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Affected by flooding in San Joaquin County? Here’s how to apply for FEMA assistance | The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, added San Joaquin County to its major disaster declaration for the State of California, now allowing individuals and households in the county to apply for financial help and direct services. This comes after floodwaters devastated parts of the county, such as Acampo and Woodbridge, by damaging homes and flooding streets this week. Read more here.

Carjacker kills 2 women in south Sacramento collision near Florin Road, officials say | Two women are dead after a man in a stolen SUV ran a red light and crashed into them, Sacramento officials said. That man, who was later found to be under the influence, was arrested while he was trying to steal another vehicle. Read more here.

2 skiers hurt in backcountry avalanche near Tahoe resort | Two backcountry skiers were sent to nearby hospitals Thursday in an avalanche outside the boundaries of a Lake Tahoe ski resort. Both skiers were transported to area hospitals for treatment of unknown injuries suffered near Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe, California. There was no immediate word on their condition. Read more here.

GoldenSky organizers excited to expand Sacramento country music festival | The lineup for the GoldenSky Country Music Festival, one of Sacramento’s newest — and already buzzing — music festivals, is out and organizers are already energized for the October event. The event debuted last October, bringing roughly 50,000 people to Discovery Park for two days of music, organizers said. Read more here.

‘The country is here for you’: President Biden vows to help California rebuild after storms | President Joe Biden said after touring California storm damage by air and on foot Thursday that the federal government is committed to helping the state recover from mudslides, flooding and other impacts. Read more here.

Google cutting 12,000 jobs as tech industry layoffs widen | Google is laying off 12,000 workers, becoming the latest tech company to trim staff after rapid expansions during the COVID-19 pandemic have worn off. CEO Sundar Pichai shared the news Friday in an email to staff at the Silicon Valley giant that was also posted on the company’s news blog. “Over the past two years we’ve seen periods of dramatic growth,” Pichai wrote. “To match and fuel that growth, we hired for a different economic reality than the one we face today.” Read more here.

T-Mobile says data on 37 million customers stolen | U.S. wireless network T-Mobile says hackers have stolen data on 37 million customers. It says the breach occurred in late November and was discovered Jan. 5. The company said Thursday in a regulatory filing that the unidentified intruder obtained data, including addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth. T-Mobile said the exposed data did not include bank account or credit card information, Social Security numbers or other IDs or passwords. Read more here.

President Biden on classified docs discovery: ‘There’s no there there’ | A frustrated President Joe Biden said Thursday there is “no there there” when he was persistently questioned about the discovery of classified documents and official records at his home and former office. “We found a handful of documents were filed in the wrong place,” Biden said to reporters who questioned him during a tour of the damage from storms in California. “We immediately turned them over to the Archives and the Justice Department.”

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Supreme Court says it hasn’t found abortion opinion leaker, but investigation continues | Eight months, 126 formal interviews and a 23-page report later, the Supreme Court said it has failed to discover who leaked a draft of the court’s opinion overturning abortion rights. The report released by the court Thursday is the apparent culmination of an investigation ordered by Chief Justice John Roberts a day after the May leak of the draft to Politico. At the time, Roberts called the leak an “egregious breach of trust.” The leak touched off protests at justices’ homes and raised concerns about their security. And it came more than a month before the final opinion by Justice Samuel Alito was released and the court formally announced it was overturning Roe v. Wade. Read more here.


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