The Associated Press

California sees fewer teachers as enrollment rises

By Christina Hoag LOS ANGELES (AP) — Years of pink slips have taken a toll on California’s teachers to be sure, but the dim job market has also had an impact on people wanting to become teachers at a time when the state’s population of children reaching school age is rising. While the numbers do […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Monitors help avert deadly crashes in tule fog

By Tracie Cone FRESNO (AP) — Some fog creeps in poetically on little cat feet through the Golden Gate. And then there is the prosaic fog of California’s San Joaquin Valley that erupts from the soil in certain wintry conditions to put a stranglehold on the region. This dense tule fog materializes in a patchwork […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Union protesters head to Michigan’s Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Even with the outcome considered a foregone conclusion, the heated battle over right-to-work legislation in the traditional union bastion of Michigan showed no sign of cooling Tuesday as lawmakers prepared to cast final votes. Hundreds of protesters flooded the state Capitol hours before the House and Senate were scheduled to convene, […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Father Frost gets cold shoulder in Uzbekistan

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Taking a leaf out of a Dr. Seuss story, the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan is reportedly stealing Christmas by keeping the local version of Santa Claus off the airwaves. Independent news website UzMetronom reported Monday that President Islam Karimov’s authoritarian government imposed the informal ban on Father Frost and his […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Kings losing streak in Dallas continues

DALLAS — O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and the Dallas Mavericks took control with a 31-3 run in the first half to win their 17th straight regular-season home game against Sacramento with a 119-96 victory over the Kings on Monday night. Chris Kaman, playing on a sprained left ankle he suffered last week, scored 16 […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Cousins, Salmons send Kings past Portland

PORTLAND — DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 12 rebounds, John Salmons added 19 points and 11 assists, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a six-game road losing streak with a 99-80 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. Aaron Brooks had 14 points for the Kings, who have won three in a row […]

December 09, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

University of California introduces new logo

OAKLAND (AP) — After 144 years with the same logo, the University of California has decided it’s time for a new look. A new seal with a simple and more contemporary design will be appearing on the university’s marketing materials and websites, the Oakland Tribune reported Friday. The new logo — designed by an in-house team […]

December 09, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Raiders can’t get a win for coach

OAKLAND — After enduring one of the toughest weeks of his life and career, Raiders coach Dennis Allen’s return to the Oakland Coliseum ended with another painful memory. Just the way most games have this season. Carson Palmer threw an interception that thwarted a scoring chance and fumbled near his own goal line to send […]

December 07, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Coming changes in estate taxes stir ‘frenzy’

CHICAGO (AP) — Taxes that are largely a concern of the very rich will soon affect far more people unless Congress steps in. The impending drastic changes in the estate and gift tax laws are prompting a flurry of activity as 2013 draws near. Family members are making financial gifts, creating trusts and considering other […]

December 07, 2012 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

ECB cuts growth outlook for eurozone, holds rates

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank underlined the gloomy prospects for the economy of the 17 European Union countries that use the euro, cutting its forecast for growth next year to minus 0.3 percent from plus 0.5 percent. Even so, the bank left rates unchanged at its meeting Thursday, and ECB head Mario Draghi […]

December 06, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Kings rebound to rip Raptors

SACRAMENTO — DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings beat the struggling Toronto Raptors, 107-100, on Wednesday night. The Kings used strong fourth-quarter play from Cousins and Tyreke Evans to earn a rare victory. Sacramento had dropped nine of its previous 11 games, including an embarrassing 35-point loss Sunday […]

December 06, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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