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Navy launches carrier group powered partly by biofuels

By Julie Watson SAN DIEGO — The Navy is launching a carrier strike group to be powered partly by biofuel, calling it a milestone toward easing the military’s reliance on foreign oil. The maritime branch is touting the warships as the centerpiece of its “Great Green Fleet.” Most of the group’s ships will be run […]

Union submits signatures for $15 California minimum wage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A faction of California’s largest union began submitting signatures Tuesday for a ballot initiative asking voters to raise California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021, one of two competing proposals vying for the November ballot. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom joined SEIU’s United Healthcare Workers West in San Francisco as […]

California man dies at 117

OAKLAND (AP) — A California man whose family said he was 117 years old has died. The age would have likely made him the oldest person on earth when he died. Andrew Hatch died quietly Monday at the Oakland home of daughter Delane Sims, who had been taking care of him there for the past […]

Bend and a beer: Yoga classes and craft breweries team up

Bend + Brew in Davis Davis isn’t left out of this new trend: Sudwerk Brewing Co., 2001 Second St., regularly hosts Bend + Brew sessions. The next one will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Instructor Zoe will lead participants through a 75-minute Zen adventure followed by a beer at Sudwerk’s Dock Store. The beer is […]

Home Improvement: Ideas, products for a primp-perfect bathroom

By Kim Cook What makes a great bathroom, one perfect for prepping and primping? A well-considered combination of fixtures, lighting and amenities — the kind we often first experience in a really nice hotel. “Bathrooms are the most private parts of our homes. They’re also the most private parts of hotels, our ‘homes away from […]

Home Improvement: Despite new varieties, search for the perfect tomato goes on

By Dean Fosdick Page through any of the freshly arrived seed catalogs and you’ll note the words “new” and “improved” splashed across many of the tomato varieties available to home gardeners for 2016. New flavors, lively colors, different sizes, higher yields, and better disease resistance and pest tolerance are among the noteworthy traits. Despite all […]

Cousins, Casspi carry Kings over Clippers

LOS ANGELES — DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Omri Casspi added 17 points and the Sacramento Kings stopped the Los Angeles Clippers’ 10-game win streak with a 110-103 victory on Saturday night. J.J. Redick scored 22 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and reserve Jamal Crawford added 20 points for the Clippers, who were […]

NFL roundup: Cards top Packers in an instant classic

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Larry Fitzgerald’s brief but brilliant overtime heroics trumped another Hail Mary by Aaron Rodgers and the Arizona Cardinals escaped with a 26-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers Saturday night to advance to the NFC championship. Fitzgerald turned a short pass into a 75-yard gain on the first play of overtime to […]

Arizona man cleared in 1983 slaying of woman in California

REDWOOD CITY (AP) — An Arizona man accused of the 1983 killing of a San Francisco woman whose body was found half-buried on a Northern California beach was cleared of charges and released from prison, authorities said. Prosecutors say the case against John Joseph Scott, 68, was dropped due to insufficient evidence and he was […]

Iran releases Americans in breakthrough prisoner exchange

VIENNA (AP) — Four Americans detained in Iran will be coming home and seven Iranians in U.S. custody also will win their freedom in a breakthrough swap negotiated by the longtime foes, officials in both countries said. As well, a fifth American was freed separately. The news emerged as a landmark deal took effect Saturday […]

Planned Parenthood sues activists who made undercover videos

Planned Parenthood filed a federal court lawsuit Thursday alleging extensive criminal misconduct by the anti-abortion activists who produced undercover videos targeting the handling of fetal tissue at somePlanned Parenthood clinics. “The people behind this fraud lied and broke the law in order to spread malicious lies about Planned Parenthood,” said Dawn Laguens, the organization’s executive vice president. “This […]

Sharks double up Oilers

SAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi each scored during the shootout and Martin Jones stopped both Edmonton shooters to give the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory over the Oilers on Thursday night. Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored in the first period and the Sharks won their fourth straight. Nail Yakupov scored, but the Oilers […]

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