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Man stranded in boat on Sacramento River for 3 days rescued

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A man was rescued Tuesday evening after being stranded on his sail boat on the Sacramento River for three days.

West Sacramento fire crews responded to South River Road and Gregory Avenue, between Miller Park and Freeport Bridge, around 6:40 p.m. after the man took his little dinghy to shore and called for help.

The man told firefighters he ran out of fuel for his sail boat three days ago and was drifting along. Then, he ran out of food and water.

The man said he was reluctant to leave because the boat and his belongings onboard were all he had. He feared that someone would steal the boat and his things if he left to get help.

West Sacramento Fire Battalion Chief Steve Binns said rescues like these are not common, but more people are living off their boat because of tough economic times.

The man suffered from dehydration.

Sacramento post office ready for tax deadline rush

SACRAMENTO - You've got until the end of Tuesday, April 17 to file your taxes and if need be, send Uncle Sam a check. Tax returns need to be postmarked by 11:59 p.m.

Tax day is one of the busiest days of the year for the U.S. Postal Service. Ralph Petty, Customer Relations Coordinator for the Sacramento District of the Postal Service, says the West Sacramento processing center will likely sort one million pieces of mail today, double the average.

The West Sacramento Post Office, at 3775 Industrial Blvd., is open for both lobby services and mail collecting until Midnight. The Stockton Post Office, at 3131 Arch Airport Rd., is open for collection of mail only until 10 p.m. All other Sacramento area post offices will close at 5 p.m.

Train hits, kills man in West Sacramento

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A man is dead after being hit by a train Wednesday afternoon.

The crash happened around 3:45 p.m. near Northport Drive and Commerce Drive, West Sacramento police Sgt. Nathan Steele said.

It's unclear why the man was on the train tracks when he was hit by the train.

The tracks run north of the intersection and under Interstate 80.

Only days remain to help save Sacramento pools

SACRAMENTO - Just two days are left for a fundraising effort to keep Sacramento pools open this summer.

Budget cuts have forced pool closures in recent summers. This year, Save Mart offered to match funds raised by the city up to $1 million.

The effort, that kicked off on Valentine's Day has raised about $270, 000.00 so far.

"This is about neighborhood safety, this is about building community," said Sacramento City Councilman Jay Schenirer, adding, "You can go to Save Mart and shop, city council members have been on the phone. We've raised, or are hoping to raise $25,000 per council member. The mayor's stepping up with about $75,000."

Kids at one local park lamented the loss of swimming time last summer and said they are hoping the pools will see longer hours this year.

Kings' Keith Smart reflects on NCAA title heroics 25 years ago

SACRAMENTO, CA - Before becoming the Kings new head coach, Keith Smart was never the pampered star athlete while growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisana.

"I got cut from the 11th grade team that won the state championship that year," said Smart. "And then the next year I broke my wrist in the 3rd game into my senior season and that was it for high school."

That meant no scholarship offers or college recruiters for Smart, who ended up at a junior college in Kansas.

"So my best friend went off to school at Garden State Community college and I went to school with him." said Smart. "And they had an open tryout and I tried out for the team and that's how it happened"

What happens if you win the now $640M Mega Millions jackpot?

SACRAMENTO, CA -  Do you have your ticket yet? 

The clock is ticking for you to get your Mega Millions lottery ticket.  The jackpot now stands at a whopping $640 million. 

The drawing is set for Friday night at 8 p.m. PDT.  All together, 42 states are taking part in Mega Millions.  And the frenzy is growing about as fast as the jackpot itself.

So let's play into your fantasy and say you win it big.  What do you do next?  Albert Woodward, a certified financial planner, has some advice.

First, says Woodward, sign your name on the back of the lottery ticket.  Make yourself a copy, then place the ticket in a sandwich bag and immediately deposit the winning ticket in a bank safe deposit box.

Second, he said, call the telephone company and get an unlisted number.  Share that number with just close family members and your professional advisors.

Body washes up at Clarksburg marina

CLARKSBURG, CA - A man's body was found in the Sacramento River Monday night.

People living in house boats found the man, floating face down, against a dock at Stan's Yolo Marina.

At the scene, Yolo County Coroner Robert LaBrash said his first priority will be an autopsy Tuesday morning. He said there were no obvious signs of trauma.

A woman who found the body said it looked like he'd been in there for a few days.

Investigators are treating it as a suspicious death, but it could also be a suicide.