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Brentwood is a city located in Contra Costa County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 23,302.

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Indian man ate gold to get through customs

​For a couple of days, an Indian businessman was sitting on gold, albeit a little unusually and painfully. 

The 63-year-old businessman swallowed 12 small gold bars, weighing nearly 1 pound, in an attempt to smuggle the precious metal past Indian customs. The Guardian reports the man checked himself into a hospital after a few days of vomiting and trouble defecating, according to his doctor. After a three-hour surgery doctors called "tedious," the nearly $16,000 worth of gold was safely removed from the man's stomach and promptly confiscated by the police. (Via The Guardian)

The man's doctor at Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital says it was one of his strangest operations. "I remember having taken out a bladder stone weighing 1kg from a patient. But finding gold in a patient's stomach was something unbelievable." (Via BBC)

Believe it or not, gobbling gold isn't unheard of in south Asia. Because India imports the most gold in the world, its 15 percent import tax on the metal is one of the highest and spurs many to go "bottoms up" with their bars. (Via YouTube / Periodic Videos)

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The hike has caused gold imports to plummet nearly 90 percent in the past year. But the element remains popular for Indians of all areas and classes, according to the BBC.

"Shops sell it from north to south India. The rich buy it more, but even those people who generally struggle to meet their basic day-to-day needs don't hesitate to buy it whenever they possibly can."

And smuggling is on the rise, due to the tax increase. In September, two Sri Lankan men were caught with several kilograms of gold biscuits concealed in their rectums before a flight to India. It was the most gold Sri Lankan officials had ever found in a human body, according to

The Air Intelligence Unit at a Mumbai airport says concealing gold bars inside the body can lead to infections, pain and rashes. It's probably better to just pay the fee.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:51:13 -0700

CHP officer hit standing outside vehicle along 101

Officers are looking for a silver sedan missing its driver’s side rear-view mirror after the driver allegedly hit a CHP officer on Highway 101 in San Jose Friday night.

Officials say two officers had made a traffic stop along northbound Highway 101 near the McKee Road exit when the driver of the silver sedan crossed the median, to take the exit, and hit one of the officers before driving off.

The officer was taken by ambulance from the scene but CHP officials say his injuries were minor.

Officials say they found the driver's side rear-view mirror at the scene of the crash.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:25:21 -0700

Sliver of good news comes for drought-stricken farmers

It's a sliver of good news for drought stricken farms and cities.

Thanks to the rain and snow from February and March storms, the California Department of Water Resources announced Friday that it would increase water allocations for State Water Project deliveries from zero to five percent.

In the Tri-Valley, an area that relies heavily on state water, officials said while the increase is a good thing, the extra water won't be available until September, meaning mandatory water conservation will continue for folks in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin.

"Obviously we were excited to hear some good news for a change. That's the first time this year the allotment has gone up. But there's some tempered enthusiasm," said Daniel Smith, Director of Public Works Operations in Pleasanton.

Continuing conservation efforts across the board is critical, he said.

"I think we're concerned with how people will react to that and say, well things are getting better so I don't have to conserve," said Daniel Smith, Director of Public Works Operations in Pleasanton. "If it's dry again next year, and we don't get much water, we're going to be in a much worse situation."

At Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, workers said they've seen a steady stream of customers in recent days, panicking about the mandatory 25 percent cut to water use announced earlier this week for the Zone 7 Water Agency area.

"It was really important to us to allay their fears, and let them know yes, we can make everything work. We can preserve our existing landscape, and we can investment," said Jacquie Williams-Courtright, nursery owner.

She said she's been advising her customers to switch from spray and timed watering systems to drip systems and hand watering so there's less waste. Workers also recommend drought-resistant plants.

"I think mulch is probably one of the number one things people can do. We're calling it the miracle of mulch. Three inches equals a 30-percent savings of water," said Williams-Courtright. "It insulates the moisture in. It keeps it from evaporating out."

Santa Clara Valley Water District also gets water from the state. A spokesperson issued a statement, saying that the increase didn't change its water supply outlook for the year.

"We still need people to reduce their water use by 20 percent in order to make sure that we have sufficient groundwater reserves if this unprecedented drought continues into 2015," the statement said.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:08:47 -0700

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