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Derek McGinnis of Waterford has been named the 25th Assembly District's Veteran of the Year by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, R-Oakdale.
Lance Cpl. Gavin Brummund of Arnold was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, the Marine Corps reported. Brummund, 22, was the first service member from Calaveras County to die in Afghanistan or Iraq over the past nine years of U.S. wars in the Middle East.
A funny thing happened on the way to a predicted disaster: The Pentagon is learning to live with the automatic budget cuts its leaders had warned would threaten national security if they took effect.