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Study seeks link between swine flu shot, narcolepsy

WASHINGTON (AP) — One vaccine used in Europe during the 2009 swine flu pandemic was linked to rare cases of a baffling side effect — the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Now new research offers a clue to what happened. The vaccine Pandemrix never was used in the United States, and was pulled off the market abroad, […]

Marlins complete sweep of S.F.

MIAMI — For the San Francisco Giants, Matt Cain’s season debut provided a welcome boost on Thursday, even in defeat. The three-time All-Star allowed five runs in five innings and lost 5-4 to Jose Fernandez — another comeback kid — and the Miami Marlins, who completed a three-game sweep. Cain, sidelined last July by an elbow […]

Kazmir cruises as Oakland shuts down Seattle

OAKLAND — Scott Kazmir pitched eight sparkling innings, Marcus Semien homered for the first time in nearly two months, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners, 4-0, on Thursday night. Josh Phegley had a two-run single and Mark Canha added an RBI triple for the A’s, who ended a five-game losing streak against the […]

U.S. women get set for Japan

Bring it on. That’s how the U.S. women’s soccer team reacted Wednesday night to learning that Japan would be the opponent in the World Cup final. The Americans beat Germany, 2-0, on Tuesday to reach the championship game. Japan defeated England, 2-1, on a late own goal. The rematch of the 2011 final won by […]

Attack on UN convoy in north Mali kills 6 workers, wounds 5

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Six United Nations peacekeepers were killed and five wounded in an attack on their convoy in north Mali near Timbuktu, the U.N. Mali mission said Thursday. The convoy was attacked in the morning about 45 kilometers (27 miles) south of Timbuktu while patrolling on the road between Goundam and Timbuktu, the […]

Trade schools have to find grads jobs, or lose financial aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Exotic dancers hired as admissions counselors. Recruiters told to seek out “impatient” individuals who have “few people in their lives who care about them.” Military personnel still recovering from brain damage told to sign on the dotted line. In the two decades since trade schools started popping up on U.S. stock exchanges […]

Court hearing set on evidence in Berkeley balcony collapse

BERKELEY (AP) — The construction company that built the Berkeley apartment building that was the site of a fatal balcony collapse will have to wait until next week for a hearing on whether its representatives should be present when investigators working for local prosecutors examine the wreckage. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced last […]

Dolphin leaps onto boat, injuring California woman

SANTA ANA (AP) — A dolphin leaped onto a boat in Southern California, crashing into a woman and breaking both her ankles. Chrissie Frickman was boating with her husband and two children June 21 when a pod of dolphins swam alongside them. One of the animals jumped on the vessel, knocking Frickman over and landing […]

California slips back to No. 8 economy in world

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Less than a month after edging out Brazil, California has slipped back to its ranking as the eighth-largest economy in the world based off an update of global economic data released Wednesday. According to the World Bank, Brazil’s gross domestic product now stands at more than $2.3 trillion, running slightly higher than […]

Retirees deciding whether new lifestyle will include pets

By Sue Manning LOS ANGELES (AP) — Denise and John Stevens have had pets their whole lives — then they retired. “After our last dog passed away, we decided not to get another one. We like the freedom from worrying about her,” Denise Stevens, 63, said of the Long Island, New York, couple whose Jack […]

Greece proceeds with vote plan as creditors rebuff overture

By Elena Becatoros and Menalaos Hadjicostis ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government vowed Wednesday to go ahead with plans to have the people decide whether they want more austerity measures in exchange for a rescue deal. Greece offered more concessions to its creditors, but was rebuffed — Eurozone finance ministers refused to negotiate any […]

Obama: Embassy in Havana marks ‘new chapter’ in Cuba ties

By Julie Pace WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a “new chapter” in relations after a half-century of hostility. “We don’t have to be imprisoned by the past,” Obama said from White House Rose Garden. “Americans and Cubans alike […]

US, Cuba reach agreement to open embassies

By Julie Pace WASHINGTON — The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries’ historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the agreement Wednesday at the White House. The Cuban Foreign […]

Environmentalists want California to stop offshore fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Environmentalists Tuesday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill. State regulators this month approved nine permits for operator Thums Long Beach Co. for so-called fracking operations between […]

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