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A’s deal Cespedes to land Lester

OAKLAND (AP) - Billy Beane considers Jon Lester a proven ace who can carry a pitching staff through the playoffs, just like he did last fall. The general manager acquired Lester to make sure Oakland gets there first.

July 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Safety Bethea finding a groove with 49ers w

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Once most players had gone inside from practice on a hot day, there stood Antoine Bethea working to perfect a handshake with new 49ers teammate Demarcus Dobbs.

July 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Venus Williams advances to QF

STANFORD (AP) - Venus Williams advanced to the Bank of the West quarterfinals Thursday night, beating fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-6 (1).

July 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Resilient woods starts well at Bridgestone

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational. Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys.

July 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Deadline dealin’

Baseball fans were still trying to sort out the dizzying deals for postseason aces Jon Lester and John Lackey, Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes and All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera when they were treated to a most curious sight Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


A’s deal Tommy Milone to Twins for Sam Fuld

OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have traded left-hander Tommy Milone to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld.

July 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Chekwa taking reps with Raiders

NAPA (AP) - Chimdi Chekwa has dealt with so much in his first two NFL seasons that a matchup with wide receiver James Jones in practice seemed fairly easy in comparison for the Oakland cornerback.

July 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Lynch ends holdout, arrives at camp

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Marshawn Lynch's holdout is over, ending one distraction so far for the Super Bowl champions.

July 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Johnson takes LOA from golf

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for "personal challenges," a swift end to his season that will keep him from playing the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup.

July 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


GOP hopeful goes homeless for a week

FRESNO (AP) - The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor in the nation's most populous state.

July 31, 2014 | | State


People recall man looked out of place at Fresno shelter

FRESNO - Advocates for the homeless say a clean-cut man who showed up at a Fresno shelter last week looked out of place.

July 31, 2014 | By SCOTT SMITH The Associated Press | State


Californians to see 4.2 percent increase in health plan premiums

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians buying individual health plans on the state's exchange will see their premiums rise by an average of 4.2 percent in 2015, about half the increase the industry has seen in the past three years, officials announced Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Passenger dies, pilot hurt in parking lot crash

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing a 78-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Warwick knows her way to San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - In 1968, Dionne Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn't think much of the song.

July 31, 2014 | | State


Immigration issue produces disarray

WASHINGTON (AP) - Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner to blink.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


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Samardzija pitches A’s to win over Astros

HOUSTON (AP) - Jeff Samardzija was determined to get back on track Monday night after a couple of bad starts, so he was thrilled to see Josh Donaldson back in the Oakland lineup.

August 26, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Rockies earn first four-game winning streak at San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For years, the Colorado Rockies would lose the close ones in San Francisco.

August 26, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Choo done for the season

SEATTLE (AP) - Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is scheduled for surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow and will miss the rest of the season.

August 26, 2014 | | Pro Sports


MLB Capsules

BALTIMORE (AP) - Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis homered in succession during a six-run fifth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles cruised past the Tampa Bay Rays 9-1 Monday night to end a three-game losing streak.

August 26, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Outraged council wants to give up $6.9M

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

August 26, 2014 | | Letters


‘Miss Ann’ grows real fine tomatoes

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

August 26, 2014 | | Letters


Reid’s gaffes keep on coming

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the Asian Chamber of Commerce last week: "The Asian population is so productive. I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are." In remarks videotaped by the GOP group America Rising, Reid also joked that he has trouble keeping his "Wongs straight." Then followed this apology: "My comments were in extremely poor taste, and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing."

August 26, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Rare Superman comic book fetches $3.2M

NEW YORK (AP) - A rare, nearly flawless copy of Superman's comic-book debut has sold for a super-powered price: $3.2 million.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Gold thief offers to pay for nugget

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A man suspected of walking out of a Juneau, Alaska, jewelry store with a gold nugget worth nearly $5,000 developed a conscience and paid for it - after his image was distributed by police through a "crime stoppers" program.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Couple charged in scheme to get girl pregnant

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama couple who wanted a baby repeatedly sexually assaulted an underage girl in hopes she'd get pregnant and give them the infant, authorities said Monday.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Tourist charged in Brooklyn Bridge climb

NEW YORK (AP) - A Russian tourist climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take pictures for fun in the landmark's second security breach in a month, authorities said Monday.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Woman, 75, gets life for killing husband

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A judge in Wyoming sentenced a 75-year-old Missouri woman to life in prison on Monday for killing her husband with a rifle in the mid-1970s and throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine, where it remained for nearly 40 years.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Oregon teenager’s drone worried firefighting crews

BEND, Ore. (AP) - It cost a Bend teenager about $800 in revenue from chores, yard work and birthday gifts to buy a miniature aircraft and a camera he sent aloft to capture video of a forest fire this summer that was threatening the western edge of the city.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAINE LOBSTERMAN CATCHES RARE BLUE LOBSTER: SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) - A Maine lobsterman says he and his 14-year-old daughter caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Court: California wait period doesn’t apply to gun owners

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.

August 25, 2014 | | State


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