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Southern California basking in record high temperatures

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While the East Coast shivers, Southern California is basking in unseasonably warm weather and the National Weather Service predicts it will continue through Friday.

February 13, 2014 | | State


Woman arrested after suspicious salon death

LONG BEACH (AP) - Police say a woman who advertised "vampire face-lifts" and other cosmetic procedures she wasn't licensed to perform has been arrested after a suspicious death at a Southern California salon.

February 13, 2014 | | State


More talking, longer sentences help babies’ brains

WASHINGTON (AP) - The sooner you start explaining the world to your baby, the better.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

uMAN IS ACCUSED OF CUTTING OFF DOG'S HEAD: PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh man is facing animal cruelty charges after he allegedly used a machete to decapitate his mother's Chihuahua.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Transgender widow’s legal fight revived

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas appeals court on Thursday overturned a judge's ruling that had voided the marriage of a transgender widow whose firefighter husband died battling a blaze.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Northeast is hit by another storm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Yet another storm paralyzed the Northeast with heavy snow and sleet Thursday, giving the winter-weary that oh-no-not-again feeling, while hundreds of thousands across the ice-encrusted South waited in the cold for the electricity to come back on.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Feds appeal tax sentence of Beanie Babies creator

CHICAGO (AP) - The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago said Thursday that it's appealing a sentence that included no prison time for the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities in Swiss bank accounts.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Warm West offsets cold East in January

WASHINGTON (AP) - For those who shivered through January, this may be hard to believe: Nationwide, the average temperature for the month was about normal because a warm West offset a cool East.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


‘Waltons’ patriarch Ralph Waite dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ralph Waite, who played the kind patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," has died, his manager said Thursday. He was 85.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Dems hope to force minimum wage vote

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - House Democrats said Thursday they will try to highlight GOP resistance to a higher minimum wage with a tactical maneuver meant to bring new attention to an issue they consider a political winner.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Bar honors wish, hosts employee’s funeral

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - A friend, bouncer, father and four-time husband was remembered Thursday in the suburban Detroit watering hole he considered his second home - and the place he had requested for his funeral.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


From Hudson to Panda, health a concern

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Here are five things to know about the San Francisco Giants, who report to spring training today and hold the first workout for pitchers and catchers a day later:

February 13, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Don’t be fooled by a full moon

It seems like overnight spring has come, and if I've ever had an itch to get out fishing it's right now.

February 13, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Crosby, Canada feeling confident

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Sidney Crosby is pretty sure Canada shook off all of its jet lag in its Olympic hockey opener.

February 13, 2014 | | Olympics


U.S. sweeps in ‘style’

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) - A newly minted American medalist was sharing his thoughts - something about making history - when a certain song ringing out from fans in the stands stopped him midstream.

February 13, 2014 | | Olympics


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Athletics hold off Angels in see-saw game

ANAHEIM (AP) - Josh Donaldson drove in Jed Lowrie with an 11th-inning double, and the Oakland Athletics overcame Mike Trout's tying homer in the ninth for a 10-9 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

April 16, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Sanchez ends it in the 12th

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hector Sanchez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night after Brandon Belt's tying double in the ninth.

April 16, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Celebrating No.42

NEW YORK (AP) - Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades.

April 16, 2014 | | Pro Sports


White Sox pay tribute to bombing victims

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox have paid tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing before their game against the Red Sox.

April 16, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Want to see where your taxes go?

Millions of Americans file their federal income tax returns by April 15 each year with no idea what the government actually does with all that money.

April 16, 2014 | By ROBIN CLAREMONT The National Priorities Project | Other Views


Nevada showdown: All hat, no cattle

Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and his well-armed supporters forced the well-armed federal government to back down and return Bundy's seized cows - which were seized because Bundy, 67, stopped paying grazing fees in 1993. How does anyone get the government to back down?

April 16, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


10 things to know as the Stanley Cup playoffs get underway

Here's a look at 10 things to watch when the NHL playoffs begin Wednesday with a new format, some stars returning from injuries and renewed rivalries:

April 15, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Warriors go on without C Bogut

OAKLAND (AP) - Go small or go home.

April 15, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Cal hires Martin as coach

BERKELEY (AP) - A more relaxed fan base, milder weather and a chance to coach at the top-rated public university in the country added up to Cuonzo Martin making the decision to leave Tennessee for California.

April 15, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Duke’s Parker will decide today

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Jabari Parker says he plans to meet with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski when he returns to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, and he will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the NBA draft or return to college for his sophomore year.

April 15, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Djokovic eases into Monte Carlo 3rd round

MONACO (AP) - Novak Djokovic began the defense of his Monte Carlo Masters title in flamboyant style Tuesday, taking only 45 minutes to beat Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-0 and maintain his perfect record against the Spaniard.

April 15, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Texas Tenors bring country roots with classical sound

STOCKTON - Since wowing audiences as the highest-ranking vocal group ever on NBC's America's Got Talent, JC Fisher, Marcus Collins and John Hagen bring their diverse brand of harmonic, pop melodies to the Stockton Symphony's Pops & Picnic concert on Saturday, May 3.

April 15, 2014 | | People & Entertainment


Spring Choral Concert at MJC April 25

MODESTO –The Modesto Junior College Concert Choir will present a Choral Concert on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on the East Campus, 435 College Avenue.

April 15, 2014 | | People & Entertainment


Research finds signs of brain changes in marijuana smokers

NEW YORK (AP) - A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks growing medical debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


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