The Associated Press

Western states bake under extended heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Temperatures soared into triple digits across the western United States on Saturday as a continuing heat wave strained energy supplies and sent thousands to beaches, lakes and shopping malls in search of cooler climes. A large and forceful high pressure system pushed the mercury to roughly 10 degrees above normal across […]

August 12, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Greece to auction T-Bills to help repay debt

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece said Friday it will auction €3.125 billion ($3.83 billion) in short-term debt to help pay off a €3.2 billion bond repayment due on Aug.20. The Public Debt Management Agency said the auction for 13-week T-bills would be held on Aug. 14. The decision allows Greece to avoid having to seek […]

August 10, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Higher gas prices expected after refinery fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Analysts expect West Coast gas prices to rise beyond $4 a gallon after a fire knocked out a key section of one of the nation’s largest oil refineries. Meanwhile, the same U.S. Chemical Safety Board team that investigated the oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico was standing by with state […]

August 10, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Early HR is the difference in Giants loss

ST. LOUIS — Madison Bumgarner liked the pitch he threw to Carlos Beltran. So did Beltran. Beltran hit a two-run homer off Bumgarner in the first inning and that was enough for Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals in a 3-1 win Thursday over the San Francisco Giants. Bumgarner (12-7) gave up just three […]

August 10, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Olympic roundup: Sprint king Bolts to a historic gold

Usain Bolt greeted the excited crowd with a royal wave when he was introduced Thursday night. Turns out the sprint king was also waving goodbye to his competition. Bolt blew away the field in the 200-meter final, easing up as he crossed the finish line in 19.32 seconds to become the only man with two […]

August 10, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Lawmakers question special-funds practices

By Hannah Dreier SACRAMENTO — Lawmakers called Thursday for greater oversight of state accounts after expressing outrage over revelations that state park officials hid money. Assembly members used an oversight hearing as an opportunity to blast state agencies and the governor’s Department of Finance for accounting practices that led to hundreds of millions of dollars […]

August 10, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

GM CEO says old culture still hinders change

DETROIT (AP) — A frustrated but upbeat General Motors CEO told employees that he’s working to wipe out fiefdoms that remain in the company and bring its culture into the 21st Century. Chief Executive Dan Akerson told workers during a meeting Thursday that GM has made progress in shrinking its bureaucracy, but he urged them […]

August 10, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Refinery fire highlights pollution concerns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A massive Chevron oil refinery fire that sent hundreds of people rushing to hospitals and is pushing West Coast gas prices higher was just the latest pollution incident at the facility that records show has increasingly violated air quality rules over the past five years. The refinery is one of three […]

August 09, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged

Wholesale stockpiles down as sales plummet

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale companies cut back their stockpiles in June as sales fell by the most in three years. The declines in sales and inventories could signal slower growth in the coming months. Wholesale inventories dropped 0.2 percent in June, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That’s the largest drop in nine months. Sales […]

August 09, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Clashes rage in rebel bastions of Syria’s Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes between government troops and rebels raged Thursday in opposition bastions of the besieged city of Aleppo as President Bashar Assad’s key state backer Iran prepared to host a gathering of allies for talks on how to end the conflict. The regime pressed its new assault on Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and […]

August 09, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

A’s/Giants roundup: S.F. offense explodes in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Marco Scutaro hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs, leading Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants to a 15-0 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. Scutaro doubled, singled and then hit his third career slam, connecting in the ninth inning off of Mitchell Boggs. […]

August 09, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Olympic roundup: Big day for U.S. on the track

LONDON — Allyson Felix grinned as she waited for the official results to pop up on the scoreboard. She knew what was coming, and she was going to enjoy this moment. Olympic champion, at last. The American sprinter won the 200 meters at the London Games on Wednesday, sparking a strong performance for the United States […]

August 09, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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