The Associated Press

Teacher pension posts low investment return

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s teacher pension fund earned just a 1.8 percent return from investments this year, a rate that fell well short of expectations and could add to the system’s shortfall, officials revealed Thursday. The expected return for the nation’s second-largest public pension system had been 7.5 percent, which was lowered earlier this year […]

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

Wiggins keeps lead at Tour de France

LA TOUSSUIRE, France — Try as they might, rivals of Bradley Wiggins can’t take his yellow jersey. The three-time Olympic track champion, looking to become Britain’s first Tour de France winner, beat back repeated attacks Thursday in a crucial Alpine stage won by ace French climber Pierre Rolland. As Stage 11 began, Wiggins’ main challengers […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Watney plays well but low scores rule at Deere

SILVIS, Ill. — Troy Matteson scored 10 birdies Thursday en route to a bogey-free round of 10-under 61 for a three-stroke stroke lead after one round of the John Deere Classic. Matteson, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, birdied five holes on each nine of the TPC Deere Run to surpass the 7-under 64 […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

More homes facing foreclosure risk in June

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Banks are increasingly placing homes with unpaid mortgages on a countdown that could deliver a swell of new foreclosed properties onto the market by early next year, potentially weighing further on home values. June provided the latest evidence of this trend, as the number of U.S. homes entering the foreclosure process […]

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

Freeh: Penn St. disregarded children’s safety

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno and other senior Penn State officials “concealed critical facts” about Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse because they were worried about bad publicity, according to an internal investigation into the scandal. The 267-page report released Thursday is the result of an eight-month inquiry by former FBI director Louis […]

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

Godfrey gets the decision as PCL takes AAA all-star game

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Graham Godfrey of the Sacramento River Cats tossed a scoreless first inning for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star game on Wednesday, then sat back and 10 other PCL pitchers complete the shutout. By starting the game, Godfrey earned the victory as the PCL topped the International League, 3-0. Godfrey, […]

July 12, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Frenchman Voeckler wins Stage 10 of Tour

BELLEGARDE-SUR-VALSERINE, France — Thomas Voeckler of France led a five-rider breakaway to win the 10th stage of the Tour de France as the race entered the Alps on Wednesday, while Bradley Wiggins retained the overall lead. The 120.9-mile ride from Macon-sur-Valserine marked a return to racing after Tuesday’s tumultuous rest day in which a Cofidis […]

July 12, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Firefighters make progress

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters made progress in battling several blazes burning thousands of acres across California as a heat wave showed some signs of peaking late Tuesday. A pair of wildfires several miles apart in Northern California that have scorched more than 20,000 acres and left two firefighters with heat-related injuries grew larger, but additional firefighters […]

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

UC tuition could rise sharply if tax measure fails

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California students will likely face a steep midyear tuition increase if voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative. The 10-campus system will need to consider raising tuition by as much as 20 percent in January if the November ballot measure fails, according to documents posted online ahead of next […]

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

Wisconsin town barred from beefing up farm water rules

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a rural town lacks the authority to impose tougher water-quality standards on a livestock farm than the state requires. Magnolia, a community about 30 miles south of Madison, granted Larson Acres Inc. a permit in 2007 when it wanted to expand, but included a number […]

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

Giant shutout for NL all-stars

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera turned the All-Star game into a Giant blowout. Flashing their bright orange spikes and booming bats, the San Francisco sluggers keyed a five-run blitz against Justin Verlander in the first inning that sent the National League to an 8-0 romp over the American League on Tuesday. […]

July 11, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Warriors send Wright to Philly

OAKLAND — Dorell Wright is getting another chance to start over and leaving behind another team that has more salary cap space in his absence. The Golden State Warriors agreed Tuesday to trade Wright to the Philadelphia 76ers for the rights to a player currently in Europe, a person familiar with the decision said. The […]

July 11, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Mass. man to plead in plot to blow up Pentagon

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with plotting to fly remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol plans to plead guilty to two charges, his lawyers and prosecutors said in a plea agreement filed in federal court Tuesday. Rezwan Ferdaus, a Muslim-American from Ashland with a physics degree from […]

July 10, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Fielder gets his second HR Derby

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Prince Fielder made a splash at the All-Star Home Run Derby. Eight of them. The Detroit slugger joined Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players to win multiple titles, thrilling the crowd at Kauffman Stadium with several shots into the right-field fountain and beating Toronto’s Jose Bautista 12-7 in the final […]

July 10, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

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