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Pumpkin Crush at San Diego Zoo

San Diego, California - Galapagos tortoises at the San Diego Zoo got their opportunity to celebrate Halloween this morning with a special jack-o-lantern treat.  Pumpkins, many carved into holiday-style faces, were given to these animals as a special food item.  Although the tortoises ate the orange vegetables, they also seemed to enjoy crunching them in their own particular way.

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FTC Requests Public Comments on SCI’s Application to Approve Sale of Funeral Home in Auburn, California

Auburn, California - The Federal Trade Commission is currently accepting public comments on an application by Service Corporation International (SCI) to sell a funeral home located in Auburn, California, as required under the FTC’s May 2014 order settling charges that SCI’s acquisition of Stewart Enterprises, Inc. would likely be anticompetitive.

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GO-Biz Launches New Web Page - Breaking Barriers to Doing Business

Sacramento, California - Building on the state’s efforts to streamline the permitting process and make it easier to business in the state, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today launched a new web page to highlight the best practices of business groups and state and local permitting agencies that are making their programs more user friendly for businesses.

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The Home Depot Foundation Awards Grant to Redding Veterans Home

Redding, California - Starting today, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) begins enhancing the outdoor living space at the Redding Veterans Home thanks to a Celebration of Service grant from The Home Depot Foundation. The $12,000 grant, along with the assistance of The Home Depot volunteers, installs seating, a bird aviary, and therapeutic garden beds with irrigation.

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CalPERS CEO Issues Statement on Stockton Bankruptcy

Sacramento, California - Anne Stausboll, Chief Executive Officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) issued this statement in response to a federal bankruptcy judge’s ruling that confirms the City of Stockton’s plan of adjustment to exit bankruptcy:

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CEO of Lafayette and Walnut Creek Venture Capital Firm Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison

Oakland, California - Stephen B. Lopez was sentenced today to 24 months in prison, and ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution for his guilty plea to two counts of wire fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Acting Special Agent in Charge Thomas McMahon and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson.

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Huntington Beach Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Nationwide Foreclosure Rescue Scam

Sacramento, California - Jeremy Michael “Mike” Head, 34, of Huntington Beach, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for a nationwide foreclosure rescue scam, United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced.

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Owner of Los Angeles Home Health Agency Indicted in $33 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Los Angeles, California - A superseding indictment was unsealed today charging a co-owner of Fifth Avenue Home Health (Fifth Avenue), a Los Angeles home health agency, with a $33 million scheme to defraud Medicare.

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