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Students face rocky path to graduation

With state budget cuts forcing California’s public universities to shrink their course offerings, earning a bachelor’s degree in four years is becoming even more difficult for many students.

“One winter quarter, there were so few classes, I could only get three out of five offered,” said David Allison, a senior at California State San Bernardino. “CSU is no longer a four-year institution. It’s more like a five- or six-year institution.”

As the fall semester gets under way, students at the University of California, the California State University and California Community Colleges are …

Health officials probe virus exposure at Yosemite

FRESNO (AP) — Two more Yosemite National Park visitors have been found with a mouse-borne virus blamed for the deaths of two people, bringing the total number of infections to six, state health officials said. The new discoveries were made during the agency’s investigation into cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome at the famed park, California […]

August 31, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Misery in Louisiana as Isaac flooding cuts power

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Isaac sloshed northwards into the nation’s midsection Friday after flooding stretches of Louisiana and knocking out power, leaving entire water-logged neighborhoods without lights, air conditioning or clean water. It will be a few days before the soupy brown water recedes and people forced out of flooded neighborhoods can return home. And […]

August 31, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Giants pick up Vogelsong, beat Astros

HOUSTON — Ryan Vogelsong had a tough time early in his start on Thursday. But after using six relievers a night before, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy was forced to stick with him despite giving up four runs through three innings. Vogelsong (12-7) bounced back, pitching three scoreless frames before Hunter Pence hit a go-ahead […]

August 31, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

A’s score 12 in sweeping Indians

CLEVELAND — The only downside for the Oakland Athletics is that they don’t play the Cleveland Indians again this season. Oakland capped a four-game sweep of the free-falling Indians with a 12-7 victory on Thursday. The Athletics, who have won six straight and eight of nine, finish the season series against Cleveland with an 8-2 […]

August 31, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Rescues as Isaac floods outside New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Isaac’s whistling winds lashed this city and the storm dumped nearly a foot of rain on its desolate streets, but the system of levee pumps, walls and gates appeared to withstand one of the stiffest challenges yet. To the north and south, though, people had to be evacuated or rescued as […]

August 30, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Onward to Romney’s big night, a speech to millions

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney is stepping up for the most important speech of his life, to an audience of millions, after a rousing warm-up from a running mate who vowed the days of dodging painful budget choices will end if voters toss President Barack Obama from office. Having grasped the nomination on […]

August 30, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Law restricts pension cuts for existing workers

By Judy Lin SACRAMENTO (AP) — The bulk of the projected savings in the public pension reform deal announced by Gov. Jerry Brown won’t be felt for decades because most of the proposed changes will affect government workers who have yet to be hired. While Brown touted his deal as a way to shore up […]

August 30, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

New mileage standards would double fuel efficiency

By Matthew Daly and Tom Krisher WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has finalized regulations that will force automakers to nearly double the average gas mileage of all new cars and trucks they sell by 2025. The rules mean that all new vehicles would have to get an average of 54.5 miles per gallon in […]

September 02, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

1,700 Yosemite visitors may have been exposed to hantavirus

FRESNO (AP) — The rustic tent cabins of Yosemite National Park — a favorite among families looking to rough it in one of the nation’s most majestic settings — have become the scene of a public health crisis after two visitors died from a rodent-borne disease following overnight stays. On Tuesday, park officials sent letters […]

August 29, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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