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Kaiser earns ‘A’ for safety

Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Modesto and Manteca received the top score of "A" by the Leapfrog Group in its annual safety report, which examined and graded more than 2,500 hospitals throughout the United States.

April 30, 2015 | | NEWS

Medicare data show contrast in generic, brand prescribing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The most-used medicines in Medicare's prescription drug program are generics, but the program spends the most on brand-name drugs, led by the heartburn treatment Nexium, according to an unprecedented release of government data on Thursday.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation

Flakka behind increasingly bizarre crimes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation

Kaiser nurses strike hospitals over staffing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Registered nurses at six California hospitals went on strike Thursday over staffing levels and other issues during contract negotiations, a move the medical centers called "inappropriate" but said would not interrupt services.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation

Tesla to expand battery tech to homes, firms

FOSTER CITY (AP) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk is trying to steer his electric car company's battery technology into homes and businesses as part of an elaborate plan to reshape the power grid with millions of small power plants made of solar panels on roofs and batteries in garages.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation

Sierra snow disappearing

The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park are opening Saturday some three weeks ahead of schedule due to a lack of snow.

April 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS

b.successful

The Manteca Police Chief Foundation awarded $2,600 in scholarships to Manteca Unified b.tech Academy students enrolled in Culinary Arts, First Responders and Industrial Arts.

April 30, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Education

Waterslides operators going into Hall of Fame

The husband-wife team responsible for connecting Manteca with waterslides in the minds of generations of people is being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame.

April 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS

Cougars AD taking Oakdale High job

Weston Ranch athletic director Pat King announced Tuesday that he has accepted a new job with Oakdale High School after 15 years with the Manteca Unified School District.

April 30, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Education

Manteca Unified trustees: Now you see them . . .

More than a few folks at the Manteca Unified School District level art show conducted Tuesday evening in the board room at the administrative complex on Louise Avenue noticed only five of the seven trustees' photos gracing the wall.

April 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Around Town

Playful approach to thrifty fashion

If you know me just a little bit, you know I'm all about shopping at thrift stores. I am passionate about fashion for less and I believe you should never pay full price for a clothing item.

April 30, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

Hospital volunteers honored

Margaret Miller of Doctors Hospital has mentored hospital volunteers for more than 20 years and is continually looked up to by the group of the some 80 women and men.

April 30, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | NEWS

ICF shrimp feed Saturday; prayer breakfast set May 7

The Italian Catholic Federation will be having its annual "All You Can Eat" shrimp dinner Saturday, May 2, at the St. Anthony Church gym. No-host cocktails begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7. Dinner will include pesto pasta, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages. Don Garibaldi will provide accordion music. There will be a raffle and silent auction of baked goods. Tickets are $35 each ($17.50 for children ages 12 and younger), and are available from Ida at 209.982.5710, Marilyn at 209.612.7770, or Anna at 209.403.7634.

April 30, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

Railtown roll out red carpet for moms on Mother’s Day

JAMESTOWN – Railtown 1897 State Historic Park plans to treat moms extra special this Mother's Day on Sunday, May 10, by offering excursion train rides, giving away complimentary commemorative Belgian chocolate bars to all mothers who take a train ride (while supplies last), and more.

April 30, 2015 | | People & Entertainment

The smack down in Baltimore

Toya Graham is my nominee for mother of the year.

April 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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SIZE DOES MATTER

NEW YORK (AP) - There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung's runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model last fall. But if phones get any bigger will they be too hard to use?

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide

Facebook & NBA: ‘Lean in’ for women

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide

Valuable tax credits for filers

Tax credits are a powerful way to lower your federal income tax bill. Why? Because a tax credit reduces your taxes dollar for dollar. A tax deduction, on the other hand, reduces your taxable income, so your benefit is determined by your tax bracket. For example, a deduction of $1,000 will lower your tax bill by $280 if you are in the 28% bracket. A $1,000 credit will lower your tax bill by $1,000. Here's an overview of selected credits.

March 04, 2015 | By Tom Vermeulen Certified Public Accountant Vermeulen & Co. | Local Business

Uber heads in new mapping direction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Uber Technologies is buying digital mapping specialist deCarta in a deal that may help the rapidly growing ride-hailing service lessen its dependence on navigation services from Google and Apple, an imposing pair of potential rivals.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide

McDonald’s chicken drops human antibiotics

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says it plans to require chicken suppliers to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine within two years.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide

8-year-old boy killed while crawling through space in gate

LAS VEGAS (AP) - An 8-year-old boy apparently crawling through a space in an automatic gate died after being struck by the metal arm that opens the entryway to the suburban Las Vegas housing community where he lived, authorities said.

March 04, 2015 | | Nation

BUSINESS NEWS

• ALIBABA OPENS DATA CENTER IN SILICON VALLEY: SAN JOSE (AP) - The cloud-computing unit of Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba is making its first foray into the U.S. by opening a data center in Silicon Valley.

March 04, 2015 | | Nationwide

How much sugar is in that? 7 foods with added sugar

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say people should eat less sugar. But that's easier said than done.

March 04, 2015 | | Nation

Man burned by fajitas while praying can’t sue restaurant

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey appellate court says a man cannot seek damages for burns he suffered while bowing his head in prayer over a sizzling steak fajita skillet at a restaurant.

March 04, 2015 | | Nation

Man burned by fajitas while praying can’t sue restaurant

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey appellate court says a man cannot seek damages for burns he suffered while bowing his head in prayer over a sizzling steak fajita skillet at a restaurant.

March 04, 2015 | | Nation

Curry shoots Warriors to win over Bucks

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry needed just over a minute to turn a rough shooting night into a good one.

March 04, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Mom, boyfriend guilty; kid emailed teacher for help

WHEELSBURG, Ohio (AP) - A woman and her boyfriend pleaded guilty to raping her young children and were sentenced to prison on Wednesday, a year after one of her daughters emailed a teacher for help and said she and her siblings were being chained to their beds, deprived of food and sexually assaulted.

March 04, 2015 | | Nation

Teacher jailed for showing violent movie

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A former substitute teacher convicted of showing a movie including graphic sex and violence to a high school class was sentenced on Wednesday to 90 days in jail.

March 04, 2015 | | Nation

US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old on Wednesday, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional.

March 04, 2015 | | Nation

Government failures preceded man’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon.

March 04, 2015 | | State

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