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usa Four more pull papers for Palo Alto City Council

And then there were 11. As of 5 p.m. Friday, that many people had pulled nomination papers to run for Palo Alto City Council this fall.

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usa Raiders notebook: Veteran Justin Tuck comfortable in leadership role

Oakland Raiders' first practice session of training camp came in triple-digit heat.

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usa Vet's remains buried 62 years after plane crash

Col. Eugene Smith's family is finally able to bury its sense of loss.  

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usa Former Atherton councilman Jim Dobbie dies at 84

Former Atherton councilman Jim Dobbie died Thursday night at Stanford Hospital, according to a statement released by the city. Poor health had prompted Dobbie, who recently turned 84, to resign from his seat in March.

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usa Raiders notebook: Veteran Justin Tuck comfortable in leadership role

Oakland Raiders' first practice session of training camp came in triple digit heat.

1 hour ago // Boston Herald

usa Riley, Zalatoris reach US Junior final

THE WOODLANDS, Texas Davis Riley outlasted Sam Horsfield on the 21st hole Friday in the U.S. Junior Amateur to set up an all-American final against William Zalatoris.Riley, the 17-year-old from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, who lost in the final last year, rallied to square the match and finished off the 17-year-old Englishman with a par on the third extra hole.

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usa Parents mourn daughter's death by living out her dreams

When her parents found their daughter's bucket list, they say they knew exactly what they had to do

1 hour ago // Boston Herald

usa California state senator facing additional charge

SAN FRANCISCO A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.A new indictment unsealed in San Francisco federal court charged Sen. Leland Yee with racketeering and conspiracy "to obtain property under the color of official right." Those charges are in addition to the previous bribery, conspiracy and re

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usa A's lose to Rangers 4-1

Oakland A's lose as Jason Hammel falls to 0-3 since being traded from Cubs.

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usa US 'will send migrant youths home'

President Obama meets Central American leaders and says undocumented immigrant children without legal claims to be in the US will be sent home.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

usa Same-sex marriage: Florida ruling adds to list of defeats for state ban

Circuit court judge in Miami-Dade county says it is 'increasingly obvious' ban on gay marriage cannot last Continue reading...

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usa Fair Trade brings big sales and a clear conscience

Demand for Fair Trade products is rising as people become more aware of how their food and other products are made. That makes the Fair Trade market a growing opportunity for small business owners.

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usa Justin Tuck eager to help Raiders improve

Veteran defensive end Justin Tuck looks to set an example for Oakland Raiders

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usa Man on Overpass Paralyzes L.A. Traffic

A man perched on an overpass above a busy Los Angeles freeway is taken into custody after snarling rush-hour traffic east of the city's downtown.

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usa Use of illicit drugs becomes part of Silicon Valley's work culture

With a tech boom lubricated by VC cash, a startup culture cranked up by fiercely competitive VPs and adrenaline-driven coders, and a corporate model that encourages stressed-out managers to look the other way, illicit drugs and black-market painkillers have become part of the landscape here in the world's fountain of tech.

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usa Massive Dust Storm Rolls Over Phoenix

A large dust storm formed outside Phoenix, Arizona Friday afternoon and then began its slow approach toward downtown.

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usa Reports: Argentine midfielder close to signing with San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose Earthquakes said to be eyeing Argentine attacking midfielder Matias Perez Garcia of Tigre

2 hours ago // Los Angeles Times

usa White House pursuing plan to expand immigrant rights

Obama could use executive action to protect from deportation many immigrants who are already here illegallyObama could use executive action to protect from deportation many immigrants who are already here illegally

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usa Raw: Palestinians and Israeli soldiers clash

Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers in Bethlehem on Saturday morning as the Gaza war continued to spill over into the West Bank. July 26  

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usa Middle and high school students can vote in mock election

Although teens under age 18 can't legally vote in the November election, they can still weigh in on issues and candidates this fall through a statewide 2014 MyVote California Student mock election sponsored by the Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Schools are invited to register in the next three months and report their final schoolwide vote tallies to the Secretary of State's office after the Oct. 28 mock election.

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usa 'Pass Out' Pages Poke Fun at Binge Drinking

Addiction specialists want parents to be aware of a new internet trend they say glorifes binge drinking among young adults and teens. KARE's Jay Olstad reports.

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usa Raiders rookie Mack listening to the vets

Oakland Raiders rookie linebacker Khalil Mack, the team's first-round pick in May, cleared another hurdle Friday when he made it through his first training camp practice without incident.

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usa Lead-lined glove tied to New Mexico radiation leak: lawmaker

Reuters - A radiation leak that indefinitely shut down a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico was likely caused by a container of radioactive materials improperly packaged with a lead-lined glove at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a state lawmaker said on Friday.

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usa Leland Yee: New racketeering count against California state senator adds to gravity of case

A federal grand jury has added a racketeering charge --typically reserved for mob bosses -- to the accusations against state Sen. Leland Yee, already accused of corruption and conspiring to buy and sell weapons.

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usa Alaska quake knocks out some communication, does little damage

JUNEAU Alaska Reuters - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck the coast of Alaska early on Friday, shaking people awake in the capital Juneau and cutting off some communications in the southeast part of the state, officials said.

2 hours ago // New York Times

usa National Briefing Southwest: Texas: Four Accused of Bribe Scheme

A longtime Dallas County commissioner has been charged with accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting for projects proposed by various companies, federal authorities said Friday.

2 hours ago // Wall Street Journal

usa Goldman Faces Record Payout in Mortgage Suit

Goldman Sachs has held talks to resolve an FHFA lawsuit over crisis-era mortgage securities and a deal could cost the firm in the range of $800 million to $1.25 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

2 hours ago // New York Times

usa National Briefing Washington: Guantnamo Defendant Gets Own Trial

A military judge has ruled that one of five prisoners at the Guantnamo Bay naval base charged in the Sept. 11 attack should be tried separately from his co-defendants.

3 hours ago // New York Times

usa National Briefing South: Florida: Restrictions on Doctors Upheld

A federal appeals court upheld a 2011 law that prohibits doctors from asking patients about gun ownership or recording that information in medical records unless it was medically necessary.

3 hours ago // Los Angeles Times

usa Colorado woman's quest for jihad baffles neighbors

To those who knew her, Shannon Maureen Conley was a bright teenager lost in middle-class suburbia who went searching for love and purpose.

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usa Former Bay Area schoolteacher sentenced for having child porn videos

A former Fremont resident and Bay Area schoolteacher was sentenced to over 8 years in prison for having videos depicting child pornography on his computer, authorities said.

3 hours ago // New York Times

usa National Briefing Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania: Carjacker Kills 3 Children

The carjackers lost control of an S.U.V. and plowed across a busy street corner on Friday morning in north Philadelphia, the police said.

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usa Giants-Dodgers: An N.L. West tug of war

A look at how the Giants and Dodgers have stacked up in the N.L. West over the course of the season.

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usa Former WWE champ Daniel Bryan catches suspected burglar

A former WWE champion known as Daniel Bryan chased two burglary suspects he saw exiting his Phoenix home this week and subdued one until officers arrived, investigators said.

3 hours ago // New York Times

usa Ex-Chief of C.I.A. to Respond to Report on Detention Unit

George J. Tenet, the former C.I.A. director, has been quietly engineering a counterattack against a Senate panels finding that officials misled Congress about an interrogation program.

3 hours ago // New York Times

usa Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Shapes Response to Detention Report

George J. Tenet, the former C.I.A. director, has been quietly engineering a counterattack against a Senate panels finding that officials misled Congress about an interrogation program.