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More fiscal clashes loom as new Congress opens

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new Congress opened for business Thursday to confront long-festering national problems, deficits and immigration among them, in an intensely partisan and crisis-driven era of divided government. "The American dream is in peril," said House Speaker John Boehner, re-elected to his post despite a mini-revolt in Republican ranks.

January 03, 2013 | | Nation


Licenses should be required for trailer-towing drivers

One of the most helpless feelings I've ever felt was while sitting in a vehicle that had gone out of control.

January 03, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Pro Sports


Raiders sign 3 to contracts

ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have signed running back Jon Hoese, nose tackle Johnny Jones and receiver Isaiah Williams to reserve/future contracts.

January 03, 2013 | | Pro Sports


R&B artist Keith Sweat appearing Feb. 17 on Bob Hope Theatre stage

STOCKTON – Rhythm and blues artist Keith Sweat is performing Sunday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Bob Hope Theatre.

January 03, 2013 | | People & Entertainment


Billy Cundiff practices alongside David Akers

SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers placekicker David Akers said Thursday he received death threats on Twitter and closed the account.

January 03, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Billy Cundiff practices alongside David Akers

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Billy Cundiff, sporting a crisp new white No. 6 jersey, had an impressive first day of practice with the San Francisco 49ers while kicking alongside struggling veteran David Akers as coach Jim Harbaugh closely watched.

January 03, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Oregon runs past K-State at Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Oregon's DeAnthony Thomas raced 94 yards for a touchdown on the opening kickoff.

January 03, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Farm bill extension evidence of lost clout

WASHINGTON (AP) - A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts.

January 03, 2013 | | Nation


Health alliance could threaten larger rival

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two health care unions are joining forces in a move that could threaten a powerful rival's dominance and fuel a new round of labor tensions.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Schools face rising special education costs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's school districts are shouldering an increasing share of the rising cost of educating students with disabilities as state and federal funding remains flat, according to a state report released Thursday.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Rare San Francisco river otter stumps researchers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A rapt crowd followed a trail of bubbles that zipped over the surface of a seaside pond in the ruins of a 19th century bath in San Francisco.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Teens drug parents to use Internet

ROCKLIN (AP) - Two California teenagers were arrested after they gave one of the girl's parents milkshakes spiked with prescription sleeping pills so she could use the Internet past her curfew, police said.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Almond Blossom Kick Off Dinner set for Jan. 10

RIPON - The 51st annual Almond Blossom Kick Off & Tribute Dinner takes place on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Spring Creek Golf & Country Club, 1580 East Spring Creek Drive.

January 03, 2013 | | NEWS


State news briefs

LAUGHING GAS ABUSER BLAMES HEAD SHOPS FOR INJURY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A nitrous oxide abuser is blaming California head shops for injuries during his laughing gas highs.

January 03, 2013 | | State


Pension bonds add risk to public retiree crisis

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oakland's city leaders took a risk when, rather than lay off more staff or cut services, they decided to borrow nearly $213 million to cover pension payments owed to retired city workers. They're betting that the pension fund's investments will earn more than the cost of issuing pension obligation bonds.

January 03, 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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