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Snowboarders and skiers look for Sierra deals

SACRAMENTO, CA - With a holiday weekend here, thousands of snowboarders and skiers could be heading to the Sierra.  Problem is - most will pay full price to ride the slopes unless they follow experts' advice.

Boreal Ski Resort marketing director Jon Slaughter tells people to research on-line for entrance and lift ticket deals. His favorite site is www.snowbomb.com.

"It has all the deals from most, if not all, of the resorts in the Sierra," Slaughter said.

Most of the resorts have deals posted on their own websites.  But with warm weather forecast and big weekend crowds expected already, many special offers won't be around.  

Natalie Sentz, nsentz@news10.net

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Sacramento couple sentenced in 5-year-old's torture killing

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento mother and her boyfriend convicted of murdering her 5-year-old son were given long prison sentences Friday.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny sentenced Eduardo Zamora Jr., 32, to 23 years to life in prison and a second life term in the first-degree murder and torture of Braeden James Gardner in June 2009.

Amber Ingram, 26, convicted of second-degree murder, received a 15 years to life sentence for child endangerment for leaving her son with Zamora while she went to work.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Zamora called 911 on June 17, 2009, from the couple's home to report the boy had stopped breathing. Paramedics took the child to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Hospital officials said the boy had extensive bruising and injuries indicating he had been abused.

Jack L. Parker book signing event

Jack L. Parker, a resident of Roseville, will be signing copies of his Action and Adventure novel, Bhutanese Adventure.

When: Saturday, Jan. 22 from 1p.m.-5p.m.

Where: Borders, 2765 E. Bidwell St., Folsom 95630

Avid fly-fisher and eager adventurer Jeff Thornton has settled back into college life with his close friend Trudy Garrison after the rescue of his kidnapped parents from the evil Chinese Colonel Chin.

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Payroll tax cuts start Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House administration says Americans will start seeing the benefits of the payroll tax cut that President Obama signed into law in their paychecks starting Friday.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the 2 percent decrease in the payroll tax will benefit more than 150 million families. He said the average worker will see take-home pay increase by about $700 a year as a result.

The White House said the cuts will provide a boost to the economy and job growth this year.

The tax cut was included in a deal Obama struck with Republicans to extend Bush-era income tax cuts for all workers. An extension of unemployment benefits was also included in the deal.

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Victoria's Secret 2010 Fashion Show

 SLIDESHOW: Victoria's Secret 2010 fashion show

By Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY

NEW YORK - Call it the year of the hot mommy. Behind many of the biggest names on Victoria's Secret's supersized catwalk Wednesday night was a pint-sized tot, waiting at home.

"There are so many girls who have babies," said Alessandra Ambrosio, 29, backstage before the fashion show, not yet changed into the pink silk robe and flip-flops handed to all the models. Her daughter Anja, 2, is starting to recognize Mom's work. "If I show her a Victoria's Secret catalogue or a campaign, she will know which one is me," she said proudly. "And she poses already."

Every Sunday is country night at Red Hawk Casino

Sundays at  Red Hawk™ Casino  are now known as “Country Night,” as the stage bar features free concerts by classic and contemporary country music artists between 7 p.m. amd 11 p.m.

Headliners in January are The Frank Garrett Band, Buck Ford Band, Erin McKinney Band, and California Cowboys. 

Red Hawk Casino awards $59,000

Red Hawk™ Casino announced that it awarded $59,000 to 79 Red Hawk Rewards Club members over the course of the Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge between September 2010 and January 2011. This included $34,000 won in weekly drawings throughout the 17 week season, $10,000 to three season-end winners, and $15,000 in a second chance drawing, split by eight lucky winners. 

For those that still have football fever, Red Hawk Casino will be giving away a 55” Sony definition television and 16, 40” high definition televisions on Monday, January 17, during the Big Screen for the Big Game promotion.

Guests can win one of the 16, 40” high definition televisions in hot seat drawings held every 20 minutes between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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.