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Falling for artificial baits hook, line and sinker

I was asked the other day about using live bait.

June 29, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Griffin sharp against Texas in Oakland's loss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - A.J. Griffin held down baseball's top-scoring team Friday night.

June 29, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Leake pitches nine-hitter as Reds beat Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mike Leake pitched a nine-hitter for his first career complete game and homered off Matt Cain, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 5-1 on Friday night.

June 29, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Decoding Social Security ‘claim’ numbers

Q. I am 78 years old. I've had a Social Security number since I was about 20. For many years, my Medicare card showed my husband's Social Security number with a letter "B" behind it. Somebody at a Social Security office once told me this meant I was getting wife's benefits on his record. How does the letter "B" stand for a wife? And now that my husband has died, I've received a new Medicare card, and it now has my husband's number with a letter "D." Does this mean "deceased?"

June 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


401(k) fee transparency rules take effect Sunday

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal disclosure rules that go into effect Sunday will make it easier for workers and retirees to see how much their 401(k) accounts are being docked in fees.

June 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Solyndra wants more time to file bankruptcy plan in Delaware court

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A California-based solar panel manufacturer that received a half-billion dollar loan from the federal government before filing for bankruptcy protection is asking for more time to file a reorganization plan.

June 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Nation news briefs

JUSTICE WON'T PROSECUTE HOLDER FOR CONTEMPT : WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department declared Friday that Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won't be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


Remains of 2nd person found amidst Colorado fire wreckage

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Firefighters searching for bodies in the roughly 350 homes burned by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history found a second body Friday at a residence where earlier another person was discovered dead.

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


More changes coming as Obamacare phases in

Lots of big changes in the 2010 health care law have yet to take effect. Here's how they are to unfold:

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


:What does the health care law mean for you?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Free vaccines for kids, cheaper drugs for the elderly and many other benefits of President Barack Obama's health care law are already out there. More are coming, like a guaranteed right to buy health insurance even for patients with serious medical troubles. Many businesses and wealthy taxpayers, however, will see their costs go up.

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


Congress passes student loans, highway jobs bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress emphatically approved legislation Friday preserving jobs on transportation projects from coast to coast and avoiding interest rate increases on new loans to millions of college students, giving lawmakers campaign-season bragging rights on what may be their biggest economic achievement before the November elections.

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


SF mayor: Working with sheriff would be difficult

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said Friday that he would find it "extremely difficult" to work again with Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi if the suspended lawman gets his job back.

June 29, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUDGE BLOCKS CALIF FROM NUMBERING BALLOT MEASURES: SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A judge has blocked the state from assigning the order of ballot measures for the November election until the court decides if a new law gives Gov. Jerry Brown an unfair advantage.

June 29, 2012 | | State


Former head of troubled City of Vernon found dead

VERNON (AP) - The body of a former administrator of the embattled city of Vernon was found in the water off a San Francisco Bay area island on the same day the California auditor's office issued a report criticizing the way he and others managed the tiny, scandal-plagued industrial town.

June 29, 2012 | | State


Water war pits LA, high Sierra town

MAMMOTH LAKES . (AP) - Los Angeles and Mammoth Lakes, a small ski town high in the Sierra Nevada, are locked in a court battle over a crucial water source, fueling century-old resentment over the efforts of the metropolis to supply its thirsty millions.

June 29, 2012 | | State


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Katy Perry to perform at Super Bowl halftime show

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Katy Perry be a firework at the Super Bowl? Will she show them what she's worth? Will she let her colors burst?

November 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Seattle tops Cardinals; Broncos edge Dolphins

The Associated Press

November 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


49er’s Hyde scores go-ahead TD

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Anquan Boldin knew it would take one big play by San Francisco's offense, and he delivered it - along with a helmet-cracking hit that left his defender down.

November 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Teen Ko gets record haul by winning LPGA finale

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko was an instant millionaire even before she went into a three-way playoff Sunday in the CME Group Tour Championship.

November 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Speights scores 28 as Warriors hold off Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Marreese Speights scored 28 points to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 91-86 on Sunday night.

November 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


1st EU GRIN WIN OVER BUFFS

Forty years ago, on November 17, 1974, seven years of frustration for East Union High came to a crunching end as the undefeated Lancers pounded out a 30-13 victory over a game, but outmanned, Manteca High football team. It was the tenth straight win of 1974 for Coach Vern Gebhardt's Union Roaders. Fullback Doug Swift rolled up 156 yards and three touchdowns to pace the victors. His efforts gave him 1,013 yards for the season. EU's Ron Hamamoto passed to Mark Trout for the first Lancer score and a few moments later, the junior quarterback ran another ...

November 23, 2014 | | Sports History


Pressure builds on Mayweather after Pacquiao victory

MACAU (AP) - Manny Pacquiao is done taking the high road, tired of pretending he doesn't care.

November 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Federer leads Swiss past France

LILLE, France (AP) - Roger Federer has now claimed all the big prizes on offer in tennis and, for once, will be happy to share his latest trophy with others.

November 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Former DC Mayor Barry dies

WASHINGTON (AP) - A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation


Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive - thus far the province of western states - to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation


Boy with fake gun dies after being shot

CLEVELAND (AP) - A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation


Bay of Pigs vets seek billions from Cuba

MIAMI (AP) - Since the day in 1959 that Cuban government agents blackmailed his father into committing suicide, Gustavo Villoldo has been on an anti-Castro mission that included co-piloting a B-26 bomber during the ill-fated 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, infiltrating Cuba for the CIA numerous times and tracking down Fidel Castro lieutenant Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Bolivia in 1967.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation


Vermette nets winner for Coyotes vs. Sharks

SAN JOSE (AP) - Antoine Vermette was tired during overtime. When the Arizona Coyotes had to kill a penalty, too, even more drama was added.

November 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


City takes on quarter-toting ‘Robin Hooders’

KEENE, N.H. (AP) - The self-styled "Robin Hooders" race to the rescue of the parking peasantry, pumping quarters into their expired meters and leaving behind cards informing them they have been saved from "the king's tariff."

November 23, 2014 | | Nation


Letter that inspired Kerouac found

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre - 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation


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