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Lottery winners urged to avoid big purchases

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jackpots like Wednesday's anticipated $400 million-plus Powerball can grant a lot of wishes. But what if you were the only winner, and you had but one chance to blow all that money on a single purchase?

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


The Gusto of Marco

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The setbacks that limited Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro to 127 games last year have done nothing to tarnish the optimism and gusto he brings to the game.

February 18, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Playoff possibility excites reliever

PHOENIX (AP) - For each of his first five major league seasons, Luke Gregerson came to spring training smack dab in the middle of suburbia, surrounded by shopping malls and restaurants.

February 18, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Politics, police & pucks

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - The politics got a little hotter. The slopes got a lot slushier.

February 18, 2014 | | Olympics


State pension board hikes contributions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's government will increase the amount it contributes to state employees' pensions starting this summer, and cities and other government agencies will follow suit in two years, to help cover the cost of benefits for retirees who are living longer.

February 18, 2014 | | State


Wise wins on halfpipe for another American gold

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) - David Wise considers himself a dad and husband first, a freestyle skier second.

February 18, 2014 | | Olympics


USA-1 leads in Olympic bobsled, Lolo Jones 11th

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) - The crash didn't break them, it bonded them.

February 18, 2014 | | Olympics


US and Canada to start goaltenders Quick and Price

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - The U.S. and Canada have chosen to sit the goaltenders that played in the 2010 gold-medal game at the Vancouver Olympics.

February 18, 2014 | | Olympics


Figure skating’s main Olympic event finally here

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Julia Lipnitskaia is back in Sochi.

February 18, 2014 | | Olympics


Warriors, Kings hoping to get healthy after break

OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings are likely returning from the All-Star break without their franchise centers.

February 18, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Rangers’ Yu Darvish jokes about Tanaka contract

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - If Yu Darvish is feeling any pressure after leading the majors in strikeouts last season, it isn't showing.

February 18, 2014 | | Pro Sports


The wacky world of Match Play returns

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Rory McIlroy makes his American debut this week in the Match Play Championship. The only goal is to make sure it's not a short week.

February 18, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Kurt Busch has championship hopes in move to SHR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Kevin Harvick popped in for what he thought was a quick hello with a bedridden Tony Stewart.

February 18, 2014 | | Pro Sports


MLB managers ready to test expanded video replay

PHOENIX (AP) - Major League Baseball managers are getting ready to test the expanded instant replay system.

February 18, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Syracuse still No. 1, but showing vulnerability

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Jim Boeheim has known it since the season started, and two straight nail biters only has reaffirmed it: his top-ranked Syracuse Orange may still be unbeaten, but they're certainly not invincible.

February 18, 2014 | | Pro Sports


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Bumgarner solid again as Giants beat Rockies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Madison Bumgarner took another positive step in preparation for his first opening-day start, pitching three scoreless innings Tuesday in the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

March 04, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Montz’s 2-run HR powers A’s past Brewers

Wily Peralta gave up one hit in three scoreless innings in his first spring start, but Luke Montz hit a two-run homer in a three-run ninth to rally an Oakland Athletics' split-squad to a 6-4 victory Tuesday over the Milwaukee Brewers.

March 04, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Mass stays hot in loss to Chicago

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Justin Ruggiano hit a two-run homer and an RBI double, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-4 win Tuesday over an Oakland Athletics split-squad.

March 04, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Kinsler says Texas comments taken out of context

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Ian Kinsler was expecting this kind of reaction - even if he didn't agree with the way his comments were portrayed.

March 04, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Suspended CB Brandon Browner reinstated by NFL

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner tweeted Tuesday that he was reinstated by the NFL following his suspension in December for violating the league's policy on substance abuse.

March 04, 2014 | | Pro Sports


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March 04, 2014 | | OBITS


GOP gubernatorial candidate compares Obama to Hitler over gun control policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican candidate for California governor is comparing President Barack Obama's gun control policies with those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Redwood park closes road at night to deter destructive burl poachers

CRESCENT CITY (AP) - Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.

March 04, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• Lawmakers report thousands in gifts from groups: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers, including two Democrats who are on leave after being charged with criminal offenses, have reported thousands of dollars in gifts and travel expenses they received from donors.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Group asks Supreme Court to allow cross

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A veterans group on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule an order to remove a war memorial cross from a San Diego mountaintop after it was found to violate the constitutional separation of church and state.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Sierra foothills gold mine shuts down temporarily

SUTTER CREEK (AP) - An attempt to unearth new riches from some of the Gold Rush era's most productive mines has stalled, with the owners saying they must spend more than $1 million before work can resume.

March 04, 2014 | | State


Miss Manteca Carolina Gutierrez reflects back on her year of service

This year marks the 46th annual crowning of Miss Manteca.

March 04, 2014 | | NEWS


Sierra Rep hosts Les Misérables brunch

SONORA - Sierra Repertory Theatre continues to celebrate the start of its 35th Anniversary season with its first-ever Directors Brunch.

March 04, 2014 | | People & Entertainment


Hurricanes beat Sharks 3-2 in OT

SAN JOSE (AP) - Jay Harrison scored with 41.2 seconds remaining in overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes won for the first time since the Olympic break, 3-2 over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

March 04, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Teen suing parents for support

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey honor student who has sued to get her parents to support her after she moved out of their home had her initial request denied Tuesday by a judge who cautioned that the case could lead to a "potentially slippery slope" of claims by teenagers against their parents.

March 04, 2014 | | Nation


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