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Google exec sets near-space leap reCords

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space.

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Two health initiatives on ballots top $100 million

SACRAMENTO . (AP) — Two health care-related initiatives on the November ballot have generated more than $100 million in spending, with insurers and doctors leading the fight to defeat both, according to campaign finance reports filed late Thursday.

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Silicon startup unveils gun tech for cops

WATSONVILLE  (AP) — A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer’s weapon has been fired.

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SF officer admits thefts from suspects

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former San Francisco police officer indicted along with two officers in a corruption investigation has acknowledged stealing more than $5,000 in computers, gift cards and other property from people during searches.

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Suspect arrested in death of deputies

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A suspect was arrested Friday afternoon after two Northern California sheriff’s deputies were killed during a series of shootings that spanned about six hours and 30 miles across two Northern California counties. A third deputy and a bystander were also shot during the spree.

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Jury: Free castrated sex offender who preyed on young girl victims

SANTA ANA  (AP) — A Southern California jury on Friday found that a castrated sex offender who preyed on young girls should no longer be considered a sexually violent predator and is eligible for release.

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Triple shooting was murder-suicide

LA QUINTA  (AP) — Authorities say an argument between three siblings over who inherited their mother’s house in the Palm Springs area led one of them to shoot the other two before turning the gun on himself.

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Reagan astrologer, Joan Quigley, dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan’s schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87.

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Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’ invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud — even though its vast range of initiatives ate up all the company’s profits.

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Posted: oct. 24, 2014 6:49 p.m. | | Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon Comments 0 Comments

UPS expects double- digit surge in shipments

DALLAS (AP) — UPS might levy surcharges or even turn away some holiday shipments this year if retailers surprise the delivery giant by dropping off more packages than they had planned.

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What you need to know about massive auto air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. investigators, automakers and a parts supply company are trying to figure out why some automobile air bags inflate with too much force, blowing apart metal canisters and sending shards flying at drivers and passengers.

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MPD makes $300K pot bust

Manteca Police scored their third major marijuana bust in less than 30 days when the SWAT team served a search warrant at 7 a.m. Thursday netting $300,000 worth of bagged marijuana buds.

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Lathrop bust yields pot & crystal meth

The San Joaquin Metro Narcotics Task Force and a San Joaquin County Sheriff’s SWAT Team served a search warrant Tuesday morning on a home that ended up yielding more than four pounds of processed marijuana, 7 grams of crystal meth and 6 mature marijuana plants. 

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ROASTING WILLIE

Few things were off-limits to the capacity crowd that gathered Thursday night at the Manteca Senior Center to usher Willie Weatherford off into a peaceful retirement after serving 12 years as mayor. 

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Road work may deliver 9,134 jobs

There’s more road work on the way for Manteca motorists to contend with.

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New bakery opening next month by OSH

Manteca is getting another bakery.

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Manteca High senior state HOSA treasurer

It’s hard enough being a senior in high school, getting ready not only for graduation with all the academic requirements but for college entrance as well.

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Posted: oct. 24, 2014 1:28 a.m. | | Manteca High senior state HOSA treasurer Comments 0 Comments

Great Valley Bookfest honors literacy champions

Retired educator Sally Hale, retired administrator Gary Dei Rossi, and LearningQuest director Karen Williams were presented with the first annual Great Valley Bookfest Literacy Hero Awards last Friday.

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Help sought for community dinner for Thanksgiving

The Manteca Rotary Club is again gearing up to serve a free community Thanksgiving meal for struggling families as well as those who have nowhere else to go on the day of thanks.

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Seniors enjoy Halloween luncheon

A few years ago, Sister Veronica Hagen was a special guest at the senior luncheon hosted by Sister Ann Venita Britto and her Ministry of Caring.

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Safe Halloween, carnival & haunted house Saturday

As many as 2,000 costumed kids are expected to converge on downtown Manteca Saturday as part of the 16th annual Safe Halloween.

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Officers in Arizona shoot man armed with machete

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in a Phoenix suburb fatally shot a machete-wielding man Thursday after he rammed a patrol car in a stolen truck, injuring an officer.

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Hatchet-wielding suspect killed by New York officers

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police shot and killed a hatchet-wielding man on Thursday after he suddenly attacked a group of patrol officers without warning in broad daylight on a busy commercial district in Queens.

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3 dead, 1 hurt in Maryland air crash

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — An airplane and a helicopter collided in the air near a Maryland airport before crashing into a line of trees and a self-storage business Thursday afternoon, killing three people but sparing two men in the plane, who deployed a parachute attached to the aircraft before it hit the trees.

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Posted: oct. 23, 2014 8:22 p.m. | | 3 dead, 1 hurt in Maryland air crash Comments 0 Comments

Gunman wanted Mideast passport

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — He seemed lost, “did not fit in,” had drug problems, and went more than five years without seeing his mother. In recent weeks, he had been living at a homeless shelter and had talked about wanting to go to Libya — or Syria — but became agitated when he couldn’t get a passport.

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Border deaths drop to 15-year low

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The number of people who died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turned themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer took their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert.

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New York doctor has Ebola

NEW YORK (AP) — An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. It’s the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation.

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Prisons to take new balance after riots

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California prison officials will have to balance safety concerns with the need to avoid racial stereotypes after the state agreed to end a long-standing policy that had been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Firm fined for underpaying workers

FREMONT (AP) — A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.

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Steinbeck heirs fight over movie rights

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — John Steinbeck’s heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author’s books.

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Driver attacked after ice cream truck kills boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neighborhood residents attacked the driver of an ice cream truck after it struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

VIDEO SHOWS BIKERS TAUNTING CHP OFFICER: MILPITAS (AP) — A group of motorcycle riders alternately taunted and ignored an officer trying to pull them over while they popped their front wheels in the air and weaved on a California highway, a recently posted video shows.

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MRPS undergoing ADA upgrade

MRPS Hall on Grant Street is undergoing a facelift. The new and improved popular social facility owned by the Manteca-Ripon Pentecost Society will be unveiled in December.

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COVERING DENHAM

Molly K. Hooper— a Capitol Hill staff writer for the respected Washington, D.C., publication “The Hill”, interviewed Congressman Jeff Denham Wednesday morning in the Manteca Museum next to the  desk of the late, longtime Manteca Congressman John J. McFall.

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Motorcycle killing trial ends with hung jury

An Oakdale man accused in the murder of a 26-year-old rival motorcycle club member now finds his legal status hanging in limbo after a jury failed to reach a verdict. 

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5 joining Sierra Hall of Fame on Sunday

Five individuals are being inducted into the Sierra High Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the school library.

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Releases from New Melones accelerate as drought continues

The incredible shrinking New Melones Reservoir could dip below 500,000 acre feet by November thanks to what some biologists contend is a questionable decision to help fish migration.

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Zoning changes being crafted to help downtown

City of Manteca Manager Karen McLaughlin indicated during Tuesday’s City Council meeting that staff is starting to work on special zoning changes to help foster downtown investment and development.

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The Clintons, Demos’ 2014 super surrogates

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Defending their allies, Bill and Hillary Clinton are barnstorming the country for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.

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Man’s ashes to be scattered in fireworks display

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. His father’s ashes, anyway.

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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAGIC JOHNSON  READY TO ASSIST  TECH IN DIVERSITY: SAN JOSE (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry’s largely white and Asian workforce.

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Tracking of all from Ebola nations

ATLANTA (AP) — All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.

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No trick: Across United States, Halloween bumped for football

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Halloween falls on a Friday in communities where high school football is king, it’s time to reschedule the holiday.

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Gay veteran gets OK to be buried with gay partner

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran can be buried with the ashes of her late partner in a southwest Idaho military cemetery after the state legalized gay marriage.

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Expert: Autopsy doesn’t show if Brown went for officer’s gun

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Brown’s official autopsy indicates he was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle, but a medical examiner not involved in the investigation says there’s no way to conclude whether the injury meant the unarmed 18-year-old was trying to grab the gun of the officer who killed him.

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Terror appeal: Did it lure teens?

DENVER (AP) — Three teenage girls being investigated for trying to join Islamic State forces in Syria were victims of an “online predator” who encouraged them, a school official said Wednesday, as U.S. officials tried to determine how they made it to Europe without anyone knowing and whether terrorists’ appeal is deepening among vulnerable youth.

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Man suspected of killing 7 refuses to answer judge

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A man who allegedly confessed to killing seven women in Indiana on Wednesday refused to speak or even acknowledge his name to a judge, and a sheriff explained later that the suspect was upset his hearing was in open court before dozens of journalists.

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Postal workers appeal to Harvard president

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The American Postal Workers Union is calling upon Harvard University’s president to oppose a deal between Staples Inc. and the U.S. Postal Service, or resign her seat on the office supply company’s board.

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1000 plus SF inmates to get computer tablets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some San Francisco jail inmates were expected to get computer tablets Wednesday to do homework, read novels and prepare for their criminal cases.

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Study looks at lane splitting

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A California study of a driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by going between lanes finds the practice poses no more danger than riding a motorcycle in general.

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