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Report: 2 dead, 15 hurt in New Hampshire tent collapse

LANCASTER, N.H. — A circus tent collapsed when a severe storm raked a northern New Hampshire fairground Monday, killing two people and injuring 15 others, authorities said. WMUR-TV  reported that state Department of Safety spokesman Michael Todd confirmed the fatalities. The accident happened Monday evening at the Lancaster fairgrounds, about 90 miles north of the […]

No. 6 seed Petkovic advances at Bank of the West

STANFORD — Sixth-seeded Andrea Petkovic beat fellow German Carina Witthoeft in a first round match of the $731,000 Bank of the West Classic on Monday. Petkovic won 5-7, 6-1, 6-3. American teenager CiCi Bellis lost her match to qualifier Misaki Doi, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Bellis was the youngest player in 15 years to win a […]

GOP hopefuls take on illegal immigration in debate preview

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Republican Party’s presidential class demanded aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue while facing off in New Hampshire on Monday night during a crowded and pointed preview of the 2016 primary season’s first full-fledged debate. All but three of the 17 major Republican candidates for president […]

Owners turning to auctions to sell their high-end properties

EDWARDS, Colo. — Bob and Karin Weber built their dream home 14 years ago, creating an 11,000-square-foot mountaintop oasis. Now that the couple is in their 70s, they’re ready to downsize and possibly move to nearby Vail. After trying the traditional list-and-wait method of selling the 35-acre Elk Ridge Ranch, the Webers are putting their […]

California minimum wage initiative cleared for signatures

SACRAMENTO — A union-backed effort to raise California’s minimum wage has been approved to start collecting signatures for a statewide ballot initiative. The proposal would boost California’s minimum wage by $1 an hour annually until it reaches $15 an hour in 2021. California’s current $9-an-hour wage is set to increase to $10 next year. Secretary […]

Quinton Dial could be big part of revamped 49ers DL

SANTA CLARA — Quinton Dial is running with the first-team defense for the San Francisco 49ers, who are looking to once again turn a young, raw prospect into a producer along their defensive line after the departure of long-time starters Ray McDonald and five-time Pro Bowler Justin Smith. As the team prepares for its first […]

Left fielder Crisp returns from neck injury for Athletics

OAKLAND — Oakland Athletics left fielder Coco Crisp has been activated from the 60-day disabled list after being sidelined with a strained neck since May 20. Crisp was in the lineup and batting second for his return Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Manager Bob Melvin said he […]

Reijnen wins at Tour of Utah, Phinney finishes third

LOGAN, Utah — Kiel Reijnen won a sprint from a small group of riders Monday to win the opening stage of the Tour of Utah, while Taylor Phinney finished third in his first race in more than a year. Phinney attacked near the conclusion of the rain-soaked 132-mile stage, but the BMC Racing star couldn’t […]

2 women dead from suspected drug overdoses at music fest

POMONA — Two women died from suspected drug overdoses at a popular weekend music festival at the Los Angeles County fairgrounds, prompting calls for an investigation and concern over the use of drugs at youth-oriented events. The women, one 18 years old and the other 19, were found unresponsive on Saturday at the HARD Summer […]

Musicians Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale file for divorce

LOS ANGELES — Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale filed for divorce on Monday, seeking to end a nearly 13-year marriage between two members of rock music royalty. Stefani filed her petition citing irreconcilable difference and Rossdale filed a response shortly thereafter, court records show. The former couple cited irreconcilable differences for the breakup and said […]

Judge extends hold on recordings made by anti-abortion group

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge in San Francisco extended a restraining order on Monday that blocks an anti-abortion group from releasing any recordings that it secretly gathered at annual meetings of an abortion providers’ association. U.S. District Judge William Orrick sided with claims by the National Abortion Federation and its members that they would […]

Hacked Jeep Cherokee exposes weak underbelly of high-tech cars

The Jeep Cherokee brought to a halt by hackers last month exposed wireless networks as the weakest link in high-tech vehicles, underscoring the need to find fast over-the-air fixes to block malicious intrusions. Features that buyers now expect in most modern automobiles, such as driving directions and restaurant guides, count on a constant connection to a […]

Dog-sitting gets a makeover in the on-demand age

Uber’s headquarters is in a bunker-like former bank building on Market Street, San Francisco’s unwelcoming main drag. To get in you must pass through a security gauntlet and sign electronic documents. Inside it’s more relaxed but still feels as if it’s on a war footing. Which it should be: it’s a controversial company, doing battle […]

From rents to haircuts, Americans start to feel price hikes

WASHINGTON — Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is ticking up. The price increases remain […]

Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds

WASHINGTON — The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes — a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year’s presidential and congressional elections. The derailed legislation was the Republican response to videos, recorded […]

Use of batboys suspended after 9-year-old’s death

WICHITA, Kan. — The National Baseball Congress has suspended using batboys and batgirls during its World Series games in Kansas following the death of a 9-year-old boy who was accidentally hit in the head with a bat during a game. Kaiser Carlile died Sunday after he was hit by a follow-through swing near the on-deck […]

Bobbi Kristina Brown buried next to her mother

WESTFIELD, N.J. — Family and friends gathered at a cemetery Monday to pay their final respects to Bobbi Kristina Brown as she was buried next to her mother, singer Whitney Houston. Police closed the road into Fairview Cemetery for the private ceremony. Outside the cemetery, well-wishers gathered to wave to the motorcade and hold up […]

AP-GfK poll: Americans favor farmers & food during drought

LOS ANGELES — When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. The national survey provides a glimpse into how Americans think water should be managed at a time when abnormally dry weather has afflicted swaths of […]

Daredveil Robbie Maddison rides the waves in latest stunt

SAN DIEGO — Although daredevil Robbie Maddison has done plenty of crazy stunts, people thought he’d really lost it when he proposed riding his motorcycle on water. Like his preceding death-defying tricks, he pulled it off. The result of his aqua exploits in Tahiti is the short video “Pipe Dream,” which premiered Sunday night in […]

Mother of slain 8-year-old doesn’t fault mom of accused teen

SANTA CRUZ — The mother of a slain 8-year-old California girl said she doesn’t fault the mom of the 15-year-old neighbor boy accused of the killing. Laura Jordan said she hugged Reggie Factor at a memorial for Madyson Middleton, the daughter of Jordan, the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1MHcPs2) reported Monday. Factor’s son, Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, […]

Ex-con accused of killing police officer turns self in

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An ex-con accused of fatally shooting a police officer who interrupted a drug deal turned himself in Monday, ending an intensive two-day manhunt, authorities said. Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, is accused of killing officer Sean Bolton on Saturday night, after the officer approached a car along a street that had been known for […]

Special Olympics athlete found after disappearing from LAX

LOS ANGELES — An autistic teenage Special Olympics athlete who vanished from Los Angeles International Airport was found sleeping on a lawn five miles away Monday afternoon, hours after another missing competitor turned up safe 350 miles away in Northern California. Sihon Ange Ismael Kone, 15, of the Ivory Coast was found lying in the […]

Holmes jury keeps execution as option as sentencing advances

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Jurors on Monday moved one step closer toward sentencing James Holmes to death for his Colorado movie theater attack, taking less than three hours to reject arguments that the former neuroscience student’s mental illness means he should not die. The decision clears the way for one last attempt from both sides to […]

Former President Jimmy Carter undergoes liver operation

ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter is expected to make a full recovery after having an operation Monday to remove a small mass in his liver, according to a spokeswoman. Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo called the procedure “elective” in a statement released Monday afternoon. She says the operation was completed without any issues and […]

Cooler weather helps crews battling California wildfire

LOWER LAKE — Cooler weather helped crews build a buffer Monday between a raging Northern California wildfire and some of the thousands of homes it threatened as it tore through drought-withered brush that hadn’t burned in years. At least two dozen homes were destroyed over the past few days, and more than 13,000 people were […]

Iran’s Ahmadinejad seeks political comeback

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a political campaign ahead of February’s parliamentary elections in what could prove a challenge to the moderates behind a landmark nuclear agreement reached last month. Few expect a rerun of Ahmadinejad’s surprise victory in the 2005 elections, which kicked off an eight-year presidency marked by […]

Gulf Arabs welcome Iran nuke deal but seek further assurance

DOHA, Qatar — Gulf Arab states on Monday welcomed the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and world powers but said they would like further assurances that the U.S. would help them counter increasing Iranian assertiveness in the region. Speaking for the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, Qatar’s top diplomat said Monday that the bloc had been […]

Report: US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria killed 459 civilians

BAGHDAD — U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the extremists, said it believed 57 specific strikes killed […]

Creators of destroyed hitchhiking robot mull rebuild

TORONTO — The Canadian talking and tweeting hitchhiking robot that met its untimely end in the United States over the weekend might be given another chance at life. HitchBOT’s co-creators Frauke Zeller and David Smith said Monday that they’ve been overwhelmed with support and offers to revive the robot since it was vandalized beyond repair […]

After 6-year wait, Tim Brown ready for Hall induction

OAKLAND — Perhaps more than any other position in football, wide receivers are forced to depend on teammates for success. Without a quarterback to throw it, a line to block or other running backs and receivers to divert attention, it is nearly impossible for a wideout to accumulate the big numbers necessary to become a […]

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