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    Action Line: Don't get scammed by door-to-door sales

    BY BLAIR LOONEY Contributing columnist
    Friday, Jun 20 2014 11:59 AM

    Dear Action Line: A person selling a computer-assisted tutorial program recently knocked on my door. Since I have a daughter in middle school who's in need of a tutor I was interested in the program. I purchased the software but after a few days it stopped working and froze my computer.

    I have made many attempts to contact the representative, but have not received a return call. I have done business with door-to-door salespeople in the past and have had positive experiences. Now I question if I can tell the difference between a legitimate or fraudulent door-to-door seller.

    Do you have any tips? Dear reader: While there are many salespeople going door-to-door and representing reputable companies, there are also scammers attempting to...

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    Debate over state oil severance tax continues

    There is little gray area in California's debate over whether to impose a "severance" tax on oil production. Once again, as occurred in 2013, a bill has been introduced to levy a tax of 9.5 percent on oil and 3.5 percent on natural gas...

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    Kern oilmen unfazed by reassessment of Monterey Shale

    It won’t cause an exodus from Kern County oil fields, but a lowering of federal expectations for petroleum production along California’s vaunted Monterey Shale may change the state’s fracking debate, which could add to its local...

  4. Missed paper? New delivery partnership will put an end to that

    Starting immediately, home subscribers of The Californian will have their newspapers delivered by a company that actually intends on making sure those papers arrive daily, on time and in a spot where readers can find them. Like their...

  5. Diamond Foods to pay $5 million in SEC deal over walnut costs

    Diamond Foods Inc. will pay $5 million to settle charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission for its role in an accounting scheme. The SEC said Thursday that it charged the San Francisco-based snack maker and two of its former...

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    LOIS HENRY: If water's involved, progress can be drip by drip

    Time for a McAllister Ranch water banking update. If you're wondering why I keep such close tabs on this water banking proposal, I have two reasons. First, it's water. Any increase in water storage is of acute interest to this community...

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    Paramount goes head-to-head with its own success

    It's a tall order even for the branding geniuses who made Cuties a household name: top their own phenomenal success. Delano-based Paramount Citrus this week kicked off a five-year, $100 million marketing campaign to persuade consumers to...

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    Hurdle for high-speed rail: Where is the money?

    SACRAMENTO -- A judge's rulings this week ordered California's high-speed rail authority to rewrite its funding plan, bringing to the surface again one of the biggest hurdles facing the ambitious, $68 billion project: Where will the money...

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    Health law's small business insurance site delayed for a year

    CHICAGO -- The Obama administration is delaying yet another aspect of the health care law, putting off until next November the launch of an online portal to the health insurance marketplace for small businesses. The move, announced...

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    Businesses opposing contraception in health law get Supreme Court hearing

    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to referee another dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law, whether businesses can use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees. The...

  11. OC Register closes deal to buy Riverside Press-Enterprise

    LOS ANGELES -- The publisher of the Orange County Register has finalized its purchase of the Riverside Press-Enterprise for more than $27 million, the newspapers' owners announced Thursday. Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. bought the...

  12. Dow closes above 16,000 for the first time

    NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 16,000 for the first time Thursday as encouraging news on the job market pushed stocks higher. The Dow has been on fire lately, propelled higher by a combination of solid corporate...

  13. USGS finds land sinking rapidly in Central Valley

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Land in California's San Joaquin Valley is sinking more rapidly than usual because of increased pumping from underground sources, a phenomenon that is damaging vital water infrastructure, the U.S. Geological Survey said...

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