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She was trying to start a Neighborhood Watch. Now she’s dead.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified Ariyana Jones, 26, as the woman who was fatally struck in a south Sacramento shooting reported to police at the 6700 block of Tortola Way, north of 53rd Avenue, on Thursday night. A neighbor said Jones had gone door to door months before asking people to join a Neighborhood Watch group in response to a string of robberies in the area.

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Trump selects 'Mad Dog' Mattis for secretary of defense

Donald Trump kicked off his "thank you tour" with the announcement that he was selecting retured Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis for secretary of defense, a move that will break from the custom to have a civilian lead the Pentagon. For Mattis to be confirmed, Congress would first have to approve legislation bypassing a law that bars retired military officers from becoming defense secretary within seven years of leaving active duty.