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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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Rec areas reopening after Yosemite fire

SAN ANDREAS (AP) - National forest managers are opening recreation areas that have been closed since a massive wildfire scorched areas in and around Yosemite National Park last summer.

April 20, 2014 | | State


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


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