The Associated Press

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 ,

Bumgarner outduels Kershaw in Giants win

LOS ANGELES — Something had to give with two pitchers combining for 20 strikeouts and no walks. In the end, the Giants scratched out a couple of runs that held up and allowed them to regain the NL West lead by a half-game. Madison Bumgarner scattered four hits over eight scoreless innings, Pablo Sandoval drove […]

August 21, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

United flight has engine ‘issue,’ lands safely

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a United Airlines flight has landed safely at Newark after taking off from the airport for Berlin then returning when something apparently went wrong with the engine. Airline spokesman Joe Micucci said the Boeing 757 “experienced a mechanical issue with the engine” after takeoff from Newark Liberty International Airport […]

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

Charter schools leave special-needs kids behind

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The high cost of educating students with special needs is disproportionately falling on traditional public schools as other students increasingly opt for alternatives that aren’t always readily open to those requiring special education. The issue is particularly acute in districts where enrollment has declined due to demographic changes such as low […]

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

UK, Ecuador seek solution to deadlock over Assange

LONDON (AP) — Britain is seeking an amicable solution with Ecuador to their diplomatic standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a U.K. official insisted Saturday, as the secret-spiller prepared to make his first public statement since the Latin American nation confirmed it would offer him asylum. Assange, who took shelter in the Ecuadorian Embassy on […]

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

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