The Associated Press

Retail sales up a solid 0.8 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans boosted their spending at retail businesses in July by the largest amount in five months, a surge that could help lift the economy out from its slump. Retail sales rose 0.8 percent in July from June, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. It was the largest increase since February and followed three […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Veteran officer, gunman die in Texas shootout

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — A law enforcement veteran of 19 years was making what was supposed to be a routine house call to serve an eviction notice at a property near the Texas A&M University campus. But the recipient opened fire and shots were exchanged, leaving him, the police constable and another man mortally […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Brown’s office launches climate change website

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday launched a website to document the effects of climate change and respond to those who question it, calling them climate change “denialists.” Brown’s office announced the site while he was at Lake Tahoe with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval for an annual summit focused on the health of […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Nationals enjoy highest-scoring game of year vs SF

SAN FRANCISCO — Kurt Suzuki drove in four runs, Danny Espinosa and Roger Bernadina each knocked in three and the Washington Nationals routed the San Francisco Giants 14-2 Monday night in a matchup of NL division leaders. Gio Gonzalez (15-6) tied a Nationals record for wins in a season, boosted by Washington’s highest-scoring game of […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Cowboys beat Raiders 3-0 in exhibition opener

OAKLAND — Darren McFadden needed one series to show he’s in midseason form for Oakland following a foot injury that cut his last season short. Most of the rest of the first-team offensive players for the Raiders and Dallas Cowboys need plenty of work to get back to that level. McFadden picked up where he […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Gary Nicklaus finally gets chance at Cherry Hill

AURORA, Colo. — After missing the 1990 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills because of a heart ailment, Gary Nicklaus, the son of the legendary golfer, was back Monday in Colorado as a 43-year-old competing with 311 other golfers in this year’s edition of the amateur. A small gallery that included his father and mother, Jack […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Justice Department: UT affirmative action policy legal

By Jesse J. Holland WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Monday threw its support behind the University of Texas’ use of race as a standard in its admissions policies, asking the Supreme Court not to interfere with the consideration of racial preferences in college admissions. The Justice Department, in a court brief co-signed by […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

UC argues in favor of race-conscious admissions

By Terence Chea SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California leaders weighed in on the U.S. Supreme Court case over the use of affirmative action in college admissions Monday, arguing that it’s necessary to consider race to ensure student diversity on selective campuses. UC President Mark Yudof and 10 campus chancellors filed a “friend of […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Posey leads Giants past Rockies, 9-3

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey and the San Francisco Giants’ offense broke out at home, and Matt Cain settled in and pitched like the ace of the staff. It all added up to a one-sided win over the Colorado Rockies. Posey hit a two-run homer, and Cain tossed seven solid innings in the Giants’ 9-3 […]

August 12, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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