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Projects stall after feds allow fish farming in open ocean

SAN DIEGO — Some 90 percent of seafood consumed by Americans is imported — a fact that the Obama administration vowed to start turning around by expanding fish and shellfish farms into federal waters. Yet nearly two years since the first permit was issued, the United States still has no offshore farms. The pioneers of […]

Demps secures Sacramento State’s 84-79 win over UC Davis

SACRAMENTO — Cody Demps made seven straight free throws down the stretch to secure Sacramento State’s 84-79 win over UC Davis on Tuesday night. UC-Davis led 69-66 with 5:39 left in the game following Brynton Lemar’s trey. Demps made a layup and added a free throw and Justin Strings hit a jumper for a 71-69 […]

Oklahoma town knows how to survive oil busts: a backup plan

PONCA CITY, Okla. — It’s a slow day at Fun Bob’s shaved ice stand, though the temperature is in the 80s. With summer over, only an occasional car pulls up to the blue-and-white-striped shack where David Anderson sits atop a picnic table and explains his plan for replacing the income from the oilfield job he […]

Lions’ new president stresses ties to Ford family

  ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Rod Wood described himself as a lifelong Lions fan who has Matthew Stafford on his fantasy team. He acknowledged his lack of a football background, but said he’s ready to help Detroit become a more successful organization. “I would probably say that I’m not qualified to run any other NFL […]

Raiders plan to activate Nate Allen from IR

  ALAMEDA — The longest wait of Oakland Raiders safety Nate Allen’s career is finally over. Coach Jack Del Rio said Friday that the team plans to activate Allen from the injured reserve list and add him to the 53-man roster in time for Sunday’s game against Minnesota. One of several key free agents signed […]

AP: Diack son ‘very active’ in IAAF corruption

PARIS — French authorities investigating former IAAF President Lamine Diack say one of his sons was also “very active” in an alleged “system of corruption” that sought to blackmail athletes, with demands of money to hush-up suspected doping. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, France’s national financial prosecutor said investigators have verified that […]

Jones wins NASCAR Truck race at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas — Points leader Erik Jones raced to his third NASCAR Camping World Truck victory of the year Friday night with a dominating run at Texas Motor Speedway. The 19-year-old Jones led a 1-2 sweep for Kyle Busch Motorsports, easily holding off Daniel Suarez. Jones led 117 of the 147 laps on the […]

‘Halal tourism’ emerges as businesses serve Muslim travelers

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — A rental company in Orlando, Florida, is offering “halal vacation homes” with curtained pool decks and rooms with prayer mats and copies of the Quran. A British company’s app lists gourmet restaurants serving halal meat in London and Dubai, while a Boston-based developer’s app offers travel guides for 90 […]

Saving ‘sang': New label aims to conserve wild ginseng

NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Denny Colwell fires up a weed whacker and makes quick work of his prized American ginseng patch, a fall ritual that helps hide the slow-growing, long-lived perennials from poachers keen on digging them up. Colwell has been planting, growing and harvesting ginseng in the forests of western Pennsylvania for four decades, […]

Rondo, Cousins lead Kings to 132-114 win over Lakers

SACRAMENTO — Rajon Rondo had 21 points and eight assists and DeMarcus Cousins added 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 132-114 on Friday night. With Rondo running the offense and benefiting from Lakers turnovers, the Kings had a 24-point lead at halftime and continued to pad the […]

Falcons sweep past College of Alameda

ROCKVILLE — The Solano College volleyball team beat the College of Alameda, 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-19) to improve to 8-4 in Bay Valley Conference play. Janette Lewis had six kills and Alyssa McDermott added six more. Claudia Diaz finished with six kills and four aces. Hope Driscoll added five kills and three blocks. Terrie Gutierrez […]

What big companies pay workers when they lose body parts on the job

WASHINGTON — Workers’ compensation is one of those topics that sounds really dry on the surface. But once you see how these laws – which determine how workers who are injured or killed on the job get compensated – affect the lives of everyday people, you can see that nothing is further from the truth. […]

October 25, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

As kombucha sales boom, makers ask feds for new alcohol test

DENVER — A tangy fermented tea called kombucha has moved from the natural foods aisle to the mainstream. But it’s also moved into the hot seat amid renewed concerns that it can contain low levels of alcohol. Five years after alcohol levels detected in kombucha prompted nationwide recalls, federal authorities again are warning producers to […]

October 18, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Why phones break: Screens get stronger, yet we demand more

NEW YORK — Ask a roomful of people to take out their phones, and you’re bound to see several with cracked screens. Despite engineering breakthroughs, screen breakage has become a part of life, the leading type of phone damage. In part, we’re to blame. We want phones that are bigger, yet thinner, offsetting strides made […]

October 11, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Valencia’s 2-run HR lifts Athletics over Mariners 4-2

SEATTLE — Danny Valencia believed all along that he just needed the opportunity to show what he could do. The Oakland A’s are now believers. Valencia, picked up on waivers Aug. 3 from Toronto, hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning that lifted the Athletics over the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Friday night. “We put […]

October 03, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Heston ends rookie season on sour note as Giants lose 9-3

  SAN FRANCISCO — Chris Heston finished his rookie year on a low note, allowing a season high in runs. He can still take plenty of positives into the winter as he looks ahead to 2016. Heston lasted 3 2-3 innings and gave up eight runs in the San Francisco Giants’ 9-3 loss to the […]

October 03, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Arrenado adds to HR lead as Rockies beat Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Nolan Arenado hit his NL-leading 42nd home run and broke the major league record for extra-base hits in a season by a third baseman as the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 9-3 on Friday night to end a three-game losing streak. Corey Dickerson added his third homer in eight games […]

October 03, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Hogan starts, No. 21 Stanford defeats Oregon State 42-24

  CORVALLIS, Ore. — Quarterback Kevin Hogan was back in an ankle boot following Stanford’s victory over Oregon State. It certainly didn’t appear that his sprained left ankle gave him any trouble in the 42-24 victory Friday night for the No. 21 Cardinal. A game-time decision, he completed 9-of-14 passes for 163 yards and two […]

September 26, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged , ,

As wildfires rage in West, ranchers lose cattle, rangeland

PORTLAND, Ore. — For weeks, rancher Darrel Holliday has rounded up frightened cows and calves off the smoldering hills of the Strawberry Mountain Range, a wilderness area in eastern Oregon of old-growth forest and grass where wildlife and cattle roamed. Holliday’s entire federal forest grazing allotment of about 32,000 acres — 50 square miles — […]

September 20, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Cloistered nuns bake altar breads for papal Mass in Philly

LANGHORNE, Pa. — A group of cloistered nuns has been working overtime in the kitchen to help Philadelphia church officials prepare for Pope Francis’ visit, baking 100,000 communion hosts for his public Mass. Religious sisters at the suburban Monastery of St. Clare put in extra shifts for about two months to fill the order, which represents […]

September 13, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,
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