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Firefighters take pride in country and its colors

As President's Day weekend approaches many will locate their American flag and fly it from their home front to recognize the national holiday and remember the sacrifices and courage of our founding presidents. However, for the Turlock Fire Department the American flag plays a role in everyday life.

February 14, 2014 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Placing flags along street is a family affair

The Tarr family is never too busy to step up to the plate to demonstrate their patriotism for their country by helping place and later retrieveing nearly 200 American Flags along Manteca streets.

February 14, 2014 | By GLENN KAHL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


What young children think about the Pledge of Allegiance

Oh, from the mouths of babes.

February 14, 2014 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Students, teacher share what flag means to them

What does the American flag mean to students and teachers?

February 14, 2014 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

REWARD OFFERED FOR INFO ABOUT 3 OTTERS THAT WERE FATALLY SHOT: PACIFIC GROVE (AP) - Federal wildlife officials say three California sea otters were fatally shot on the Monterey Peninsula and are offering a $21,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Bay Area officials warn of measles exposure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area health officials issued a public warning that a college student with measles could have exposed thousands of others when he attended classes and rode public transit.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Camel escapes, attacks man in south state

PALMDALE. (AP) - A camel escaped from an enclosure in a Southern California high desert community Friday, stomped a 72-year-old man who tried to capture it, and chased other people before it calmed down and was corralled.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Boy credited for 911 call as little sister choked

SOUTH PASADENA AP) - A 9-year-old southern California boy who called 911 as his little sister choked on a grape has been saluted by authorities, who say his quick thinking saved precious minutes and possibly her life.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Lt. Gov: Stop bullet train, redirect money

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, once a strong supporter of California's high-speed rail project, told a conservative radio show host Friday that he no longer backs the bullet train and would like to see the money diverted to other projects.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Appeals court agrees to hear high-speed rail case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration won at least a partial victory Friday in the legal wrangling over California's high-speed rail project when a state appellate court said it would hear an expedited review of two lower court rulings.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Big shark fin bust in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than a ton of illegal shark fins were seized from a vendor in San Francisco, state wildlife officials said Friday.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Sheriff to destroy explosive-laden home

REDDING (AP) - Authorities prepared Friday to burn down a mobile home where they said more than 60 pounds of highly volatile explosive material was found, making it risky for deputies to walk the California property and forcing the evacuation of dozens of nearby residents.

February 14, 2014 | | State


SJ firefighter accused of child molestation

SAN JOSE (AP) - A veteran Northern California firefighter is in custody on suspicion of selling and possessing methamphetamine, providing narcotics to minors and child molestation, state justice officials said Friday.

February 14, 2014 | | State


Blood clot risk lasts for 12 weeks after pregnancy

ATLANTA (AP) - Women have a higher risk of blood clots that can cause strokes, heart attacks and other problems for 12 weeks after childbirth - twice as long as doctors have thought, new research finds.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


Gill, Bock lead Pacific past BYU

STOCKTON (AP) - Tony Gill scored 18 points and Andrew Bock scored all of his 13 in the second half as Pacific snapped BYU's four-game winning streak with an 89-82 victory Thursday night.

February 14, 2014 | | Collegiate Sports


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Arrest in webcam blackmail that led to teen girl’s suicide

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.

April 19, 2014 | | Nation


Warriors-Clips: No love lost

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As much as the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors don't like each other, they're a lot alike in some ways.

April 18, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Athletics power up vs. Astros

OAKLAND (AP) - Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics went deep four times to back Sonny Gray's strong pitching Friday night in an 11-3 rout of the Houston Astros.

April 18, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Padres sneak by SF

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tyson Ross held the San Francisco Giants to four hits and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings, and the San Diego Padres won 2-1 Friday night to hand Matt Cain his third straight loss.

April 18, 2014 | | Pro Sports


San Francisco: City of the rich

In the "Star Trek" movies, San Francisco serves as headquarters of Starfleet Command. This cracks me up to no end, as I cannot imagine the Board of Supervisors approving construction of Starfleet Academy or the oddly shaped high-rises you see in the background. And if City Hall somehow did approve the project, you know there'd be some ballot measure to kill the deal. The grounds could be endless: No photon torpedoes. Too many techies already. What about affordable housing?

April 18, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Rep. Paul Ryan’s joke is on us

My guess is that Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party's highly touted budget guru, doesn't have a very tight grip on the concept of irony.

April 18, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


California farmers to get more water

FRESNO (AP) - Drought-stricken California farmers and cities are set to get more water as state and federal officials ease cutbacks due to recent rain and snow, officials announced on Friday.

April 18, 2014 | | State


More Latino than white students admitted to UC

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More Latino than white students in California have been offered admission to the state's premier public universities for the first time, officials said Friday, a milestone that reflects the diverse racial makeup of a state where Latino children represent a majority of students in public schools.

April 18, 2014 | | State


Educator denies sex crimes in YouTube posting of phone call with alleged victim

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A judge on Friday refused to dismiss sexual assault charges against an educator who was confronted with the allegations of abuse in a phone call by a former student who then posted the conversation on YouTube.

April 18, 2014 | | State


A’s reward Doolittle with new deal

OAKLAND (AP) - In three short years, Sean Doolittle transformed himself from a top first base prospect into a shut-down reliever.

April 18, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Deaths stoke worries about pot edibles

DENVER (AP) - A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.

April 18, 2014 | | Nation


Half of jailed New York City youths have serious brain injury

NEW YORK (AP) - About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders.

April 18, 2014 | | Nation


SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week.

April 18, 2014 | | Nation


Deputies: Man smothered crying son so he could play video game, watch TV

HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV, sheriff's deputies said Friday.

April 18, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher fired over comment on black president

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio teacher has been fired after a black student who said he wanted to become president claimed the teacher told him the nation didn't need another black commander in chief.

April 18, 2014 | | Nation


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