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Rookies Bryant, Pederson make All-Star team; A-Rod left out

NEW YORK — Less than three months after making his major league debut, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is an All-Star, one of two rookies selected along with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson. But there was no room on the roster for Alex Rodriguez, enjoying a renaissance in his return to the New […]

Financially, a low-scoring affair

For the U.S. national team’s stunning 5-2 win over Japan at the Women’s World Cup on Sunday, a rout that made the Americans the first team ever to win three women’s world championships, soccer’s global governing body will award the team $2 million — about 5 percent of the $35 million FIFA gave to the […]

Holy cow! Milk supplies overwhelm U.S. dairies

CHICAGO — There’s so much milk flowing out of U.S. cows these days that some is ending up in dirt pits because dairies can’t find buyers. Domestic output is set to be the highest ever for a fifth straight year. Farmers are still making money as prices tumble because of cheaper and more abundant feed […]

Did Stevenson get it wrong?

I’m writing in response to Cindy MacDonald’s recent letter taking our beloved Bud Stevenson to task because, apparently, she agrees with the president that “this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.” Did she notice the article four pages later, “Dozens killed in attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, France?” Do she and our president […]

UFC’s Gilbert Melendez suspended 1 year for failed drug test

LOS ANGELES — Lightweight title contender Gilbert Melendez has been suspended for one year by the UFC for failing a post-fight drug test. The UFC announced the suspension Monday. Melendez also has been removed from a scheduled bout against Al Iaquinta in San Diego on July 15. Melendez (22-5) tested positive for testosterone metabolites from […]

Take a side

As the explosions of fireworks subside, I ask you to take some time to reflect on the foundation our country was built on, and how those patriots got there and the sacrifices they made. Whether or not you feel our Constitution was created by white men long dead and insignificant to our lives now or […]

Run, Joe, run?

I have written in favor of Vice President Joe Biden’s plausibility as a presidential candidate (and am pleased I am not alone). But how would he do it, and would he face a backlash from female Democrats? The answer to the latter is that it depends. He would be handicapped in making some very reasonable […]

State budget set; road work funding not

The Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown have passed a new state budget, and that’s that, right? Not on your sweet bippy, to channel comedian Dick Martin. The Capitol’s politicians left three major budgetary issues undone – highway maintenance, financing for the Medi-Cal program and spending $2-plus billion in “cap-and-trade” fees. The latter two are fairly […]

AP Source: Marc Gasol re-ups with Grizzlies for max deal

Through seven years in Memphis, Marc Gasol has embodied the Grizzlies’ “Grit-n-Grind” mantra as much as anyone. So when it finally game time for Gasol to hit the open market, it was no surprise that no other team had a chance. Gasol agreed to terms with the Grizzlies on Monday on a five-year maximum contract […]

Longtime Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub dies at 77

NEW YORK — Jerry Weintraub, the dynamic producer and manager who pushed the career of John Denver and produced such hit movies as “Nashville” and “Ocean’s Eleven,” has died. He was 77. Representatives for Weintraub said he died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, California. Weintraub rose from talent agency mail room employee to […]

As Republican infighting grows, donors call for calm

WASHINGTON — Worried about “Republican on Republican violence,” top party donors are taking action, with one firing off a letter calling for more civility and another seeking to block businessman Donald Trump from the debate stage altogether. Foster Friess, a Wyoming-based investor and one of the party’s top 20 donors in the last presidential contest, […]

Cincinnati leaders pledge city safe for All-Star Game events

CINCINNATI — City and police leaders insisted Monday that Cincinnati’s downtown will be safe for All-Star Game visitors, in the aftermath of a violent weekend melee. Mayor John Cranley and other city officials called a news conference over concerns raised after two police officers were hurt, a civilian was beaten, and seven people were arrested […]

US stocks slip amid global sell-off after Greek ‘no’ vote

NEW YORK — Stocks in the U.S. fell broadly following drops in overseas markets as Greeks voted to reject creditor conditions for more loans, but the losses weren’t as steep as many had feared. With time running out for Greece to strike a new deal and its banks desperately short of cash, a wave of […]

$333K in settlements for 6 pepper-sprayed Occupy protesters

NEW YORK — The city has agreed to pay a total of $332,500 to six Occupy Wall Street protesters who said police unjustly blasted them with pepper spray in an episode that helped propel the movement into the spotlight. The settlements, reached in recent weeks, range from $52,500 to $60,000 per person in cases arising […]

Frightening Daytona wreck puts NASCAR safety in spotlight

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Riding bumper-to-bumper at nearly 200 mph, Austin Dillon was smack in the middle of a pack of cars headed to the checkered flag when he was suddenly sent on the ride of his life. A wreck that began three rows ahead of him sent cars spinning all over the track. When […]

Egypt anti-terror bill speeds trials, tightens hand on media

CAIRO — After a series of stunning militant attacks, Egypt’s government is pushing through a controversial new anti-terrorism draft bill that would set up special terrorism courts, shorten the appeals process, give police greater powers of arrest and imprison journalists who report information on attacks that differs from the official government line. The draft raised […]

World Cup moments distanced women from FIFA scandal

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — For a few moments over the past month, the Women’s World Cup seemed to push aside the FIFA scandal that is simmering a half planet away. Those moments came on the pitch: From upstart Cameroon crashing the party in the knockout stage, to England’s fantastic run, to host Canada’s tournament-opening victory […]

California urged to return $331 million meant for homeowners

SACRAMENTO — Several California lawmakers and community assistance groups are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to repay more than $331 million in funds intended to help homeowners struggling with foreclosures that the state siphoned off to help deal with its budget crisis. A Sacramento County judge found that the governor and state Legislature unlawfully diverted […]

Judge: LA chief must take questions in fatal police shooting

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles police chief must answer questions about a high-profile officer-involved shooting of a black man last year, a federal judge ruled Monday, citing contradictions between the chief’s statements and a commission’s finding that the shooting wasn’t justified. Police Chief Charlie Beck will have to take queries, in a formal deposition, […]

Caitlyn Jenner to write weekly editorials on LGBT issues

LOS ANGELES — Caitlyn Jenner will be writing weekly online editorials about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and issues. Jenner’s spokesman, Alan Nierob, said Monday that the editorials on the celebrity content website WhoSay are part of Jenner’s effort to explore matters of concern to the LGBT community. Nierob declined to comment on other […]

Deadly weekend in Chicago highlights city’s gang warfare

CHICAGO — A 7-year-old boy who was one of seven people shot to death in Chicago over the holiday weekend was the son of a gang leader with a lengthy arrest record, and police say the man’s refusal to cooperate with detectives highlights the city’s ongoing challenge to curb gang-related violence. During the Fourth of […]

APNewsBreak: Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he secured quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and that he gave the sedative to at least one woman and “other people,” according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. Cosby’s lawyers insisted that two of […]

San Francisco status as ‘sanctuary’ criticized after slaying

SAN FRANCISCO — The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials disregarded a request from immigration authorities to keep him […]

Military recruits still not using American-made sneakers

BOSTON — New Balance thinks the U.S. military is dragging its feet. Last April, the Department of Defense announced military recruits would start using athletic shoes 100 percent made and manufactured in America, in recognition of a law Congress passed in 1941 requiring the department give preference to American-made goods. Over a year after the announcement, the Army, Navy, Air Force and […]

Community Calendar: July 7, 2015

Tuesday Billiards 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Players of all skill levels invited to play. Info: 428-7421. Senior American Club 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Social gathering for seniors. Info: 428-7421. Tai Chi 9 a.m., Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. Fee. Info: […]

SC Senate votes to take down flag; House OK still needed

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on the Statehouse grounds, though the proposal still needs approval from the state House and the governor. The bill requires a two-thirds vote in each chamber; the Senate approved it 37-3. Gov. Nikki Haley has said she wants […]

Hundreds of thousands gather for pope Mass in South America

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador  — Hundreds of thousands of people filled a park in Ecuador’s main port city Monday for Pope Francis’ first big event of his three-nation South American tour, hoping for a glimpse of Latin America’s first pope returning to his home soil for a Mass dedicated to the family. Many pilgrims spent the night […]

Day of extremist violence across Nigeria kills more than 60

JOS, Nigeria — A day of extremist violence against both Muslims and Christians in Nigeria killed more than 60 people, including worshippers in a mosque who came to hear a cleric known for preaching peaceful coexistence of all faiths. Militants from Boko Haram were blamed for the bombings Sunday night at a crowded mosque and […]

Iraqi fighter jet accidentally bombs Baghdad, 12 killed

BAGHDAD — An Iraqi fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb on a Baghdad neighborhood Monday, killing at least 12 people on the ground, Iraqi officials said. The plane — one of several Russian-made Sukhois used by Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group — was returning to base at the time. Military spokesman […]

A win, then a hug: Serena Williams tops Venus at Wimbledon

LONDON — Decades ago, when the Williams sisters were kids in California, taking tennis lessons from Dad on a municipal court and imagining playing at Grand Slam tournaments one day, it was Venus — older, taller, stronger — who usually beat Serena. Never a fan of losing to her sibling — who would be? — […]

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