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Cut cables disrupt NorCal phones, Internet

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Internet and phone services have been disrupted in some areas of Northern California after three major fiber optic cables were cut. The FBI says vandalism early Tuesday at an Alameda County site caused outages reported along the Interstate 80 corridor from the San Francisco Bay Area through Sacramento to Auburn in the […]

U.S. upends Germany for a spot in the Cup final

MONTREAL — Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany, 2-0, on Tuesday to advance to the title match at the Women’s World Cup. Lloyd’s penalty kick in the 69th minute went into the right side of the goal less than 10 minutes after Celia […]

UC sued over sexual assault claims

By Paul Elias OAKLAND (AP) — Three current and former UC Berkeley students sued the school on Monday, accusing administrators of not doing enough to investigate their sexual assault claims and hand out punishment. The three women said the administrators mishandled their claims, failed to keep them informed about the disciplinary process, and handed out inadequate […]

Paid sick leave, lead ammo, smartphones affected by new laws

By Don Thompson SACRAMENTO (AP) — More than 6 million workers are expected to benefit from a new law taking effect Wednesday that requires California employers to provide them at least three paid sick days a year. The measure applies to most employees who work at least 30 days a year. The workers will earn […]

California lawmakers applaud decision in redistricting case

By Kevin Freking WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of California’s congressional delegation on Monday applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the use of independent commissions to configure electoral districts. Now, some lawmakers want to help spread the concept to other states. In 2008, California voters approved giving the once-a-decade responsibility for drawing political districts to […]

Balk call is key as Kansas City edges Oakland

OAKLAND — Long after his afternoon was over, Scott Kazmir was still unsure why he was called for a balk in the third inning. It turned out to be a pivotal moment in the Oakland Athletics’ 3-2 loss to the best team in the American League, and Kazmir couldn’t understand why — even after talking […]

Most evacuations lifted as wildfire slows

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) — Most evacuations were lifted Saturday near a Southern California wildfire that threatened more than 7,000 buildings as firefighters caught a break in the weather and redoubled efforts to surround it. At the same time, impending thunderstorms carried the threat of lightning and gusty winds that could spark new fires in the […]

Giants rally past Rockies

SAN FRANCISCO — Andrew Susac usually takes a back seat to Buster Posey. For at least one day, they shared the spotlight. Posey drove in two runs, and Susac had a three-run double in the seventh inning to rally the San Francisco Giants to a 7-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. The Rockies […]

Career criminal law struck down

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court today struck down part of a federal law that is intended keep people convicted of repeated violent crimes in prison longer. The justices ruled that a catch-all phrase in the Armed Career Criminal Act defining what crimes make a defendant eligible for a longer prison term is too vague. The […]

Giants/A’s roundup: Giants pound Padres, 13-8

SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Belt found another gear on the bases, and compared himself to a long-legged jungle animal. The speedy Giants hit four triples in a game for the first time in 55 years, including a pair by Belt in a 13-8 win over the San Diego Padres on Thursday. “When I can sniff […]

Vaccine bill clears major legislative hurdle

By Julia Horowitz SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s Assembly on Thursday approved a hotly contested bill requiring that nearly all public schoolchildren be vaccinated, clearing one of its last major legislative obstacles before the measure heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill aims to increase immunization rates after a measles outbreak linked to Disneyland in […]

High court upholds health-care subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on […]

Marathon bomber breaks silence to apologize

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke his silence on the death and devastation he caused two years ago with words that were not a political tirade or a justification. He apologized to his victims and their families at his formal sentencing Wednesday in federal court. “I am sorry for the lives that […]

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