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Cardinals hold off Giants in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Madison Bumgarner had a rare opportunity for a pitcher: pinch hit with two outs in the ninth inning with his team trailing by one run. But Bumgarner, whose four homers are tops among major league pitchers, did not deliver this time for the San Francisco Giants. He struck out swinging against Trevor […]

U.S. women rain goals on Costa Rica again

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Not even a thunderstorm could slow down the United States in the latest chapter of its Women’s World Cup victory tour. Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly each scored twice and the United States beat Costa Rica, 7-2, on Wednesday in the exhibition game that included an 83-minute weather delay. Abby Wambach and […]

Chavez cruises as A’s down Dodgers

OAKLAND — Jesse Chavez’s record hardly tells the story of his season and first year as a full-time starter. In a rare outing when he was rewarded with enough run support, the right-hander struck out six over eight innings to win for just the second time in six starts, and the Oakland Athletics beat the […]

NASA: Groundwater pumping has California sinking

FRESNO (AP) — Vast areas of California’s Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped during the historic drought, state officials said Wednesday, citing new research by NASA scientists. The data shows the ground is sinking nearly two inches each month in some places, putting roads, bridges […]

Governor balks at push to revive right-to-die bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers announced a second attempt at passing right-to-die legislation this year after an earlier measure stalled amid religious opposition and hesitant Democrats. The new bill allowing doctors to prescribe terminally ill patients life-ending drugs was introduced in a special legislative session on health care financing convened by Gov. Jerry Brown. The […]

Stem-cell agency priced out of San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sky high rents is forcing California’s stem cell funding agency out of San Francisco after a decade in the city. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1Nr2Qre) Tuesday that the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is moving across the bay to Oakland. The organization has been operating rent free from a 20,000-square-foot […]

Thai police issue arrest warrant for ‘foreign’ bomb suspect

By Jocelyn Gecker and Nattasuda Anusonadisai BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday for an “unidentified foreign man” shown in a security video leaving behind a backpack just minutes before a deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine, but acknowledged they’re not sure he’s from another country. Police also released a […]

Teens’ e-cigarette use linked with later smoking

By Lindsey Tanner CHICAGO (AP) — Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely than others to later smoke conventional cigarettes and other tobacco products, a study at 10 Los Angeles high schools suggests. The study doesn’t prove that electronic cigarettes are a “gateway drug” but some doctors say it bolsters arguments that the devices should […]

A’s clip Dodgers in 10 innings

OAKLAND — Billy Butler hit an RBI double in the 10th inning and the Oakland Athletics outlasted Clayton Kershaw and held on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-4, on Tuesday night. Mark Canha opened the 10th with a double off Yimi Garcia, his fourth hit of the game. Butler then lined the next pitch […]

Bumgarner’s pinch hit keys Giants win in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — The San Francisco Giants got a rally-starting at-bat from an unusual source. The bad news: No doubt Madison Bumgarner might be picking up a bat more often whenever the team needs a little kick. “Yeah, now we’ve got to hear it from him for a few days, saying how easy that was,” […]

Lawmakers renew push to pass right-to-die bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers announced Tuesday that they are making a new push to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives after opposition from religious groups and hesitance from fellow Democrats helped stall efforts earlier this year. The bill allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs was renewed by legislators in a special […]

Raiders rookie linebacker makes a good impression

NAPA — Ben Heeney’s exhibition debut went so well for the Oakland Raiders that he wanted to save his jersey as a keepsake with all the stains and sweat as memories. The only problem was that was Heeney’s only game-ready jersey so it went back to the equipment staff to get washed for the next […]

Thai police release images of Bankok bomber

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai investigators believe a man seen in security video wearing a yellow T-shirt and carrying a backpack set off the bomb at a central Bangkok shrine that killed 20 people and injured more than 100, police said Tuesday. “The yellow shirt guy is not just the suspect. He is the bomber,” police […]

Cardinals hit Heston, nip Giants

ST. LOUIS — Chris Heston didn’t give the St. Louis Cardinals much to hit. The San Francisco Giants rookie pitcher couldn’t find the strike zone. Heston walked a season-worst five in 4 2/3 innings of a 2-1 loss on Monday night and departed after 104 pitches. “I just need to get back to being aggressive […]

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