The Associated Press

US economic growth slowed to 1.5 pct. rate in Q2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.5 percent from April through June, as Americans cut back sharply on spending. The slowdown in growth adds to worries that the economy could be stalling three years after the recession ended. The Commerce Department also said Friday that the economy grew […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

$2B in California taxpayer money in special funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) — More than $2 billion in California taxpayer money has apparently been stashed in hundreds of special funds unaccounted for by the state Department of Finance, a newspaper reported on Friday. An examination of more than 500 special fund accounts, like the $54 million discrepancy in state parks money, showed a $2.3 billion […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Loss to Jays doesn’t dampen A’s spirit

TORONTO — The Oakland Athletics are too loose a team to fret about the end of a lengthy spell of success. Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Kelly Johnson added a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays ended Oakland’s seven-game winning streak with a 10-4 victory Thursday. “There’s not much you can do at […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Smaller Prius is gas stingy

By Ann M. Job Not counting plug-in cars, the 2012 Toyota Prius c is the most gasoline-stingy auto on the U.S. market, with a combined city/highway rating of 50 miles a gallon, according to the federal government. Better yet, the starting retail price of $19,710 means the Prius c has the second-lowest base price of […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Murder charge for politician’s wife

BEIJING (AP) — Prosecutors have charged the wife of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai and a family aide with the murder of a British businessman, the government said today, pushing ahead a case at the center of a messy political scandal that unsettled China’s leadership ahead of a delicate power transition. The state-run Xinhua News […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Foreclosure data show California is still struggling

IRVINE (AP) — California is still dominating the foreclosure scene. California cities made up seven of the top 10 metropolitan areas with the highest rates of new foreclosures in the first six months of this year, according to data released today by RealtyTrac, which tracks foreclosure properties. That’s unchanged from the same time last year. […]

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

Blue Jays no match for red-hot A’s

TORONTO — The American League’s lowest scoring offense didn’t just break out on Wednesday, it unloaded. Coco Crisp hit two home runs and Yoenis Cespedes had a pair of RBI doubles, leading A.J. Griffin and the Oakland Athletics over the Toronto Blue Jays 16-0 for their season-high seventh straight win. “My guess is after (Wednesday) […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Lincecum loses again as Pads beat S.F.

SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum covered his face with his glove, paced around the mound in frustration and took a seat on the San Francisco Giants bench for good before the fifth inning even ended. Indeed, that painful look for the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner is not gone yet. The Freak is still […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

U.S. women open Olympics with soccer win

GLASGOW, Scotland — Twice, Hope Solo stretched to her left to stop the ball. Twice, she couldn’t quite reach it. Bang! Boom! Two quick shots, and the U.S. women’s soccer team had an early hole at the start of the quest for a third consecutive Olympic gold medal. Fortunately for the Americans, they have firepower […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

UC Berkeley to offer free online courses this fall

BERKELEY (AP) — UC Berkeley will start offering free online courses through a nonprofit initiative launched by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Officials say UC Berkeley courses on artificial intelligence and software engineering will be available on the website www.edx.com, which was formed in May. The two Berkeley courses brings to seven […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Crawford comes through for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Crawford singled home the winning run in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres, 3-2, Tuesday night, their ninth victory in 11 games since the All-Star break. Brandon Belt walked to open the ninth and Angel Pagan singled. Both runners moved up on a wild […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

MLB roundup: Cardinals crush Kershaw, Dodgers

ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright’s first two RBIs of the season helped knock out Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the sixth inning in a game that began in 103-degree heat as the St. Louis Cardinals ended Los Angeles’ five-game winning streak with an 8-2 victory on Tuesday. Wainwright (8-10) allowed two runs and seven hits […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

A’s make it six straight wins

TORONTO — After striking out in each of his first three at-bats, Yoenis Cespedes came to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh and promptly delivered a big hit. That’s the way things are going right now for the streaking Oakland Athletics. Cespedes broke open a close game with a three-run single and […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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