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California feels wildfire season from north to south

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) — Hot, dry California is beginning to feel the full brunt of fire season as blazes burned throughout the state, threatening hundreds of homes, although most areas dodged serious destruction. As firefighters knocked down dozens of small brush fires from north to south, a fleet of helicopters took on what was […]

66 surfers hang 10 at once

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) — Sixty-six surfers have set a world record for most people riding a board at once. Surf champions and local heroes were among those who hung loose on a custom built, 42-foot board off Huntington Beach on Saturday. The Orange County Register reports the 66 surfers rode a wave for 12 seconds. […]

Giants get another win against Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Maxwell and Brandon Belt hit two-run homers and the San Francisco Giants trimmed the Dodgers’ NL West lead to a half-game with a 6-2 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday. Tim Hudson pitched six-hit ball into the seventh inning and got a key single for the Giants, who have won […]

Four runs plenty for A’s Hahn to beat Angels

OAKLAND (AP) — Jesse Hahn’s hopes of closing out the eighth inning ended when he walked Angels slugger Mike Trout on six pitches. It was about the only thing the Oakland right-hander didn’t finish — a much-needed break for the Athletics’ weary bullpen. Hahn pitched into the eighth inning for his third consecutive win, Josh […]

Medicare: House calls can help frail seniors and cut costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — An X-ray in the living room. A rapid blood test. A peek into pill bottles and refrigerators. The humble house call can accomplish a lot — and now research suggests that tailoring it to some of Medicare’s frailest patients can improve their care while cutting costs. Medicare announced Thursday that it saved […]

California farmers told to stop irrigating seek court order

FRESNO (AP) — Some California farmers say they face financial ruin under orders to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops this summer amid the state’s relentless drought, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. The Banta-Carbona Irrigation District in Tracy wants a judge to suspend the curtailment order issued by the state Water Resources […]

Obama unleashes frustration over political gridlock

By Nedra Pickler BEVERLY HILLS (AP) — President Barack Obama is unleashing his frustration over perpetual political gridlock and his own inability to bring the change to Washington that he campaigned on, as he hit the California fundraising circuit to raise money for fellow Democrats despite their rejection of his trade agenda. Obama’s dark mood […]

San Francisco shuts out Mariners in Seattle

SEATTLE — Ryan Vogelsong and three relievers combined on a five-hitter to give San Francisco its major league-leading 11th shutout, a 7-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night. Vogelsong (5-5), allowed three singles over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two as the offensively challenged Mariners were held to two runs […]

Punchless A’s fall to Padres

OAKLAND — Athletics rookie pitcher Kendall Graveman used his recent demotion to the minors as motivation to get back on track. If Oakland’s offense could do the same thing, manager Bob Melvin’s ballclub might have a chance to crawl out of the cellar in the AL West. Graveman allowed five hits and two runs over seven innings, […]

Who’s next in the drought’s blame game?

Mother Nature isn’t the only one blamed for California’s drought.

The state’s historic four-year dry spell has brought with it a flurry of finger-pointing. Now advocates, noting how California’s water shortage ranks as the top public concern, are invoking the drought to bolster their own causes.

Animal rights activists, environmentalists and opponents of immigration and federal wildlife protections are among …

California home sales rise; median price tops $400,000

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — California home sales continued their year-over-year rise last month as the state recovers from its housing slump. The median price of homes hit $401,000 statewide and $650,000 in the San Francisco Bay Area, a real estate research firm reported Thursday. There were 40,612 homes and condos sold in California in May, […]

Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change

VATICAN CITY — (AP) Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, as his much-awaited papal encyclical blended a biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for swift and unified global action. The vision that Francis outlined in […]

Mass held for victims of Berkeley balcony tragedy

BERKELEY (AP) — Hundreds attended a Mass for victims of a deadly Berkeley balcony collapse, with the Catholic priest calling on people to offer support for the families of the six young people killed and the seven injured. Father Aidan McAleenan said Wednesday evening at Oakland’s Cathedral that family members right now are focused on […]

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