China sentences activist’s nephew to 3 years in jail

A Chinese court sentenced the nephew of legal activist Chen Guangcheng to more than three years in jail for assault…

Microsoft Pro Surface: $899

Microsoft’s Surface tablet running a full version of Windows 8 Pro will start selling in January for $899 and up…

China output of Japanese vehicles tumbles

Chinese vehicle production from Toyota and other major Japanese automakers tumbled in October amid a territorial dispute between the two Asian powers…

Two tickets strike gold in record US lottery prize

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Two ticket holders will share the highest Powerball jackpot ever, and the second-largest top prize in U.S. lottery history…

Taiwan media deal sparks anti-China protests

Asian media mogul Jimmy Lai’s sale of his Taiwan holdings to a Taiwanese group that includes an outspoken, pro-China businessman has sparked protests in Taipei…

Yao Ming receives honorary degree in Hong Kong

Yao Ming can now add the title of ‘doctor’ to his long list of accomplishments after the former NBA star was awarded an honorary degree at Hong Kong University…

Shanghai stock index: 45-month low

Stock prices in Shanghai continued to slide after Tuesday’s close below 2,000 points, and the Shanghai Composite Index continued its downward trend…

Three San Jose residents killed in Highway 152 crash

Three San Jose residents were killed in a crash involving a big-rig on state Highway 152 in Madera County Tuesday morning…

Chinese immigrant found guilty in Vegas karaoke bar slaying case

A jury in Las Vegas is considering the death penalty for a 25-year-old Chinese immigrant found guilty of stabbing a man to death in a crowded karaoke bar…

US declines to label China as currency manipulator

The Obama administration declined Tuesday to label China a currency manipulator, noting that it has let the yuan rise nearly 10 percent in value…

Robbers flee after shootout in San Jose jewelry store

San Jose police are looking for two would-be robbers who were involved in a shootout when they tried to hold up a jewelry store…

Record Powerball jackpot up to $500M

Powerball officials say they’ve boosted the jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing to $500 million from the previously posted $425 million…

Suspect in Treasure Island standoff dies

A standoff between San Francisco police and an armed suspect on Treasure Island is over Tuesday morning after the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Fiscal cliff impact on homeowners

Unless congress acts by year end, capital gains taxes will go up for homeowners with a lot of equity in their homes. Selling now can make a big difference…

Protesters demand justice after deadly factory fire

About 15,000 Bangladeshi workers protested on Monday over safety conditions, after a garment factory fire on Saturday killed 112 people who were trapped inside…

Attempt to save dog causes family tragedy

The 16-year-old boy went after the dog, prompting his father to attempt a rescue. The teenager was able to get out of the waves but then went back into the water…

Online shopping surges in US holiday season

Americans were expected to spend $1.5 billion, up 20 percent from last year on Cyber Monday, as retailers have expanded their deals to get shoppers to click on their websites…

China insurer attacks story on Wen family fortune

A New York Times investigation showing that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s family made a fortune from investing in Ping An Insurance after it lobbied him to waive rules…

Sierra highway car accident kills 4 inlcuding 2 children

Authorities say two children were among four people killed when a car collided with a minivan on a rural Northern California highway…

Protests greet shoppers at Wal-Marts nationwide

Wal-Mart workers and supporters marched in protest at a number of stores across America on Thursday and Friday, blasting the wages, benefits and treatment of employees…

Powerball jackpot builds to $325M for Saturday

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The jackpot for Powerball’s Saturday drawing has climbed to $325 million, the fourth-largest in the game’s history…

Cash-strapped USPS tests same-day delivery

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service is moving aggressively this holiday season to offer same-day package delivery for Internet shoppers…

Earlier Black Friday kicks off shopping season

The shoppers are coming in waves after some retailers opened their doors for Black Friday on Thanksgiving…

San Jose firefighter injured in apartment fire

A firefighter that was injured while battling a three-alarm fire in an apartment complex in San Jose fractured a vertebra in his neck and suffered a concussion Thursday night…

Mass. bargain hunter took home TV, left tot

Police say a Massachusetts man left his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son in a car while he went shopping for Black Friday bargains…

US drought worsens after weeks of improvement

A new report shows that the nation’s worst drought in decades is getting worse again, ending an encouraging five-week run of improving conditions…

Statue of Liberty, Ellis will not reopen in 2012

The National Park Service says the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will not reopen to visitors this year…

SF approves 220-square-foot apartments

The board approved the ordinance that will change the definition of an efficiency dwelling unit to include units that are as small as 220 square feet, including the bathroom and closets…

Thanksgiving weekend travelers pack roads, airports

With the Thanksgiving holiday weekend getting under way Wednesday, more travelers than last year are expected to take to the roads, rails and runways…

More Americans on food stamps

A tough economy is forcing more Americans to use food stamps to buy their Thanksgiving meal this year…