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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 ,

Iranian protesters damage Saudi embassy in Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Protesters in Iran, angered by the execution by Saudi Arabia of a prominent Shiite cleric, broke into the Saudi embassy in Tehran early Sunday, setting fires and throwing papers from the roof, Iranian media reported. The semiofficial ISNA news agency said the country’s top police official, Gen. Hossein Sajedinia, rushed to […]

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

Huge Kings outburst gives Karl landmark win

SACRAMENTO — Kings coach George Karl shrugged off his milestone 1,155th victory Saturday, preferring to focus on Sacramento’s current plight rather than tying Phil Jackson for the fifth most career victories in NBA history. DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and nine rebounds to help give Karl and the struggling Kings some temporary relief with a […]

January 03, 2016 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Cities look at subsidized housing to stem teacher shortages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As the days get shorter, first grade teacher Esmeralda Jiménez watches the dimming afternoon sky outside her classroom window the way her pupils watch the clock at dismissal time. The studio apartment Jiménez rents for $1,783 a month, or 43 percent of her salary, is in one of San Francisco’s sketchiest […]

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

New California laws involve equal pay, gun restrictions

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Here’s a look at some of the new laws that took effect on Jan. 1 in California: Equal pay Female workers in California get new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under a law supporters say offers the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation. The legislation places the burden of proof on an […]

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

Kids’ asthma rates quiet down after earlier increase

CHICAGO (AP) — Asthma rates in U.S. children have quieted down after a decades-long increase, a government study found, and researchers are trying to pinpoint reasons that would explain the trend. A possible plateau in childhood obesity rates and declines in air pollution are among factors that may have helped lower cases in kids, the […]

Wire briefs: San Jose doubles up Flyers

SAN JOSE (AP) — Joe Pavelski scored twice in the third period to help the San Jose Sharks snap a four-game home losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, on Wednesday night. Pavelski scored the tiebreaker just after a power play with 6:15 left and added a power-play goal in the final minute. Brent […]

December 31, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Emerging from shadows, pot industry tries to build brands

DENVER (AP) — Snoop Dogg has his own line of marijuana. So does Willie Nelson. Melissa Etheridge has a marijuana-infused wine. As the fast-growing marijuana industry emerges from the black market and starts looking like a mainstream industry, there’s a scramble to brand and trademark pot products. The celebrity endorsements are just the latest attempt […]

December 30, 2015 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

California snowpack deepens amid long drought

FRESNO (AP) — California water managers expect good news Wednesday when they trek into the Sierra Nevada for the winter’s first manual snowpack survey. The survey follows an electronic measurement last week that put the water content of the snowpack at 112 percent of normal for this time of year. More snow has fallen since […]

December 30, 2015 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Midwest levees monitored for flooding

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal officials were monitoring 19 vulnerable levees on the rising Mississippi River and its tributaries, warning that hundreds of homes in Illinois and Missouri could be threatened by a rare winter flood that already forced the partial closure of interstate highways and widespread evacuations. As the swollen rivers and streams pushed to […]

December 30, 2015 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bowl roundup: Nevada nips Colorado State in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. — The inaugural Arizona Bowl was ridiculed for having two teams from the same conference, both with mediocre records. The stands had vast empty spaces. Many TV viewers were unsure where to find the game. It ended up being quite a show, particularly the closing flourish. James Butler scored on a 4-yard run […]

December 30, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Goff’s big game carries Cal past Air Force

FORT WORTH, Texas — If Jared Goff is headed to the NFL early, California’s junior quarterback replaced a couple of pretty big names in the record books in his final college game. How about Aaron Rodgers and Marcus Mariota. Goff threw for 467 yards and six touchdowns and the Bears won in the postseason for […]

December 30, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

ISIS fight tops 2015’s news stories

NEW YORK (AP) — The far-flung attacks claimed by Islamic State militants and the intensifying global effort to crush them added up to a grim, gripping yearlong saga that was voted the top news story of 2015, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. The No. 2 story was […]

December 30, 2015 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,
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