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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 ,

Travelers hope to be on their way after snowstorm

CHICAGO (AP) — Travelers facing canceled flights and closed roads were hoping to finally head to their holiday destinations Friday as a widespread snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Midwest moved across the Great Lakes toward Canada. The storm, part of a system that began in the Rockies […]

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

House GOP plans vote on ‘Plan B’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House is moving ahead Thursday on a bill that would raise taxes on people earning over $1 million a year, sparing most workers from a tax hike but leaving in place painful budget cuts to the military and domestic agencies as “fiscal cliff” talks appear stalled. The move, dubbed “Plan […]

December 20, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Leading indicators dip 0.2 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of the U.S. economy designed to signal future activity fell in November, suggesting that growth could remain weak in the early part of next year. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators dropped 0.2 percent in November, compared with October, when the index had risen 0.3 […]

December 20, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Kings beat Warriors in a high-scoring affair

SACRAMENTO — DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points, Aaron Brooks added 23 points and the Sacramento Kings snapped a five-game losing streak by outlasting the Golden State Warriors, 131-127, on Wednesday night. After blowing a 15-point lead, Brooks made a pair of 3-pointers in the final minutes to help Sacramento pull away. Both teams shot 50 […]

December 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

State Department security chief resigns after Benghazi report

By Matthew Lee WASHINGTON (AP) — Three State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday, less than a day after a damning report blamed management failures for a lack of security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, where militants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans on Sept. 11. The resignations came as […]

December 20, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

From cocktails to coat racks, Holiday Hosting 101

By Cedar Burnett Not everyone can be Martha Stewart. For the mere mortal hosts among us, holiday party planning can whip up stress and anxiety: Is my house inviting? Do I have enough chairs? What about food? If the thought of entertaining sends you to the nearest couch with a bottle of aspirin, relax — […]

December 20, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

White House threatens to veto Boehner’s ‘Plan B’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened Wednesday to veto House Speaker John Boehner’s backup plan for averting the “fiscal cliff,” saying it was time for Republicans to stop political posturing and continue trying to reach a compromise deficit-cutting package. Boehner, R-Ohio, proposed his so-called Plan B on Tuesday, a measure that would block tax […]

December 19, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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