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uPOWERBALL ESTIMATED JACKPOT SURGES TO $400M: DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Without a Powerball winner this weekend, the prize has climbed to $400 million - one of the largest in U.S. lottery history.

February 16, 2014 | | Nation


Verdict in Florida again raises self- defense issue

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A verdict in the city of Jacksonville is again raising the issue of self-defense and race in Florida, just seven months after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin.

February 16, 2014 | | Nation


Call to reform wrker-run pension boards

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A rift between Gov. Jerry Brown and the board overseeing the nation's largest public pension fund over rising liabilities tied to longer retiree life expectancies highlights a concern about how decisions are made at an agency with tremendous influence over state finances.

February 16, 2014 | | State


Most GPS anklet alerts bombarding probation officers are ignored in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officers in the nation's largest probation department are being bombarded with alerts from GPS ankle monitors, potentially masking true alarms of danger.

February 16, 2014 | | State


State senator pushes bill that insur s people in US illegally

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrants living in the country illegally would be able to buy health insurance through the state of California under a bill introduced by a state senator.

February 16, 2014 | | State


Heavenly protests Forest Service plan

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Heavenly Mountain Resort is protesting portions of the U.S. Forest Service's 15-year land management plan for Lake Tahoe.

February 16, 2014 | | State


California health officials deem Mexican cactus a health risk

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials are warning people not to eat cactus sold in several stores around the state due to the presence of unapproved pesticides.

February 16, 2014 | | State


LA breaks record for largest concrete pour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles project laying the foundation for the tallest building west of the Mississippi has broken the world record for the largest continuous concrete pour, a Guinness World Records adjudicator said Sunday.

February 16, 2014 | | State


California water politics complicate Brown’s decisions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California struggles to cope with its historic drought, Gov. Jerry Brown is facing increasing pressure to tackle longstanding problems in the state's water storage and delivery systems at a time when the politics of the issue have never been more tangled.

February 16, 2014 | | State


Republican challengers see opportunity in water crisis

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought is providing an opportunity to the two Republicans vying to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown's expected re-election campaign this fall, highlighting what they say are government failures to prepare the state for a foreseeable crisis.

February 16, 2014 | | State


Wine-grape growers celebrate bumper 2013 California crop

MODESTO (AP) - California agriculture officials reported good news for wine lovers and vineyard operators alike: a record harvest of wine grapes.

February 16, 2014 | | State


Flu deaths in California jump to 243

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials warned that 243 people in the state have died from the flu this season, and authorities are investigating an additional 41 deaths this year as possibly flu-related.

February 16, 2014 | | State


Blame meth: Mail theft on upswing

Postal officials are warning residents to keep an eye out after a rash of recent mailbox break-ins across the Central Valley.

February 15, 2014 | | Crime


Farmers say Obama plan won’t help deal with drought

LOS BANOS (AP) - Farmers in California's drought-stricken Central Valley said the financial assistance President Barack Obama delivered on his visit Friday does not get to the heart of California's long-term water problems.

February 15, 2014 | | NEWS


Obama contends entire country concerned about Calif. drought

FIREBAUGH (AP) - Conveying the concern of the entire nation, President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. will have to make difficult choices about how it uses and conserves water as he paid a visit to drought-stricken California.

February 15, 2014 | | State


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For 50 years I have been both fascinated and concerned about a beautiful and extremely rare little purple trout, the Paiute Cutthroat Trout, (Salmo Clarki ...

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Broncos linebacker earns MVP honors

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Von Miller was second-to-none in the Super Bowl.

February 07, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Orange Crush delivers Super Bowl victory

SANTA CLARA . (AP) - A reborn Orange Crush might have sent Peyton Manning into retirement with a Super ending to his career.

February 07, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Uphill skiing grabs hold in Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Skiers looking for new thrills are heading to ski resorts after dark, filling parking lots and climbing ski runs after the ...

February 07, 2016 | | SPORTS


Toledo beats Andrade in Champions playoff

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Esteban Toledo continued his playoff success Sunday, beating Billy Andrade on the third extra hole to win the Allianz Championship on ...

February 07, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Matsuyama wins Phoenix playoff

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Rickie Fowler broke down in tears in the media center after his playoff loss Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, overcome ...

February 07, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Avery Bradley’s 25 points helps Celtics top Sacramento

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Celtics enjoyed a season-high scoring day to keep their current winning stretch rolling along.

February 07, 2016 | | Pro Sports


1986: Stricker’s 5th 20-win season

Forty years ago, on February 2, 1976, a titanic defensive struggle erupted into a quick scoring spree and Manteca High retained the coveted Bob Baldwin ...

February 07, 2016 | | Sports History


People with autoimmune disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 39-year-old male with systemic lupus. I read your article on artificial and natural immunity and how getting the flu ...

February 07, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Death toll from Taiwan quake hits 34, hunt on for survivors

TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) - The death toll from a powerful earthquake that toppled a high-rise apartment building in Taiwan rose to at least 34, according to ...

February 07, 2016 | | NEWS


Sanders campaign plans clash with political realities

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Bernie Sanders promises voters a "political revolution" that will fundamentally remake the American economy and its education and health care systems.

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


Mormon church comes out against Utah medical pot bill

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mormon church has come out against a Utah bill that would allow the medical use of edible pot products, a ...

February 07, 2016 | | State


Former Seattle IRS agent to face trial on bribery charge

SEATTLE (AP) - A former IRS agent in Seattle is set to face trial this week on accusations that he solicited and received a $20,000 ...

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


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