The Associated Press

Republican convention hits crescendo

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With the Republican National Convention at last in full-throated roar, nominee Mitt Romney and his team are reaching out in all directions Wednesday to connect with key voting groups including veterans, Hispanics and women while gleefully mocking the man he is out to defeat in November. Romney himself was ducking out […]

August 29, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Isaac nears New Orleans, floods rural levee

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Isaac pushed water over a rural levee to flood some homes, knocked out power and immersed beach-front roads in Louisiana and Mississippi early Wednesday as it began a drenching slog inland from the Gulf of Mexico with a newly fortified New Orleans in its path. Wind gusts of more than […]

August 29, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Brown gets partial win in pension reforms

By Judy Lin SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced systematic reforms to California’s badly underfunded public pension system that he says will save taxpayers billions of dollars over time, but he also was unable to persuade his fellow Democrats to give him some of the fundamental changes he had sought. The reform […]

August 29, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Isaac nearly a hurricane, packs coast flood threat

CHAUVIN, La. (AP) — Isaac was on the verge of ballooning into a hurricane Tuesday that could flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its way to New Orleans, where residents hunkered down behind levees fortified after Katrina struck seven years ago this week. Shelters were open for those […]

August 28, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Watney’s win could pave the way for future success

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Nick Watney always felt the first playoff event for the FedEx Cup was the most important. A good performance in The Barclays could set up a player to reach the Tour Championship, have a mathematical chance at the $10 million bonus and qualify for all the majors next year. This turned out […]

August 28, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Braves snap Giants’ winning streak

SAN FRANCISCO — A loss at home by Madison Bumgarner is always a surprise to San Francisco. Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer and Mike Minor won for the first time in five starts as the Atlanta Braves beat the Giants, 7-3, on Saturday, ending San Francisco’s five-game winning streak. Bumgarner (14-8) allowed four runs […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies at 82

CINCINNATI (AP) — Neil Armstrong was a soft-spoken engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made “one giant leap for mankind” with a small step onto the moon. The modest man, who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter-million miles away, but credited others for the […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Firefighters making progress against blazes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Despite a daily battle with searing temperatures, gusty winds and struggling through rugged terrain, the nearly 8,000 firefighters battling a series of wildfires across California were beginning to make progress in containing the blazes, officials said Saturday. The Ponderosa Fire, burning about 25 miles southeast of Redding, was 74 percent contained […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Empire State victims hit by police gunfire

NEW YORK (AP) — All nine people injured during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were wounded by gunfire from the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence. The veteran patrolmen who opened fire on the suit-clad gunman, Jeffrey Johnson, had only an instant to react when […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Petaluma is ousted in wild LLWS game

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Brock Myers’ hit a tie-breaking double, and Goodlettsville, Tenn., gave up a 10-run lead in the bottom of the sixth before scoring nine in the seventh in a 24-16 victory Saturday over Petaluma for a berth in the Little League World Series title game. Only California’s 10-run comeback to send the […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Victory gives Oakland a series win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The first leg of the Oakland Athletics’ seven-game road trip went just fine. Brandon McCarthy pitched seven solid innings and Oakland beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2, on Saturday. Chris Carter and Seth Smith homered for the Athletics, who took two of three from Tampa Bay and moved within a half-game […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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