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Four Ripon wrestlers earn gold at TVL

Javier Hernandez (138 pounds), Gabe Barnett (152), Dyllan Heald (160) and Tristan Smith (285) brought home gold medals from the Trans Valley League wrestling championships on Saturday at Hilmar High School.

February 15, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Stamkos leads Lightning past San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE (AP) - Steven Stamkos knew his team needed to start the first of a five-game road trip with plenty of energy.

February 15, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Snedeker wins Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH (AP) - Coming off the worst season of his career, Brandt Snedeker's mission was to become relevant again. He was eligible for only one major and none of the World Golf Championships, and he hated the idea of the world's best players competing without him.

February 15, 2015 | | Pro Sports


West edges East in All-Star Game

NEW YORK (AP) - Mixing Broadway and basketball, this NBA All-Star Game was a West Side Story.

February 15, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Nishikori 3-peats as Memphis champ

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - All the big names from Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe to Pete Sampras, Michael Chang and Andy Roddick are on the list of past champions.

February 15, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Gordon wins pole for his career final Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The qualifying session for NASCAR's biggest race of the year was lambasted by Tony Stewart as "a complete embarrassment" and called a "cute show" by Clint Bowyer.

February 15, 2015 | | Pro Sports


US collects 5 medals at world championships

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) - Bode Miller crashing and slicing his leg in what possibly could be his last race. Lindsey Vonn breaking into tears with all the pressure weighing on her. Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin coming through with gold medals as expected.

February 15, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Medi-Cal rolls swell to 12 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Since California embraced the federal health care overhaul, the state's Medicaid program for the poor has added more than 2.7 million people, a surprisingly high number that has left the state to grapple with making sure there are enough doctors to care for all of them.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Drought prompts cancellation of World Cup event in Sierra

OLYMPIC VALLEY (AP) - Another dry winter in the Sierra Nevada has prompted the cancellation of World Cup skicross and snowboardcross races at the Squaw Valley resort in early March.

February 15, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Schools treat e-cigarettes now as drug paraphernalia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Some schools are getting tougher on e-cigarettes, even punishing possession of the devices more harshly than regular cigarettes.

February 15, 2015 | | Nation


Citrus exports hurt by labor dispute

FRESNO (AP) - California's citrus growers already grappling with a fourth year of drought say their exports are taking a hit from a labor dispute at West Coast seaports, costing farmers millions of dollars a week.

February 15, 2015 | | State


Police chased tractor-trailer 34 miles, dodged thrown fridge

BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) - A tractor-trailer driver threw items from his cab at police - including socks, shoes and a small refrigerator - as he led them on a 34-mile chase in western Pennsylvania, authorities said Sunday.

February 15, 2015 | | Nation


Council only wants big homes

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

February 15, 2015 | | Letters


Council loyalties lie with developers

Editor, Manteca Bulletin:

February 15, 2015 | | Letters


Redding police chief says city attracts homeless with free services

REDDING (AP) - A police chief in Northern California has drawn criticism from homeless advocates for saying charities are to blame for attracting more transients to town by offering them services, a newspaper reports.

February 15, 2015 | | State


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Bears agree to 1-year deal with Ray McDonald

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Bears agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract with former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald despite his having some brushes with the law.

March 24, 2015 | | Pro Sports


NFL unveils plans for 50th Super Bowl

PHOENIX (AP) - The Super Bowl turns 50 this year and the NFL is planning a golden yearlong celebration.

March 24, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Pitchers put on timers in high minors

NEW YORK (AP) - Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Rob Scahill thinks his mound mates will do just fine at beating the new 20-second pitch clock that will be used at Triple-A and Double-A this season, one that could lead to balls and strikes as penalties.

March 24, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Butler, Vogt homer in A’s win over Cubs

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Edwin Jackson might be thinking he wishes he never found his way to work.

March 24, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Augusta National getting too crowded for its liking

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Matt Every needed a victory at Bay Hill to get into the Masters, and he was only being honest when he shared what he was thinking as Henrik Stenson faced a birdie putt on the final hole to force a playoff.

March 24, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Why not travel to Cuba?

If you're an American citizen, you've got one of the most valuable passports in the world. You can travel nearly anywhere, including countries Uncle Sam doesn't always get along with.

March 24, 2015 | By MEDEA BENJAMIN Co-founder of CodePink | Other Views


Fair trade is a racial justice issue

The work of repairing the racial fissures that broke wide open in Ferguson, Missouri last year goes beyond the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

March 24, 2015 | By ISAIAH POOLE Editor of OurFuture.org | Other Views


What fuels wilds price swings?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers on Tuesday questioned the recent wild swings in California's gas prices and asked whether regulators can do more to reduce market volatility while government promotes alternative fuels to increase competition.

March 24, 2015 | | State


Mother, stepmom arrested for assaulting son’s bullies at school

FRESNO (AP) - Two women have been arrested for allegedly going onto a school campus and assaulting a pair of teenage girls, including one who the women say had been bullying their son, police said Tuesday.

March 24, 2015 | | State


Restaurateur loses part of finger in scuffle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Venice cafe owner had part of a finger bitten off during a scuffle with a man he had ordered out of his restaurant.

March 24, 2015 | | State


Effort to seek quake warning funds

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington on Tuesday pressed for full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system.

March 24, 2015 | | State


Schwarzenegger: Save after-school funding

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held a national summit Tuesday calling on Congress to preserve more than $1 billion in federal funding for after-school programs that have been criticized over lackluster academic outcomes for participants.

March 24, 2015 | | State


Despite tolls, traffic in paid lanes slows

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charging drivers for access to express lanes on one of Los Angeles' busiest freeways appears to have only partially resolved commuter travel woes: Transportation officials say so many people are using the new toll lanes that the paid route is slowing down too.

March 24, 2015 | | State


2 sentenced in fatal Riverbank carjacking try

MODESTO (AP) - Two men have been sentenced in Stanislaus County Superior Court for first-degree murder and attempted carjacking in an encounter that took the life of a 21-year-old man nearly five years ago.

March 24, 2015 | | State


Elton John set for SF’s Outside Lands

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The foodie music festival Outside Lands is celebrating its eighth year with a mix of established superstars and new ones, from Elton John and D'Angelo to Kendrick Lamar and Sam Smith.

March 24, 2015 | | People & Entertainment


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