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The Latest: Hostage situation at English shopping mall ends


The Latest on police activity at a central England shopping center: (all times local): 7:35 p.m. Officials say the hostage incident at a bowling alley in England has ended with … Click to Continue »

A scary box office weekend for everyone but Tyler Perry


It was a spooky weekend at the box office for nearly everyone but Tyler Perry. Perry's comedy sequel "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" scared up a healthy $21.7 million in … Click to Continue »

Iowa theater group hopes to restore downtown building


A performing arts group wants to buy and refurbish a historic building in downtown Sioux City, with plans for a 200-plus seat theater, cabaret-style bar and classrooms. The Sioux City … Click to Continue »

McConnell says he's awaiting Trump guidance on health care


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he's willing to bring bipartisan health care legislation to the floor if President Donald Trump makes clear he supports it. A proposal by … Click to Continue »

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The Latest: Japan ruling bloc retains two-thirds majority


The Latest on Japan's parliamentary election (all times local): 2:20 a.m. Japan's public television NHK says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition has retained a two-thirds majority in the 465-member … Click to Continue »


US-backed forces take Syria's largest oil field from IS


U.S.-backed fighters captured Syria's largest oil field from the Islamic State group Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces. With IS in … Click to Continue »

Vegas rebranding shows difficulty of messaging after tragedy

As volunteers streamed in to donate blood, doctors tended to the wounded and investigators scoured the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Las Vegas tourism officials … Click to Continue »

Community theatre still thriving after 106 years

The amount of work that it takes to run a theater, any theater that produces live stage performances, is enormous. From the business of running a venue in the entertainment … Click to Continue »

Julian Edelman memoir 'Relentless' available this week


Julian Edelman may be out of the New England Patriots lineup with a season-ending knee injury, but fans can still get their fill of the star receiver when his new … Click to Continue »


Namibian diamond town opens gates to the public


A diamond-mining town in Namibia that previously restricted visitors has opened to the public in hopes of boosting tourism and diversifying its economy. The remote town of Oranjemund, which lies … Click to Continue »


It's academic: Climate change, sea level rise?

These already are hot topics in higher ed. And not just in the disciplines you might expect. While climate change and related sea level rise are still emerging priorities on … Click to Continue »


Knoxville Police: Derailment sends cars into building


Authorities in Tennessee say a Norfolk Southern train derailed in Knoxville, sending rail cars carrying shipping containers off the tracks, with some of them plowing into buildings. No one was … Click to Continue »


Trump plans to help pay aides' legal costs for Russia probes


President Donald Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and campaign aides related to the investigations … Click to Continue »


Directors guild files disciplinary charges against Weinstein

The Directors Guild of America announced Saturday it has filed disciplinary charges against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein. The group said it filed the charges on Oct. 13. Weinstein has … Click to Continue »


What’s going down and coming up at the Vintage Faire Mall? Soon bread and games

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Panera is one step closer to breaking bread at its new Vintage Faire Mall location. The national bakery and cafe chain announced plans earlier this year to open a second … Click to Continue »

Fox renewed O'Reilly contract despite knowing of allegations

The parent company of the Fox News Channel says it knew a news analyst planned to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly when it renewed the popular personality's … Click to Continue »

The Latest: O'Reilly says he was one of many accused at Fox

The Latest on the parent company of the Fox News Channel saying it knew a news analyst had threatened to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly when it … Click to Continue »


Spanish PM aims to take over Catalan govt; residents aghast


Spain announced an unprecedented plan Saturday to sack Catalonia's separatist leaders, install its own people in their place and call a new local election, using previously untapped constitutional powers to … Click to Continue »


Cops are racist, her daughter wrote online. Her coffee shop didn't last a week.

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Kato Mele found her Massachusetts coffee shop embroiled in a growing controversy after her daughter made anti-police comments on a personal Facebook page. The Oct. 13 comments prompted online backlash, … Click to Continue »

The Latest: Catalan leader urges strong response to Spain


The Latest on Catalonia's effort to break away from Spain and the Spanish government's response (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Catalonia's separatist leader wants the regional parliament to debate and … Click to Continue »

Saturday, Oct 21

54 Egyptian police killed in ambush, say officials


At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo was ambushed, officials said Saturday. The ensuing firefight … Click to Continue »

Two women shot to death west of Newman near Interstate 5

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Two women were shot to death west of Newman on Friday night, authorities said. A 911 call came in at about 10:40 p.m. on a report of a drive-by shooting … Click to Continue »

Dan Gilbert says Detroit has advantages in Amazon HQ bid


Dan Gilbert knows Detroit is vying against a slew of cities to lure Amazon's second headquarters. And the Rock Ventures founder still likes its chance. "We feel like we have … Click to Continue »

Google parent turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico


Google's parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria. … Click to Continue »

Friday, Oct 20

Spanish PM to unveil measures to fight Catalan separatists


Spain's prime minister says his government will unveil specific measures Saturday to halt Catalonia's independence bid but refused to confirm if that included plans to hold a regional election in … Click to Continue »

The Latest: King: Catalonia is "an essential part" of Spain


The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Spain's King Felipe VI has spoken out forcefully at a public event against Catalonia's independence drive, saying all … Click to Continue »

Burned photo of slain deputy quickly removed from Hughson sign

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The image of Stanislaus County sheriff's Deputy Dennis Wallace on a sign at the Hughson soccer fields was quickly removed after being vandalized Thursday. It was hard for his family … Click to Continue »

The Latest: Senate passes $4 trillion budget blueprint


The Latest on President Trump, Congress and $4.1 trillion budget plan (all times EDT): 9:30 p.m. The Senate has passed a $4 trillion budget blueprint that is a major step … Click to Continue »

Thursday, Oct 19

Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid


The crisis over Catalonia's quest for independence escalated Thursday, as Spain's central government prepared the unprecedented step of stripping the wealthy region of some of its self-governing powers after its … Click to Continue »

Teacher followed after school and attacked with brick after dispute with parents, police say

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A 29-year-old woman accused of following an elementary teacher and throwing a brick at her face after a dispute at school has been arrested, according to the Pittsburgh Police Department. … Click to Continue »

The Latest: Governors urge Congress to back health subsidies


The Latest on President Donald Trump and health care legislation (all times local): 10 p.m. A bipartisan group of governors is urging congressional leaders to support a plan to calm … Click to Continue »

Large bag of marijuana discovered in dumpster behind Modesto shopping center

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A couple searching for recyclables in a dumpster behind the general store in the Frontier Town shopping center in Modesto on Wednesday morning found something of even greater value — … Click to Continue »

Wednesday, Oct 18

Stepbrothers convicted in Modesto shooting that killed two teenagers

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Stepbrothers Robbie Blackwell and Nicholas Spangler have been convicted in the deaths of two teenagers gunned down in north Modesto after a violent confrontation outside a nearby store five years … Click to Continue »

Empire man killed when he crashed stolen vehicle into tree

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An Empire man who died when he crashed a stolen Toyota into a tree near Hughson last weekend was identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office Wednesday as Jajuan Barnett. … Click to Continue »

Modesto man dies from injuries in Highway 99 rollover crash in Turlock

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A 33-year-old Modesto man died Tuesday from injuries he suffered in a rollover crash on southbound Highway 99 in Turlock. The man was identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office … Click to Continue »

One of the restaurants you miss the most is coming back, Modesto

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When I added Smoky’s into my countdown of “Gone, but not forgotten” restaurants of Modesto lore last month, I didn’t expect I’d have to cross it off the list quite … Click to Continue »

Tuesday, Oct 17

11 years after daughter disappears, dad admits to drugging, abusing and killing her

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After just a few days of testimony in his murder trial, Mark Edward Mesiti on Tuesday pleaded guilty to all charges involved in the drugging, sexual abuse and killing of … Click to Continue »

Victim in fatal hit-and-run south of Turlock identified

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The 55-year-old Delhi man killed in a hit-and-run crash south of Turlock early Sunday has been identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office as Gary Bucol. The collision occurred shortly … Click to Continue »

Modesto man suffers major injuries in crash on Highway 99 in Turlock

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A 33-year-old Modesto man suffered major injuries Tuesday morning after his vehicle rolled multiple times on southbound Highway 99. The man, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected … Click to Continue »

Court jails 2 Catalan independence leaders in sedition probe


Spain's confrontation with its independence-seeking region of Catalonia intensified Monday when a judge ordered the leaders of two pro-independence groups jailed while they are investigated on possible sedition charges for … Click to…