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Two Tibetans set themselves on fire in west China

BEIJING (AP) — Two young Tibetans, a herder and a migrant carpenter, set themselves on fire and hold up Tibetan flags as the flames engulf them before they stumble and fall on a street in western China, in a graphic video of their immolations released Thursday. One of the two men who self-immolated Wednesday in […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Proposals to raise taxes qualify for ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California voters will get a chance to vote on competing proposals that would raise taxes as the state struggles with its budget deficit. An initiative backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to raise the state sales and income taxes for some California residents and a rival initiative that would raise income taxes on […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Fire torches S.F. building planned for America’s Cup

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco firefighters were cleaning up debris and gathering their equipment late Wednesday after battling a four-alarm fire in a building along the city’s waterfront that’s part of an area planned to host next year’s America’s Cup yacht race. The building on Pier 29 was vacant, but there were some cars […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Angels’ Weaver blanks Giants

LOS ANGELES — Jered Weaver pitched six innings of two-hit ball in his return from the disabled list and the Los Angeles Angels beat the San Francisco Giants 6-0 on Wednesday night, handing Ryan Vogelsong his first loss in almost seven weeks. Alberto Callaspo homered against Vogelsong and teammates Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo greeted […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

A’s Milone makes short work of L.A.

OAKLAND — Tommy Milone pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game, Yoenis Cespedes had two hits and an RBI in his return to the Oakland lineup and the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-1, on Wednesday for their seventh win in eight games. Cespedes scored Oakland’s first run after a double and […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Gunman takes hostages in bank

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — A gunman who authorities say had past psychiatric problems took four people hostage Wednesday in a bank in the southern French city of Toulouse, claiming he was acting for religious reasons. The incident plunged this city in fear for the second time in recent months. Tensions have been high in Toulouse […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

McCarthy is impressive as A’s shut out Dodgers

OAKLAND — Brandon McCarthy would much prefer to pitch on far fewer than 11 days’ rest. That made him all the more amped up once he finally got back on the mound Tuesday — so much so that he hyperventilated in the first inning. Not that it affected him. McCarthy settled down and showed no […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Angels score big, then use good defense to hold off Giants

ANAHEIM — Even after Barry Zito’s latest rough start left the Giants eight runs behind the Angels by the fourth inning, San Francisco only needed a couple of big hits to get right back in it. Those hits died in Albert Pujols’ glove at first base, and the Giants never recovered. Pujols hit a three-run […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

With James hurting, Heat finish off Thunder in Game 4

MIAMI — LeBron James could hardly stand, certainly couldn’t run. Good thing all he needed to do was shoot. Better get well fast, LeBron. You’re one win away from the biggest party of your life. A limping, grimacing James shook off left leg cramps to hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:51 remaining and the Miami […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

UC faces mounting pension costs

By Terence Chea SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The cost of pensions and retiree health benefits are soaring at the University of California, increasing pressure to raise tuition and cut academic programs at one of the nation’s leading public college systems. The 10-campus system is confronting mounting bills for employee retirement benefits even as it grapples with unprecedented cuts […]

June 19, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged , ,

S.F. teammates carry Cain to win

ANAHEIM  — When Matt Cain finally got back to work after five days of congratulations, interviews, Top Ten lists and samurai swords, he discovered perfect games come with a hangover. He still kept winning with plenty of help from his San Francisco teammates. Cain followed up his perfect game by persevering through five difficult innings, […]

June 19, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Gov. Brown, Calif. Dems differ on welfare approach

By Judy Lin SACRAMENTO — California legislators may have passed a budget but Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers continued negotiations Monday to try to resolve differences on how to approach welfare cuts. Brown wants to emphasize getting people back to work, while reducing aid for parents who aren’t meeting work requirements under CalWORKS, the […]

June 19, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Lincecum loses 6th straight, M’s beat Giants 7-4

SEATTLE — Tim Lincecum was hoping to stop the worst skid of his career when he pitched in front of family and friends during his homecoming Saturday night. It ended up being more of the same. Casper Wells and Jesus Montero greeted Lincecum with long first-inning home runs, Franklin Gutierrez’s infield single in the sixth […]

June 17, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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