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CEOs in 10 big mergers to get $430M

NEW YORK (AP) - This year's flurry of corporate mergers may not pay off for shareholders in the long run, but one thing is for sure: The bosses who are selling their companies will do just fine.

November 21, 2014 | | Nation

MARKET BAROMETER

The biggest price rebound for housing in the Manteca market is also still the most affordable - the Cherry Lane Condos along Union Road.

November 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

California home sales increase by 1.4 percent

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales continue to climb - with the October sales tally reaching the highest it has been for that month in two years, a research firm said Thursday.

November 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Home sales rise in October

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans bought homes in October at the briskest pace this year, a sign that the sluggish housing market is turning around.

November 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Beauty of wood turns homes into architectural masterpieces

Ever since humans stopped dwelling in caves and started living in huts made of tree branches, wood has been an indispensible structural and decorative residential material. Man's house-building relationship with wood - historically, culturally and experientially - is deep, long and universal. In part that's because wood is abundant, economical, durable and flexible. But our enduring love affair with wood is also due to the fact that, like us, each piece of timber is unique - its color, texture and grain are as individual as a human personality, so we keep discovering new aspects of its beauty and versatility to delight ...

November 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Cypress adds a signature style to the look of a home

To satisfy homeowners seeking to add a signature style to their indoor living spaces, more and more design professionals and builders are going back to basics and rediscovering the versatility, durability and good looks of cypress.

November 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Home improvements that give most bang for your buck

Prioritizing a home-improvement wish list is never easy. Do you put design and aesthetics ahead of functionality? Or do you choose comfort and convenience over energy efficiency and cost savings?

November 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Home starts drop 2.8% in October

WASHINGTON (AP) - Construction of new homes fell slightly in October after a big surge in the previous month, but the weakness was largely driven by the volatile apartment sector.

November 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

30-year mortgage rates drop to 3.99%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates continued to tick down this week, remaining close to yearlong lows.

November 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Federal agency yet to act on controversial insurance used by banks

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Housing Finance Agency has yet to deliver on changes to a controversial type of homeowner's insurance even as its director told the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday that it's making progress.

November 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Robert “Bob” Mack

Robert "Bob" Mack entered into rest on November 16, 2014 in Manteca, CA. He was born on July 12, 1929 in Kranzburg, Codington Co South Dakota. He joins his parents Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Mack in heaven as well as his siblings Mary Ann Friske, Ralph Mack, Francis Mack, Al Mack, Phil Mack, Anthony Mack. He was a loving father to the children of his wife Dorthy Mack. Her children, now deceased, and waiting for him in heaven are Alan Dale Janke, Mark Lee Janke, and Pamela Janke. grandson, Mark Lee Janke, Jr.

November 21, 2014 | | OBITS

Elden "Red" Nutt, Ripon Vice Mayor, passed away

Elden "Red" Nutt was Vice Mayor of the Ripon City Council, in line to become Mayor. He passed away Friday morning. Nutt, who was a retired police chief, has served on the council since 2006, and was appointed mayor twice during that stint. Prior to that, he was on the Ripon Planning Commission for two years. Nutt was the only incumbent to be re-elected during the 2012 campaign. He worked on the Ripon police force from 1964 to 1990. Nutt was also a member and past Commander of American Legion Post 190, past director and president of the Ripon Chamber ...

November 21, 2014 | | Ripon News

Linda Kay Linch

Linda Kay Linch, 71, entered into rest on November 18th, 2014 in Manteca, California. She was born on December 31, 1942 in Idaho. She joins her parents, Basil and Imagene Ridgeway in heaven.

November 21, 2014 | | OBITS

Furloughs kept Manteca afloat

Manteca's municipal offices are closed next week.

November 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS

REDUCING HOMELESS

Cecily Ballungay has a plan to reduce the ranks of homeless in Manteca.

November 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS

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Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones.

September 23, 2014 | | State

SLANTED DOOR

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There were a few raised eyebrows when Charles Phan unveiled his concept of a simple but stylish restaurant serving Vietnamese food with a modern, Californian twist. After all, this was the mid-'90s, when the predominant trend in Asian food was cheap and basic.

September 23, 2014 | | State

Manpower added to fight wildfire as winds expected

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Nearly 2,000 firefighters were added Tuesday to battle a massive Northern California wildfire that threatened thousands of homes and fouled the air 50 miles away in Reno, Nevada, which was blanketed by smoke.

September 23, 2014 | | State

Yosemite Park’s black bears going high tech

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park in California say a boost in technology will help them better understand the black bears that live throughout the park.

September 23, 2014 | | State

Plans for $200M for drought relief released

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials on Tuesday released plans for spending almost a third of the $687 million emergency drought relief package approved by lawmakers earlier this year.

September 23, 2014 | | State

NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

Woman bound with duct tape found in car's trunk

September 23, 2014 | | State

Pagan to have season-ending back surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) - San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan will have season-ending surgery to repair a bulging disk in his back.

September 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Obama opens a new front against al-Qaida

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. decision to strike the Khorasan Group to stop a possible terror attack represents a significant expansion of the largely secret war against core al-Qaida, a group President Barack Obama has proclaimed was "a shadow of its former self."

September 23, 2014 | | Nation

Students walk out of school in protest

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) - Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation

ACLU sues over ‘revenge porn’ bill

PHOENIX (AP) - A new Arizona law making "revenge porn" illegal is so broad it criminalizes booksellers, artists, news photographers and even historians and is therefore unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona said in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation

Police deliver pie after Pizza Hut driver hurt

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Police officers often deliver citations, and in urgent circumstances they've been known to deliver a baby. Now, here comes pizza.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation

Meters eyed as possible cause of fires

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada utility officials said Tuesday they will turn over all data demanded by state regulators investigating whether smart electricity meters pose a fire danger.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation

UPS gunman said ‘troubled’ over work

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The man who killed two former co-workers and then himself at a UPS shipping center Tuesday had told some people that he was having problems at work but never suggested the situation might turn violent, his pastor said.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation

Sierra High Boosters dinner dance

The Sierra High Athletic Boosters are annual all-you-can-eat rib and chicken dinner dance is on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Manteca's Senior Citizen Center, 295 Cherry Lane, in Manteca.

September 23, 2014 | | People & Entertainment

MJC free film screening

MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the film Inequality for All on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in Forum 110 on MJC's East Campus, 435 College Avenue. The free event is part of the CEP Fall Film and Lecture Series. Campus parking is available for $2 in student parking lots.

September 23, 2014 | | People & Entertainment

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