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AT&T agrees to buy DirecTV for $48.5B

DALLAS (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Sunday agreed to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or $95 per share, a move that gives telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against rivals.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Santa Barbara County pondering fracking ban

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A proposal by an environmental group to ban fracking in Santa Barbara County is headed to the board of supervisors on Tuesday.

May 18, 2014 | | State


1950s crooner Jerry Vale dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83.

May 18, 2014 | | State


State gearing up for bad wildfire season

SAN DIEGO (AP) - All evacuation orders were lifted Sunday as firefighters gained the upper hand on the remaining four of nearly a dozen blazes that tore through Southern California last week - while the governor warned the state was gearing up for what could be one of the drought-stricken region's worst wildfire seasons.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Gay marriage seeps in DA’s race in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The voter initiative banning gay marriage dominated California's political landscape six years ago, and it still casts a shadow over the race for district attorney in Sacramento County.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Oakland girl critical after being shot in her neck

OAKLAND, . (AP) - An 8-year-old Oakland girl was in critical condition after a stray bullet struck her in the neck while she was playing on her front porch with her younger brother, authorities said Saturday.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Revelers, 40,000 runners turn out for wild Bay to Breakers race in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An estimated 40,000 runners took to the streets Sunday for the iconic and offbeat San Francisco footrace Bay to Breakers, an event famed for the mingling of committed racers with scantily clad revelers in a party-like atmosphere.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Schools vying to host emissions lab

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Four California universities are vying to become the new home for the state's motor vehicle emissions laboratory responsible for clean air research.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Modesto grass fire damages nine townhouses

MODESTO (AP) - Fire authorities in Modesto say they believe a fast-moving grass fire that damaged or destroyed nine town houses was caused by people.

May 18, 2014 | | State


A man dies after palm tree falls on top of him

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An East Los Angeles man was killed when the top of a palm tree fell on top of him.

May 18, 2014 | | State


2 bodies found in Folsom Lake boat mishap

FOLSOM (AP) - Two bodies have been recovered from a lake east of Sacramento, where a boat with four men on board capsized a week ago.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Hiker robbed, murdered on remote Sierra trail

RED BLUFF (AP) - Friends and colleagues in Massachusetts on Sunday were mourning a beloved civic leader who authorities say was murdered while hiking on a remote Northern California trail.

May 18, 2014 | | State


Average 30-year fixed mortgage rate dips to 4.2%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week for a third straight week. The low rates could give a boost to the spring home-buying season, which has gotten off to a slow start.

May 17, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home building climbed 13.2 percent during April

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S home construction surged in April to its highest pace in five months. Almost all that increase came from the volatile apartment sector, a sign that Americans are still struggling to buy single-family homes.

May 17, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


California home price gains slow down in April

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices rose in April at their slowest pace in more than a year, while sales fell but less dramatically, a real estate research firm said Wednesday.

May 17, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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Defense lifts LHS in season opener

LATHROP - Lathrop High's girls basketball team has high hopes for the 2016-17 season.

December 07, 2016 | | High School Sports


Spartans stave off St. Mary’s

LATHROP - A defensive standout for Lathrop last season, Ronaldo Macias boosted the attack in the battle-tested Spartans' 4-3 win over visiting St. Mary's on ...

December 07, 2016 | | High School Sports


Mark Melancon knew Giants were the perfect fit right away

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A thoughtful meeting in the Bay Area with the San Francisco brass and Mark Melancon didn't need much convincing. Not to ...

December 07, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Al Attles has seen some history-making scoring performances

OAKLAND (AP) - Al Attles made all eight of his field-goal tries for 17 points for the Philadelphia Warriors during Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game on ...

December 07, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Promise from Los Angeles is an Olympics on the cheap

The last time Los Angeles hosted an Olympics, the city won the games largely because it promised to do them on the cheap.

December 07, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Sale traded to Red Sox, who’s the next big name to move?

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - The Cubs could use a closer, maybe someone like Wade Davis. Texas needs a center fielder, and most every team wants ...

December 07, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Yankees to retire Jeter’s No 2 on May 14

NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter's No. 2 is being retired, the last of the New York Yankees' single digits.

December 07, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Holyfield, Barrera head Boxing Hall of Fame class

CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) - As the youngest of nine children, Evander Holyfield never had a chance when he was a kid.

December 07, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Raiders QB Derek Carr looks for success vs. Chiefs

ALAMEDA (AP) - Derek Carr's first NFL win came against Kansas City after 10 straight losses to begin his career.

December 07, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Raiders can end 14-year playoff drought this weekend

NEW YORK (AP) - The Oakland Raiders can clinch their first playoff berth since 2002 this weekend, while the Patriots and Seahawks can also punch their ...

December 07, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets after benching in Chicago

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick is keeping his starting job after getting benched during one of the worst performances of his career.

December 07, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Living in the twilight

It used to be, back when I first started in politics, that I subscribed to every newspaper I could, and I had read them all ...

December 07, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump calling out Xi Jinping?

Like a bolt of lightning, that call of congratulations from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to President-elect Donald Trump illuminated the Asian landscape.

December 07, 2016 | | Other Views


A Civil War Christmas

The American Civil War, despite its savagery and enormous loss of life, still was the cause for many changes to our nation, which has been ...

December 07, 2016 | | Other Views


Things could be worse

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following by George Murphy Jr. first appeared in his column, "Batting the Breeze," in the Dec. 28, 1950 issue of the ...

December 07, 2016 | By GEORGE MURPHY JR. Batting the Breeze | NEWS


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