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Using a hands-free cell phone or talking to yourself?

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A driver in the next lane is moving his lips. Is he on a hands-free cell phone or just talking to himself? If lawmakers follow the advice of a federal board, police officers will have to start figuring that out.

The National Transportation Safety Board said this week that drivers should be barred from using all cellphones -- hand-held or hands-free. Such a law would be more restrictive than anything now on the books, and many police wonder how they could enforce it.

Capt. Donald Melanson of the West Hartford, Conn., police says it would be tough to determine if someone was on a phone or exercising their vocal cords.

An expert says a total ban would be too draconian, but a law professor says it probably would be constitutional.

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Palm Canyon Palm Springs

Palm Canyon Palm Springs

When you think of the desert, not many people think palm trees. But there is a beautiful hiking area known as Palm Canyon, right outside of Palm Springs, in the desert. A hike through the canyon is like being transported to an ancient time.

The California Fan Palms provide a striking contrast to the desert surroundings.Your visit can be a leisurely walk or husky hike over hills and through creek beds. With either choice you will be rewarded with tremendous beauty of towering mountains, ancient palms, springs and lots of picture opportunities.

Palm Canyon is part of the Indian Canyons Agua Caliente Indian Reservation. Admission ranges from $5 for children to $9 for adults. The Trading Post at the beginning of the Palm Trail is a nice gift shop. The trails are open October 1st through July 4th. But the month of December is pretty quiet and the weather is generally pleasant.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month Committee Meets January 3rd

National Child Abuse Prevention Month Committee Meets January 3rd

Sacramento/Placer,CA.-The National Child Abuse Prevention Month committee will host their monthly meeting Tuesday evening Januray 3rd from 6:00-8:30 P.M. at 5690 Mesa Verde Circle Rocklin,CA. The gathering will include pot luck dinner, program proceedings and opportunity to create Valentine gift bags for area foster/adopted children with special needs. Anyone planning on attending may affirm participation by phone (916-259-4396) and is asked to bring a dinner dish along with Valentine supplies (wrapped candy, stickers, crayons, pencils,small toys.cellophane bags etc…).

April is recognized from coast to coast as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time devoted to this critically important cause.

Deal of the day: Crush 29 offering 50% off

SACRAMENTO - The DealChicken deal of the day is $50 worth of food and drink for $25 from Crush 29 in Roseville.

Make plans for an intimate date or gather with a flock of friends for
a special event. Choose among soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers,
pizzas and specialties such as achiote glazed mahi-mahi, portobello
mushroom risotto and drunken brandy steak.

Established in 2007, Crush 29 is located at 1480 Eureka Road in Roseville and boasts an extensive list of 220 wines and more than 70
selections by the glass. They're open daily for lunch and dinner, and
offer a Sunday brunch buffet.

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Healthy Holiday Travel Tips

Healthy Holiday Travel Tips

By Dr. Bruce Kaler, U.S. HealthWorks

Here are some tips to make sure you reach your destination this holiday season without contracting a nasty cold or the flu.

Get a flu vaccine as soon as possible: The current vaccine is widely available in almost all communities. It takes a minimum of two weeks to develop any immunity after receiving the flu shot. Although this requires acting soon and planning ahead, it is the absolute most important factor.

Get adequate rest the night before travel: Having seven to eight hours of restorative sleep will give you a fighting chance of resisting whatever exposure you get when traveling. Travel days are usually long and hectic.

Autism's Amazing Power of Self-Focus

Autism's Amazing Power of Self-Focus

Some animals eat their young. And I think I know why. They're probably sleep deprived because their little ones won't let them sleep.

Charlie's been working some late nights lately. It's really hard on him, cause he's not a night person. He doesn't have as much energy as he used to. When we were first dating, we could both work all day and afterwards go to dinner and a movie. These days I'm in my pajamas as soon as the sun goes down. We're normally in bed by 10:00 pm. Might watch the news for a few minutes, but I'm usually out by 10:30. I have to get up early to get Jack off to school. There is no sleeping late in this house. Jack won't allow it.

He's gotten pretty good about falling to sleep in his own room most nights. We have a whole bedtime routine we follow: bath, snack, reading, teeth, bed.

Good-bye Tres Tequila; Hello Zocalo

ROSEVILLE -- Tres Tequila Lounge & Mexican Kitchen in the Fountains at Roseville suddenly closed last night with no notice to employees.

News10 checked it out and found a note on the door saying the restaurant is closed.

The company says the restaurant lost its lease and that it hopes the new tenants will give Tres Tequila employees extra consideration when they start to hire.

The new tenants are Zocalo. They are expected to take over the space March 2012.