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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 …

Southern California water district halts turf rebate program

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A program that pays homeowners and businesses to replace lawns with drought-friendly landscaping has proven so popular that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is halting new applications. The water district’s board more than quadrupled its $100 million conservation budget in late May as residents statewide tried to find ways […]

Panel hears conflicting safety assessments for Diablo Canyon

By Michael R. Blood LOS ANGELES — Environmentalists argued Thursday that government regulators have allowed California’s last operating nuclear power plant to sidestep federal rules and conceal the risk of earthquakes that could threaten its twin reactors. Officials for owner Pacific Gas and Electric Co., meanwhile, said the Diablo Canyon plant is safe and the […]

Colleges in Cuba, US build ties as diplomatic tensions ease

By Collin Binkley BOSTON — As the U.S. and Cuba mend ties, colleges in both countries are forming partnerships that once were heavily restricted. Only months after the U.S. eased travel restrictions, several colleges have struck agreements with Cuban schools to create exchange programs for students and faculty. More American colleges are planning study trips […]

US personnel chief resists calls to resign amid data hack

By Jack Gillum and Josh Lederman WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. government’s personnel office is rejecting bipartisan calls for her resignation following revelations that hackers stole the personal information of more than 21 million people on her watch. Katherine Archuleta, director of the federal Office of Personnel Management, said she has no plans […]

A’s fall to last in the AL

NEW YORK — Cole Figueroa hit a one-hopper just over the inside corner of first base that umpires called fair. Two pitches later, Jacoby Ellsbury pulled another changeup from Jesse Chavez over the very same spot for a tiebreaking two-run single. “I thought it was foul. The first one I thought for sure,” Oakland manager […]

Crash knocks out leader Martin in Tour Stage 6

LE HAVRE, France — The yellow jersey seems to be an unlucky charm at this Tour de France. German rider Tony Martin started Thursday’s sixth stage in the lead and ended it in the hospital after breaking his collarbone in a crash that he caused near the finish line. He became the second race leader […]

Study: Science lacking on safety of fracking boom

By Ellen Knickmeyer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California has yet to get a handle on potential health and environmental risks from the state’s fracking boom, a state-commissioned study concluded Thursday. The study, commissioned by state lawmakers and carried out by the California Council on Science and Technology and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, urges greater […]

BLM ranger’s stolen handgun used in pier slaying

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday a gun stolen from one of its rangers was used in the shooting death of a woman walking on a popular San Francisco pier. The BLM-issued handgun was taken from the ranger’s car while he was in San Francisco on business, agency spokesman […]

Greece rushes to finalize reforms and remain in euro

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government was racing Thursday to finalize a plan of reforms for its third bailout, hoping this time to get its European partners’ approval and to stave off a looming, potentially catastrophic exit from Europe’s joint currency, the euro. Details of Greece’s reforms are to be submitted Thursday to give creditors […]

Pro sports briefs: Yankees power past Oakland

NEW YORK (AP) — All-Star slugger Mark Teixeira homered twice after Scott Kazmir left his start with triceps tightness, and C.C. Sabathia won for the first time in a month as New York Yankees held off Oakland A’s, 5-4. Stephen Vogt reached second on third baseman Gregorio Petit’s two-out throwing error. But Petit charged Ben […]

Cain wins as Giants end skid

SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Cain pitched six innings of two-hit ball in a triumphant return to AT&T Park for his first win in nearly a year as the San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets 3-0 to end their seven-game losing streak. Hunter Pence drove in two runs after being activated from the disabled […]

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