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Extra earnings don’t always mean extra benefits

Q: I know my Social Security benefits will be based on my last five years of earnings before I retire. But here is the problem ...

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Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that ...

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WHERE DID EL NINO GO?

SONOMA  (AP) — Where did El Nino go?

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Northern Californian wins Mavericks

HALF MOON BAY  (AP) — Northern Californian Nic Lamb won the prestigious big-wave surfing contest known as the Titans of Mavericks Friday.

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Prosecutors challenge proposed California sentencing changes

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California prosecutors announced Friday that they are seeking to block Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed ballot initiative to reduce the state’s prison ...

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With FBI ring tightening, last occupiers give up

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — With the FBI tightening its ring around them, the last four holdouts in the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in ...

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Mexico prison riot leaves 49 inmates dead

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead ...

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PROMISES MADE TO VOTERS

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Current state plans for a $68 billion high-speed rail system would not get passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the time ...

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Massive gas leak near LA is plugged after 16 weeks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles ...

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Posted: feb. 11, 2016 8:10 p.m. | | Massive gas  leak near LA is plugged after 16 weeks Comments 0 Comments

California residents live on the edge of crumbling cliffs

PACIFICA  (AP) — Sonja Thompson lives so close to the edge of an 80-foot bluff above the Pacific Ocean that when paragliders fly by “you can ...

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Environmentalists sue over cattle at Point Reyes seashore

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) — A group of environmentalists is suing to stop thousands of cattle from continuing to graze a cherished national seashore ...

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Transparency debate follows vote by California coastal panel

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The agency that decides what gets built and where along the California coast is facing questions about transparency after it pushed out ...

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White worker gets $3.8M in racial bias lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles officials have agreed to pay nearly $3.8 million to a former city parks worker who accused a supervisor of ...

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Ex-LA sheriff to plead guilty

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that ...

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Panel denies parole RFK’s assassin

SAN DIEGO (AP) — For the 15th time, officials denied parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, after hearing Wednesday from another ...

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Right-to-die advocate O’Donnell dies

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Christy O’Donnell, a single mother with lung cancer who became a prominent figure in the California right-to-die debate, has died. She ...

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Cal Berkeley cash-strapped

BERKELEY (AP) — The University of California, Berkeley, is running a $150 million deficit this year and must undertake a top-to-bottom review of expenses if it ...

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Insurers back proposed California health plan tax

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Most of California’s health insurance companies said Wednesday they’re supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to restructure a tax on health ...

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About 20 percent of BART trains have working cameras

OAKLAND  (AP) — Officials with the Bay Area Rapid Transit say only about 20 percent of BART commuter trains have working surveillance cameras.

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Mavericks surf contest set for this Friday

HALF MOON BAY  (AP) — The renowned big-wave competition, Titans of Mavericks, has been set for Friday.

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RECORD YEAR FOR AG

FRESNO  (AP) — A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have been forced to conserve ...

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New exhibit for SJ Museum

Kicking off a year-long celebration of its fiftieth year, the San Joaquin County Historical Museum has opened a 9,600-square-foot exhibition on an era that ...

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Doctors Hospital offers education on heart disease

During American Heart Month in February, Doctors Hospital of Manteca will join with the American Heart Association in a comprehensive month-long campaign designed to educate ...

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Bowl-a-thon challenge provides free tutoring

Hundreds of youths and adults are expected to hit the lanes at Manteca Bowl & Family Fun Center in a bid to make a difference in ...

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Engineers honor Warren Noteware

The San Joaquin Engineers Council has selected Warren D. (Doug) Noteware of Manteca as the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award. 

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CSU campuses prep for strike

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The union that represents California State University faculty said Monday it is preparing for a five-day strike at the system’s 23 ...

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Inmate recaptured after mistaken release

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A murder suspect who was mistakenly released from a Los Angeles jail last month was recaptured Monday in Nevada, authorities said.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have closed trails at Southern California’s Mount Baldy following the

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have closed trails at Southern California’s Mount Baldy following the death of the second hiker in less than a week.

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Mormon church comes out against Utah medical pot bill

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church has come out against a Utah bill that would allow the medical use of edible pot products, a ...

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Jury awards $5.7M to drug planting victims

SANTA ANA  (AP) — An Orange County couple was ordered to pay $5.7 million for planting drugs in the car of a former PTA president ...

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Teaching kids about ‘comfort women’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Guidelines for California educators on how to teach history students about the use of female sex slaves by Japanese soldiers during World ...

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Meningitis threat not high

SANTA CLARA (AP) — Officials say the public health threat of meningitis isn’t high enough to justify the widespread use of a vaccine approved for ...

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Posted: feb. 07, 2016 5:54 p.m. | | Meningitis threat not high Comments 0 Comments

Doctor gets 30 to life in deaths

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles-area doctor convicted of second-degree murder for prescribing pain killers that killed three patients was sentenced Friday to 30 years ...

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Executive facing ouster defends tenure

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The top executive at the powerful California Coastal Commission defended his record on the job Friday as he faced an effort to ...

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2 planes collide midair, plunge into ocean

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two small planes collided over the ocean just outside Los Angeles Harbor and plunged into the water Friday, prompting a massive search ...

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Man who gave name to ‘Peanuts’ Linus dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Linus Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend and colleague Charles M. Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown’s ...

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1996: Severance pay for Spreckels

100 years ago

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Some say San Francisco’s open-air urinal must go

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An attorney representing a group of civic organizations has sent a legal claim letter to the city of San Francisco threatening to ...

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Posted: feb. 05, 2016 8:36 p.m. | | Some say San Francisco’s open-air urinal must go Comments 0 Comments

California man convicted of robbing Craigslist customers

OAKLAND  (AP) — A Northern California man has been convicted of participating in an elaborate jewelry robbery ring that used online ad service Craigslist to lure ...

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Drought’s hardest-hit sectors may need years of support

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dying native fish, rural communities with dry wells and some other sectors hardest-hit by California’s drought may still need extra support ...

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First research links California earthquakes to oil operations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 2005 spate of quakes in California’s Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injection underground, a study published Thursday ...

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No one submits verified claim for $63 million lotto jackpot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luck may have run out for the winner of a California Lottery jackpot: The person has apparently let $63 million slip away.

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Posted: feb. 05, 2016 12:38 a.m. | | No one submits verified claim for $63 million lotto jackpot Comments 0 Comments

Manhunt continues for LA inmate mistakenly freed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators scrambling to recapture a Los Angeles County murder suspect accidentally released from jail have been notifying potential targets of his freedom ...

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Posted: feb. 03, 2016 8:39 p.m. | | Manhunt continues  for LA inmate  mistakenly freed Comments 0 Comments

Brown signs emergency amendment to law

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — An emergency bill to fix a legislative drafting error that had local governments in California racing to ban medical marijuana cultivation won Gov ...

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El Nino could signal easing of drought

FRESNO  (AP) — In the strongest indication yet that the California drought could be easing, officials said strict water conservation orders could be dramatically scaled back ...

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49ers reschedule Scouts sleepover at Levi’s Stadium

SANTA CLARA  (AP) — The Girl Scouts of Northern California are getting their big sleepover at Levi’s Stadium after all, just rescheduled from its original ...

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Posted: feb. 03, 2016 7:00 p.m. | | 49ers reschedule Scouts sleepover  at Levi’s Stadium Comments 0 Comments

Move afoot to dissolve CPUC

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A Southern California lawmaker said Wednesday that he will seek to bypass Gov. Jerry Brown and ask voters to break apart California’s ...

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SF law requires people to lock up guns in vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation Tuesday requiring strict lock-up of firearms in vehicles parked in San Francisco.

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Posted: feb. 02, 2016 6:27 p.m. | | SF law requires people to  lock up guns in vehicles Comments 0 Comments

California AG sues utility for massive natural gas leak

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s attorney general added her name Tuesday to the long list of parties suing a utility company for the massive nonstop ...

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Fresno County responsible for explosion

FRESNO. (AP) — The California Public Utilities Commission determined that Fresno County was responsible for a deadly April pipeline explosion at a shooting range in Fresno.

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