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Molten gold signals revival in Mother Lode

By Don Thompson SUTTER CREEK — The gold miners who made California famous were the rugged loners trying to shake nuggets loose from streams or hillsides. The ones who made the state rich were those who worked for big mining companies that blasted gold from an underground world of dust and darkness. The last of […]

December 26, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Shaun White still pushing snowboarding envelope

By Eddie Pells BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — The clock is ticking. Only 14 months to go until the Winter Olympics. Shaun White’s message to snowboarding fans (And maybe the competition, too): “Expect the unexpected.” The two-time Olympic gold medalist, who has the toughest trick in the sport, says he’s not content with the Double McTwist 1260 […]

December 26, 2012 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

Corvette stolen in 1989 sells for original price

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mint-condition Corvette stolen from a San Diego car dealership 23 years ago has sold on eBay for the original sticker price. The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/YDiMOJ ) says the cherry-red 1989 convertible, with 67 miles on the odometer, was won Sunday on eBay by Mike Robertson, a Newport Beach advertising […]

December 25, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Pot farm boom slams NorCal environment

EUREKA (AP) — From water-siphoning to pesticide-spraying to just plain littering, a flowering of pot farms driven by the rise of medical marijuana is battering Northern California’s wilderness areas, natural resources and endangered species. The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that in one remote, 37-square mile forest patch, scientists found 567 outdoor farms and greenhouses. […]

December 25, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Storms set up Sierra resorts for busy holiday week

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A string of powerful storms has dumped a mountain of snow in the Sierra Nevada and provided top-notch conditions for what traditionally is one of the busiest weeks of the skiing season. Squaw Valley USA near Lake Tahoe reported receiving more than 3 feet of new snow between Friday and early […]

December 25, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Report finds violations at UC Davis Medical Center

SACRAMENTO — An analysis of a federal investigation of the UC Davis Medical Center — conducted after the deaths of three brain surgery patients at the facility — found that hospital policies and federal regulations were violated, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday. The 92-page report released earlier this month by the Centers for Medicare and […]

December 25, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Falcons beat Lions to clinch No. 1 seed

DETROIT — The Atlanta Falcons have earned home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Matt Ryan matched a career high with four touchdown passes, two to Roddy White, and the Falcons led from start to finish in a 31-18 victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night. The Falcons (13-2) pulled away with Ryan’s fourth TD […]

December 23, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Will he or won’t he? Italy awaits Monti’s decision

ROME (AP) — Italy’s president dissolved parliament Saturday, setting the stage for general elections in February and leaving only one lingering question from Premier Mario Monti’s 13-month term trying to fix Italy’s troubled finances: whether he will run. Monti will announce his decision Sunday, ending weeks of speculation and jockeying that have dominated Italy’s political […]

December 23, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

More heavy rain, snow in NorCal forecast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Heavy rain, pounding waves and plenty of snow in the mountains were all in the forecast as Northern Californians braced for a weekend of wintry weather and potential delays in holiday travel. As one storm system moved through the region Saturday, a second, more powerful system was expected to hit the […]

December 23, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bowl roundup: Boise State edges Washington

LAS VEGAS — After two straight blowouts in the Las Vegas Bowl, Boise State had to work late Saturday to come up a winner in Sin City for a third time. Little Michael Frisina came up big for Boise State, kicking a 27-yard field goal with 1:16 left to give the No. 20 Broncos a […]

December 23, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Stocks sink after Republicans cancel budget vote

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors sent Washington a reminder Friday that Wall Street is a power player in talks to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” Stocks fell sharply after House Republicans called off a vote on tax rates and left federal budget talks in disarray 10 days before sweeping tax increases and government spending cuts take […]

December 23, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Obama nominating Kerry for secretary of state

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday will nominate Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, a senior administration official said, making the first move in a sweeping overhaul of his national security team heading into a second term. If confirmed, Kerry would take the helm at the State Department from outgoing […]

December 21, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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