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Illini open Big Ten bowl, face La Tech

DALLAS (AP) - Illinois needed to win its last two games to become bowl eligible, then had to wait another week before finding out if there would be more football.

December 25, 2014 | | Collegiate Sports


UCF, NC State all business for tonight

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Central Florida can finish with at least 10 wins for the fourth time in five years, while North Carolina State hopes to take another step forward under second-year coach Dave Doeren.

December 25, 2014 | | Collegiate Sports


Chiefs linebacker Houston setting sights on sacks record

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Quarterbacks would be faring a whole lot better against Justin Houston this season if they avoided him as deftly as the Chiefs' star linebacker dodges reporters.

December 25, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Streaming release test for industry

ATLANTA (AP) - Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.

December 25, 2014 | | People & Entertainment


Capacity crowds pack screenings

NEW YORK (AP) - Critics and early viewers agree that "The Interview" is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event.

December 25, 2014 | | People & Entertainment


Goats help eat, recycle Christmas trees

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Goats are known to eat just about anything, but it didn't dawn on Vince Thomas until recently that the menu might include Christmas trees.

December 25, 2014 | | Nation


Leaders call for calm after police shooting

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) - The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson.

December 25, 2014 | | Nation


Brown issues 105 pardons

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Continuing a Christmas Eve tradition, Gov. Jerry Brown issued pardons to 105 people Wednesday, before retracting one to a man hours later after learning he had not disclosed recent discipline by financial regulators, a spokesman said.

December 25, 2014 | | State


Can GOP shatter ‘Obama coalition’?

ATLANTA (AP) - Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House.

December 25, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

DOG SURVIVES 15-STORY FALL WITH A BIG SPLASH: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A partially blind dog has survived a fall from the balcony outside his owner's downtown Sacramento condominium into a hot tub 15 stories below.

December 25, 2014 | | Nation


Man celebrates 40 Christmases with 1 tree

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - Neil Olson put up a Christmas tree when two of his sons went off to war in 1974, vowing not to take it down until all six children returned to his Wisconsin home for Christmas. The same tree, he says, is still standing in his living room.

December 25, 2014 | | Nation


Mom uses grief to help murder victims’ families

OAKLAND (AP) - Lorrain Taylor smiled a toothy grin and was warmly welcomed by customers and employees as she entered a popular barbecue restaurant just off Oakland's waterfront for a lunch meeting last week.

December 25, 2014 | | State


SF creates court only for veterans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco court system that emphasizes rehabilitation over punishment for those accused of low-level crimes has created a weekly offshoot to hear cases involving veterans.

December 25, 2014 | | State


State audit highlights employee wrongdoing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new audit highlights wrongdoing and errors by California state employees and agencies that have cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

December 25, 2014 | | State


Regulations would expand coastal California sanctuaries

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - National marine sanctuaries off Northern California are due to double in size early in the new year in order to protect a massive underwater nutrient flow that biologists say makes the coast's salmon and seabirds thrive and sea lions fat and yappy.

December 25, 2014 | | State


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Annual COLA column

Most people reading this column have probably heard the government announcement that Social Security checks will go up next year because of the automatic inflation-adjustment ...

October 21, 2017 | | Other Views


New Battle of the Alamo is brewing over shrine revamp

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Remember the Alamo? A new Texas battle is brewing over how best to do so.

October 21, 2017 | | Nation


3 arrested after shooting following white nationalist speech in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A man who fired a shot at anti-Nazi protesters following a speech at the University of Florida by a white nationalist has ...

October 21, 2017 | | Crime


Wounded veteran sees student debt forgiven but $62,000 tax bill

BATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The IRS is asking a wounded veteran from Michigan to pay $62,000 in income taxes on the federal government's ...

October 20, 2017 | | Nation


Deputies: Man had arsenal. note promising ‘bloody revenge’

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies conducting a child porn raid on a Florida home Wednesday found an arsenal of guns and explosives and a ...

October 20, 2017 | | Crime


Budget deficit hits $666B, an $80B spike for the year

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed fiscal year, a spike that comes as Republicans are moving to draft ...

October 20, 2017 | | Nation


Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump promised tax cuts Friday "which will be the biggest in the history of our country" following Senate passage of a ...

October 20, 2017 | | Nation


Billionaire launches ads urging Trump impeachment

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California billionaire Tom Steyer announced Friday that he will dump at least $10 million into a national television advertising campaign calling for President ...

October 20, 2017 | | State


Ranger whose gun used during SF slaying promoted

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management promoted a ranger months after his stolen gun turned up in the hands of a ...

October 20, 2017 | | State


Murder-suicide seen in desert deaths of California couple

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A young couple whose disappearance in the blazing summer heat of Joshua Tree National Park launched an urgent search died in a ...

October 20, 2017 | | State


Bannon brings message of GOP revolt to California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former White House adviser Steve Bannon wants to oust Republican senators he feels are disloyal to President Donald Trump. But in California ...

October 20, 2017 | | State


Wildfire victims search burned homes for surviving memories

SANTA ROSA . (AP) - After fleeing flames that were closing in on him 12 days ago, Donnie Steggal finally returned home Friday - and sifted through the ...

October 20, 2017 | | State


Mormons allow more tech & smartphones for missionaries

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mormon church's gradual embrace of the digital age for missionaries took another step forward Friday as the religion announced ...

October 20, 2017 | | NEWS


Vivian Marie Sanchez

Vivian Marie Sanchez, 86, entered into rest on October 15, 2017 in Manteca. She was born January 8, 1931 in French Camp, California to late ...

October 20, 2017 | | OBITS


‘Guns are all that protects you & your bible?’

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

October 20, 2017 | | Letters


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