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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 ,

UN observers in Syria suspend patrols

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. observers suspended their patrols in Syria on Saturday due to a recent spike in violence, the strongest sign yet that an international peace plan was unraveling despite months of diplomatic efforts to prevent the country from plunging into civil war. The U.N. observers have been the only working part of a […]

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

Egypt votes for president to succeed Mubarak

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians on Saturday voted to choose between a conservative Islamist and Hosni Mubarak’s ex-prime minister in a presidential runoff once billed as the country’s long-awaited shift to democracy but now clouded by pessimism over the future. Whoever wins after two days of voting, Egypt’s military rulers will remain ultimately at the helm, […]

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

Stage collapses before Radiohead concert; 1 dead

TORONTO (AP) — A massive stage collapse hours before a Radiohead concert was to begin Saturday left one person dead and three others injured, officials said. Emergency Medical Services deputy commander David Viljakainen said a man who was trapped under the rubble was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials said he was in his mid-30s. […]

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

MLB roundup: Yankees top Nationals in 14 innings

WASHINGTON — Mark Teixeira hit a two-run double in the 14th inning Saturday and the New York Yankees beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 for their eighth consecutive victory. Teixeira’s drive to the right-field corner off Brad Lidge (0-1) brought home Jayson Nix and Derek Jeter in the longest game by innings for either team this […]

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

People in the news: Suu Kyi finally gets Nobel

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared Saturday that the Nobel Peace Prize she won while under house arrest 21 years ago helped to shatter her sense of isolation and ensured that the world would demand democracy in her military-controlled homeland. Suu Kyi received two standing ovations inside Oslo’s city hall as she gave her long-delayed acceptance […]

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

New law to keep booze flowing for Democratic convention

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Adding a twist to blue laws in an increasingly red state, North Carolina’s Republican-led legislature is toasting a measure intended to keep the booze flowing at the Democratic National Convention. President Barack Obama and other Democratic Party headliners are set to be in Charlotte for the nominating soirée held every four […]

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

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