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Activist behind Planned Parenthood video offered probation

HOUSTON (AP) — An anti-abortion activist’s plan to reject a plea deal offering probation for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos likely means his goal is to use a trial as a public platform to criticize the nonprofit, according to legal experts. David Daleiden surrendered to authorities, posted $3,000 bond and made two […]

First research links California quakes 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 said in the first such link in California between oil and gas operations and earthquakes. Researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Southern California and […]

Officials extend drought emergency

FRESNO (AP) — State water regulators voted to extend emergency conservation measures because of a drought, even though an increase in rain and snow this winter has improved California’s snowpack. But with the drought still severe, conservations efforts fell off in December. Officials said Tuesday that residents used 18 percent less water than in December […]

Complex issue of when to stop mammograms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lost in the arguing over whether women should begin mammograms at age 40 or 50 or somewhere in between is the issue they’ll all eventually face: when to stop. “There’s a point at which everybody begins to scratch their head and say how much longer do you have to keep doing this?” […]

Obama rethinks Afghan plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fifteen years into the war that few Americans talk about any more, conditions in Afghanistan are getting worse, preventing the clean ending that President Barack Obama hoped to impose before leaving office. Violence is on the rise, the Taliban are staging new offensives, the Islamic State group is angling for a foothold […]

US stocks soar to finish tough month as tech stocks climb

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks soared on the last trading day of January, with Microsoft, Visa and other tech stocks making the biggest gains in a broad market rally Friday. Indexes rose throughout the day and finished with their biggest gains in about five months. Asian stocks jumped after the Bank of Japan moved to […]

Survey: US consumer confidence slips in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers lost some confidence this month after the stock market tumbled and the economy showed signs of weakness, the University of Michigan said Friday. The university’s index of consumer sentiment slipped to 92 in January from 92.6 last month. A year ago, the index stood at 98.1. Richard Curtin, chief economist […]

Task force urges doctors to screen all adults for depression

WASHINGTON (AP) — All adults, including pregnant women and new mothers, should be screened for depression as a routine part of health care, a government advisory group recommended Tuesday. Depression is a common public health problem, and screening simply involves health workers asking about certain symptoms even if patients don’t mention them. The second part […]

Big surf, rain, snow head toward California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big surf, rain and snow are heading toward California, including the first significant rains predicted for the southern half of the state since early this month, forecasters said Thursday. Breaking waves up to 25 feet were predicted through week’s end and beyond for parts of the Mendocino coast, with not quite […]

Snowpack in drought-stricken California hits five-year high

FRESNO (AP) — Recent El Niño storms have boosted the Sierra Nevada snowpack to 115 percent of normal — more than the drought-stricken state has seen in five years, officials said Tuesday. The electronic reading by the state Department of Water Resources was the highest since it reached 129 percent in 2011. The Sierra snowpack […]

One dead as authorities arrests standoff leaders

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Federal and state officials were restricting access to the Oregon refuge being occupied by an armed group after one of the occupiers was killed during a traffic stop and eight more, including the group’s leader Ammon Bundy, were arrested. The group, which has included people from as far away as Arizona […]

DHS grad indicted for Planned Parenthood videos

By Paul J. Weber AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury has indicted two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos alleging that Planned Parenthood illegally sold fetal tissue to researchers for a profit, and said the abortion provider committed no wrong. The grand jury in Houston, which investigated Planned Parenthood after the Center for Medical […]

Pacifica declares local emergency after damage to sea wall

PACIFICA (AP) — The city manager of Pacifica has declared a local emergency after strong waves caused by El Nino storms ate away part of a sea wall in the coastal community, damaging the municipal pier and threatening several homes. The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bayareane.ws/1SbxSW7 ) City Manager Lori Tinfow announced Friday Pacifica […]

Caltrans: Leaks plugged in Bay Bridge eastern span

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Caltrans has found a simple and cheap solution to eliminate leaks in the Bay Bridge’s new eastern span that could cause corrosion and other damage to the cable at its anchorages, authorities announced. Bridge officials said almost no water is making it into the hollow steel structures despite recent heavy rains […]

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