The Associated Press

Feds close slaughterhouse after abuse video

FRESNO (AP) — Federal regulators have shut down a Central California slaughterhouse after receiving undercover video showing dairy cows — some unable to walk — being repeatedly shocked and shot before being slaughtered. Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which inspects meat facilities, suspended operations Monday at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, Calif., […]

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

Huge fire burns to edge of three small towns

MANTON (AP) — Aided by a shift in wind direction, firefighters made a stand against a huge lightning-sparked wildfire burning on the edge of three small Northern California towns. The blaze, which grew to more than 25 square miles late Monday continued to threaten thousands of homes, as fearful residents sought safety miles away at […]

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

Bumgarner outduels Kershaw in Giants win

LOS ANGELES — Something had to give with two pitchers combining for 20 strikeouts and no walks. In the end, the Giants scratched out a couple of runs that held up and allowed them to regain the NL West lead by a half-game. Madison Bumgarner scattered four hits over eight scoreless innings, Pablo Sandoval drove […]

August 21, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

United flight has engine ‘issue,’ lands safely

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a United Airlines flight has landed safely at Newark after taking off from the airport for Berlin then returning when something apparently went wrong with the engine. Airline spokesman Joe Micucci said the Boeing 757 “experienced a mechanical issue with the engine” after takeoff from Newark Liberty International Airport […]

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

Charter schools leave special-needs kids behind

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The high cost of educating students with special needs is disproportionately falling on traditional public schools as other students increasingly opt for alternatives that aren’t always readily open to those requiring special education. The issue is particularly acute in districts where enrollment has declined due to demographic changes such as low […]

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

UK, Ecuador seek solution to deadlock over Assange

LONDON (AP) — Britain is seeking an amicable solution with Ecuador to their diplomatic standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a U.K. official insisted Saturday, as the secret-spiller prepared to make his first public statement since the Latin American nation confirmed it would offer him asylum. Assange, who took shelter in the Ecuadorian Embassy on […]

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

Tropical storm hits Mexico coast, quickly weakens

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Helene quickly weakened into a tropical depression Saturday after moving ashore on Mexico’s Gulf Coast, bringing strong rains but few reports of damage. Forecasters said Helene still posed a threat to areas where thousands of people are recovering from flooding spawned last week by Hurricane Ernesto, although the Veracruz […]

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

Watney one of many in Garcia’s rearview mirror

GREENSBORO, N.C. — No lead is ever really safe at birdie-friendly Sedgefield Country Club. The last time Sergio Garcia played here, he learned that the hard way. Garcia shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take the lead at 14-under 196 after three rounds at the Wyndham Championship. It’s a familiar spot for the Spaniard, […]

August 19, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Readying for Eid

Muslims around the world headed for home or out to the market in preparation for the Eid al-Fitr festival, the last day of the holy month of Ramadan. Depending on the appearance of the moon, the holiday will fall on Sunday or Monday this year. Mideast Israel Palestinians Eid al Fitr A Palestinian boy sells balloons Saturday in […]

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

Lightning sparks more fires in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Crews were making progress against a series of Northern California wildfires, but fire officials said lightning sparked more than a dozen new blazes late Friday and early Saturday. Most of the new fires were small, state fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said. Meanwhile, firefighters had a large fire in the Plumas National […]

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

Clashes near airport in contested Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces battled rebels near the airport in war-battered Aleppo, Syria’s state media said Friday, in the first official acknowledgment that fighting has reached the doorstep of the strategic site in the country’s largest city. In Damascus, activists reported heavy shelling and clashes in many areas, including western districts believed to have […]

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

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