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Report says $10M bridge deal included book

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State officials overseeing construction of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had agreed to pay nearly $10 million to a San Francisco-based public relations firm for services that included thousands of dollars to conduct tours and produce a video and commemorative book, The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday.

December 13, 2012 | | State


Gimmicky date a boost for lovelorn Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas, land of the quickie wedding, is in the midst of a serious love recession, and chapels in the city accustomed to playing the numbers were not about to let the latest money-making opportunity - Wednesday's auspicious 12/12/12 date - pass without a marketing push.

December 13, 2012 | | Nation


NY agency voting on using smartphones to hail cabs

NEW YORK (AP) - Every New Yorker knows how to hail a yellow cab.

December 13, 2012 | | Nation


More than 700 vehicle batteries stolen in Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Apparent power-hungry thieves have stolen more than 700 vehicle batteries from a South Texas business.

December 13, 2012 | | Nation


Alligator recording artists Rick Estrin, Joe Louis Walker performing at State Theatre

MODESTO - Award-winning Alligator Records artists Rick Estrin and Joe Louis Walker will perform on Thursday, Jan. 10, at The State Theatre in Modesto.

December 13, 2012 | | People & Entertainment


Lathrop committee lists holiday parade results

LATHROP - The City of Lathrop Mayor's Holiday Parade Committee has announced the results of the 2012 Holiday Parade "Holiday Around the World."

December 13, 2012 | | People & Entertainment


Sports news briefs

NFL

December 12, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Facing Pats, 49ers looking to step up offensively

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers are looking forward to matching up with Tom Brady and the prolific offense of the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

December 12, 2012 | | Pro Sports


McClain practices with Raiders

ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain met with coach Dennis Allen before returning to practice Wednesday after serving a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.

December 12, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Warriors slip past Heat

MIAMI (AP) - The Golden State Warriors used a savvy play by a rookie and took advantage of a defensive breakdown to surprise the Miami Heat on Wednesday.

December 12, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Facebook rolling out more privacy controls

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is trying to make its privacy controls easier to find and understand in an effort to turn the world's largest social network in to a more discreet place.

December 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Bank repossessions hit 9-month high

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. home repossessions rose to a nine-month high in November, even as the number of homes starting on the path to foreclosure declined to the lowest level in six years.

December 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Fed links interest rates to 6.5% unemployment

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that it plans to keep interest rates ultra-low even after unemployment falls close to a normal level - which it thinks could take three more years.

December 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Business Briefs

NYC MAYOR HITS BRAKES ON PEDICAB RATES DECISION: NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg hit the brakes Wednesday on a proposal to keep tourist-toting pedicabs from charging confusing, sometimes exorbitant rates.

December 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


FAST FACTS

COMING SOON: Changes to Facebook's privacy controls, to make them easier to find and understand.

December 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Spurs return to their court, beat Kings

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs are back home and beginning to show signs of returning to their old form.

March 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Posey has 2-run double in Giants’ loss to A’s

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Buster Posey got off to a strong start as he doubled in two runs and walked in his first appearance of the spring.

March 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Nincompoop caucus sets a record

The GOP-led House of Representatives has already achieved a historic legislative record.

March 05, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Dog Days at Bas Pro Shops

For the first time ever, Bass Pro Shops is hosting Dog Days Family Event, which includes free seminars and activities for pets and owners.

March 05, 2015 | | People & Entertainment


Guitarraganza features six concerts at Modesto locales

MODESTO – The Music Departments of Modesto Junior College, San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific and Sacramento State University present the Guitarraganza 2015 – Guitar Festival with six concerts scheduled from March 12 through March 15, including two performances by the critically acclaimed Texas Guitar Quartet.

March 05, 2015 | | People & Entertainment


MJC Theater presents ‘Romeo and Juliet’

MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Theater Department will stage William Shakespeare's tragic love story "Romeo and Juliet" on March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28 at 7:30 p.m. and March 29 at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Avenue, Modesto.

March 05, 2015 | | People & Entertainment


Ethanol: GOP-supported rip-off

Can someone explain why the "party of limited government" continues, with a straight face, to support ethanol? Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says about the heavily subsided product, "Everything about ethanol is good, good, good."

March 05, 2015 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


SIZE DOES MATTER

NEW YORK (AP) - There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung's runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model last fall. But if phones get any bigger will they be too hard to use?

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Facebook & NBA: ‘Lean in’ for women

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Valuable tax credits for filers

Tax credits are a powerful way to lower your federal income tax bill. Why? Because a tax credit reduces your taxes dollar for dollar. A tax deduction, on the other hand, reduces your taxable income, so your benefit is determined by your tax bracket. For example, a deduction of $1,000 will lower your tax bill by $280 if you are in the 28% bracket. A $1,000 credit will lower your tax bill by $1,000. Here's an overview of selected credits.

March 04, 2015 | By Tom Vermeulen Certified Public Accountant Vermeulen & Co. | Local Business


Uber heads in new mapping direction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Uber Technologies is buying digital mapping specialist deCarta in a deal that may help the rapidly growing ride-hailing service lessen its dependence on navigation services from Google and Apple, an imposing pair of potential rivals.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


McDonald’s chicken drops human antibiotics

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says it plans to require chicken suppliers to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine within two years.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


8-year-old boy killed while crawling through space in gate

LAS VEGAS (AP) - An 8-year-old boy apparently crawling through a space in an automatic gate died after being struck by the metal arm that opens the entryway to the suburban Las Vegas housing community where he lived, authorities said.

March 04, 2015 | | Nation


BUSINESS NEWS

• ALIBABA OPENS DATA CENTER IN SILICON VALLEY: SAN JOSE (AP) - The cloud-computing unit of Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba is making its first foray into the U.S. by opening a data center in Silicon Valley.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


How much sugar is in that? 7 foods with added sugar

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say people should eat less sugar. But that's easier said than done.

March 04, 2015 | | Nation


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