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Fans in Kansas City cast in disparaging light

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - There was a time when sports fans in Kansas City were considered among the best in sports, when Kauffman Stadium was the place to be during the sweltering summer months and tailgating at Arrowhead Stadium a rite of crisp autumn days.

October 09, 2012 | | Pro Sports


State Dept. officials say they didn't link Libya attack to video; at odds with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department said Tuesday it never concluded that the consulate attack in Libya stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam, raising further questions about why the Obama administration used that explanation for more than a week after assailants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

October 09, 2012 | | Nation


US to warn about counterfeit air bags

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is preparing to warn car owners whose air bags have been replaced in the past three years that dangerous counterfeit bags may have been installed, according to auto industry officials who have been briefed by the government.

October 09, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

POLICE: MAN TRIES TO ROB BANK OF $1 IN PRISON BID: NORTHERN CAMBRIA, Pa. (AP) - A man tried to rob a Pennsylvania bank of $1 because he hoped to be sent to a federal prison nearby, police said.

October 09, 2012 | | Nation


Police: Student took LSD before shooting

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A nude University of South Alabama freshman had taken LSD and assaulted others before he chased the campus police officer who fatally shot him, authorities said Tuesday, though the student wasn't armed and didn't touch the officer.

October 09, 2012 | | Nation


Big Bird flies high in 2012 presidential campaign via Obama television ad spot

NEW YORK (AP) - Big Bird is flying high in the 2012 presidential campaign.

October 09, 2012 | | Nation


Man's roach-eating death raises question: Why? Answers elusive

MIAMI (AP) - As a Florida medical examiner tries to determine how 32-year-old Edward Archbold died after eating insects during a contest to win a snake, people around the country are asking: Why?

October 09, 2012 | | Nation


Sandusky gets at least 30 years, denies wrongdoing

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - In what sounded at times like a locker room pep talk, Jerry Sandusky rambled in his red prison suit about being the underdog in the fourth quarter, about forgiveness, about dogs and about the movie "Seabiscuit."

October 09, 2012 | | Nation


State news briefs

TEEN DIES AS CAR COLLIDES WITH PICKUP, HITS HOUSE : UPLAND (AP) - A car collided with a pickup truck, careened into a vacant house and caused a carport to collapse in a late-night accident that killed a 13-year-old boy and sent his mother to the hospital.

October 09, 2012 | | State


40-year-old Sequoia note creates link between men

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man, his son and grandson climbed a California mountain peak with no name, but there was one on a 40-year-old note they found there.

October 09, 2012 | | State


Rise in California gas price slows hits new high average of $4.67

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The rise in California gasoline prices has slowed after recent jarring increases, but nonetheless the cost of a gallon inched up to another record high, even as officials hope their emergency action will help ease the sticker shock.

October 09, 2012 | | State


Moody's targets Sacramento, Fresno other California cities for downgrades

SACRAMENTO (AP) - One of the nation's top credit rating agencies announced Tuesday that it will review dozens of California cities for possible downgrades amid mounting concern over municipal bankruptcies and bond defaults.

October 09, 2012 | | State


Clinton implores students to back Dems

DAVIS (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton implored thousands of students and Democratic supporters Tuesday to act in what he says are their own best interests by supporting Democratic congressional candidates in newly competitive California districts.

October 09, 2012 | | State


High gas, diesel prices hurt ag industry

FRESNO (AP) - Farmers in California's agricultural heartland say record-high gas and diesel prices are putting pressure on their bottom lines, but economists say it's unlikely that will translate into significantly higher food prices across the U.S.

October 09, 2012 | | State


Richmond soda tax measure foes spend $2.2M

RICHMOND (AP) - A group backed by the beverage industry is spending millions of dollars to defeat a soda tax measure on the Nov. 6 ballot in this San Francisco Bay Area city.

October 09, 2012 | | State


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Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove of emails released Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Sacramento Gold Rush Days canceled due to drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California drought has forced the cancellation of Sacramento's annual Gold Rush Days, typically held during the Labor Day weekend, city officials said Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Man flying drone to take photos almost blocks firefighting planes

SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Pool water dumped in South Tahoe; resort fires three

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Officials at a South Lake Tahoe resort say they fired three employees who improperly drained 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of chlorinated pool water into a storm-water basin.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach that killed one was hard to see coming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.

July 28, 2014 | | State


Throwback: using a black powder replica

If you've never shot black powder guns before you ought to give it a try. It transports you back in time as you pour the powder down the barrel, drop the lead ball or shot in and tamp it down with a ramrod You had to let the smoke cloud blow away before you could see if you hit your target!

July 27, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Doss wins Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125

Using his front row starting position to maximum advantage, Upper Lake's Jeremy Doss was able to snatch the early lead in Saturday's Spears Manufacturing SRL Southwest Tour Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125 at the Stockton 99 Speedway where he spent the rest of the race fending off multiple challengers to earn the checkered flag.

July 27, 2014 | | Sports Columns


1st-place Dodgers sweep Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Carl Crawford hit an RBI triple to back Hyun-Jin Ryu's third straight victory, and the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers completed a sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 4-3 victory Sunday night.

July 27, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Jaso has 3 RBIs as Oakland A’s beat Texas Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - John Jaso drove in three runs, helping Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 Sunday night.

July 27, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Courtney Force captures NHRA Sonoma Nationals

SONOMA (AP) - Courtney Force beat father John Force in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Sunday to break a tie with sister Ashley Force Hood for career Funny Car victories by a female driver with five.

July 27, 2014 | | Pro Sports


The Big Hurt, Joe Torre top class

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy.

July 27, 2014 | | Pro Sports


49ers’ depth at running back to be tested after Hunter tears ACL

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Training camp is not even a week old and already the San Francisco 49ers' depth at running back is about to be tested.

July 27, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Tim Clark rallies to win Canadian Open PGA title

MONTREAL (AP) - Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk.

July 27, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Italy’s Nibali wins Tour de France race

PARIS (AP) - Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees.

July 27, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Smith’s NFL discipline could come soon

SANTA CLARA . (AP) - San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Saturday that he expects the NFL's decision on a possible suspension for linebacker Aldon Smith to be announced soon, perhaps even before the preseason begins Aug. 7.

July 27, 2014 | | Pro Sports


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