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Granddaughter will hug every dog she encounters

DEAR DIDI: Our young granddaughter is 6 years old and she LOVES dogs. Her favorite thing to do is hug them! She just wraps her arms around every dog she meets and looks so happy. My son and I disagree on whether this behavior should be curbed or not. One of us believes it is important to let her express love and kindness to animals and one of us is fearful that she is crossing lines and being too familiar with dogs that are not a part of her family. We love your column and would appreciate your opinion on ...

August 20, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Vandals strike Catholic missionary statue in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials say vandals have defaced a statue of Father Junipero ( ) Serra, the 18th century missionary canonized by Pope Francis.

August 20, 2017 | | Crime


Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors awards program

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) - Acknowledging that he has become a "political distraction," President Donald Trump has decided to skip the festivities surrounding the annual Kennedy Center Honors arts awards later this year, the White House announced Saturday amid the continuing fallout over Trump's stance on last weekend's white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia.

August 20, 2017 | | Nation


Group charged with selling $7M in drugs over dark web

ALTADENA . (AP) - Six people have been charged with selling millions of dollars' worth of drugs on the dark web in an operation run out of a Los Angeles-area home.

August 20, 2017 | | Crime


Proposal would commit state to act on shrinking Salton Sea

EL CENTRO (AP) - Five months after California outlined a $383 million plan to slow the shrinking of the state's largest lake, agencies will try to make sure officials honor the commitment, according to a report.

August 20, 2017 | | State


Lawmakers considering creating statewide sanctuary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers return Monday from a month-long break with a busy agenda that includes tackling bail reform and deciding whether to make California a statewide sanctuary for people living illegally in the U.S.

August 20, 2017 | | State


Housing a top priority for lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have promised to tackle California's affordable housing crisis in their final weeks of work this year by pushing a package that includes regulatory reforms and money for low-income housing.

August 20, 2017 | | State


Senator who hoped for Donald Trump assassination in post apologizes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker who drew bipartisan outrage over her brief Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated apologized publicly Sunday to Trump and his family, calling the online posting "a mistake."

August 20, 2017 | | Nation


Prosecutors: Prof killed boyfriend as part of sexual fantasy

CHICAGO (AP) - The fatal stabbing of a hairstylist in Chicago was part of a sexual fantasy hatched in an online chatroom between a Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee, whose plan included killing someone and then themselves, prosecutors told a Cook County judge Sunday at a bond hearing for the men.

August 20, 2017 | | Crime


Trump will address path forward on Afghanistan

CAMP MOREHEAD, Afghanistan (AP) - Signaling that the U.S. military expects its mission to continue, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the launch of the Afghan Army's new special operations corps, declaring that "we are with you and we will stay with you."

August 20, 2017 | | Nation


Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.

August 20, 2017 | | People & Entertainment


Jerry Lewis, comedy icon host dies at 91

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.

August 20, 2017 | | People & Entertainment


Fallen forensics: What a 2016 report has to say about them

ATLANTA (AP) - Defense lawyers have long questioned the reliability of some forensic science methods, but over the past decade, the debate has intensified. Two highly critical reports found that with the exception of DNA, many methods have not been tested rigorously enough to be considered scientifically valid.

August 20, 2017 | | Nation


Sex offenders can live next door to victims in many states

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - A convicted sex offender who molested his niece when she was 7 years old moved in next door to his victim nearly a dozen years after he was sent to prison for the crime.

August 20, 2017 | | Crime


Eclipse eve: Millions converge across US to see sun go dark

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) - Millions of Americans converged on a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday for a wondrous couple of minutes in the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast to coast in 99 years.

August 20, 2017 | | Nation


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‘Guns are all that protects you & your bible?’

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

October 20, 2017 | | Letters


Of mice and bass; no fan of rodents

I don't know about you but I can't stand rats, mice any other type of rodent.

October 19, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Raiders score on final play to beat Chiefs

OAKLAND (AP) - Wins have been so hard to come by for the Oakland Raiders that it took three tries at the final play for them ...

October 19, 2017 | | Pro Sports


49ers CEO doesn’t believe Kaepernick is being blackballed

SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York said he doesn't believe there's merit to Colin Kaepernick's claim that NFL owners ...

October 19, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Hernandez’s 3 HRs power Dodgers to World Series

CHICAGO (AP) - Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.

October 19, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Early injuries damper start of NBA season

MIAMI (AP) - Brooklyn's Jeremy Lin was horrified to see what happened to Gordon Hayward, whose season almost certainly ended in a most disturbing fashion ...

October 19, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Green has no structural damage in injured knee

OAKLAND (AP) - Draymond Green has no structural damage in his injured left knee but is still doubtful to play in the Golden State Warriors' next ...

October 19, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Westbrook has triple-double, new-look Thunder rout Knicks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Russell Westbrook had a triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 105-84 on Thursday night in their first ...

October 19, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Letestu scores on OT power play, Oilers tops Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) - Mark Letestu scored on a power play with 15.8 seconds left in overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 victory over ...

October 19, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Astros need 9th Verlander win

HOUSTON (AP) - Justin Verlander agreed to that last-second trade to the Houston Astros with hopes of another World Series, and has since won all eight ...

October 19, 2017 | | Pro Sports


US surges past South Korea

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz prolonged their recent scoring binges for the United States women, while Megan Rapinoe showcased her knack for ...

October 19, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Raiders’ Lynch ejected for shoving official

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was ejected Thursday night after shoving an official when he ran onto the field during a scuffle ...

October 19, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Schwartz has hat trick in Blues’ victory

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jaden Schwartz had his third career hat trick to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Wednesday night.

October 18, 2017 | | Pro Sports


NFL not changing national anthem policy

NEW YORK (AP) - In the face of fan unrest and accusations from the president about the league being unpatriotic, the NFL is not changing its ...

October 18, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Tanaka lifts Yankees to 3-2 lead

NEW YORK (AP) - This time, it was Masahiro Tanaka who was untouchable on the mound.

October 18, 2017 | | Pro Sports


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