Stanford men’s basketball team routed by Arizona State

TEMPE, Ariz. — Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said it requires perfect basketball to rally from a 37-point deficit. “And kids,” he said, “aren’t going to play perfect basketball.” But Arizona State was virtually perfect for the first 11 minutes Saturday, racing to a 30-point lead on the way to an 88-70 victory at Wells Fargo…

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Palo Alto man to be tried in San Jose on kidnapping, assault charges

After being found mentally competent in February, 21-year-old Palo Alto High School graduate Todd Burpee will stand trial on kidnapping and sexual assault charges beginning this week in Santa Clara County Superior Court. On Monday, the case was assigned to the San Jose courtroom of Judge David Cena, the district attorney’s office said. Following pretrial…

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U.S. speeding up missile defenses in Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is accelerating the deployment of new defenses against possible Iranian missile attacks in the Persian Gulf, placing special ships off the Iranian coast and anti-missile systems in at least four Arab countries, according to administration and military officials. The deployments come at a critical turning point in President Barack Obama’s…

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Behind the scenes, Democrats carry on efforts to save health reform

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s campaign to overhaul the nation’s health care system is officially on the back burner as Democrats turn to the task of stimulating job growth, but behind the scenes senior Democrats have settled on a strategy to salvage the massive legislation. They are meeting almost daily to plot legislative moves while…

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