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Stocks edge higher on hope for China stimulus

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher on Wall Street Wednesday after the Chinese government pledged to maintain policies intended to strengthen the world’s second-largest economy. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 42 points to 12,994 as of 6:55 a.m. PST. The Standard and Poor’s 500 was up half a point to 1,408. The Nasdaq […]

December 05, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

California Democrats begin reign with supermajority

By Don Thompson SACRAMENTO (AP) — Democratic legislative leaders began laying out an ambitious agenda for their nearly unprecedented power as California’s new Legislature was sworn into office on Monday, promising caution on new taxes but willingness to bypass Republicans as they seek to borrow billions of dollars and ask voters to make sweeping changes […]

December 05, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Pets could turn stoves, decor into fire hazards

By Sue Manning A beloved pet dressed in a Halloween costume, posed next to a lit jack-o-lantern, sounds like a great photo opportunity — but it’s also a fire hazard. Pets and other animals inadvertently set about 510 house fires every year in this country. From 2006 to 2010, such fires caused an average of […]

December 06, 2012 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

Upon further review, giant sequoia tops a neighbor

FRESNO (AP) — Deep in the Sierra Nevada, the famous General Grant giant sequoia tree is suffering its loss of stature in silence. What once was the world’s No. 2 biggest tree has been supplanted thanks to the most comprehensive measurements taken of the largest living things on Earth. The new No. 2 is The […]

December 02, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Third major storm moving into Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Another major storm moving into Northern California was expected to bring more pouring rain, flooding and additional problems to an area already soaked after two major storms, forecasters said Saturday. Residents of Northern California enjoyed just a bit of a respite, but the next storm — the third in a string […]

December 02, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Simple ways to bulk up your Christmas tree

By Amy Lorentzen The Christmas tree is the focal point of many homes during the holiday season, so if yours is looking less than lush, here are some tips from the pros for, well, sprucing up its appearance. Location, location, location Whether your Christmas tree is real or artificial, placing it in the right spot […]

December 06, 2012 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

How to prepare kids to see their first Nutcracker

By Beth J. Harpaz Melody Campbell-Goeken remembers taking her son to see “The Nutcracker” for the first — and as it turned out last — time when he was 5 years old, at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas. “As soon as he saw the giant rats and mice, he yelled loudly, ‘I’m outta […]

December 06, 2012 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

House votes to offer advanced-degree visas

By Jim Abrams WASHINGTON (AP) — Testing the waters of what is expected to be a turbulent battle over immigration policy next year, the House voted Friday to make green cards accessible to foreign students graduating with advanced science and math degrees from U.S. universities. But even this limited step, strongly backed by the high-tech […]

December 02, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged , ,

German Parliament approves Greek debt deal

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a deal aimed at trimming Greece’s debt load and keeping the country financially afloat but the country’s finance minister insisted it would be irresponsible to raise hopes of more radical debt forgiveness soon. Parliament voted 473-100 Friday to back the complex deal reached by European finance ministers on […]

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

With putting the focus, Watney takes early lead at World Challenge

THOUSAND OAKS — Sure enough, putting was all the rage Thursday in the World Challenge, one day after golf’s governing bodies proposed a new rule that will ban the anchored stroke used for long putters. Keegan Bradley even got so fed up with the teasing over his belly putter this week that he grabbed Tiger […]

November 30, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Fiat 500 adds electric and big versions to lineup

DETROIT (AP) — The Fiat 500 is getting bigger and going electric. Two new versions of the Italian-styled mini-car are appearing at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week: The “500e” is the brand’s first all-electric model in the U.S. while the “500L” comes with four doors and significantly more room than a regular model. […]

November 30, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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