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Graceland marks 30th year as attraction

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - When Graceland opened to the public 30 years ago this month, nobody knew if it would be a success. Nearly 18 million visitors later, the house where Elvis Presley once lived is a money-making business that's helped transform the city of Memphis into a top destination for music lovers.

June 14, 2012 | | On The Road


Burger King bets on bacon sundae for summertime sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Burger King wants to lure customers this summer with a barbecue party - and a bacon sundae.

June 14, 2012 | | On The Road


Foreign travel to Mexico rises despite warnings

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican tourism officials say there has been a 5.3 percent increase in the number of international visitors to Mexico from January to April.

June 14, 2012 | | On The Road


What to do if vehicle registered in another state

SACRAMENTO - Do you have questions about general driving related requirements like registration and insurance? Are you unclear about laws and restrictions related to driving? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers. Save Time. Go Online at www.DMV.ca.gov.

June 14, 2012 | By GEORGE VALVERDE Director, DMV | On The Road


Big classic Ford car auction in NH

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Michael Dingman has spent much of his life collecting vintage Fords and classic neon signs, restoring and keeping them well-preserved for years. Now, the former Ford Motor Co. director is ready to share his slice of Americana with others.

June 14, 2012 | | On The Road


Cain pitches first perfecto for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain pitched the 22nd perfect game in major league history and first for the Giants, striking out a career-high 14 and getting help from two spectacular catches to beat the Houston Astros 10-0 on Wednesday night.

June 14, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Inge had go-ahead double, lifts A’s past Rockies

DENVER (AP) - Coco Crisp started the rally and Brandon Inge put the finishing touch on it.

June 14, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Fangio confident about what 49ers defense can do

SANTA CLARA (AP) - With a full offseason to work with one of the NFL's most fearsome units, Vic Fangio sees no limit to what the San Francisco 49ers can achieve on defense this season.

June 14, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Pryor looks to build on truncated rookie season

ALAMEDA (AP) - Terrelle Pryor's rookie year in the NFL amounted to a false start.

June 14, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Cain, Giants join Dustin Johnson to hit golf balls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As golfer Dustin Johnson crushed drives from home plate over the right-field wall and into San Francisco Bay, pitcher Matt Cain and manager Bruce Bochy glanced at each other before looking into the stands for approval from Giants general manager Brian Sabean.

June 14, 2012 | | Pro Sports


The spotlight is there for Durant, if he wants it

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Not many know much about the guy who dominated Game 1 of the NBA Finals other than he's pretty good.

June 14, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Portugal beats Denmark 3-2; Russia fined by UEFA

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The exciting tempo of the European Championship extended into the tournament's sixth day as Germany beat the Netherlands 2-1 after Portugal edged Denmark 3-2 on Wednesday.

June 14, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Hossler’s rare feat almost overshadowed at US Open

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At 17, Beau Hossler is almost old news at the U.S. Open.

June 14, 2012 | | Pro Sports


WBO to review Pacquiao-Bradley title bout

One of boxing's major sanctioning bodies will review Timothy Bradley's controversial split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao, the first step toward what promoter Bob Arum hopes will be "clarity" in the judging of the fight.

June 14, 2012 | By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer | Pro Sports


Judge refuses to ease boxer Mayweather jail stay

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s request that he be released from jail because the low-quality food and water have threatened his health was denied by a Las Vegas judge who says he should eat and drink what is being given to him behind bars.

June 14, 2012 | | Pro Sports


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The cherished freedom of voting

I was almost embarrassed.

August 02, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns


Soda tax: Supervise someone else

The (well-funded, I am sure) opposition to San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener's ballot measure to tax soda and other sugary drinks calls itself the Coalition for an Affordable City. Its website features owners of corner markets explaining how the proposed tax would hurt their businesses and expressing their bewilderment at City Hall's picking on hardworking merchants.

August 01, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


1964: City budget tops $1M for 1st time

100 years ago

August 01, 2014 | | NEWS


Parched city hopes to cut lake evaporation

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A North Texas city already has deployed two unusual techniques to try to cope with a persistent and lengthy drought, and Wichita Falls just added a third, more extreme tool to try to deal with its dwindling water supply.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Israel pounds Gaza seeking soldier

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israel launched dozens of airstrikes early Saturday in the southern Gaza Strip as part of a large-scale search for a soldier Israel suspects was captured by Hamas fighters.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Harley recalls bikes for ignition switch problem

DETROIT (AP) - Ignition switch problems that have plagued General Motors and Chrysler have now turned up in the motorcycle business.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


House OKs bill to address border crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans passed legislation late Friday to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending migrant youths back home without hearings, winning over conservatives with a companion bill that could lead to deporting more than half a million immigrants whom the Obama administration granted temporary work permits. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action and said he'd act unilaterally, as best he could.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Ohio lawmaker proposes LeBron license plate

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio lawmaker wants to give the state's motorists the chance to score a license plate honoring LeBron James.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Man held by North Korea called shy, smart

BAKERSFIELD . (AP) - One of the three Americans detained in North Korea and charged with "anti-state" crimes is a California man raised in the Central Valley oil town of Bakersfield by parents who were petroleum engineers.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


New law allows ‘unlocking’ cellphones

WASHINGTON (AP) - It just got a little easier to swap cellphone providers.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


1974: Duncan, Bobson, Brocchini on All-Star grid team

Thirty years ago, on August 2, 1984, Manteca's teenage golf standout, Kevin Wentworth, will be back on the fairways today and tomorrow trying his luck in the Salinas Junior Tournament at the Salinas Country Club. The Manteca High sophomore-to-be is coming off his two best performances in Junior golf competition. Last weekend, he claimed his first-ever overall championship in Modesto and followed that up by taking his second overall title four days later in Sacramento. After his Salinas stop, the 15 year-old will move on to the Las Positas Junior next Monday and Tuesday in Livermore. Wentworth is second ...

August 01, 2014 | | Sports History


ACLU appeals denial of shelter for illegal kids

ESCONDIDO (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday appealed a San Diego suburb's decision to reject a shelter for unaccompanied children arrested by the Border Patrol.

August 01, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

RARE WHALE FOSSIL PULLED FROM BACKYARD: RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - A search-and-rescue team pulled a rare half-ton whale fossil from a Southern California backyard Friday, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Full speed ahead for rail?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appellate court ruling has given new momentum to Gov. Jerry Brown's $68 billion high-speed rail project by providing the state with a substantial funding source and lifting one cloud over a plan that has been widely criticized for its cost, route, construction plans and environmental reviews.

August 01, 2014 | | State


Attorney in deadly bank robbery requests police records

STOCKTON (AP) - The attorney for the family of a woman who was killed after being taken hostage during a Northern California bank robbery said he wants to know whether police made mistakes or suffered a communication breakdown, a newspaper reported.

August 01, 2014 | | State


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