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I put myself on "Candy Crush Saga" probation.

The moment of my self-directed timeout from the video game app came when I almost — almost — made an in-app purchase to get more gold bars, lollipops, bombs and jellyfish to help me finally conquer a level that had been vexing me for so long.

The recurring appearance on my cellphone screen of "You did not clear all the jelly" was getting on my nerves. And for just $5.99, I could buy a "Mega Candy Starter Pack." The red-tag sale sign suggested it was a bargain. Just one more life or lollipop and I would win, I reasoned.

That's how the addiction begins.
Michelle Singletary has admitted a fondness for Candy Crush Saga and knows it can lead to wasted money.
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A Grand Jury will not investigate the fatal shooting of a drunken driving suspect by a former Northern California police officer.

Former Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster is accused of shooting 26-year-old Andrew Thomas in November as he exited a vehicle after a rollover crash. Thomas died a few weeks later. Feaster has been charged with manslaughter.
<br /><br />PARADISE, Calif. (AP) - A Grand Jury will not investigate the fatal shooting of a drunken driving suspect by a former Northern California police officer.<br />
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Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says his company will fight a federal magistrate's order to help the FBI hack into an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino, California shooters. The company said that could potentially undermine encryption for millions of other users.

Cook's response, posted early Wednesday on the company's website, set the stage for a legal fight between the federal government and Silicon Valley with broad implications for conflicts over digital privacy and national security.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym had ordered Apple to help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the Dec. 2 attack that killed 14 people. Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, died in a gun battle with police.
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Four of the most advanced U.S. fighter jets flew over South Korea on Wednesday in a clear show of force against North Korea, a day after South Korea's president warned of the North's collapse amid a festering standoff over its nuclear and missile ambitions.

The stealthy, high-tech F-22 planes capable of sneaking past radar undetected landed at Osan Air Base near Seoul after the flyover escorted by other U.S. and South Korean fighter jets.

Pyongyang will likely view the arrival of the planes flown from a U.S. base in Japan as a threat as they are a display of U.S. airpower apparently aimed at showing what the United States can do to defend its ally South Korea from potential aggression from North Korea.
<br /><br />OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AP) - Four of the most advanced U.S. fighter jets flew over South Korea on Wednesday in a clear show of force against North Korea, a day after South Korea's president warned of the North's collapse amid a festering standoff over its nuclear and missile ambitions.
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Four family members are dead after their truck rolled into a canal over the holiday weekend.

The Merced Sun-Star reports authorities discovered the overturned GMC Sierra Monday. Officers pulled from the truck the bodies of a 33-year-old Snelling man, his wife, daughter and son.

Officers estimate the boy was 8 and the girl 12. The names of the victims were not immediately released.
<br /><br />MERCED, Calif. (AP) - Four family members are dead after their truck rolled into a canal over the holiday weekend.
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Retailers that accept food stamps would have to start stocking a wider variety of healthy foods or face the loss of consumers under proposed rules expected to be announced by the Agriculture Department on Tuesday.

The proposed rules are designed to ensure that the more than 46 million Americans who use food stamps have better access to healthy foods although they don't dictate what people buy or eat. A person using food stamp dollars could still purchase as much junk food as they wanted, but they would at least have more options in the store to buy fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats and bread.

In 2014, Congress required the Agriculture Department to develop regulations to make sure that stores that accept food stamp dollars, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, stock a wider array of healthy food choices.
<br /><br />WASHINGTON (AP) - Retailers that accept food stamps would have to start stocking a wider variety of healthy foods or face the loss of consumers under proposed rules expected to be announced by the Agriculture Department on Tuesday.
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After 80 days of filming and dozens of interviews, a documentary on the Channel Islands is set to premiere in downtown Ventura next month.

"West of the West: Tales from California's Channel Islands" explores more than 13,000 years of human history on the islands, officials said.

The premiere is one of dozens of events planned by Channel Islands National Park in 2016 to celebrate the National Park Service's centennial year.
After 80 days of filming and dozens of interviews, a documentary on the Channel Islands is set to premiere in downtown Ventura next month.
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We look forward to watching it and learning more about the beautiful Channel Islands that most get to see from afar but not experience in person.
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A California man will be released after spending 18 years in prison for a child molestation he is no longer believed to have committed.

The Press Democrat reports that a Lake County judge has ordered the release of the 71-year-old man because his accuser recanted the story she told police when she was 10.

The now 30-year-old woman told investigators she had lied at the behest of her mother, who battling the man for custody of their 2-year-old daughter.
<br /><br />SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A California man will be released after spending 18 years in prison for a child molestation he is no longer believed to have committed.
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Iran on Wednesday snubbed a proposal agreed to by four influential oil producers to cap their crude output if others do the same, with a senior Oil Ministry official saying Tehran has no intention of freezing oil output levels.

Mahdi Asali, Iran's OPEC envoy, said his country will in fact keep increasing its crude exports until it reaches levels attained before international sanctions were imposed on Tehran over its nuclear program.

Asali's comments came as Iran's oil minister held a four-way, closed-door talks in Tehran with his counterparts from Iraq, Venezuela and Qatar.
<br /><br />TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran on Wednesday snubbed a proposal agreed to by four influential oil producers to cap their crude output if others do the same, with a senior Oil Ministry official saying Tehran has no intention of freezing oil output levels.
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Survivors of November's deadly Paris attacks opened up to a French terrorism commission ahead of a highly charged Paris concert Tuesday by Eagles of Death Metal - the U.S. rock band that was performing in the Bataclan concert hall the night extremist suicide bombers targeted sites around the French capital.

The commission is meeting twice a week from now until June, tasked with establishing why and how the French government failed to stop the attacks that claimed 130 lives, most of them at the Bataclan.

The Nov. 13 attacks came just 10 months after deadly jihadi attacks on a satirical newspaper and a kosher supermarket pushed the country into high alert, and forced French lawmakers to look for ways to further protect French citizens.
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General Motors is recalling about 200,000 Saab and Saturn cars in the U.S. and Canada to replace the Takata driver's air bag inflators.

The move is part of a broader recall of over 5 million vehicles announced last month by U.S. safety regulators.

Takata inflators can explode with too much force in a crash and hurl metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 10 people have died worldwide and 139 have been hurt due to the problem.
<br /><br />DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is recalling about 200,000 Saab and Saturn cars in the U.S. and Canada to replace the Takata driver's air bag inflators.<br />
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More than 30 years since the bodies of young women started turning up in alleyways and garbage bins in south Los Angeles, attorneys are set to give opening statements in the long-awaited "Grim Sleeper" trial on Tuesday.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. has pleaded not guilty to killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007 in one of the city's most notorious serial killer cases. The "Grim Sleeper" nickname was coined because of an apparent 14-year gap in the murders between 1988 and 2002.

Franklin, 63, has been awaiting trial behind bars for nearly six years since his arrest in July 2010. The trial is expected to last up to four months.
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