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Gunman kills 1, wounds 8 at Empire State Building

NEW YORK (AP) — A recently fired store worker shot a former colleague to death and then randomly started shooting others near the Empire State Building before he was shot by police officers, law enforcement officials said. Eight other people were hit by gunfire when the shooting started at about 9 a.m. on the Fifth […]

August 24, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Calif. environmental reforms quashed for the year

By Hannah Dreier SACRAMENTO — Legislative leaders said Thursday they have dropped plans to overhaul California’s environmental regulations in a way that would have made it easier for developers and local governments to build new projects. California’s business community made a highly visible push this month to loosen the state’s landmark law, known as the […]

August 24, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

German minister skeptical on more time for Greece

BERLIN (AP) — Giving Greece more time to carry out reforms and spending cuts won’t resolve the debt-laden country’s problems, Germany’s finance minister said Thursday, a day before the Greek prime minister meets Chancellor Angela Merkel. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is seeking to earn his nation more time to complete reforms and hold on […]

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

Tropical storm takes aim at Hispaniola

ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Tropical Storm Isaac took aim at the Dominican Republic and Haiti Thursday and it was expected to gain strength after drenching tiny islands in its whirl over the eastern entrance to the Caribbean. There was a chance it could dump rain on next week’s Republican convention in Florida. No major damage […]

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

Costs of big wildfire season hurting some states

MANTON (AP) — Twisted sheets of metal, the hulks of pickup trucks and brick walls were all that was left of homes once sheltered by green pine and cedar trees. In a rural Northern California subdivision that was the latest to feel the wrath of massive western wildfires, long pine needles bent back on themselves, […]

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

Giants beat L.A. to complete the sweep

LOS ANGELES — Matt Cain pitched seven strong innings, Joaquin Arias homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-4, on Wednesday night to extend their NL West lead to 2½ games with their first three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium in five years. The Giants […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Analysts project $1.1 trillion deficit this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress’ nonpartisan budget analysts are projecting a $1.1 trillion federal deficit for 2012, the fourth straight year the government’s shortfall will exceed $1 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office also says it expects the economy to continue recovering at only a modest rate the rest of this year, growing at a modest annual […]

August 22, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Spending missteps make Brown tax plan a hard sell

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has made austerity a hallmark of his administration, telling state workers they must turn in their cellphones, selling off state vehicles, severely reducing employee travel and cutting billions from the general fund. Brown was counting on that record to help him sell his November ballot initiative seeking to […]

August 22, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Wildfires continue to rage; homes burn

By Haven Daley and Terry Collins MANTON (AP) — A Northern California fire burned dozens of buildings and threatens hundreds more as firefighters work to stop the blaze in a densely forested, remote section of the state. Fire crews assessing the rural area determined Tuesday that 50 buildings had been destroyed, state fire spokesman Daniel […]

August 22, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Lincecum is solid as Giants beat Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Tim Lincecum bounced back from consecutive home losses with his third straight road win and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-1, on Tuesday night, increasing their NL West lead to 1 1/2 games over their division rival. The two-time NL Cy Young winner allowed one run and five […]

August 22, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Feds close slaughterhouse after abuse video

FRESNO (AP) — Federal regulators have shut down a Central California slaughterhouse after receiving undercover video showing dairy cows — some unable to walk — being repeatedly shocked and shot before being slaughtered. Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which inspects meat facilities, suspended operations Monday at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, Calif., […]

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

Huge fire burns to edge of three small towns

MANTON (AP) — Aided by a shift in wind direction, firefighters made a stand against a huge lightning-sparked wildfire burning on the edge of three small Northern California towns. The blaze, which grew to more than 25 square miles late Monday continued to threaten thousands of homes, as fearful residents sought safety miles away at […]

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

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