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BUYING FOR ONE

Here's a trend that might catch you off-guard: Upwards of one in six new homebuyers in Manteca are single.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Do’s & don’ts for making your tile project perfect

When you add a tile or natural stone surface to the kitchen or bathroom, it transforms each space with a fresh, clean and customized look. Many homeowners often dream about adding a backsplash or replacing a floor, but never complete the project because they can't decide on the right look, become mentally exhausted by the thought of doing the project or don't know how to accomplish it themselves.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Backyard projects to help create treasured sanctuary

You love the days when you can go home from work, open the windows and enjoy dinner out on the deck. And it sure isn't hard to rise early on those sunny weekend days to spend all day in the backyard. Those days are here, and it's time to get outside to spend time with the grill, the garden and the deck.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Home renovation starts with good planning, good insurance

The United States is a country of renovators and remodelers, judging from the steady growth of home improvement projects across the nation in recent years.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

5 hot ways to update your home with wood

Wood may be known for its timeless visual appeal, but there's nothing static about the way people showcase it in American homes. Designers, homeowners and DIYers are re-discovering the warmth and beauty of wood. From inventive new uses to re-interpretations of existing styles, they're finding creative ways to use wood throughout the home.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Contracts to buy homes rise in July

WASHINGTON (AP) - More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, a sign that buying has improved as mortgage rates have slipped, the number of listings has risen and the rate of price increases has slowed.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

4 steps for garage organization

Organizing the garage may be one of the most feared tasks in household history. According to a recent Gladiator GarageWorks survey, nearly three out of four households can only park one car in their two-car garage, illustrating the need for a serious garage intervention.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

30-year mortgage rate at 4.1 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average 30-year U.S. mortgage rate remained at a 52-week low of 4.10 this week.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Average home price gains slows in June

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices increased at a slower pace in June - a cooldown that could continue for several more months.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Room-to-room home additions

Add quality and comfort to your favorite rooms

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Manatees may lose endangered species status

MIAMI (AP) - As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation

BUY OR SELL

NEW YORK (AP) - Is it time to cash out of stocks?

August 29, 2014 | | Nation

EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation

Nintendo launching ‘amiibo’ with 12 characters

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pikachu and Link will be among the first characters coming to "amiibo."

August 29, 2014 | | Nation

Howard R. DeArmond

Howard R. DeArmond, age 88, entered into rest on August 26, 2014, in Stockton. He was born on September 16, 1925, in Drakesboro, Kentucky. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Clara Louise DeArmond.

August 29, 2014 | | OBITS

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Justices & their cellphones

Since the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court went up in flames back in 1987, every appointee to the court has understood that when asked at confirmation hearings about how your personal experiences might affect your decisions, the right answer is "balls and strikes." Just an umpire, they all say, and even though no one - on the left or the right - believes this to be true, we all understand the necessity of the charade.

July 02, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views

DARKNESS PREVAILS

TRACY - One game ended a day later than it was supposed to.

July 02, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | High School Sports

SPLL collects senior crown

STOCKTON - Spreckels Park defeated Tracy 6-1 Wednesday in the championship game of the Little League District 67 Senior All-Star Tournament hosted by Weston Ranch Little League.

July 02, 2014 | Dave Campbell | Regional Sports

Mantecan wins national championship

Manteca resident Zach White played a key role in Lamorinda Baseball Club's run to the under-11 Travelball Select National Championship title last week at the East Cobb Baseball Complex in Marietta, Ga.

July 02, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Regional Sports

Howard may have saved best for last

SAO PAULO (AP) - Tim Howard left a lasting impression on Americans from coast to coast - and fans around the world, really - for his incredible, improbable saves in the loss to Belgium in extra time that sent the U.S. home from the World Cup to a country captivated.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports

TPC Harding Park lands 3 top tourneys

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The southwest corridor of San Francisco is going to get all the golf it can handle over the next decade.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Verlander finds form vs. A’s

DETROIT (AP) - Justin Verlander knows he isn't going to make a sixth straight All-Star team.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Wainwright has the right stuff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Adam Wainwright allowed four hits over 7 2/3 innings, Matt Carpenter continued to feast on San Francisco pitching and the St. Louis Cardinals ended a scoring drought, beating the Giants 2-0 Wednesday night.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Wimbledon’s champ ousted in straight sets

LONDON (AP) - The silence at Centre Court made abundantly clear that Andy Murray's time as Wimbledon champion was coming to a close.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Bubba has home-course advantage

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - To get ready for this week's tournament, Bubba Watson simply has to walk out his front door.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Deals slow to a trickle on 2nd day

Sabres general manager Tim Murray joked that he has run out of spending money two days into NHL free agency.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Cavs meeting with Hayward; Nets land coach

CLEVELAND (AP) - Gordon Hayward once named Cleveland his least favorite NBA city. He might have to change his mind.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Marlins’ Alvarez is winning with theatrical flair

MIAMI (AP) - Henderson Alvarez's a pitcher, and that's not his only position. He'll throw a batter out at first base while sitting on the mound. He'll lie flat on his back while watching a teammate make a play.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Colombians recall Escobar’s death

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - The murder 20 years ago Wednesday of a Colombian soccer player who had accidentally scored for the other side, helping eliminate his team from the World Cup, stands in stark contrast to the national squad's celebrated success this time around.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Klinsmann right: US not ready to contend

SAO PAULO (AP) - Turns out Jurgen Klinsmann was right: The United States isn't ready to win the World Cup.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports

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