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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.

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Owner of rescued dog says Casper is weak, but still fighting

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Casper, the miniature schnauzer that was pulled from a drainage pipe Wednesday night, remains under the care of a veterinarian, but his owner says the dog is a survivor.

"He's got a lot of fight in him still," said Joseph Hernandez.

Hernandez said his 15-year-old dog is dehydrated and receiving fluids intravenously. "He's weak, not ready to move around on his own," Hernandez said. But Casper's fever came down and that's a good sign.

The family believes Casper was stuck inside an 8-inch storm drain for several days.

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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Man wanted for questioning in Rancho Cordova homicide arrested

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies have arrested 31-year-old Demetrius Shaffer, identified as a person of interest in the strangling death of Rajneet Singh Saturday.

Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said a tip lead deputies to find Shaffer at the Sacramento County Mental Health Center on Stockton Boulevard around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Shaffer was arrested for an active warrant on a previous, unrelated sexual case, said Ramos.

Investigators identifed Shaffer as a person of interest whom they wanted to question in connection to the New Year's Day murder in which 37-year-old Singh's body was found near the light rail tracks on Mills Park Drive.

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One killed, one injured in Highway 50 crash

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A Wednesday morning crash on westbound Highway 50 between the Mather Field and Zinfindal Road exits left one man dead and his passenger with injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Office Jasper Begay said the victims were in a stalled maroon Ford Tempo on the highway shoulder when their car was hit. The driver of a silver Chevrolet Tahoe was looking to the left while merging onto the highway and struck the back of the Ford.

The Ford's driver, a 54-year-old man from Carmichael, was transported to UC Davis Medical Center but didn't survive his injuries, Begay said. His passenger, a 44-year-old woman, suffered moderate injuries and was hospitalized.

The victims' names have not been released.

The SUV's driver sustained minor injuries. He was not cited at this time, Begay said. It did not appear alcohol or drugs were involved.

Man questioned in Rancho Cordova homicide has violent past

SACRAMENTO, CA - The family of a Rancho Cordova woman killed and left half-naked near railroad tracks on New Year's Day, is frustrated after the person of interest in the case spent less than five minutes in court.

Demetrius Shaffer, 31, was in a Sacramento County courtroom Thursday afternoon, but charged with a different crime. According to court documents Shaffer is accused of brutally raping a woman on Thanksgiving Day in 2010.

The details are too graphic to make public, but do include oral and genital sexual abuse.

That case went without a suspect until New Year's Day when Rajneet Singh's body was found near the tracks on Mills Park Drive.

Soon afterward, police released surveillance video of a nearby cardroom, asking for help to identify a man seen in the footage with Singh.

Loved ones of Rancho Cordova murder victim hold candlelight vigil

RANCHO CORDVOA, CA - Dozens of friends and family of 37-year-old Rajneet Singh gathered at the spot where her body was found New Year's Day to pay respects with a candlelight vigil Thursday night.

"People love her. People have always adored her," said Singh's cousin Mohini Singh-Farias.

The gathering centered around the exact location where Singh was found Saturday morning. Since then, people have lit candles and placed memorial items in front of the brick wall that separates the area from Folsom Boulevard.

Thursday night, several people shared fond memories of Rajneet that brought laughter from the crowd.

"People just loved her. She was vivacious, she was strong, she was admirable," said her cousin. "(This gathering) means so much to our family, because without them this would be a lot harder."

Puppies pilfered in Rancho Cordova home invasion

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Three 9-week-old Yorkshire terrier puppies were stolen by two men in a home invasion robbery Thursday afternoon, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

The puppies' 57-year-old owner was also knocked down during the ordeal and suffered scrapes on her face.

"The one guy was mauling my face, he tore my glasses off," said Tamara, who didn't want her last name revealed.

Tamara said she had advertised the puppies for sale on the Internet and about 10 minutes before the attack, she had received a call from a person she thought was a female inquiring about the puppies and her address.

Tamara said two men came to her house in Rancho Cordova, pushed her down in the garage and took the puppies. Police responded at 2:40 p.m. and searched the area for the culprits without success.

Woman found murdered in Rancho Cordova

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - The body of woman found naked from the waist down in Rancho Cordova on Saturday has been ruled a homicide.

Sgt. Tim Curran with the Sacramento County Sheriff's office said the woman has been identified as 37-year-old Rajneet Kaur Singh of Rancho Cordova.

A neighbor found Singh's body on Mills Park and Olson Drives near a light rail station just before 11 a.m. on New Year's Day. Curran said the neighbor discovered the woman while he was in his backyard looking over his fence. The neighbor's house backs up the area where Singh was found.

Investigators said there were no obvious signs of trauma, but are awaiting an autopsy for an exact cause of death. 

Man wanted for questioning in Rancho Cordova woman's death

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Authorities have released video of a man wanted for questioning in connection to the murder of 37-year-old Rajneet Singh Saturday.

VIDEO: Man wanted for questioning shown in video

Sacramento County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran said the video, released Sunday, is from a card room on Folsom Boulevard near where Singh's body was found on Mills Park Drive New Year's Day. The video shows a black adult playing cards and walking through the establishment during the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2011.

Curran said detectives have been told Singh was also at the card room at the same time and was seen with the unidentified man shown in the video.