Parenthood

Placerville company StemExpress has terminated its business relationship with Planned Parenthood Monday following protests that resulted from undercover videos posted by an anti-abortion group.

"While we value our relationship with Planned Parenthood, the work represents a small percentage of our overall business activity and we must focus our limited resources on resolving these inquiries," StemExpress said in a statement.

Auburn bears raid neighborhood trashcans

A photographer came face to fangs with three hungry bears in an Auburn neighborhood. One of the bears showed some teeth – and she wasn't smiling for the camera.

Momma bear and her two cubs were caught rummaging through trash in the residential community on Wednesday.

"When we got up close, it was about the size of the garbage can," said Torrey Loomis, the man behind the camera.

With the help of his dad, Loomis snapped dozens of photos of the bear family. 

Possible American River drowning near Auburn


CAL Fire and Placer County Fire responded to a water rescue after reports came in on Friday that a victim went under in the American River near Auburn and did not resurface.

Chris Africa with CAL Fire said units were heading to another call when they were flagged down and told a person was in the river. 

Multiple rescue organizations responded, including a dive team. CAL Fire said they are presuming the victim drowned.

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Sacramento libraries help teens find self-help books quietly

Sacramento libraries help teens find self-help books quietly

The Sacramento Public Library is getting some attention for a great idea that makes it easier for teens to help themselves with problems like depression, abuse and eating disorders.

Justin Azevedo, a librarian at the Arcade branch put together a list with issues teenagers sometimes deal with but are difficult to talk about. Next to each topic is the code that leads you to a self-help book.

"Whether it's something as seemingly mild as acne or whether it's something more serious like being in an abusive relationship," Sacramento Public Library teen librarian Molly Milazzo said. "These are the kinds of topics, especially when you are young, that you want to be able to handle quietly."

Placerville stem cell research company at center of Planned Parenthood protest

Protesters gathered in Placerville to speak out against a company that provides stem cells to researchers.

StemExpress was mentioned in a video released by anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress. Protesters said the company buys the body parts of aborted fetuses from Planned Parenthood.

"We're here to be a voice for those innocent lives," said Lisa Hart, with Get Stem Out of Hangtown.

The undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress features three high-ranking StemExpress officials in a restaurant meeting talking about getting fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood. In another video, Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services, Deborah Nucatola, describes techniques for obtaining fetal body parts to Medical Progress activists posing as potential buyers over lunch.

Man who shot a bear in Auburn claims self-defense

A bear was shot in an Auburn neighborhood Saturday morning by a man who said the animal was starting to charge at him and his dog.

It was a black bear weighing about 300 pounds.

The man who shot the bear, who did not want to be identified, said the bear had killed at least six chickens earlier that morning and was at his doorstep ready to attack him and his dog.

According to the man, he tried calling authorities, but claimed their response time was slow. He said an hour passed before the bear returned and he was forced to take matters into his own hands.

"He had to have had some type of fear for himself and his animals," said neighbor Earlene Olson. "He's an animal lover."

Drone over Auburn grass fire grounds firefighting air support


A hobby drone over a grass fire in Auburn grounded Cal Fire air operations early Wednesday night, officials said.

CAL FIRE spokesperson Daniel Berlant tweeted the drone was flying over the Baxter Fire, which was burning off of Baxter Grad Road and Memory Lane, and disrupted air support operations.