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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. 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

Stuff the Bus toy drive set for weekend

Stuff the bus for the sake of kids is the theme of a toy drive that's been a Christmas undertaking for the Manteca Unified School District's bus drivers dating back to 2008.

November 21, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | NEWS

No quorum nixes opening meeting

Dan Doyle is not happy Lathrop is discussing flood issues behind closed doors.

November 21, 2014 | Jason Campbell | NEWS

Unique dog house going to highest bidder

It's the quintessential Manteca dog house.

November 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS

$53,000 spent on Lathrop’s mayoral race

It could end up being the most costly Lathrop Mayor's race in the city's brief history.

November 21, 2014 | Jason Campbell | NEWS

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Video shows shooting of unarmed driver

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina state trooper's dashboard video shows an unarmed driver being shot just seconds after he was stopped for a seatbelt offense - and the trooper, who was fired last week, has now been charged with assault.

September 25, 2014 | | Nation

Holder resigning AG post

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eric Holder, America's first black attorney general and an unflinching champion of civil rights in enforcing the nation's laws, announced his resignation Thursday after leading the Justice Department since the first days of President Barack Obama's term. He is the fourth-longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history.

September 25, 2014 | | Nation

Powerful quake rattles large swath of Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A powerful earthquake shook a large swath of Alaska on Thursday morning, knocking things off shelves and causing people to take cover but bringing no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.

September 25, 2014 | | Nation

Islamic rebels fear US could hit them

BEIRUT (AP) - When the United States opened its aerial campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria this week, its first salvo also hit an al-Qaida cell it says was planning terror attacks - a move that has injected more chaos into the conflict and could help President Bashar Assad.

September 25, 2014 | | Nation

NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

POLICE: BURGLAR KILLS ACCOMPLICE OVER STOLEN ITEMS: WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina authorities say a burglar fatally shot his accomplice after the two men argued about how to split up the stolen goods.

September 25, 2014 | | Nation

Challenger would drop tenure-ruling appeal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would immediately withdraw the state superintendent from an appeal of a landmark legal decision that struck down teacher-tenure laws and other job protections.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Chase, police shooting snarl SF traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man Thursday after he led them on a lengthy high-speed chase, crashed in downtown San Francisco and then fired a gun at good Samaritans who tried to help him, authorities said.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Farmers may have to stop using grape, nut pesticide

FRESNO (AP) - California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | State

Rain helps efforts to control King Fire

PLACERVILLE (AP) - Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Woman hit by CHP officer gets $1.5M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Bodies found during search for source of odor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Authorities investigating a noxious odor that prompted evacuations in a San Francisco Bay Area city discovered two bodies inside a residence.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Prison guard union leader to retire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the union representing state prison guards is retiring, leaving an organization that had sparred with then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before making peace with Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 25, 2014 | | State

Woman clawed, bitten in bear attack near LA

CARPINTERIA (AP) - A California woman is recovering from scratches, a bite and a broken rib after being attacked by a black bear that chased her dogs through an avocado grove.

September 25, 2014 | | Nation

Hughes turns down chance for $500,000 bonus

DETROIT (AP) - Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes turned down a chance to pitch again this weekend, even though one more out would have earned him a $500,000 bonus.

September 25, 2014 | | Pro Sports

FBI chief slams Apple, Google phones

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI director on Thursday criticized the decision by Apple and Google to encrypt smartphones data so it can be inaccessible to law enforcement, even with a court order.

September 25, 2014 | | Nation

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