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Payroll tax cuts start Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House administration says Americans will start seeing the benefits of the payroll tax cut that President Obama signed into law in their paychecks starting Friday.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the 2 percent decrease in the payroll tax will benefit more than 150 million families. He said the average worker will see take-home pay increase by about $700 a year as a result.

The White House said the cuts will provide a boost to the economy and job growth this year.

The tax cut was included in a deal Obama struck with Republicans to extend Bush-era income tax cuts for all workers. An extension of unemployment benefits was also included in the deal.

News10 Employee Pet Pictures

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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."

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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Folsom QB Dano Graves named National Player of the Year

FOLSOM, CA - Bulldogs quarterback Dano Graves was honored at a ceremenony at Folsom High School where he was officially named the Air Force Maxpreps National Player of the Year for High School Football.

This season, Graves led the Bulldogs to a CIF Division Two State Bowl Title, finishing with 85 total touchdowns (62 passing, 23 rushing), shattering the previous state record of 76 touchdowns.

Early this year, Cal-Hi Sports named Graves the California State Player of the Year, becoming the first player from the CIF Sac-Joaquin section to win the honor in 30 years.

Graves was also named News10 High School Football Player of Year.

By Ryan Yamamoto, RYamamoto@news10.net


Grizzlies win 10th in row, defeat Folsom 68-49

FOLSOM, CA - The Granite Bay Grizzlies stretched their winning streak to ten in a row, beating beating the Folsom Bulldogs 68-49 Tuesday night.

The Grizzlies boys basketball team improves to 13-1 and will face Oakmont (9-4) Wednesday night.

Car drives into Sacramento home

SACRAMENTO, CA - A car ran into the front porch of a home on Hazel and Central Avenues Wednesday afternoon.

A Nissan, going westbound on Central Avenue, ran a red light and hit a Monte Carlo going southbound in the middle of the intersection before hitting the front porch of the two-story home, said California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lizz Dutton.

Fire crews were called to assess structural damage caused by the car, said Dutton.

No one was home at the time of the crash and neither driver was taken to the hospital.

Police are evaluating the elderly driver to determine if she is fit to be driving, said Dutton.

Folsom police say vehicle fire determined to be arson

Folsom police say vehicle fire determined to be arson

FOLSOM - A fire that destroyed a van, tractor trailer and storage container in the area of Hidden Falls Drive and Carpenter Hill Road early Thursday morning, has been determined arson, according to officials.

Folsom firefighters received a call around 4 a.m. of a dumpster fire, but when they arrived on scene, a van, trailer and large Conex storage container were burning, said Folsom police spokesman Chris Hill. Once firefighters put out the flames, nothing but scorched, bare metal and the shell of the tractor trailer, was left standing. Hill said the damaged vehicles and storage unit contained miscellaneous building materials and electrical wiring.

Folsom police were called in to investigate the incident and were able to determine the cause was arson. Hill said due to extremely cold weather (approx. 32 degrees), arson investigators concluded the van was purposely set ablaze around 3:30 a.m.

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.