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Detour gives Arizona city a boost

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Yvonne Peach was up late posting a new special on the website for her historic Yuma hotel. The deal — $159 for two nights at the Historic Coronado Motor Hotel plus a $25 dinner gift card — was aimed at the steady stream of drivers passing through the desert city to […]

Greece clears final reform hurdle before new bailout talks

By Nicholas Paphitis and Menelaos Hadjicostis ATHENS (AP) — Greece’s radical left-led government survived another revolt by rebels in the early hours of Thursday, passing reforms that should pave the way for the imminent start of bailout discussions with European creditors. The reforms to the judiciary and banking systems were the final hurdle the country […]

Regulators say first water case aided by detailed records

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s vast network of reservoirs, canals and rivers is among the world’s most engineered water systems, but it is tough to prove when water is illegally siphoned because of sparse metering, infrequent reporting and a complex web of tens of thousands of water rights. Now, water regulators are proposing their first prosecution […]

Wire briefs: San Francisco powers past Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Brandon Belt hit a tying solo home run in the sixth inning and Buster Posey hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 7-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. Matt Cain pitched six strong innings in his fourth start of […]

Jamaica smokes U.S. in Gold Cup semis

ATLANTA — The United States had everything on its side. History. A raucous home crowd. And, supposedly, the better team. None of it prevented Jamaica from handing the Americans their biggest upset defeat. The Reggae Boyz stunned the U.S. with a pair of first-half goals, one off a blunder by goalkeeper Brad Guzan, and held […]

Chihuahuas cruise past Cats

WEST SACRAMENTO — While more than 7,000 Sacramento fans took the day off from their office jobs, the River Cats found themselves having one of those days as they dropped their matinee contest with the El Paso Chihuahuas, 15-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Raley Field. The Cats fell to 43-55 and remain in last place […]

Higher minimum-wage proposals gain ground on both coasts

By Lisa Leff and David Klepper SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state’s 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees. […]

Los Angeles County takes step toward $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County is crafting a law to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years, with supporters arguing it will help lift the working poor into the middle class and opponents warning businesses will have to cut back, move out or close down. With Tuesday’s […]

Washed-out I-10 bridge to reopen Friday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The main route connecting Los Angeles and Phoenix, which was closed when a surge of floodwater damaged several bridges spanning small desert gullies, is set to partially reopen Friday — far sooner than officials first estimated. The California Department of Transportation had expected repairs on Interstate 10 to take weeks but announced Tuesday […]

All-around great Giants performance

SAN DIEGO — Rookie Chris Heston took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Hector Sanchez hit an impressive grand slam for one of three San Francisco Giants home runs in a 9-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. Heston, who no-hit the New York Mets on June 9, allowed one hit […]

Blue Jays power past Oakland

OAKLAND — Russell Martin, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion homered to power the Toronto Blue Jays past the Oakland Athletics, 7-1, on Tuesday night. Martin hit a three-run shot to chase former Blue Jays right-hander Kendall Graveman (6-6) in the sixth. Bautista and Encarnacion each connected for a solo shot. Mark Buehrle (11-5) allowed one […]

Giants drop opener in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer to help the San Diego Padres beat the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, 4-2, on Monday night and extend their winning streak to a season-high five games. Kemp’s 409-foot drive off 40-year-old Tim Hudson into the sandy play area beyond the right-center fence in the […]

Johnson holds off Spieth to take British Open

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Zach Johnson cradled the silver claret jug in his arms. Jordan Spieth let it slip through his fingers. Spieth was right where he wanted to be in his spirited bid for the Grand Slam — tied for the lead with two holes to go in the British Open, right after making […]

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