The Associated Press

Chinese activist who fled house arrest lands in US

NEW YORK (AP) — A blind Chinese legal activist who was suddenly allowed to leave the country arrived in the United States on Saturday, ending a nearly monthlong diplomatic tussle that had tested U.S.-China relations. Chen Guangcheng had been hurriedly taken from a hospital hours earlier and put on a plane for the U.S. after […]

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

Men accused of plotting attacks around NATO summit

CHICAGO (AP) — Three activists who traveled to Chicago for a NATO summit were accused Saturday of manufacturing Molotov cocktails in a plot to attack President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home and other targets. But defense lawyers shot back that Chicago police had trumped up the charges to frighten peaceful protesters away, […]

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

Gesink has control of Tour of California after stage win

MOUNT BALDY — Dutchman Robert Gesink won the difficult seventh stage of the Tour of California on Saturday to take a 46-second lead in the overall standings into the largely ceremonial final leg. Gesink, the Rabobank rider who broke his right leg in a training accident last fall, pulled away from Colombia’s Jhon Atapuma in […]

May 20, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Vogelsong, Giants shut down A’s

SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan Vogelsong had all of the answers except for what actually hit him during the San Francisco Giants’ key rally. Vogelsong allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings and drew a disputed hit by pitch in San Francisco’s four-run seventh as the Giants beat the Oakland Athletics for the 11th straight time […]

May 20, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Stocks edge higher ahead of Facebook IPO

NEW YORK (AP) — Excitement about Facebook’s initial public offering gave U.S. stocks a small lift in morning trading on Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 11 points to 12,453 in the first half-hour of trading. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up three points 1,308. The Nasdaq fell a fraction of a […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Baseball roundup: Giants and A’s are both winners

SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Cain has had more than his share of stellar performances that ended up without a win because of a lack of support. That’s why the San Francisco Giants felt so good about picking up their star pitcher on a day he wasn’t at his best. Brandon Crawford hit a two-run single […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Zabriskie takes time trial, grabs Tour lead

BAKERSFIELD — Dave Zabriskie won the individual time trial in hot and breezy conditions Thursday to take the Tour of California overall lead with three stages left. Zabriskie, the 33-year-old Garmin-Barracuda rider from Salt Lake City, finished the 18.4-mile flat course in 35 minutes, 59 seconds at an average speed of 30.77 mph. Germany’s Jens […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

‘Ring of Fire’ eclipse visible from China to Texas

See it locally Davis: Davis Astronomy Club members will provide telescope viewing starting at 6 p.m. Sunday at Explorit Science Center, 3141 Fifth St. Lassen: Some Davis Astronomy Club members will meet at the Bumpass Hell parking area in the southern part of Lassen Volcanic National Park from 5 p.m. to sunset; park rangers will […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

On the go: National parks to admit service members for free

Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park are offering annual entrance passes granting free admission to military service members and their families. The annual passes will become available on Saturday, Armed Forces Day, to active duty service members and their dependents. More than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other public lands […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

Here’s how to travel 25,000 miles without a penny

By Beth J. Harpaz Michael Wigge left Berlin without a penny and traveled 25,000 miles to Antarctica, hitchhiking, bartering and working his way by ship, plane, car and foot, from Europe to Canada and the U.S. and then through Latin America. A series about his project, “How to Travel the World for Free,” is airing […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

Obama requesting help to pay for Afghan army

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mapping the way out of an unpopular war, the United States and NATO are trying to build an Afghan army that can defend the country after 130,000 international troops pull out. The alliance’s plans for arm’s-length support for Afghanistan will be a central focus of the summit President Barack Obama is hosting […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Census: Minorities surpass whites in U.S. births

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S., capping decades of heady immigration growth that is now slowing. New 2011 census estimates highlight sweeping changes in the nation’s racial makeup and the prolonged impact of a weak economy, which is now […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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