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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 ,

Giants fold against Cards

SAN FRANCISCO — Jaime Garcia matched his career high with nine strikeouts, David Freese hit a go-ahead solo home run in the seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals gave manager Mike Matheny a victory against his old Giants team with a 4-1 win on Wednesday. Buster Posey hit a tying RBI single in the […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Darvish, Rangers beat Oakland

ARLINGTON, Texas — Except for one inning — actually one pitch — rookie Tommy Milone stood toe-to-toe with baseball’s best hitting team on the road and their high-profile first-year pitcher, Yu Darvish. Milone gave up a two-run home run to Adrian Beltre in a decisive four-run fourth inning in the Rangers’ 4-1 victory Wednesday. Beltre’s […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Sagan’s sensational run continues at Tour of California

CLOVIS — Slovakia’s Peter Sagan of Slovakia raced to his event-opening fourth straight stage victory in the Tour of California on Wednesday to increase his overall lead to 16 seconds. The 22-year-old Sagan, riding for Liquigas-Cannondale, finished the 130.2-mile stage from Sonora to Clovis — the longest leg in the race — in 5 hours, […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

UC regents confront budget shortfall

The University of California’s Board of Regents on Wednesday weighed a possible tuition increase to close a major budget shortfall and named a new chancellor for UC San Diego.

UC officials took no action after discussing ways to tackle a growing budget deficit caused by rising expenses and state budget cuts. During the current fiscal year, the state reduced UC funding by $750 million, or roughly 20 percent.

Under one scenario, the 10-campus system would raise tuition by 6 percent, or $731, this fall if the state doesn’t increase funding by $125 million for 2012-13. The board would not vote on a tuition increase until July, and the amount could change based on the state budget situation, officials said.

If tuition increases by 6 percent, in-state undergraduates would pay $12,923 …

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

Hinshaw collects big payout for Hawaii sabbatical

HONOLULU (AP) — The outgoing chancellor of the University of Hawaii’s flagship Manoa campus will be paid nearly $300,000 for a 10-month sabbatical. Virginia Hinshaw announced last year she’ll be stepping down from the position as of June 30. She earns $344,880, which reflects a 5 percent pay cut administrators took last year and other […]

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

Report: Female farmworkers suffer sex abuse

By Tracie Cone FRESNO (AP) — Farmworker women across the United States are commonly sexual harassed and assaulted, in part because their immigration status makes them fearful of calling police, according to a report being released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch. The survey by the international rights group mirrors two previous reports on the risks facing women and girls that […]

May 16, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Third stage still the charm for Sagan at Tour

LIVERMORE — Sprinter Peter Sagan of Slovakia surged to the front in the final 100 yards to win his third straight stage and extend his race lead Tuesday in the third stage of the Tour of California. Sagan swung wide to the right to edge Heinrich Haussler of Australia for the third day en route […]

May 16, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Police raid Occupy camp on UC Berkeley land

ALBANY (AP) — University of California police raided a four-week Occupy encampment at a college-owned farm used for agriculture research early Monday, arresting nine people after protesters ignored yet another weekend deadline to leave. About 100 officers clad in riot gear arrived shortly after 6 a.m. at the camp known as Occupy the Farm, but there was no violence, university spokesman […]

Sagan takes Tour Stage 2 to stay on top

APTOS — Peter Sagan of Slovakia won his second straight stage with a powerful and unchallenged sprint and retained the overall lead Monday in stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California. The Liquigas-Cannondale rider was timed in the 117.1-mile road race from San Francisco in 5 hours and 2 minutes. He now leads the […]

May 15, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Governor: Tax hikes needed to close $16 billion budget gap

By Judy Lin SACRAMENTO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown proposed more than $8 billion in cuts Monday to close a widening state budget deficit that he blamed partly on a slower-than-expected economic recovery. In addition to making cuts to a wide array of state services, Brown wants state workers to take a 5 percent pay cut, which would […]

May 15, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

NBA playoff roundup: Lakers outlast Nuggets 96-87 in thrilling Game 7

LOS ANGELES — Pau Gasol had 23 points, 17 rebounds and six assists, Metta World Peace scored 15 points in his return from a seven-game suspension, and the Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Denver Nuggets for a thrilling 96-87 victory in Game 7 on Saturday night to win their first-round series. Steve Blake scored a […]

May 13, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Cain uses arm, bat to lead Giants over D-backs 5-2

By Bob Baum PHOENIX — Matt Cain gave up three hits in six innings and singled in a pair of runs to help the San Francisco Giants end a nine-game losing streak against Arizona with a 5-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night. Cain (2-2) allowed a run, struck out eight, walked two and […]

May 13, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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