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Bed Bath & Beyond to buy Cost Plus for $495 million

By Mae Anderson NEW YORK — Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. said Wednesday that it agreed to buy smaller home goods retailer Cost Plus Inc. for about $495 million after getting promising results from a joint effort to put a specialty food department in some Bed Bath & Beyond stores. Cost Plus has a store in Davis, in […]

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

Obama, backing gay marriage, on fundraising tour

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Vice President Joe Biden got “a little bit over his skis” in publicly embracing gay marriage, forcing Obama to speed up his own plans to announce his historic support for the right of same-sex couples to marry. “Would I have preferred to have done this in my own […]

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

University files suit over farm encampment

By Terry Collins SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California filed a lawsuit Wednesday against protesters occupying a patch of UC Berkeley property where they planted crops nearly two weeks ago. The suit filed in Alameda County Superior alleges that the group of 14 unnamed protesters conspired to cut locks, trespass and establish an illegal encampment. University officials are […]

Baseball roundup: Giants make critical mistakes in loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a go-ahead three-run triple for the Dodgers off Tim Lincecum, one inning after San Francisco’s Nate Schierholtz ran into a critical out that helped kill a Giants rally in a 6-2 loss in Los Angeles. Jamey Wright (2-2) pitched two perfect innings for the Dodgers and […]

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

Police barricade Occupy the Farm encampment

ALBANY (AP) — UC Berkeley police are barricading the site of an anti-development protest on university-owned property where protesters have planted an urban farm. The protest, known as Occupy the Farm, began nearly two weeks ago, but school officials set a deadline last weekend for demonstrators to vacate the property. UC spokesman Dan Mogulof says […]

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Postal Service will keep rural post offices open

WASHINGTON (AP) — The struggling U.S. Postal Service is trying to tamp down concern over its wide-scale cuts, saying it will seek to keep hundreds of rural post offices open with shorter hours. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe tells a news conference the new plan will save the mail agency half a billion dollars each year […]

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

Cal State trustees confirm presidents’ raises

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California State University trustees say they still plan to give campus presidents a 10 percent raise despite public outcry, but say they’ll amend their executive compensation policy Tuesday to change where the funds for raises come from in a move they hope will appease outraged faculty, students and lawmakers. Public pressure […]

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

Vogelsong, Giants get past Kershaw and the Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Ryan Vogelsong’s intense expression suggested he was locked in from his first pitch. Then he proved it with a season-high 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball. Brett Pill supplied the offense with a two-run homer off Clayton Kershaw and the San Francisco Giants defeated the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-1, on Tuesday […]

May 09, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Oakland slams Toronto

OAKLAND — Newcomer Brandon Inge hit a game-ending grand slam to cap a five-run ninth inning rally that led the Oakland Athletics to a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the ninth off Grant Balfour (1-1) when Eric Thames hit a leadoff […]

May 09, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

UC considers 6 percent tuition hike

By Terence Chea SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California students could face significantly higher tuition if the state doesn’t increase funding and voters don’t approve the governor’s tax initiative, school administrators said Tuesday. University officials are considering a plan to raise tuition by 6 percent this fall if the state doesn’t increase funding by […]

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

Butterfly talk postponed

Due to an illness, Wednesday’s talk at UC Davis by monarch butterfly expert Sonia Altizer, has been postponed. Altizer, of the University of Georgia, Athens, was initially scheduled to give at talk from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in 122 Briggs Hall. She is hoping to reschedule her UCD visit for June 6, an entomology department spokesman […]

May 09, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Garden or dog park: Can two species share a yard?

By Wendy Williams Is your yard going to the dogs? Muddy lawns and ankle-twisting craters are just two of the problems that frustrate pet owners each spring. But with some simple design steps, you can reclaim your backyard. Begin by thinking about your dog’s specific behavior and needs. Most dogs will take the shortest route […]

May 09, 2012 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

Anti-bailout party rejects Greek austerity pledge

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s commitment to austerity is no longer valid because voters have rejected those deals, a left-wing party leader declared Tuesday as he tried to form a new coalition government. Alexis Tsipras, head of the Radical Left Coalition that came a surprise second in Sunday’s tumultuous election, called upon Greece’s two main […]

May 08, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Baseball roundup: Bumgarner beats Brewers

SAN FRANCISCO — After going four straight games without holding even a single lead, the San Francisco Giants were hoping for a big performance from Madison Bumgarner. He delivered with his arm and bat. Bumgarner shut down Milwaukee for seven innings and added an RBI double to win his eighth straight home start, helping the […]

May 06, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

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