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Graveman gets back from the minors to lead A’s

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kendall Graveman gave the struggling Oakland Athletics a much-needed lift. Graveman gave up three hits over six innings in his return from the minors, Sam Fuld drove in two runs and the Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-0, on Saturday. Graveman (2-2), recalled from Triple-A Nashville to make the start, […]

The first self-driving vehicle you see may have 18 wheels

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Traveling about 55 miles per hour on a Nevada highway, the big rig’s driver looked like The Thinker, with his elbow on the arm rest and his hand on his chin. No hands on the steering wheel, no feet on the pedals. Mark Alvick was in “highway pilot” mode, the wheel […]

Doctor group seeks to clear confusion in cancer screening

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mammograms at 40 or 50? Every year or every other year? What’s the best colon check? Screening for cancer has gotten more complicated in recent years with evolving guidelines that sometimes conflict. Now a doctors’ group aims to ease some confusion — and encourage more discussion of testing’s pros and cons — […]

Finding cause of California oil spill could take months

By Brian Melley GOLETA — The operator of an oil pipeline that broke and spilled thousands of gallons of crude across a scenic California shoreline says it could take weeks or even months before investigators find what caused the disaster. Bad weather slowed cleanup efforts early Friday at the spill site in Santa Barbara County, […]

Tribune Publishing completes purchase of San Diego paper

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tribune Publishing Co. said Thursday that it completed its purchase of San Diego’s dominant newspaper from real estate developer Douglas Manchester for $85 million. The San Diego newspaper immediately changed its name from U-T San Diego to The San Diego Union-Tribune, as it was known from 1992 until Manchester bought it […]

Drought-ridden California faces decision on new water cuts

FRESNO (AP) — Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expected to get an answer today on their surprise offer to give up a quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory cutbacks as California responds to the worsening drought. Regulators with the state Water Resources Control […]

Bumgarner’s bat beats L.A.

SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner acknowledged that hitting a home run off Clayton Kershaw was a little out of the ordinary. Outpitching the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young winner, though, has become almost commonplace. Bumgarner homered, pitched 6 1/3 solid innings and helped the San Francisco Giants shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers for […]

UC committee OK’s tuition hikes for non-residents

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system’s governing board on Thursday. The tuition hikes endorsed by the Board of Regents included an 8 percent increase […]

Volunteers clean up thousands of gallons of oil

GOLETA (AP) — More than 6,000 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said. Up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked from the ruptured pipeline Tuesday, and […]

Water cuts move to senior rights-holders

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California farmers who hold rights to water that date as far back as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country’s most productive agricultural state. After telling cities and towns to slash use by […]

Lincecum leads Giants past Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum is pitching like his old carefree, confident self, and the San Francisco Giants are once again generating timely hits. The World Series champions are suddenly right back to their winning ways after a rough April. Buster Posey hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning through a thick mist hovering […]

Disappointed A’s lose again to Astros

HOUSTON — Expectations were high for the Oakland Athletics this year after three straight postseason appearances. But injuries and inconsistent play have left the A’s with the worst record in the major leagues at 14-28. Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer to help Dallas Keuchel win his eighth straight decision, and the Houston Astros kept rolling […]

Efforts underway to scrub spilled oil from California coast

GOLETA (AP) — Cleanup crews are preparing to fan out along a stretch of California coastline stained by crude oil that spilled from broken pipe and flowed into the ocean. Crew members from an environmental cleanup company were briefed early Wednesday and given boots, gloves, shovels and rakes. An estimated 21,000 gallons of crude flowed […]

San Francisco beats L.A.

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey drove in a run, Tim Hudson allowed five hits over 6 1/3 innings and the San Francisco Giants won their fourth straight, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-0, on Tuesday night. Joe Panik and Angel Pagan had two hits each for the Giants, who have won 11 of their past […]

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