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Giants beat A’s in a wild game

OAKLAND — Twelve pitchers combined to throw 385 pitches in a game that lasted 4 hours, 15 minutes — among the longest nine-inning games the Athletics and Giants have played. After a wild finish, Brandon Belt’s big swings were nearly forgotten in it all. Belt hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning, Buster […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

MLB roundup: Thome’s blast beats Tampa Bay

PHILADELPHIA — Pinch-hitter Jim Thome hit a home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies over the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-6, on Saturday after Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save in 18 chances this season. Juan Pierre and Jimmy Rollins also homered for the Phillies, helping manager Charlie […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,


June 24, 2012 | Posted in Media Post

Turkey threatens action after Syria downs jet

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Syria said Saturday it shot down a Turkish reconnaissance plane because the plane entered its airspace, insisting it was “not an attack” as both sides desperately tried to de-escalate the episode before it exploded into a regional conflagration. Turkey threatened to retaliate but did not say what action it would take […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Rice farmers help migratory birds

WILLIAMS (AP) — The rust-orange head of an American avocet darted back and forth watching for predators, its black-and-white feathered body plopped atop a nest of four speckled eggs that lay on an earthen levee in a California rice paddy. “It’s a full clutch of four eggs,” said Monica Iglecia, a shorebird biologist with Audubon […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

California voters narrowly reject new tobacco tax

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A California initiative to increase the tax on tobacco to pay for cancer research has failed by less than a percentage point after remaining too close to call for more than two weeks. With about 5 million votes cast, “no” on Proposition 29 led by about 27,000 votes with about 105,000 left […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Save Mart, workers struggle to reach new contract

SACRAMENTO — Save Mart Supermarkets and its union workers are struggling to agree on a new contract, and the standoff could lead to a strike. The Sacramento Bee reports the Modesto-based supermarket chain has given its employees its “last, best and final” contract offer. The chain includes a Davis store in Anderson Plaza at Covell […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Mount Rainier ranger killed in climbers’ rescue

LONGMIRE, Wash. (AP) — A Mount Rainier ranger slid more than 3,000 feet to his death as he helped in efforts to rescue four injured climbers who fell on a glacier, a National Park Service spokesman said. Ranger Nick Hall was helping prepare the climbers to be taken from the 14,411-foot Washington state peak when […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

The King has his crown

MIAMI — LeBron James has found it all since taking his talents to Miami. Add NBA champion to the list. Best player in the game, best team in the league. “Happiest day of my life,” he said. James had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, and got the kind of help that was worth […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Cespedes’ blast gives A’s a sweep in L.A.

OAKLAND — His tender left hand and sore left hamstring both on ice after a big day, Yoenis Cespedes shared how he reminded himself to keep the celebration to a minimum. Just a standard jump for joy at home plate, nothing fancy that could lead to further injuries. “No chance,” he said with a smile, […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

California’s budget deal cuts welfare, health care

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California will close its projected $15.7 billion budget deficit by restructuring the state’s welfare program, streamlining health insurance for low-income children, and reducing child care coverage and college aid, as part of a deal Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders announced Thursday. The governor and lawmakers provided only broad outlines of the […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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 ,

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