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Olympic roundup: U.S. swimmers get back swagger

There was backstroke dominance for the United States and another impressive French performance during another wild night at the Olympic pool. American teenager Missy Franklin won the women’s 100-meter backstroke before Matt Grevers led a 1-2 finish for the U.S. in the same men’s race. Franklin, a 17-year-old from Colorado and the best hope for […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

A Death Valley drive with the click of a mouse

By Tracie Cone FRESNO — Imagine being the only driver on a two-lane asphalt highway as the stark desolation of Death Valley National Park passes on each side and the crystal blue sky stretches up from the horizon. Or picture a tight left turn on Yosemite’s Glacier Point Road where in the east iconic Half […]

July 29, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Cespedes and Carter crush as A’s cruise

BALTIMORE — The Oakland Athletics knew they had the potential to be one of the best teams in the majors. They’re now putting that talent on full display, and the results have thrust the surging A’s to the brink of the best July in franchise history. Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Carter hit two-run homers to […]

July 29, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Loss to L.A. cuts Giants lead to one

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants are facing a different Los Angeles Dodgers team this time around. The results have been different, too. Matt Kemp homered among his four hits and drove in four runs, Chad Billingsley took a two-hitter into the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Giants, 10-0, on […]

July 29, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Olympic roundup: Lochte’s win over Phelps highlights first full day

LONDON — Ryan Lochte won the 400-meter individual medley, China collected a couple of gold medals and Australia set an Olympic record while winning the women’s 400-meter freestyle relay. Oh, and Michael Phelps went without a medal in an Olympic race for the first time since 2000. It was quite the opening night at the pool. […]

July 29, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

US economic growth slowed to 1.5 pct. rate in Q2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.5 percent from April through June, as Americans cut back sharply on spending. The slowdown in growth adds to worries that the economy could be stalling three years after the recession ended. The Commerce Department also said Friday that the economy grew […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

$2B in California taxpayer money in special funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) — More than $2 billion in California taxpayer money has apparently been stashed in hundreds of special funds unaccounted for by the state Department of Finance, a newspaper reported on Friday. An examination of more than 500 special fund accounts, like the $54 million discrepancy in state parks money, showed a $2.3 billion […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Loss to Jays doesn’t dampen A’s spirit

TORONTO — The Oakland Athletics are too loose a team to fret about the end of a lengthy spell of success. Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Kelly Johnson added a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays ended Oakland’s seven-game winning streak with a 10-4 victory Thursday. “There’s not much you can do at […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Smaller Prius is gas stingy

By Ann M. Job Not counting plug-in cars, the 2012 Toyota Prius c is the most gasoline-stingy auto on the U.S. market, with a combined city/highway rating of 50 miles a gallon, according to the federal government. Better yet, the starting retail price of $19,710 means the Prius c has the second-lowest base price of […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Murder charge for politician’s wife

BEIJING (AP) — Prosecutors have charged the wife of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai and a family aide with the murder of a British businessman, the government said today, pushing ahead a case at the center of a messy political scandal that unsettled China’s leadership ahead of a delicate power transition. The state-run Xinhua News […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Foreclosure data show California is still struggling

IRVINE (AP) — California is still dominating the foreclosure scene. California cities made up seven of the top 10 metropolitan areas with the highest rates of new foreclosures in the first six months of this year, according to data released today by RealtyTrac, which tracks foreclosure properties. That’s unchanged from the same time last year. […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Blue Jays no match for red-hot A’s

TORONTO — The American League’s lowest scoring offense didn’t just break out on Wednesday, it unloaded. Coco Crisp hit two home runs and Yoenis Cespedes had a pair of RBI doubles, leading A.J. Griffin and the Oakland Athletics over the Toronto Blue Jays 16-0 for their season-high seventh straight win. “My guess is after (Wednesday) […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Lincecum loses again as Pads beat S.F.

SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum covered his face with his glove, paced around the mound in frustration and took a seat on the San Francisco Giants bench for good before the fifth inning even ended. Indeed, that painful look for the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner is not gone yet. The Freak is still […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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