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  • Cubs fall to Dodgers 5-2 on offense-starved West Coast trip

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Cubs can't wait to get home since they're hardly scoring any runs on the road.They blew a pair of one-run leads and lost to the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 on Saturday night. Chicago dropped its season-high...

    By Beth Harris, AP Sports Writer|

  • Roadshow: How do you handle your stressful commutes?

    Q About the article on traffic congestion: Why doesn't California adopt measures that are successful in Texas and Southern California, such as toll roads? Anyone who is opposed to toll roads...

    By Gary Richards grichards@mercurynews.com|

  • Bridge: August 30, 2015

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    By Frank Stewart Tribune Media Services|

  • Northern California best-sellers, week ending Aug. 23.

    Data from the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association for the week ending Aug. 23....

    By Bay Area News Group|

  • Word game: August 30, 2015

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    United Feature Syndicate Inc.|

  • Northern California wine events

    Pizza on the Lawn: Charles Krug is firing up the oven to bring Italian wood-fired pizzas to visitors. Salads and cheese plates also will be available, and food will be paired with wines and...

    Mercury News|

  • Horoscope: August 30, 2015

    BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Elden Henson was born in Rockville, Md., on this date in 1977. This birthday guy plays the role of Foggy Nelson on "Daredevil." He's also appeared on episodes of "Intelligence,...

    By Jeraldine Saunders Tribune Media Services|

  • The Globalist Quiz

    THE GLOBALIST QUIZ...

    TheGlobalist.com|

  • California League Standings

    North DivisionWLPct.GBSan Jose (Giants)3923.629—x-Visalia (Diamondbacks)3824.6131Modesto (Rockies)3329.5326Stockton (Athletics)3032.4849Bakersfield (Mariners)2933.46810

    By The Associated Press|

  • New Orleans, Gulf coast mark Katrina milestone

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Gulf Coast and New Orleans observed the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest storms in American history, in ways both devout and festive. Church bells rang and brass bands played as people across the...

    By Rebecca Santana And Kevin Mcgill, Associated Press|

  • Ask Amy: She's snubbing me, so now she's my husband's problem

    DEAR AMY: My husband's sister-in-law's posts on Facebook are extremely offensive, insulting and aggressive, often personally directed at those who do not agree with her. She is bigoted, mean and...

    By Amy Dickinson|

  • Miss Manners: Not every email has to be read right now

    Mail delivery used to be a sport for the whole family. The dog was excited to see the mailman (as he was likely to be then), even if the mailman was not excited to see the dog. The baby loved to...

    By Judith Martin United Feature Syndicate, Inc.|

  • Retirement Planner: Managed payout funds in spotlight

    With my homebuilding projects, I used to gain a tremendous sense of visual accomplishment from completing 90 percent of the job. Paying a professional to do the last 10 percent would have been an...

    By Stephen J. Butler sbutler@pensiondynamics.com|

  • Man held in toddler's July disappearance faces new charges

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police say the man being held in connection with the disappearance of a Jacksonville toddler has attempted to escape from jail.The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old William Ruben Ebron Jr. is facing four new...

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  • Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

    NEW YORK -- Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes...

    By Malcolm Ritter Associated Press|

  • Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

    NEW YORK -- Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes...

    By Malcolm Ritter Associated Press|

  • AP PHOTOS: Neighbors fill buckets, pray for rain in drought

    OKIEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — People living in this dusty neighborhood called Okieville at the heart of California's Central Valley know the harsh reality of drought. Many of their wells have dried up, so some neighbors rig lines from house to house...

    By Gregory Bull, Associated Press|

  • AP PHOTOS: Neighbors fill buckets, pray for rain in drought

    OKIEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — People living in this dusty neighborhood called Okieville at the heart of California's Central Valley know the harsh reality of drought. Many of their wells have dried up, so some neighbors rig lines from house to house...

    By Gregory Bull, Associated Press|

  • Slow-moving school finance case heads to Texas Supreme Court

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ninth-graders who were barely a month into high school when Texas' latest school finance trial began in 2012 are now entering their senior year.There's no end in sight for the case, in which oral arguments begin Tuesday in...

    By Will Weissert, Associated Press|

  • Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

    NEW YORK -- Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes...

    By Malcolm Ritter Associated Press|

  • AP PHOTOS: Neighbors fill buckets, pray for rain in drought

    OKIEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — People living in this dusty neighborhood called Okieville at the heart of California's Central Valley know the harsh reality of drought. Many of their wells have dried up, so some neighbors rig lines from house to house...

    By Gregory Bull, Associated Press|

  • General Mills sets ambitious goal for greenhouse gas cuts

    GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — General Mills says it's eager to do its part to fight climate change, so it's setting a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent over the next decade — from farm to fork to landfill.The giant food company...

    By Steve Karnowski, Associated Press|

  • AP PHOTOS: Neighbors fill buckets, pray for rain in drought

    OKIEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — People living in this dusty neighborhood called Okieville at the heart of California's Central Valley know the harsh reality of drought. Many of their wells have dried up, so some neighbors rig lines from house to house...

    By Gregory Bull, Associated Press|

  • AP PHOTOS: Neighbors fill buckets, pray for rain in drought

    OKIEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — People living in this dusty neighborhood called Okieville at the heart of California's Central Valley know the harsh reality of drought. Many of their wells have dried up, so some neighbors rig lines from house to house...

    By Gregory Bull, Associated Press|

  • Man to be sentenced in suicide bomb plot at Kansas airport

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack at the Wichita airport will soon face his punishment.U.S. District Judge Monti Belot is scheduled to sentence Terry L. Loewen on Monday.The 60-year-old man pleaded guilty...

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  • 'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

    NEW YORK -- Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes...

    By Malcolm Ritter Associated Press|

  • Man to be sentenced in suicide bomb plot at Kansas airport

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack at the Wichita airport will soon face his punishment.U.S. District Judge Monti Belot is scheduled to sentence Terry L. Loewen on Monday.The 60-year-old man pleaded guilty...

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  • Herhold: Berliners discover their Cold War wall graffito ended up in Mountain View

    A quarter-century ago, a young Berlin woman named Andrea von Coburg, whose improbable nickname was "Polly," left home to join the man she loved in Munich. No one knew her move would echo today in...

    By Scott Herhold sherhold@mercurynews.com|

  • Herhold: Berliners discover their Cold War wall graffito ended up in Mountain View

    A quarter-century ago, a young Berlin woman named Andrea von Coburg, whose improbable nickname was "Polly," left home to join the man she loved in Munich. No one knew her move would echo today in...

    By Scott Herhold sherhold@mercurynews.com|

  • When the wells run dry: California families cope in drought

    TULARE, Calif. (AP) — Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It's his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma's Dust Bowl. But only a trickle...

    By Scott Smith, Associated Press|