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Minn. office shooter among 'several' dead

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The shooter who opened fire inside a Minneapolis sign company was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday and was among "several" people killed in the incident, the city's deputy police chief said.

September 27, 2012 | | Nation


Man kills masked boy, finds out it's his son

NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A man fatally shot a masked teenager in self-defense outside his neighbor's house during what appeared to be an attempted late-night burglary and then discovered it was his son, state police said.

September 27, 2012 | | Nation


Romney decries military cuts; President Obama talking jobs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama pledged to create many more jobs and "make the middle class secure again" in a campaign-closing appeal on Thursday - more than five weeks before Election Day - to voters already casting ballots in large numbers.

September 27, 2012 | | Nation


1 CRASH RESULTS IN 2 DUIS FOR WESTERN PA. DAD, SON

IRWIN, Pa. (AP) - Western Pennsylvania police say a father and son had both been drinking before the younger man crashed into a utility pole and was then given a ride home by his father.

September 27, 2012 | | Nation


New York to round out skyline with world’s tallest Ferris wheel

NEW YORK (AP) - The Big Apple is getting another "biggest": the world's tallest Ferris wheel, part of an ambitious plan to draw New Yorkers and tourists alike to the city's so-called "forgotten borough."

September 27, 2012 | | Nation


State news briefs

JUDGE SAYS PANHANDLING LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL: ARCATA . (AP) - A judge says a Northern California coastal city's law banning non-aggressive panhandlers within 20 feet of stores, intersections and parking lots is mostly unconstitutional.

September 27, 2012 | | State


GOP puts up little-known challenger to Feinstein

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With members of Congress across the country battling anti-incumbent fever, California's three-term U.S. senator, Dianne Feinstein, would seem to be a natural target in her re-election bid.

September 27, 2012 | | State


Palo Alto residents to vote on pot clubs

PALO ALTO (AP) - The tony San Francisco Bay area city of Palo Alto, known for its trendy boutiques, high-end restaurants and proximity to Stanford University, will soon decide whether to allow a seemingly incongruous set of new businesses - medical marijuana dispensaries.

September 27, 2012 | | State


All Yosemite workers to be offered hantavirus test after three visitors die

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park will offer testing to all employees at the site to determine if they have ever been infected with a deadly mouse-borne virus, officials said Thursday.

September 27, 2012 | | State


Chef found guilty of murder in boiled body case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A chef who told police he boiled his wife's body for four days to hide evidence of her death was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder.

September 27, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

LAWMAKERS CALL FOR HEARING ON REFINERY FIRES: RICHMOND (AP) - In the wake of a massive fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery, two lawmakers are calling for a state hearing to explore government efforts to prevent future blazes.

September 27, 2012 | | State


Deal reached for huge desalination plant

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego County Water Authority announced a tentative agreement Thursday to buy the entire output of what will be the Western hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant, clearing a major hurdle for construction to begin.

September 27, 2012 | | State


Curiosity finds signs of ancient stream

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The NASA rover Curiosity has beamed back pictures of bedrock that suggest a fast-moving stream, possibly waist-deep, once flowed on Mars - a find that the mission's chief scientist called exciting.

September 27, 2012 | | State


Man behind anti-Muslim film ordered jailed

Man behind anti-Muslim film ordered jailed

September 27, 2012 | | State


Where they stand on key issues

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Stances on key issues by Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken.

September 27, 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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