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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 […]

Astros get to Gray to beat Oakland

HOUSTON — Sonny Gray was less than his usually reliable self, and the struggling Oakland Athletics couldn’t overcome it. Chris Carter and Colby Rasmus each hit two-run homers, Roberto Hernandez pitched six strong innings, and the Houston Astros beat Oakland, 6-4, on Tuesday. Gray (4-2) allowed three runs with four strikeouts in five innings, marking […]

Bill aims to crack down on community college sexual assaults

SACRAMENTO — The California Assembly has approved legislation that would allow community colleges to expel students for sexually assaulting classmates off campus. Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Carpinteria says some community colleges do not believe they can penalize students for off-campus sexual assaults. His bill also would require transfer students to disclose if they were suspended […]

California concerns grow over oilfield operations near water

By Ellen Knickmeyer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators on Monday expanded their list of thousands of state-permitted oil and gas wells where below-ground injections may be contaminating drinking-water reserves. State water officials already have acknowledged that improperly permitted oilfield operations have contaminated underground aquifers that are federally protected because they hold current or potential […]

Oakland snaps 4-game losing streak

HOUSTON (AP) — Brett Lawrie hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth, and the Oakland bullpen combined for 4 2-3 scoreless innings as the Athletics broke a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night. The loss snapped Houston’s five-game winning streak. Lawrie’s hit came off Will Harris who came […]

GOP prospects in Iowa agree to get tough with terrorists

By Thomas Beaumont and Catherine Lucey DES MOINES, Iowa — Republicans wooing Iowa’s most active party members called Saturday for a stronger presence in the world but ran the gamut in tone and just how tough to get with America’s enemies. On Armed Services Day — and a day the Obama administration reported killing a […]

Egypt’s ousted Islamist leader sentenced to death over prison break during 2011 uprising

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced the country’s first freely elected leader, ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, to death over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power. The ruling applies to another 120 people, and is the latest in a series of mass death sentences […]

US says Army commandos on overnight raid into Syria kill Islamic State’s oil operations head

BEIRUT (AP) — In a rare ground attack deep into Syria, U.S. Army commandos killed a man described as the Islamic State’s head of oil operations, captured his wife and rescued a woman whom American officials said was enslaved. A team of Delta Force commandos slipped across the border from Iraq under cover of darkness […]

For California salmon, summer of truck rides, bucket lifts

By Ellen Knickmeyer LAGUNITAS, Calif. (AP) — What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride. State and federal wildlife agencies in California are deploying what […]

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