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Want to find out about yourself & California? Go take a hike

It was 40 degrees Thursday. I had been hiking for six hours. The sun had been up over the Great Basin for perhaps three hours.

July 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Brown socks, fathers & sons, & being kinder

I spent part of Father's Day reflecting on my late father.

July 01, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views

Kaiser’s Modesto, Manteca hospitals operate as one to provide best care

At Kaiser Permanente, we understand the community sentiment that led to the Manteca City Council's June 3 adoption of a non-binding resolution regarding the medical services offered at our Manteca Medical Center. Faced with a question about the operation of an important hometown institution, it's only natural to want that institution to have all services.

July 01, 2014 | By Melanie Hatchel Public Affairs Director, Central Valley Area, Kaiser Permanente Northern California | Other Views

Manteca Kaiser members paid for & deserve full service hospital

My name is Amy Glass and I am a Manteca resident and an RN in the Kaiser Modesto ICU. I was one of the many Manteca residents who spoke at the Manteca City Council on June 3 in favor of a resolution asking Kaiser to immediately restore the services that it cut from the Kaiser Manteca Medical Center in January 2013.

July 01, 2014 | By AMY GLASS Manteca resident RN Kaiser Modesto | Other Views

Highway funding runs out of gas

Lawmakers writing the transportation spending bill have a problem. Actually they have 89 billion problems, because that's how many dollars they are short between what they want to spend over the next six years and the revenue bean counters expect.

July 01, 2014 | | Other Views

Obama: I’ll act on my own on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Conceding defeat on a top domestic priority, President Barack Obama blamed a Republican "year of obstruction" for the demise of sweeping immigration legislation on Monday and said he would take new steps without Congress to fix as much of the system as he can on his own.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation

Yosemite marks 150th year as national park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park on Monday marked 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed an act protecting the park for generations of visitors.

June 30, 2014 | | State

Religious rights trump birth control rule

WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation

Police plan to charge gun vendor

ORANGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Police intend to charge a gun show vendor who accidentally shot a woman while demonstrating a concealed carry wallet holster.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation

Man critically injures ref at soccer game

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area soccer player faces a felony assault charge for allegedly punching a referee during an adult-league match, critically injuring the ref.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation

Clash over beach contamination warnings

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A federal plan to lower thresholds for warning the public about contaminated beach water is drawing protests from state officials in the Great Lakes region and along the ocean coasts who say the revisions could unnecessarily scare away swimmers.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation

Bat maker not liable for pitcher’s injuries

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma man who was seriously injured by a line drive during a 2006 high school baseball game isn't entitled to a nearly $1 million award from the manufacturer of the bat used to hit the ball, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation

Video: SC trooper threatened Taser use on lineman

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A suspended South Carolina state trooper threatened to use a Taser on Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Sam Montgomery during a traffic stop last week for speeding.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation

Woman sentenced in coffee cans fortune case

PITTSBURGH (AP) - An Alabama woman was sentenced Monday to a year on probation to cap a bizarre case in which a trucker enlisted her and two others to help him hide a small fortune he found stuffed in coffee cans inside an elderly man's garage.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation

NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• UTAH MAN SENT TO JAIL FOR FIGHT OVER CHURCH SEATS: OGDEN, Utah (AP) - A 52-year-old man accused of punching another man and hitting him with his car in a dispute over pew space in Utah has been ordered to spend 30 days in jail.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation

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Google building truly driverless car

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that could operate without a person at the wheel.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation

NorCal voters contemplate forming new state

RED BLUFF (AP) - Residents of California's largely rural, agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties long ago got used to feeling ignored in the state Capitol and out of sync with major urban areas.

May 28, 2014 | | State

Evacuation lifted near SJV wildfire

MARIPOSA (AP) - Residents evacuated from the foothills near a Central California wildfire were allowed to return home Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | | State

Dog in hero cat video euthanized

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A dog seen on security camera footage attacking a Central California boy until it is chased off by a cat has been euthanized.

May 28, 2014 | | State

California water release opponents suffer setback

FRESNO (AP) - Water will continue flowing from a reservoir east of Fresno for now after a judge rejected an attempt to turn off the spigots.

May 28, 2014 | | State

Maya Angelou, celebrated poet dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Maya Angelou's story awed millions. A childhood victim of rape, she broke through silence and shame to tell her tale in one of the most widely read memoirs of the 20th century. A black woman born into poverty and segregation, she recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation

3-year-old kills younger brother

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) - A 3-year-old Payson boy shot and killed his 1½ -year-old brother after the boys found a handgun in a neighbor's apartment and took it to another room, the eastern Arizona town's police chief said Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation

Male student named prom queen

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - A 17-year-old boy has been named prom queen at his high school and says he's making a point about gender labeling and discrimination.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation

Disabled man is killed; estate billed nearly $12M

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Two years after a 33-year-old mentally disabled man died at a state institution in Queens, and one year after his sister filed a lawsuit accusing the staff of killing him, New York officials have sent her an $11.67 million bill.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation

Hatch: Gay marriage will become law of the land

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch conceded Wednesday it's only a matter of time before gay marriage is legal across the country, even though he doesn't think that's the right way to go.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation

NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• BURN VICTIM DOUSES SELF WITH SLURPEES AT 7-ELEVEN: GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Things were quiet at a convenience store in Southern Oregon when a tattooed man came in and started dousing himself with Hawaiian Punch Slurpees.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation

Bullying: Did boy choke himself?

SANTA ROSA (AP) - The Northern California case of a mother accused of grabbing the throat of a 12-year-old boy she suspected of bullying her daughter took another turn Wednesday with the release of a private investigator's report suggesting the boy choked himself.

May 28, 2014 | | State

Bill seeks to restrict vehicle-tracking tech

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate on Wednesday was considering a bill that would place some restrictions on vehicle-tracking technology to protect people's privacy.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation

Public-private survey finds cybercrime on the rise

SAN JOSE (AP) - The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 executives of U.S. businesses, law enforcement services and government agencies released Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | | Nationwide

Google workforce: White and male

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its 50,000 Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women.

May 28, 2014 | | Nationwide

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