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Challenger would drop tenure-ruling appeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would immediately withdraw the state superintendent from an appeal of a landmark legal decision that struck down teacher-tenure laws and other job protections.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Chase, police shooting snarl SF traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man Thursday after he led them on a lengthy high-speed chase, crashed in downtown San Francisco and then fired a gun at good Samaritans who tried to help him, authorities said.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Rain helps efforts to control King Fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Woman hit by CHP officer gets $1.5M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Bodies found during search for source of odor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Authorities investigating a noxious odor that prompted evacuations in a San Francisco Bay Area city discovered two bodies inside a residence.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Prison guard union leader to retire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the union representing state prison guards is retiring, leaving an organization that had sparred with then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before making peace with Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Woman clawed, bitten in bear attack near LA

CARPINTERIA (AP) - A California woman is recovering from scratches, a bite and a broken rib after being attacked by a black bear that chased her dogs through an avocado grove.

September 25, 2014 | | Nation


Hughes turns down chance for $500,000 bonus

DETROIT (AP) - Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes turned down a chance to pitch again this weekend, even though one more out would have earned him a $500,000 bonus.

September 25, 2014 | | Pro Sports


FBI chief slams Apple, Google phones

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI director on Thursday criticized the decision by Apple and Google to encrypt smartphones data so it can be inaccessible to law enforcement, even with a court order.

September 25, 2014 | | Nation


Apple’s iPhone glitch response is key for firm

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's response to a high-profile gaffe involving its iPhone software may be more important than the glitch itself.

September 25, 2014 | | Nation


State sales of Confederate flag banned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag.

September 25, 2014 | | State


Hunter Ross Davis

Visitation will be held Friday, September 26, 2014, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 10 a.m., held at P.L. Fry & Son Chapel, 290 N. Union Rd., Manteca. An online guest book is available for condolences at www.plfryandson.com (search obituaries)

September 25, 2014 | | OBITS


Rick Horn

Rick Horn, age 58, of Reynoldsburg, OH, formerly of Manteca, CA entered into eternal rest Monday, September 22, 2014. He was born February 18, 1956 in French Camp, CA to the late George Horn and Marie Cook. He was a 1974 graduate of East Union H.S. where he played football, soccer, and baseball. He attended San Joaquin Delta College where he studied architecture. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Rick worked in various construction jobs including driving a concrete mixer. Growing up in California, he was active in Boy Scouts of America and had fond memories of ...

September 25, 2014 | | OBITS


Arlene Mora Cutburth

Arlene M. Cutburth passed away on September 20, 2014, at the age of 66. Arlene was born on April 8, 1948, to Orlando and Evelina Stagno in Stockton, CA.

September 25, 2014 | | OBITS


The media: People who live in glass houses

"I see the media is at it again," an acquaintance said referring to the deluge of coverage after the Ray Rice assault on his wife. True, a ton of coverage on what became a national, if not international story.

September 25, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views


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They will sing of their joy

This holiday, almost upon us, seems to be different, slightly more tension, more pressure, life moving faster.

November 27, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Special Correspondent | Local Columns


Lathrop High leadership collects food

What's a better time to give back to the community than Thanksgiving?

November 27, 2014 | | Education


‘The Art of Thanksgiving’

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

November 27, 2014 | | Letters


Appoint next highest vote getter to council

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

November 27, 2014 | | Letters


Don’t make destructive holiday decisions

Editor, Manteca Bulletin

November 27, 2014 | | Letters


Manteca homeless strategies won’t address real problems

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

November 27, 2014 | | Letters


Ramo makes 32 saves to lead Flames past Sharks

SAN JOSE (AP) - Karri Ramo made 32 saves for his third career shutout and Jiri Hudler scored both goals to lead the Calgary Flames to a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

November 26, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Pacific survives scare from Alaska-Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Eric Thompson scored 20 points and Pacific survived a scare from Division II Alaska-Anchorage, winning 71-62, to advance in the Great Alaska Shootout on Wednesday.

November 26, 2014 | | Collegiate Sports


Grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when officer Darren Wilson finished him off. Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Video: Police officer shot boy seconds after encountering him

CLEVELAND (AP) - The police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1½ to 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said Wednesday. During those few moments, he ordered the youngster three times to put up his hands, they said.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls on Black Friday

CHICAGO (AP) - The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through the online marketplace HealthCare.gov.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Feds cancel wolf-killing derby

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Environmental groups have won the latest battle in their effort to halt a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby in Idaho, but a pro-hunting group says the contest with cash prizes for whoever kills the most predators will go on as planned early next year.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


FBI agents, police officer shot

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) - A man who fatally shot his mother and wounded a suburban St. Louis police officer and two FBI agents is dead, authorities said Wednesday.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Researchers discover ‘pre- cancers’ in blood

ATLANTA (AP) - Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" - a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Brawny bearded brewers bare nearly all for charity

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - If hops make you hot, and you like your men like your beer - stout - these guys have just the thing for you.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


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