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Manteca Unified may oversee regional vocational education initiative

Manteca Unified is doing something bold in the world of public education.

February 16, 2014 | | Education


East gets by Durant, Griffin to win

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Eastern Conference finally stopped Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin - then stopped its losing streak at the NBA All-Star game.

February 16, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Reddick, A’s agree to $2.7M, one-year deal

PHOENIX (AP) - Josh Reddick took some batting practice swings Sunday at the Oakland Athletics' spring training camp and, the way the ball was jumping off his bat, it was hard to tell he had a troublesome wrist last season.

February 16, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Hudson throws in bullpen for first time with Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Hudson stretched a bit, pawed at the dirt with his foot, and took a few warm-up tosses. He was ready to go.

February 16, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Put your money where your heart is

About 15 years ago my friend Joe Mangelos gave me a free ticket to attend a fund raising banquet for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. When I got to the dinner, I was feeling kind of guilty, so I bought some raffle tickets. Darned if I didn't win a brand new 30-06 rifle! I was hooked even though I've never been elk hunting, every year since I make it a point to attend the Elk Foundation Banquet.

February 16, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Russia forced into must-win hockey game at Winter Games

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Russia is having a tough time winning on the Olympic ice, and the Netherlands can't seem to lose.

February 16, 2014 | | Olympics


Watson ends a 2-year winless drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bubba Watson wasn't about to let another chance get away.

February 16, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Dillon puts No. 3 on pole for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - With the famed No. 3 on his car and memories of the late Dale Earnhardt fresh in his mind, Austin Dillon took the fabled number out of hibernation and straight to the top at Daytona.

February 16, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Many questions facing NFL after release of bullying report

MIAMI (AP) - Now that the NFL knows the scope of the racially charged Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, the league has been left to grapple with what its next steps should be.

February 16, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Rent in Williston, North Dakota highest in USA, exceeds NY, LA

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The rapidly growing North Dakota oil patch city of Williston has the highest average rent in the United States, a national study from an apartment renting guide shows.

February 16, 2014 | | Nation


Prisoners’ use of smuggled cellphones on rise nationally

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - They're hidden in babies' diapers, ramen noodle soup packages, footballs, soda cans and even body cavities.

February 16, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

uPOWERBALL ESTIMATED JACKPOT SURGES TO $400M: DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Without a Powerball winner this weekend, the prize has climbed to $400 million - one of the largest in U.S. lottery history.

February 16, 2014 | | Nation


Verdict in Florida again raises self- defense issue

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A verdict in the city of Jacksonville is again raising the issue of self-defense and race in Florida, just seven months after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin.

February 16, 2014 | | Nation


Call to reform wrker-run pension boards

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A rift between Gov. Jerry Brown and the board overseeing the nation's largest public pension fund over rising liabilities tied to longer retiree life expectancies highlights a concern about how decisions are made at an agency with tremendous influence over state finances.

February 16, 2014 | | State


Most GPS anklet alerts bombarding probation officers are ignored in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officers in the nation's largest probation department are being bombarded with alerts from GPS ankle monitors, potentially masking true alarms of danger.

February 16, 2014 | | State


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‘Good Wife’ leaves viewers shocked

NEW YORK (AP) - The shocking death of dashing attorney Will Gardner on "The Good Wife" on Sunday's episode was driven by actor Josh Charles' desire to leave the CBS drama in its fifth season.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Evangelical charity to hire married gay Christians

NEW YORK (AP) - The prominent Christian relief agency World Vision said Monday it will hire Christians who are in same-sex marriages, a dramatic policy change on one of the most divisive social issues facing religious groups.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Energy Department OKs LNG terminal on Oregon coast

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Energy Department gave conditional authorization Monday for liquefied natural gas to be exported from a proposed terminal in Coos Bay, on the Oregon coast.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• EX-TV JUDGE JOE BROWN ARRESTED IN TENNESSEE: MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The star of the television show "Judge Joe Brown" has been arrested and charged with five counts of contempt of court in Tennessee, court officials in Memphis said Monday.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


FDA reviews DNA-based colon cancer screening kits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is weighing the benefits and risks of two experimental colon cancer screening tests which use DNA from a patient's stool to detect dangerous tumors and growths.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Understand benefits of permanent life insurance

Permanent life insurance can provide you and your family with longstanding benefits that ultimately provide a greater sense of protection and financial security. Here's an overview of the ways that a permanent life insurance policy can be a valuable option for you and your family.

March 24, 2014 | By Frederick Rich New York Life Insurance | Local Business


No holds barred: Whispers, secrets and lies

NEW YORK (AP) - At a time when Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are pushing people to put forward their most polished, put-together selves, a new class of mobile applications aims for a bit more honesty.

March 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Indie games, getting people to buy their games is difficult

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - They do it inside their hotel rooms. Or in front of everyone across a cavernous convention hall. They even try it out on street corners. In almost every spot imaginable at last week's Game Developers Conference, there were indie game makers touting their latest creations in the hope of becoming the next "Minecraft" or "Gone Home."

March 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google Glass to feature Ray-Ban, Oakley frames for wearable tech

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is hoping to make its Internet-connected eyewear more stylish as part of a partnership with the makers of Ray-Ban and Oakley frames.

March 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Cisco to invest over $1B in cloud computing

SAN JOSE (AP) - Cisco says it plans to spend more than $1 billion over the next two years to build up its cloud computing network.

March 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Web storage provider Box unwraps IPO

LOS ALTOS (AP) - Online storage provider Box is seeking to raise $250 million in an initial public offering that will become the latest test of investors' interest in rapidly growing technology companies suffering huge losses while being led a precocious CEO.

March 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


‘Candy Crush’ maker going public

NEW YORK (AP) - King Digital, the company behind the wildly mobile game "Candy Crush Saga," is scheduled to make its debut on the New York Stock Exchange this week.

March 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


State sending voter forms to enrollees

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state of California has agreed to mail voter registration forms to nearly 4 million people who have signed up for insurance through its health care exchange after a threat of a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Disney buying YouTube video producer for $500M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Disney said Monday that it is buying YouTube channel operator Maker Studios for $500 million as the family entertainment giant seeks to stay in front of younger viewers who are increasingly watching short videos online.

March 24, 2014 | | State


Storm alert issued in drought- stricken Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters on Monday issued a winter storm watch for parts of drought-stricken California, with as much as two feet of snow expected in the northern Sierra Nevada and western Plumas County.

March 24, 2014 | | State


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