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El Niño crashes Hollywood parties

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blustery bad boy is set to crash Hollywood’s red carpets this awards season and he’s already taking the town by storm. Shows like the Golden Globes are putting proper protection in place, while celebs, of course, will be stressing about how they look. They call this hombre El Niño — a […]

Democrats, advocates eye California’s booming revenues

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $122.6 billion California budget plan would seem to please Democratic interests by pumping billions of tax dollars generated by the booming state economy into public schools and universities, health care for the poor and public infrastructure. Instead, Democratic legislative leaders and advocacy groups saw what was left out. “A […]

UK unveils new drinking guidelines

LONDON (AP) — British health officials say drinking any alcohol regularly increases the risk of cancer, and have issued tough new guidelines that could be hard to swallow in a nation where having a pint is a hallowed tradition. In recommendations released Friday, Britain’s Chief Medical Officer advised both men and women not to drink […]

Sun out as storms ease up

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Most of California saw sunny skies again Thursday after days of powerful El Niño-driven storms drenched the region, stopping cable cars in San Francisco, stranding motorists and dumping heavy snow in northern Arizona. Earlier in the day, the last major storm expected this week lashed coastal areas of California, stirring waves […]

Governor proposes $122.6 billion California budget

By Don Thompson and Juliet Williams SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a sweeping $122.6 billion budget plan for California on Thursday that includes billions more in spending for education, health care and state infrastructure, increases the state rainy day fund to $8 billion and takes steps to pay down debts. “Relative to budgets […]

Red Wings nip Sharks

SAN JOSE — Petr Mrazek called it a lucky save. Justin Abdelkader knew better. He’s been robbed by the Detroit goalie too many times. Mrazek made 35 saves and set up Abdelkader’s goal with 6:52 remaining to help the Red Wings beat the San Jose Sharks, 2-1, on Thursday night for their third straight win. […]

Kings beat L.A. in Bryant’s Sactown finale

SACRAMENTO — Kobe Bryant received a hug and a gift from former teammate Vlade Divac. The Los Angeles Lakers star left Sacramento without his prime objective: a victory. DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and the Kings blew all of a 27-point lead in the second half before beating the Lakers, […]

Online animals of the year: Cute faces and a rat’s resolve

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Animals can melt the human heart, tickle the funny bone or bring us to tears. And thanks to Instagram, YouTube and other online options, you can enjoy their antics simply by following, liking or pinning them. Dr. Bonnie Beaver, executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a professor […]

January 22, 2016 | Posted in Pets | Tagged ,

U.S. auto sales hit an all-time high in 2015

DETROIT (AP) — Americans are buying more new cars than ever before. U.S. auto sales hit a record high of 17.47 million in 2015, topping the old record of 17.35 million set in 2000. Analysts expect sales could go even higher this year as unemployment continues to decline and more young buyers enter the market. Automakers […]

January 08, 2016 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Obama acts alone on gun control

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tears streaking his cheeks, President Barack Obama launched a final-year push Tuesday to tighten sales of firearms in the U.S., using his presidential powers in the absence of tougher gun restrictions that Congress has refused to pass. The president struck a combative tone as he came out with plans for expanded background […]

January 06, 2016 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Mavs stop Sacramento at the buzzer

DALLAS — Deron Williams has been back with his hometown Dallas Mavericks for a couple of months now. He might have finally had his homecoming parade. Or homecoming dogpile, if you will. Williams hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer in the second overtime, and the Mavericks pulled out a wild 117-116 victory over Sacramento on […]

January 06, 2016 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

New Year, New You: ‘Ask, don’t tell’ is key to keeping resolutions

ALBANY, N.Y. — Want to keep that New Year’s resolution? A new report says it might not be so difficult. Marketing researchers at the University at Albany and three other U.S. colleges have found that asking about positive behavioral changes — such as Will you exercise? or Will you recycle? — as opposed to telling […]

January 06, 2016 | Posted in Media Post | Tagged

Californians miss water conservation target for November

FRESNO (AP) — Residents of drought-stricken California used 20 percent less water in November, falling short of the governor’s 25 percent conservation mandate for a second straight month, officials reported Tuesday. The city of Davis, meanwhile, announced a 32-percent reduction for November. Despite missing the mandate, California remains on course to beat its long-term goal through February, said […]

January 06, 2016 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

St. Louis-area residents face massive cleanup

COLOMBIA, Mo (AP) — As the Mississippi River and its tributaries retreated Saturday from historic winter levels that flooded towns, forced evacuations and killed two dozen people, residents in the St. Louis area were facing a massive cleanup and recovery effort that will likely last weeks. “The healing process, the restoration process has begun,” Chris […]

January 03, 2016 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,
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