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The Jimmy Carter myth

Does George Pataki really think he can win the nomination? Rand Paul? Rick Santorum? Whoever announced this morning? Yes. How can they possibly think this, you ask (unless you are one of their ardent supporters)? I mean, a first-term senator, a former printing executive, whatever, who, frankly, no one has ever heard of is going to get elected president? How are they going to raise the $300 million or however much it will take to win the nomination?

June 01, 2015 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views

NSA debate: Privacy vs. security

Do I trust the federal government? Hell no. President Barack Obama's Department of Justice is happy to spend years investigating a foreign soccer organization for corruption and former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert for allegedly paying off a blackmailer - but not the alleged blackmailer - yet ignores big concerns. The feds have done next to nothing about the IRS targeting of conservative political groups, other than to defend IRS official Lois Lerner's creative use of the Fifth Amendment when she refused to answer questions from House investigators. And when Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked in 2013 whether the government ...

June 01, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views

Big insurance premium hikes coming

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Dozens of health insurers say higher-than-expected care costs and other expenses blindsided them this year, and they're going to have to hike premiums for individual policies well-beyond 10 percent for 2016.

June 01, 2015 | | Nationwide

New Godzilla video game steers clear of nuclear references

TOKYO (AP) - Godzillas galore, including last year's Hollywood version, stomp on buildings, thrashing about and breathing fire, in a video game going on sale globally mid-July. But don't expect any references to radiation, the mutant reptile's trademark affliction.

June 01, 2015 | | Nationwide

Google tries to demystify account privacy controls

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is making its privacy controls easier to find and understand in an attempt to make the more than 1 billion users of its digital services more comfortable about the personal information that they give the Internet's most powerful company.

June 01, 2015 | | Nationwide

Intel buys into chips powering cloud computing, smarter cars

SAN JOSE (AP) - Intel is buying chip designer Altera for about $16.7 billion in cash to expand its reach into new chip markets that are powering the wireless revolution, smarter cars and more.

June 01, 2015 | | Nationwide

Protesters rally against Facebook’s ‘fake name’ policy for accounts

MENLO PARK (AP) - Several dozen people gathered at Facebook's headquarters to protest a company policy of asking users to authenticate their identities if questions have been raised about the names on their accounts.

June 01, 2015 | | Nationwide

District sued over graduation dress code

CLOVIS (AP) - A Native American student sued his California school district on Monday over its refusal to let him wear an eagle feather during his high school graduation ceremony, claiming his rights to freedom of expression and religion in the state constitution are being violated.

June 01, 2015 | | State

State Senate approves 2017 minimum wage hike to $17

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate on Monday approved a plan to again raise the state's minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that.

June 01, 2015 | | State

Google still struggling to diversify beyond white, Asian men

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google isn't making much headway diversifying its workforce beyond white and Asian men, even though the Internet company hired women to fill one out of every five of its openings for computer programmers and other high-paying technology jobs last year.

June 01, 2015 | | State

Bill prohibits crackdown on sleeping in cars

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly is advancing legislation to protect homeless people who live in their cars from fines and vehicle impounds.

June 01, 2015 | | State

Farmers submit plans to save water

FRESNO (AP) - Dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta submitted plans Monday to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted to meet voluntary water conservation targets amid the relentless California drought, officials said.

June 01, 2015 | | State

Ex-Moreno Valley councilman sentenced in $2 million sting

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A former Moreno Valley city councilman was sentenced to five years in federal prison on Monday for accepting more than $2 million bribes during a sting operation but no charges will be filed in an unrelated corruption investigation involving the entire council, it was reported.

June 01, 2015 | | State

Muir Woods’s tallest is mere 777 years old

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An analysis found that the tallest redwood tree in Muir Woods in California is 777 years old - not the 1,500 years once assumed.

June 01, 2015 | | State

Willa L. Habiger

Willa L. Habiger, 78, entered into rest peacefully at her home in Lathrop on May 28, 2015. She was born December 29, 1936 in Haverhill Massachusetts.

June 01, 2015 | | OBITS

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Manteca needs tankless water heaters

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

May 03, 2015 | | Letters

VOL RECORDS FALL

OAKDALE – Records are made to be broken, but when you break a record that has stood for longer than you have been alive, that is something special.

May 03, 2015 | Dave Campbell | High School Sports

Bischofberger wins 151-lap feature at Stockton 99 Speedway

The 4th of July is still two months ago, but there were plenty of fireworks in Saturday night's season opening race at the Stockton 99 Speedway.

May 03, 2015 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns

Warriors star Stephen Curry is league MVP

OAKLAND (AP) - Some called him too small. Others too fragile.

May 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Warriors roll past Grizzlies in West semis’ first game

OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr joked before Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals that reporters should have two stories ready: One if his team looked well-rested and won, another if it looked rusty and lost.

May 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Mayweather takes his $100M check and runs

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The check was for $100 million, a payday so mind boggling that Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn't help but show it to a few reporters when the night was done.

May 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Giants beat Angels behind Lincecum for 3-game sweep

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum's fastball averages about 89 mph this season, down from 93-95 mph when he won consecutive NL Cy Young Awards in 2008 and '09.

May 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Unusually wild Gray, Vogt HRs carry A’s past Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Sonny Gray had a career-high seven walks against Texas when the Oakland right-hander never had more than four in an outing and came into the game with just six all season.

May 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Derby winner American Pharoah a likely go in Preakness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Lured by the promise of carrots, American Pharoah was led out of the barn to face a throng of cameras.

May 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Earnhardt cruises to Talladega win

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - There's something about Talladega Superspeedway - its ardent Earnhardt fans, the success his family has had at the track - that makes Dale Earnhardt Jr. feel a responsibility to put on a show.

May 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports

McIlroy claims title for Match Play Championship

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rory McIlroy had to work harder than ever to win the Match Play Championship.

May 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Inbee Park wins North Texas Shootout for second time

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Inbee Park loves coming to Texas. For the second time in three years, she's leaving the Lone Star State with a trophy.

May 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Cops hail man who fatally shoots suspect

OREM, Utah (AP) - Police are hailing a man who shot and killed a would-be carjacker outside a Utah grocery store, saying he did the right thing by coming to the aid of the vehicle's owner.

May 03, 2015 | | State

Joyful noise or unholy din?

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The sound system next door is making it hard for Olga Lopatina to love thy neighbor: Christ the King church.

May 03, 2015 | | Nation

NYPD officer ‘fighting for his life’

NEW YORK (AP) - A man who officials say boasted of being a street "hellraiser" and who served prison time for attempted murder was arraigned on charges that he shot a New York City police officer in the head.

May 03, 2015 | | Nation

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