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Dozens of deaths likely from VW pollution dodge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Volkswagen’s pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis. The software that the company admitted using to get around government emissions limits allowed VWs to spew enough pollution to […]

Ailing global economy weighs on U.S. job market

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) — A sagging global economy has finally caught up with the United States. Nervous employers pulled back on hiring in August and September as China’s economy slowed, global markets sank and foreigners bought fewer U.S. goods. Friday’s monthly jobs report from the government suggested that the U.S. economy, which […]

Study: Gut bacteria may affect babies’ risk of asthma

By Lauran Neergaard, AP medical writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Gut checks suggest that not having enough of certain “good” intestinal germs early in life may increase babies’ risk of developing asthma, according to a new study of more than 300 children. Wait: What could gut bacteria have to do with a lung disease? We share our […]

State meets water target for third month

By Scott Smith FRESNO (AP) — Californians cut water use by 27 percent in August, marking the third consecutive month that residents and businesses surpassed the 25 percent conservation goal set by Gov. Jerry Brown to deal with the relentless drought, officials said Thursday. The figures released by the State Water Resources Control Board showed […]

Shooter kills nine in Oregon rampage

By Jeff Barnard and Gosia Wozniacka ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Armed with multiple guns, a 26-year-old man walked into a morning writing class at the community college in this rural Oregon town and opened fire, hitting some students with multiple gunshots. A witness said a teacher was struck in the head. At least nine people […]

Dodgers edge Giants, 3-2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brett Anderson gave up four hits in 7 2/3 innings as the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers wrapped up their road schedule with a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Anderson (10-9) retired 14 straight batters at one stretch. Tim Hudson (8-9) allowed three runs and three hits in […]

Graffiti comes of age as elderly Portuguese try urban art

COVILHA, Portugal (AP) — Some are hard of hearing or don’t see well, others complain about stiff joints, one is 101 years old. All have become graffiti artists under a project to energize Portugal’s elderly. Learning how to paint graffiti — a form of urban art often associated with unruly adolescents — is bringing cheer and a […]

No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open — but with no assurance there won’t be yet another shutdown showdown in December. Democrats helped beleaguered House Republican leaders pass the measure by 277-151 — a lopsided vote shrouding […]

A’s/Giants: Oakland snaps Angels’ win streak

ANAHEIM (AP) — Stephen Vogt hit a tiebreaking, two-run single during Oakland’s four-run rally in the seventh inning, and the Athletics hung on to stop the Los Angeles Angels’ seven-game winning streak with an 8-7 victory on Saturday. One day after the Angels completed a two-month chase by passing Houston for the second wild-card spot, […]

U.S. airstrikes back Afghan push to retake city

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. airstrikes hit Taliban positions overnight around a key northern city seized by insurgents this week as Afghan troops massed on the ground Wednesday ahead of what is likely to be a protracted battle to retake Kunduz. But in a setback to Afghan troop efforts, the Taliban forced government troops to […]

Giants/A’s roundup: Dodgers clinch NL West in S.F.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched the big-money Dodgers to their third straight NL West title, tossing a one-hitter as Los Angeles beat the San Francisco Giants, 8-0, on Tuesday night. Kershaw allowed just a third-inning single — to Kevin Frandsen — and struck out 13, and now he’ll get a chance to erase […]

Obama and Putin: Awkward moments, few breakthroughs

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first formal meeting in more than two years started with an awkward handshake and ended without a breakthrough on Syria, a crisis that has strained their already tense relationship. On the biggest issue that divides them in Syria — the status of […]

A’s/Giants roundup: San Francisco beats L.A.

SAN FRANCISCO — Zack Greinke and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers were denied a playoff-clinching party for at least another day, losing to the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, on pinch hitter Alejandro De Aza’s 12th-inning sacrifice fly Monday night. Andre Ethier hit a tying groundout in the top of the ninth, then the rivals […]

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