Thursday Dec 12
Chimney fire causes $50K damages to Delhi home
A fire that started Wednesday night in a chimney and spread to the roof and attic of a Delhi-area home caused about $50,000 in damage, according to preliminary estimates from Cal Fire-Merced County Fire Department.
Top court says gay sex remains a crime in India
Indian gay rights activists and others stand outside the Supreme Court after the top court ruled that a colonial-era law criminalizing homosexuality will remain in effect in India in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
Merced Rescue Mission prepares for Christmas plans
Executive Director Bruce Metcalf points Tuesday to the sinks at the Merced Rescue Mission, where 114,000 meals are served per year.
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One traffic stop nabs three suspected drunk drivers
One stop of a suspected drunken driver early Sunday yielded three arrests when a second inebriated driver plowed into a patrol car and a third nearly hit an officer conducting traffic control, authorities said.
Search continues for suspects in two weekend homicides
Sheriff Mark Pazin on Monday described one of the two weekend homicides as an "execution-style" murder consistent with Mexican drug cartels and the other as "obviously" gang-related.
Three men dead in two Merced County shootings
The most recent shooting, reported as a double homicide, happened in Delhi. The other shooting occurred in Planada and claimed the life of one man.
Indian gays demand an end to discrimination
Gay rights activists sang songs and carried rainbow-colored flags while marching to the beat of traditional Indian drums Sunday, as they paraded through India's capital to demand an end to the stigmatization of gays in the deeply conservative country.