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McDonald brings dramatic & beautiful music to 147th Scottish games Sept. 1-2

PLEASANTON - The "new voice in town" is that of Steve McDonald, making his first appearance at the annual Scottish Highland Gathering & Games in Pleasanton. The New Zealander is that country's top selling recording artist. He joins a full lineup of traditional and Celtic Rock soloists and groups over the Labor Day weekend for the Games 147th run.McDonald brings a different tone and brand of music to the games. To quote his website, "Over the course of his career, Steve McDonald has entrenched himself into the hearts of Celtic music fans worldwide. His four albums tell the story of ...

August 24, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Symphony reaches new heights with Cirque

STOCKTON - As one of the most experienced aerial acrobats in the world, Vitali Tomanov will be drawing attention above the concert stage when the Stockton Symphony opens its Stockton Pops season on Saturday, Sept. 15, with the Autumn Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie.

August 24, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


KungFu Girls String Band plays Stockton

STOCKTON - The KungFu Girls String Band is playing the Bob Hope Theatre, 248 W. Fremont St, on Saturday, Sept. 22.

August 24, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


San Joaquin County Fair Sept. 20-30

STOCKTON - "The Magic is Back!" at the San Joaquin County Fair to be held Sept. 20-30.

August 24, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Angels Camp Museum adds artisan exhibit on Sept. 8

ANGELS CAMP - New Artisan's Exhibit grand opening takes place Saturday, Sept. 8, starting at 11 a.m. at the Angels Camp Museum

August 24, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Picnic at the Pops takes place Sept. 8

MODESTO - The music of Motown is being celebrated at the Picnic at the Pops presented by the Modesto Symphony on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the E. & J. Gallo Winery Grounds, Modesto.

August 24, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Napa Valley offers European elegance

NAPA - The grapevine has an amazing power to transform reasonably attractive countryside into an oasis of culture and beauty that speaks to all of one's senses – and no place is that better manifested than in the famed Napa Valley.

August 24, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


World class Mexican dancer seeks to change ballet in his country

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Just 22, Isaac Hernandez already had performed from Havana to Moscow to Jackson, Mississippi, not to mention four years as a professional with the San Francisco Ballet.

August 24, 2012 | | People & Entertainment


Couple marries while hovering over beach

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Here comes the bride, all dressed in a jet pack that's zipping down a California beach.

August 24, 2012 | | Nation


Full CEQA a must for bullet train

The only way the planned California bullet train could possibly be exempted from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) would be via legislative action followed by a signature from Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 23, 2012 | By TOM ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


Congressman Stark’s ‘second litter’ subsidy

Stark's 'Second Litter' Subsidy

August 23, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Raiders break camp after more than 3 weeks in Napa

NAPA (AP) - Carson Palmer is running out of time to get the Oakland Raiders first-team offense into the end zone in the preseason.

August 23, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Drug testing topic back in spotlight in Bay Area

OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy becomes uneasy each time he is called to the bathroom for a random drug test, even though he's confident he's completely clean.

August 23, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Panama, California advance at Little League WS

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Hance Smith's eyes widened in the dugout as he watched Quinton Gago send a homer well over the left-field fence.

August 23, 2012 | | Pro Sports


One bad inning costs Ross as A’s lose to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tyson Ross is headed back to the minors in a new role after making one start for Oakland in place of suspended Bartolo Colon.

August 23, 2012 | | Pro Sports


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Student ate more pot than recommended

DENVER (AP) - A Wyoming college student who jumped to his death at a Denver hotel had eaten more of a marijuana cookie than was recommended by a seller, police records show - a finding that comes amid increased concern about the strength of popular pot edibles after Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Man ate pot candy before shooting killing wife during 911 call

DENVER (AP) - A Denver man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher ate marijuana-infused candy before the attack, according to search warrants released Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man avoids $525 fine for refill at hospital

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-honor student gets 5 years

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An immigrant teen who had earned a scholarship to an elite U.S. college but helped solicit support for Jihadists he met online was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Flier warning: ‘Don’t tattle’ on bullies

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska school principal has apologized for sending fifth-grade students home with a flier that advises those who are bullied to not tattle on their tormentors.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Fraternity shuts Ole Miss branch

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• ASTRONOMERS SPOT MOST EARTH-LIKE PLANET YET: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


1.4 million Californians sign up

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A late surge of sign-ups pushed California's health insurance exchange nearly 100,000 enrollees beyond the original projections of the Obama administration, state officials announced Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | | State


1 dead, 1 injured in San Francisco boating accident

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - What was intended to be a fun night of sailing turned deadly as one person was killed and another seriously injured when their sailboat collided with a channel marker buoy in the San Francisco Bay, authorities said Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | | State


BART fined $210,000 for two deaths

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Workplace safety officials fined a San Francisco Bay Area commuter rail line $210,000 on Thursday over the deaths of two track workers who were killed by a train the officials said was operated by an inexperienced driver with inadequate supervision.

April 17, 2014 | | State


Campaign agency considers fines for brothers Tom, Bill Berryhill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's political watchdog agency began considering Thursday whether to fine two brothers for transferring money between their campaigns while both were running for state Assembly in 2008.

April 17, 2014 | | State


Deputy accidentally shoots self in leg

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Riverside County sheriff's officials say a deputy accidentally shot himself in the leg while trying to defend himself against an aggressive dog.

April 17, 2014 | | State


Military shell prompts evacuation of homes, businesses

SOLVANG (AP) - An old but still potentially explosive military shell that was found in an alley was safely destroyed early Thursday, ending an evacuation that emptied hundreds of homes and businesses in this Central California tourist town.

April 17, 2014 | | State


Fish found with mercury in remote regions of western national parks

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in sport fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | | State


Salmon released in SJ River restoration

FRESNO (AP) - Tens of thousands of spring-run Chinook salmon are being released into the San Joaquin River, marking a major milestone in the federal plan to restore native fish populations to the state's second-longest river.

April 17, 2014 | | State


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