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Drought eases in farm belt but not over yet

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With the farm belt's soil recharged by melted snow and spring rains, farmers are anxious to start working the fields and planting seed for the 2013 crop season.

April 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Obama earned less in 2012, pays $112k in taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama made less in 2012 than in any other year since taking office, with about 40 percent of the nearly $609,000 in income that he and first lady Michelle Obama reported coming from book sales.

April 12, 2013 | | Nation


Lincoln impersonators rub gangly elbows at Ohio convention

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - John Cooper's obsession with being Abraham Lincoln began one score and five years ago. Its beginnings were humble.

April 12, 2013 | | Nation


Package sent to Arpaio could have killed

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona authorities say a package addressed to Sheriff Joe Arpaio discovered in a northern Arizona mailbox would have exploded if opened, leading to serious injuries or death.

April 12, 2013 | | Nation


Immigration bill could exclude many

WASHINGTON (AP) - A promised path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally may leave out hundreds of thousands of them.

April 12, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DOC CONVICTED OF MISDEMEANORS IN OHIO TEEN'S DEATH: DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The doctor of a 14-year-old Ohio girl who had cerebral palsy and weighed just 28 pounds when she died has been found guilty of three counts of failing to report child abuse or neglect.

April 12, 2013 | | Nation


District mulls action for Nazi assignment

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A high school English teacher faces disciplinary action for giving a writing assignment that asked students to make a persuasive argument blaming Jews for the problems of Nazi Germany, Albany school district officials said Friday.

April 12, 2013 | | Nation


X-rays show NH man swallowed ring during store theft, police say

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Police say the X-rays don't lie: A man who tried to flee from a New Hampshire jewelry store with a diamond ring worth $3,200 swallowed it.

April 12, 2013 | | Nation


Girl saw details online of sex assault

SARATOGA (AP) - A 15-year-old California girl who was sexually abused while passed-out drunk at a party hanged herself after discovering an intimate photo of her circulating online, a lawyer for her family said Friday.

April 12, 2013 | | State


Brown chooses private donors to pay for cost of China trip

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown likes to portray his administration as frugal when it comes to spending taxpayers' money. So he has taken the same approach as his predecessor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in paying for his trade mission to China - asking business interests and political donors to foot the bill.

April 12, 2013 | | State


Groundbreaking improv comic Jonathan Winters dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jonathan Winters, the cherub-faced comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, has died. He was 87.

April 12, 2013 | | State


Lead bidder ranked for $1B bullet-train deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California-based construction group Friday emerged as the top contender for the first contract that will be awarded to build California's high-speed rail line.

April 12, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TEMECULA STUDENTS DISCIPLINED FOR VANDALISM: TEMECULA (AP) - Seventeen Temecula Valley High School students are being punished this week for vandalism that included racist graffiti, a dismembered squirrel, glued lockers and a bleached sports field.

April 12, 2013 | | State


Contempt threat against Brown is a rare move

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judicial panel's threat to place Gov. Jerry Brown in contempt of court if he fails to comply with a mandated prison population reduction is a rare move, legal observers said Friday.

April 12, 2013 | | State


209 News

PIT BULL KILLS WOMAN IN YARD OF STOCKTON HOME: STOCKTON (AP) - A 38-year-old woman in Stockton has become the latest person to be mauled to death by a pit bull.

April 12, 2013 | | State


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Free ‘Concert at the Wall’ tonight for area youth

A free "Concert at the Wall" for junior high and high school students takes place this evening at 6 p.m. as part of the Not Forgotten Memorial Day Weekend Commemoration at Woodward Park.

May 22, 2015 | | NEWS


Bon Bons & the Kangaroo Court . . .

There is nothing more fruitless and futile, than an argument with someone on Social Media. A person can easily find themselves embroiled in a 3 day hash slinging competition – and who has the time for that?...Well, I do!

May 22, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Readers share thoughts about Memorial Day

Editor's note: Chris Teicheira asked his readers to post some of their thoughts about memorial Day.

May 22, 2015 | | Manteca to a T


Warriors hold off Harden, Rockets

OAKLAND (AP) - James Harden had Game 2 on his fingertips - and then he didn't.

May 21, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Curry earns 1st-team spot, Cousins on 2nd

NEW YORK (AP) - Golden State's Stephen Curry, the league MVP, and LeBron James are the only unanimous selections to the All-NBA first team.

May 21, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Bumgarner homers off Kershaw, Giants again blank Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner acknowledged that hitting a home run off Clayton Kershaw was a little out of the ordinary. Outpitching the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young winner, though, has become almost commonplace.

May 21, 2015 | | Pro Sports


New 49ers running back Bush ready to prove himself again

ANTA CLARA (AP) - Reggie Bush wants to return punts again, and he brought up the idea to the San Francisco 49ers when he joined the team as a free agent this spring.

May 21, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Ducks beat Blackhawks in Game 3

CHICAGO (AP) - Frederik Andersen and the Anaheim Ducks left that grueling Game 2 loss back in Anaheim. They brought their special teams to Chicago.

May 21, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Closing birdie for Spieth to share Colonial 1st-round lead

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Masters champion Jordan Spieth made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole with darkness falling for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday in the rain-delayed Colonial.

May 21, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Banged-up Cavaliers, Hawks adjust for Game 2

ATLANTA (AP) - While the Atlanta Hawks try to figure out who will guard LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers are just grateful the four-time MVP is still standing.

May 21, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Antonio Smith under investigation in Texas

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is under investigation in Texas over a criminal allegation the local sheriff described Thursday as "sexual in nature."

May 21, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Gentry interviews with Pelicans, still focused on Warriors

OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledged Thursday that top assistant Alvin Gentry interviewed for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans' job.

May 21, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Rays shut out struggling Athletics

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - It was another rough night for the Oakland Athletics - offensively and physically.

May 21, 2015 | | Pro Sports


CPUC backs gas plant near San Diego

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Utility regulators Thursday opened the way for development of a natural gas-fired power plant on the coast near San Diego, perhaps one of the last of its kind in California as the state pushes toward a green energy future.

May 21, 2015 | | Nationwide


Biomass fire may burn thru Saturday

TRACY - Efforts to extinguish the biomass fire in Tracy that is making air quality poor in Lathrop, Manteca and Ripon are continuing with officials hoping to have it out by Saturday.

May 21, 2015 | | State


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