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Pro sports briefs: Griffin carries Clippers over Kings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin had 37 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 114-109 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night. J.J. Redick added 23 points and Chris Paul had 17 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, who won their fifth straight and 18th […]

Royals beat Mets to get one win away from a World Series title

NEW YORK — The Kansas City Royals keep finding new ways to win this October. And now with one more victory in November, they will be World Series champions. Second baseman Daniel Murphy’s error on Eric Hosmer’s grounder in the eighth inning keyed yet another comeback for the tenacious Royals, and Kansas City startled the […]

Officials search for cause of plane crash over Egypt’s Sinai

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — A Russian passenger airliner crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous part of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula 23 minutes after taking off from a popular Red Sea resort, killing all 224 people on board, including 25 children. The cause of the crash was not known, but two major European airlines announced they […]

Growing number of lawsuits blame PG&E for destructive blaze

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A blaze in Northern California that killed two people, destroyed 475 homes and burned 110 square miles is spawning lawsuits against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for allegedly failing to clear power lines. At least four major lawsuits have been filed against PG&E and the companies it hired to clear power lines. […]

California fines water suppliers for failure to cut back

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State officials for the first time are fining California water suppliers for failing to meet a mandated 25 percent reduction in water use in the battle against a widespread drought. The $61,000 fines are being imposed on Beverly Hills, Indio, Redlands and the Coachella Valley Water District. Beverly Hills officials said […]

US stocks slip but finish month with biggest gain in four years

By Marley Jay The stock market drifted lower Friday but finished October with its biggest monthly gain in four years. U.S. government economic data released Friday and earlier this week suggests the economy is still sluggish, stuck in a pattern of gradual but uneven growth it has followed since the Great Recession. But the outlook […]

State releasing latest water figures, discussing penalties

SACRAMENTO (AP) — State officials plan to tell Californians what penalties they are taking against communities that fail to meet a mandated 25 percent reduction in water use when they announce usage figures Friday, in the state’s battle against a widespread drought. So far Californians as a whole have cut back water consumption by more […]

Patriots push Dolphins around, 36-7

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Even when they look sluggish, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots still dominate. Brady threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns — two to Julian Edelman — and the Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 36-7 on Thursday night to become the first of the NFL’s five unbeaten teams to reach seven […]

Economy slowed in third quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed sharply in the summer, reflecting a cutback in businesses’ stockpiling of goods, which offset solid consumer spending. But most economists think growth has been strengthening since the July-September quarter ended. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a […]

Pro sports briefs: Royals take a 2-0 lead on Mets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Johnny Cueto smothered the New York Mets with another big October outing. And the pesky Kansas City Royals kept fouling off Jacob deGrom’s best pitches, wearing him down with persistence and prowess. Cueto never faltered. And as deGrom wore down, the Royals pounced. Eric Hosmer hit a tiebreaking, two-run single […]

UC aims to cut carbon footprint

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Reducing the human carbon footprint is a “moral imperative,” University of California President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday as she vowed to turn the system’s 10 campuses into a living laboratory for solutions that can be scaled up to state, national and global levels. Napolitano made the comments at a two-day climate […]

Royals win Game 1 in 14 innings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alcides Escobar started the World Series with a jolt. Five hours later, he ended the longest opener ever with a jump — into the arms of his joyous Kansas City Royals teammates. Saved by Alex Gordon’s tying home run in the ninth inning off Mets closer Jeurys Familia, the Royals won […]

Death toll reaches 339 in quake-hit areas

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Rescuers were struggling to reach quake-stricken regions in Pakistan and Afghanistan on Tuesday as officials said the combined death toll from the previous day’s earthquake rose to 339. According to Afghan and Pakistani officials, 258 people died in Pakistan and 78 in Afghanistan in the magnitude-7.5 quake, which was centered deep […]

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