The Associated Press

State budget deficit shrinks to $1.9 billion

By Judy Lin SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s nonpartisan budget analyst says the state now faces a much smaller deficit of $1.9 billion through the end of the next fiscal year and could even see surpluses after that. The Legislative Analyst’s Office released a positive but cautious forecast Wednesday in the state’s first budget assessment since […]

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

Undermanned Kings fall to Blazers

SACRAMENTO — Damian Lillard had 22 points and nine assists to help the Portland Trail Blazers stop a four-game losing streak with a 103-86 victory over the short-handed Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. Portland used a strong third quarter to build its lead to 16 points and pushed the cushion to 22 early in the […]

November 14, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

California paved the way

Supporters of Referendum 74, which would uphold the state of Washington’s new same-sex marriage law, cheer at a news conference last week in Seattle at which they declared victory in the campaign for marriage equality.

November 14, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Want to swoop down mountain chin first? Try skeleton in Whistler

By Pam LeBlanc I signed up for this. Voluntarily. And here I stand, at an icy tube of a track in Whistler, Canada, site of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, about to do my impersonation of a speeding bullet. This is skeleton, where men and women hurtle face first down a twisty course on a heavy […]

November 14, 2012 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

Oxford chooses ‘omnishambles’ as word of the year

By Jill Lawless LONDON (AP) — Britain’s media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: “omnishambles.” Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word — defined as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations” […]

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

U.S. colleges look to foreign students

By Justin Pope ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Want to see how quickly the look and business model of American public universities are changing? Visit a place like Indiana University. Five years ago, there were 87 undergraduates from China on its idyllic, All-American campus in Bloomington. This year: 2,224. New figures out Monday show international […]

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

Across U.S., Veterans Day commemorations under way

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saturday marked the first of what will be three days of Veterans Day commemorations across the United States. The holiday falls on a Sunday, and the federal observance is on Monday. It’s the first such day honoring the men and women who served in uniform since the last U.S. troops left Iraq […]

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

Cal State targets ‘super seniors’ with hefty fees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They’re called super seniors, and they can be found on nearly every college campus in America. These veteran undergraduates have amassed many more units — and taken many more classes — than they need to earn a degree, with college careers that can stretch well beyond the traditional four years. At […]

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

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