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Spieth leads at Tour Championship

ATLANTA — Jordan Spieth was so consumed with trying to make birdies and save pars on a rugged, rainy afternoon at the Tour Championship that he didn’t realize until after he signed for a 2-under 68 that he had a one-shot lead. He knows exactly what’s at stake Sunday in what was shaping up as […]

Parker’s three home runs power Giants over A’s

OAKLAND — Jarrett Parker had no words for being mentioned right along with Hall of Famer Willie Mays. The rookie became the first Giants player to have at least three homers and seven RBIs in a game since Mays did it 54 years ago, overshadowing the disappointing starts in the feel-good matchup of Tim Hudson […]

Motorist sets lighter to spider at gas station, burns pump

CENTER LINE, Mich. (AP) — A man with an apparent case of arachnophobia caused a fire at a suburban Detroit gas pump by putting a lighter to what he says was a spider near his fuel door. WJBK-TV reports Saturday that he escaped injury and his vehicle suffered little damage, but the gas pump was […]

Late slump in health care pushes stocks to weekly loss

NEW YORK (AP) — A late slump in health care stocks pushed the market to its third weekly loss this month. Stocks had traded solidly higher for most of the day, as banks, insurance companies and brokerage firms climbed after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said that the policymakers would likely raise interest rates this […]

Texts could lead to healthier hearts

CHICAGO (AP) — Txt msgs may b gud 4U. That’s the message in a study that suggests just four monthly text messages might spur health improvements for heart patients. The simple, heart-related advice led to substantial changes in blood pressure, cholesterol and physical activity levels, according to the results published in Tuesdays’ Journal of the […]

Boehner to resign at end of October

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stunning move, House Speaker John Boehner informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, giving up his top leadership post and his seat in the House in the face of hardline conservative opposition. The 13-term Ohio Republican shocked his GOP caucus early […]

Giants/A’s roundup: Padres beat S.F. in the ninth

SAN DIEGO — Pinch hitter Alexi Amarista’s RBI single in the ninth inning lifted the San Diego Padres to a 5-4 victory over San Francisco Giants on Thursday night. Derek Norris opened the inning with a double off Mike Broadway (0-2), Norris’ third extra-base of the game. Travis Jankowski ran for Norris and advanced to […]

Web users turn to ad blockers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When you visit a website, you often find yourself waiting and waiting for advertisements to load. Video starts playing automatically, and animated ads jump in front of what you were there to see. The seconds tick by. It doesn’t have to be this way. There are easy ways to block such […]

President Obama declares major disaster in California fire

MIDDLETOWN (AP) — President Barack Obama declared a major disaster Tuesday in a Northern California wildfire that has destroyed at least 1,200 homes and killed at least three people. The declaration issued for the fire that broke out in Lake County 90 miles north of San Francisco releases federal money for recovery and cleanup, including […]

Giants/A’s roundup: San Francisco wins to gain a game on L.A.

SAN DIEGO — Rookie Trevor Brown’s RBI double was his first major league hit and Angel Pagan had a two-run home run for the San Francisco Giants, who beat the San Diego Padres, 4-2, on Tuesday to pull within six games of first-place Los Angeles in the NL West. Time’s running out for the defending […]

Survey: 1 in 4 college women report unwanted sexual contact

By Julie Carr Smyth COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly a quarter of undergraduate women surveyed at more than two dozen universities say they experienced unwanted sexual contact sometime during college, according to a report released Monday. The results of the Association of American Universities Campus Climate Survey come at a time of heightened scrutiny of […]

Kentucky clerk may head back to court

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — She’s already spent five days in jail, and now a Kentucky clerk could be back in court soon for altering marriage license forms issued to same-sex couples. On Monday, lawyers for two gay couples and two straight couples questioned the validity of the new marriage licenses and asked a federal judge to […]

Phoenix freeway shooting suspect: ‘I’m the wrong guy’

PHOENIX (AP) — A landscaper arrested in a series of Phoenix freeway shootings told a judge Saturday that authorities have “the wrong guy” as investigators stood by their detective work that traced the gun to the suspect after he took it to a pawn shop. Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. was charged with counts including aggravated assault, […]

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