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Turlock's Cool Hand Luke's restaurant abruptly locks its doors

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A popular Turlock eatery closed its doors last week, and its future is unclear. Cool Hand Luke's, which has operated for more than a decade on Tegner Road near Costco, … Click to Continue »

From airlines to pizza parlors, EU businesses adopt data law


Lisa Meyer's hair salon is a cozy place where her mother serves homemade macaroons, children climb on chairs and customers chat above the whirr of hairdryers. Most of the time … Click to Continue »

Global markets higher as US, China put trade war on hold


Global stock markets were higher on Monday as investors cheered the outcome of negotiations between the United States and China that put a trade war on hold, clearing uncertainty. KEEPING … Click to Continue »

Despite fatwa, transgender people in Iran face harassment


Nahal smokes yet another cigarette on her mother's balcony overlooking Tehran, one of the few peaceful places the 19-year-old transgender woman has in Iran, where her identity can bring harassment … Click to Continue »

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Europe wary as Italy moves toward populist government


Italy edged toward its first populist government Monday as the president convened the leaders of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League in what could be a final consultations, … Click to Continue »

NASA shipper Orbital ATK launches space station supplies


One of NASA's prime shippers, Orbital ATK, launched a fresh load of supplies to the International Space Station from Virginia on Monday. The Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island … Click to Continue »


China launches relay satellite for far side moon landing


China launched a relay satellite on Monday as part of a groundbreaking program to be the first to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon later this … Click to Continue »


Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea


A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for … Click to Continue »


The Latest: Maduro celebrates re-election, urges dialogue


The latest on Sunday's presidential election in Venezuela (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is celebrating his re-election in an energized speech inviting his defeated challengers to … Click to Continue »

Stars urge Indonesia to ban 'brutal' trade in dog meat

International stars of acting, music and sports have urged Indonesia's president to ban what they say is a brutal trade in dog and cat meat for human consumption. The appeal … Click to Continue »

Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election


Venezuelan officials declared socialist leader Nicolas Maduro the easy winner of Sunday's presidential election, while his leading challenger questioned the legitimacy of a vote marred by irregularities and called for … Click to Continue »


The Latest: Cougar that attacked cyclists was underweight


The Latest on a cougar attack that killed one mountain biker and wounded another outside Seattle (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Authorities say the cougar that attacked two cyclists east … Click to Continue »


Teenager fatally shot in Turlock

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Police are investigating the shooting death of a teenager in Turlock on Saturday night. According to Police Chief Nino Amirfar, police were called at 7:37 p.m. to the 500 block … Click to Continue »


Civil rights icon, Trump critic speak at BU commencement


A civil rights icon and a Caribbean politician who tangled with President Donald Trump offered Boston University graduates some choice words on America's cultural rifts. "We have a right to … Click to Continue »


US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks


The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world's two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America's … Click to Continue »

'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M

Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers. Fox's "Deadpool 2" brought in $125 million this weekend, giving it the second-highest opening ever for … Click to Continue »


Charter backers outspend teachers in 2 California races


In the battle for the future of California's schools, charter school advocates are far outpacing teachers unions in spending to support candidates for governor and state schools chief. Wealthy donors … Click to Continue »

Iran says EU political support not enough, urges investment


Iran's state TV is reporting that the country's foreign minister has urged the European Union to go beyond political support for its landmark nuclear deal and increase investment in Iran. … Click to Continue »


Stanislaus County deputies arrest 11 in Turlock in online prostitution operation

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Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputies made 11 arrests in Turlock in a planned operation targeting online human trafficking. The arrests were made over several hours from Friday evening to about 3 … Click to Continue »

Sushi-making co-pilot, Nazarene pastors among Cuba victims


The co-pilot who loved to cook and was fond of inviting his colleagues over for sushi. An Argentine couple who had dreamed of vacationing in Cuba in their retirement. Evangelical … Click to Continue »

Sunday, May 20

The Latest: Wounded student attends school baseball game


The Latest on the mass shooting at a Texas high school (all times local): 6:30 p.m. A Santa Fe high school baseball team member who was wounded in the shooting … Click to Continue »

Company says gas leak caused explosion at Houston-area plant


Officials say a gas leak caused an explosion and brief flash fire at a chemical plant near Houston, resulting in non-life threatening injuries to nearly two dozen workers. Kuraray America … Click to Continue »

Housing, likely restaurants and retail finally coming to vacant lot near Modesto mall

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After decades of sitting vacant, one of the most conspicuous empty lots in Modesto is about to see new life. The 45-acres of fallow land behind Vintage Faire Mall in … Click to Continue »

Hawaii lava flow ramps up as new magma mixes with old


Lava oozing out of cracks for two weeks in rural Hawaii neighborhoods took on new characteristics as fresher magma mixed with decades-old magma, sending a flow toward the ocean Saturday. … Click to Continue »

Saturday, May 19

Campaign for Stanislaus County Sheriff, already emotional, gets downright dirty

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With the June 5 election about two weeks away, the two sides in the Stanislaus County sheriff's contest are slinging dirt in public statements and trading blows on social media. … Click to Continue »

Markle's bridal gown work of Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller

Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy is the master British designer behind the sleek silk boat-necked gown and long billowing veil worn by Meghan Markle as she walked down the nave … Click to Continue »

Burn victim airlifted after reported blast at Riverbank Home Depot

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A man burned in some type of blast outside the Home Depot store in Riverbank on Thursday was airlifted to a Sacramento medical center for treatment. A relative posted on … Click to Continue »

Airliner with 110 aboard crashes in Cuba, 3 said to survive


A 39-year-old airliner with 110 people aboard crashed and burned in a cassava field just after taking off from the Havana airport Friday, leaving three survivors in Cuba's worst aviation … Click to Continue »

Friday, May 18

Modesto police release name of man killed outside McHenry theater

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The 21-year-old man fatally shot outside the Regal Cinemas 10 movie theater in north Modesto on Monday night was a Vallejo resident, police said Friday. Muhammad Sharieff was shot about … Click to Continue »

Three injured when car hits pedestrian, crashes into bank near Modesto mall

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Three people were hurt when a car hit a pedestrian and crashed through a bank in north Modesto on Thursday afternoon. The pedestrian, a 56-year-old woman, was critically injured, authorities … Click to Continue »

School bus torn apart in dump truck collision, killing 2


A school bus taking children on a field trip to a historic site collided with a dump truck on Thursday, ripping the bus apart and killing a student and a … Click to Continue »

'Excited and scared': Hawaii volcano spews huge cloud of ash


A volcano on Hawaii's Big Island erupted anew Thursday with little sound and only modest fury, spewing a steely gray plume of ash about 30,000 feet (9,100 meters) into the … Click to Continue »

Thursday, May 17

Turlock police arrest teens in apartment flooding that caused $1.6 million in damage

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Detectives have arrested two teens in connection with vandalism earlier this year that caused $1.6 million in major flooding damage in a building at The Vista apartments near the California … Click to Continue »

CHP investigating fatal crash south of Oakdale

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Officers from the California Highway Patrol are investigating a fatal crash that occurred early Thursday morning on the Oakdale-Waterford Highway. Crews from the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded to … Click to…

Stanislaus County sheriff tells Trump sanctuary laws interfere with community safety

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Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson sat next to President Donald Trump on Wednesday and told him California’s sanctuary laws are interfering with his department’s ability to keep the community safe. … Click to Continue »

Fresh out of EMT coursework, couple fought to save Modesto shooting victim's life

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Two people who’ve just completed their EMT coursework put their new-found knowledge to work in a life-and-death situation late Tuesday. When a man was shot in the parking lot of … Click to Continue »

Wednesday, May 16

Stanislaus County Sheriff's exchange with Trump

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Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson sat next to President Donald Trump during a meeting on immigration and sanctuary laws at the White House on Wednesday, May 16. In addition to … Click to Continue »

Police investigating shooting death on McHenry Avenue in north Modesto

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Modesto police are investigating a homicide that occurred in north Modesto on Tuesday night. The crime occurred about 11:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Regal Modesto 10 Stadium … Click to Continue »

What happened to downtown Modesto’s Cobblestone Bakery? Here’s the latest scoop

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If you’ve been in downtown Modesto recently you’ve no doubt walked past the large, attractive and closed storefront for the Cobblestone Bakery. And you’ve no doubt craned your head to … Click to Continue »

Two students get medical attention after fight at Enochs High in Modesto

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Two students were taken by ambulances for medical treatment after a fight at the start of the school day Tuesday at Enochs High in north Modesto. One of the students … Click to Continue »