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Check in with robots at Japanese hotel

SASEBO, Japan (AP) — From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s an automated trolley taking luggage up to the room, this hotel in southwestern Japan, aptly called Weird Hotel, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. Hideo Sawada, who runs the hotel as part of an […]

Trout’s leadoff homer sets stage for an AL win

CINCINNATI — Mike Trout flashed the skill that puts him at the front of baseball’s new generation, just moments after four of the all-time greats walked off the field. Trout became the first player in 38 years to homer leading off an All-Star Game, then became the first player to take home the Midsummer Classic’s […]

Froome takes control at Tour de France

LA PIERRE-SAINT-MARTIN, France — Over the earpiece tucked below his helmet, Chris Froome’s team sent word that his panting Tour de France rivals were struggling in the thinning air of the high Pyrenees, on the first skyward climb of this year’s race. Clearly, they were having a bad day. So Froome decided to make it […]

Negotiators hammer out Iran deal

VIENNA (AP) — After long, fractious negotiations, world powers and Iran struck a historic deal Tuesday to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions — an agreement aimed at averting the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Middle East. The accord […]

Twin-tunnel plan reduces habitat restoration

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest version of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant tunnels ferrying water across California locks in just 15,600 acres for habitat restoration, one-sixth of that committed under Brown’s original tunnels proposal, state officials confirmed Monday. Spokeswoman Nancy Vogel of the Natural Resources Agency said Monday that the state’s […]

U.S. ties Panama to end Gold Cup group play

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The sluggish play. The porous back line. The inability to finish off good chances. None of the defects that slowed the United States during group play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup has swayed the opinion of Panama coach Hernan Gomez, who still believes the defending champions are the favorites in the […]

Hometown hero wins Home Run Derby

CINCINNATI — “The Toddfather” has a new title. Todd Frazier — Little League World Series star, Frank Sinatra aficionado — is baseball’s new King of Swing. The Jersey boy who never seems to get rattled waited until his very last swing — three times, no less — to win the All-Star Home Run Derby in […]

Pro baseball roundup: A’s edge Indians with late runs

CLEVELAND — Billy Butler’s two-run double with the bases loaded broke a tie in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians, 5-4, on Saturday night. With two outs, Butler lined an 0-1 pitch from Bryan Shaw over first base to snap a 2-all tie. Right fielder Brandon Moss’ throwing error allowed […]

Bombing hits Italian consulate in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — A car bomb ripped into the Italian Consulate in Cairo early Saturday, destroying a section of the historic building in a powerful blast that killed one Egyptian and marked the most significant attack yet on foreign interests as militants target the country’s security forces. A group calling itself The Islamic State in […]

Williams wins Wimbledon for the sixth time

LONDON — When her opponent’s final shot sailed out, Serena Williams wasn’t sure whether the match was over or not. It took a few seconds before the realization sunk in — not only had she won her sixth Wimbledon title, but her bid for another “Serena Slam” was complete. Williams overcame a slow start, eight […]

Vuillermoz takes Tour stage while Froome solidifies overall lead

MUR DE BRETAGNE, France — Vincenzo Nibali is making a patchy start to the defense of his Tour de France title, and if Saturday’s eighth stage is anything to go by it may not get much better in the mountains. Nibali lost another 10 seconds to race leader Chris Froome, the 2013 champion, on the […]

Sandwich generation worried about own long-term care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Caught between kids and aging parents, the sandwich generation worries more than most Americans their age about how they’ll afford their own care as they grow older, a new poll shows. But most aren’t doing much to get ready. Nearly 1 in 10 people age 40 and over are “sandwiched” — they’re […]

Berryessa Snow Mountain gets federal protection

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mammoth bones, prehistoric rock carvings and more than a million acres of wilderness will be protected as part of three new national monuments that President Barack Obama is creating in California, Nevada and Texas.

The presidential move, announced by the White House early Friday, brings to 19 the number of monuments that Obama has created or expanded since taking office. Environmental advocates hailed the new monuments as bringing sorely needed protection to natural American treasures, even as Republicans in Congress were pursuing legislation to stop the president.

Tourists and nature lovers in California will see more …

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