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Court shoots down tiered water pricing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water.

April 20, 2015 | | State

Boy, 8, found asleep in car that was stolen

FAIRFIELD (AP) - An 8-year-old boy snoozing in the backseat of his family's running car slept through his brief kidnapping Monday after the vehicle was stolen in front of his California home, his parents said.

April 20, 2015 | | State

Sheriff’s domestic violence-related conviction erased

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi no longer has a criminal record.

April 20, 2015 | | State

SF Bay Area researchers fear ‘super storm’ flood

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Even as California struggles to cope with a long-running drought, scientists are worried that the San Francisco Bay Area is unprepared for an inevitable super storm that could drop 12 inches of rain in a week.

April 20, 2015 | | State

High-speed rail approves 5 bidders for more construction

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's High-Speed Rail Authority says five construction teams have submitted qualifications allowing them to bid on the third segment of the project.

April 20, 2015 | | State

Uber driver accused of running down bicyclist

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An Uber driver is accused of running down and seriously injuring a bicyclist in an apparent road-rage incident.

April 20, 2015 | | State

Quake fault in Ventura poses tsunami risk

VENTURA (AP) - Scientists say the earthquake fault that runs through the coastal city of Ventura can produce strong shaking and dangerous tsunamis, prompting state officials to study whether to revise hazard maps.

April 20, 2015 | | State

Trucking group urges move to speed limiters

DETROIT (AP) - The nation's largest trucking industry group wants the government to get moving on a rule requiring electronic speed-limiting devices on big rigs.

April 20, 2015 | | Nationwide

Willie Nelson becomes latest celebrity in marijuana business

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.

April 20, 2015 | | Nationwide

Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dyes

NEW YORK (AP) - This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.

April 20, 2015 | | Nationwide

Shred-It aims to reduce ID theft

Identify theft claimed 298 victims in Manteca during 2014.

April 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS

ALMONDS GETTING ROASTED

MODESTO (AP) - California almonds are becoming one of the world's favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water than all the showering, dish-washing and other indoor household water use of California's 39 million people.

April 20, 2015 | | NEWS

Lathrop joins groundwater oversight effort

Roughly 80 percent of Lathrop's water comes from the ground.

April 20, 2015 | Jason Campbell | NEWS

Reserves may help RUSD cover shortfall

Ripon Unified School District Superintendent Bill Draa apologized for the inaccuracies on the recently approved second interim report made last week.

April 20, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | NEWS

One-of-a-kind auction items at St. Anthony’s

A Dr. Seuss-themed bookcase custom-made by St. Anthony of Padua School's kindergarten students and their parents is just one of the dozens of items that will be on the auction block when the school celebrates with an auction dinner its 60th anniversary.

April 20, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS

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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

Lathrop defense tames Mustangs

Lathrop held visiting Oakdale to single digits in three periods Saturday and defeated the Mustangs 43-26.

February 15, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Pro Sports

EU girls aim for playoffs

It is nice when you control your own destiny.

February 15, 2015 | Dave Campbell | High School 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

PG&E wants you to pay for them to profit from chargers

PG&E wants the state to give them permission to take money from you so they can make even more money.

February 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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