Monday, October 20, 2014

Steelers rally past stunned Texans 30-23

PITTSBURGH — One dizzying sequence, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in complete control against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans. Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns and wide receiver Antonio Brown added another on a gadget play during a decisive surge late in the first half, helping the Steelers rally for a 30-23 win over […]

Police say they might have spotted ambush suspect

Police shifted their search and a northeastern Pennsylvania school district tightened security amid another reported sighting Monday of the suspect in a deadly state police ambush. A local law enforcement official reported seeing suspect Eric Frein near the Swiftwater Post Office in the Pocono Mountains, leading to an intensive police search. Frein had not been […]

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

NEW YORK — Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82. The late ’60s and early ’70s were a defining moment in U.S. fashion as New York-based designers finally carved a look of their own that […]

38th Doug Butt Run highlights week’s events

FAIRFIELD — Laurel Creek Park will be swarming with runners from kindergarten through the eighth grade on Wednesday as the Doug Butt Run has its 38th edition. The event, sponsored by the NorthBay Elite Futbol Club, is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m., with races every 15 minutes. It’s a fun part of what figures […]

Yosemite proposes raising entrance, camping fees

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Visitors to Yosemite National Park may soon have to pay more to enter and camp overnight, under proposed fee increases announced Monday. A seven-day pass for each car entering Yosemite could go up from $20 to $30, Ranger Scott Gediman said, adding that rates last changed in 1997. An annual pass […]

CDC releases revised Ebola gear guidelines

ATLANTA — Federal health officials on Monday issued new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients. Officials have been scrambling to come up with new advice since two Dallas nurses became infected while caring for the first person diagnosed with the virus in the United States. Workers at Texas Health Presbyterian […]

Clinton: Midterm elections should motivate women

SAN FRANCISCO — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Democratic voters not to be complacent about the November midterm elections, saying Monday that working women and their families will lose out on a better future if Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress. The former secretary of state made the remarks during a sold-out women’s luncheon […]

Bumgarner against Shields in World Series opener

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A six-pack won’t be enough for Madison Bumgarner if the San Francisco Giants win the World Series.

The Giants ace chugged four beers after beating Pittsburgh in the NL wild-card game, upped the count to five following the NL Division Series clincher against Washington and six when San Francisco won the NL Championship Series over St. Louis.

“I don’t know if I can hold any more than that,” he said after earning the NLCS MVP award last week. “I had to keep it going, though. We’ll see if we keep winning. We don’t want to change anything up.”

Bumgarner starts the World Series opener on Tuesday night as the Giants try to become the first NL team to win three World Series titles in a five-year span since the St. Louis Cardinals of 1942-46. James Shields goes for the Royals, back in the Series for the first time since winning the . . .

Raiders plagued by 3rd-down defensive woes

ALAMEDA — As if the Oakland Raiders’ defensive problems weren’t bad enough, another injury will force them to use a third-stringer at strong safety. Usama Young left Sunday’s 24-13 loss to Arizona with a significant injury to his left knee. He underwent an MRI on Monday and ESPN reported that he has a torn ACL […]

Champion drag racer Raymond Beadle dies at 70

WACO, Texas — Raymond Beadle, a three-time NHRA Funny Car world champion and a championship NASCAR team owner, has died. He was 70. The NHRA said Beadle died Monday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Beadle won 28 NHRA national events and titles from 1979-81. He was a two-time winner of the U.S. Nationals […]

Former CalFire chief pleads not guilty in slaying

SACRAMENTO — A former California fire battalion chief has pleaded not guilty to fatally stabbing his girlfriend. The body of 26-year-old Sarah June Douglas was found May 1 inside the south Sacramento home she had shared for two years with Orville Fleming. Fleming, who is 56, entered the not guilty plea Monday in Sacramento County […]

Stiviano lawsuit against Shelly Sterling dismissed

LOS ANGELES — A judge reversed course Monday and dismissed a defamation lawsuit by Donald Sterling’s mistress against the estranged wife of the former Los Angeles Clippers owner. Judge Richard Fruin issued a tentative ruling last week saying he planned to allow the suit, but he reconsidered after arguments from Shelly Sterling’s lawyer. It is […]

Surfer fends off shark attack with fist, board

WAILUKU, Hawaii — A man surfing with his three young sons used his fist and surfboard to fend off a shark attack in waters off Maui that were rough and murky from a hurricane that churned passed Hawaii over the weekend. Waves were about 3 to 4 feet high Saturday at the surf site known […]

With TD mark in bag, Manning can set more records

DENVER — Next up for Peyton Manning: the NFL passing yardage record. It’s one of the few glamorous passing records Manning doesn’t own, now that he has broken Brett Favre’s mark for touchdown throws. Manning needs about 5,000 more yards to surpass Favre in that category, and is on track to finish his career with […]

WWII airman to be buried in Oakland

ALAMEDA — A World War II airman whose remains were found more than 60 years after he was shot down over Germany is set to be buried in Oakland. William “Billy” Parker Cook will be laid to rest with full military honors near other family members at Mountain View Cemetery on Sunday, the San Francisco […]

Brown: California needs long-term vision on water

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown laid out his long-term strategy for shoring up California’s water system Monday, telling a water conference at Stanford University that the state’s water crisis and the ongoing drought will occupy much of his time if he is re-elected in November. “Water is going to be a major issue that will […]

Facebook sues law firms, claims fraud

NEW YORK — Facebook is suing several law firms that represented a man who claimed he owned half of the social network and was entitled to billions of dollars from the company and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The case was dismissed in April and the man, Paul Ceglia, is facing related criminal charges. Facebook Inc. […]

Apple reports record 39.3 million iPhone sales

SAN FRANCISCO — The iPhone again proved to be the engine behind Apple’s blockbuster financial performance, driving quarterly results well past expectations. Excitement for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models sparked sales of 39.3 million iPhones in the last quarter — a record for the months of July through September — and made […]

Hummus and chocolate together? Deliciously so!

J.M. Hirsch Admittedly, it sounds like a Halloween trick. Chocolate hummus. It’s either disgusting or just a cruel joke, right? Neither, actually. But when I first saw it sold alongside “real” hummus at the grocer, I decided it had to be one of those. There was no way a traditional hummus base — with all […]

Easy slow cooker chili that lives up to the hype

J.M. Hirsch Slow cookers have legions of fans. I am not among them. It’s partly philosophical, partly practical. Let’s start with the latter. Truth is, I’m just not good at producing food that tastes all that great in a slow cooker. Whatever I make ends up either tasteless mush or wildly overcooked or — on […]

Roasted beets can brighten up any holiday table

Melissa D’Arabian Beets are the perfect addition to bountiful fall feasts. They are satisfying without being heavy, and their rich ruby and golden tones add visual interest to any seasonal color scheme. Plus, beets are incredibly flexible on temperature — serve them warm, room temperature or chilled — which is a huge bonus when planning […]

Colorado proposes edible pot ban, then retreats

DENVER — Colorado health authorities suggested banning many forms of edible marijuana, including brownies and cookies, then whipsawed away from the suggestion Monday after it went public. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told state pot regulators they should limit edible pot on shelves to hard lozenges and tinctures, which are a form […]

Submarine hunt sends Cold War chill across Baltic

STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge. In a scene reminiscent of the Cold War, Swedish naval ships, helicopters and ground troops combed the Stockholm archipelago for a fourth day Monday for signs of a foreign submarine or smaller […]

Oscar Pistorius to finally learn his sentence

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius will finally learn his fate Tuesday when a judge is expected to announce the Olympic runner’s sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius could be sentenced to years in prison, or he could be given a suspended sentence and a fine and receive no jail time for shooting Steenkamp […]

Giants-Royals: A capsule look at World Series

A look at the best-of-seven World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals: ___ Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Tuesday, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); Game 2, Wednesday, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); Game 3, Friday, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); Game 4, Saturday, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 5, […]

Youths, tech workers duel over San Francisco field

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Teenage soccer players in San Francisco won an off-field victory over the city’s technology workers after a videotaped confrontation gained national attention. Parks officials have agreed to stop allowing adults to reserve a soccer field in the Mission District neighborhood, a decision that followed an August standoff pitting young, longtime residents […]

Belichick, Brady praise Manning on TD record

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady both paid tribute to rival Peyton Manning on Monday, a day after Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for career touchdown passes. “He’d probably be waiting a lot longer to pass that record if he hadn’t played against me so many times,” […]

Penn State board to meet on disputed Freeh Report

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State’s board plans next week to discuss the Freeh report, a document regarding the school’s response to the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal that has divided the university and its alumni since it was issued more than two years ago. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday that the trustees will take a […]

McIlroy to skip 2 events to focus on lawsuit

DUBLIN — Top-ranked Rory McIlroy says he is skipping two upcoming tournaments in China to prepare for a lawsuit against his former management company. McIlroy said in a statement Monday that a mediation process to resolve his dispute with Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management “failed over the weekend.” The Northern Irishman has changed his playing schedule […]

Column: Keselowski marches to his own beat

Jenna Fryer TALLADEGA, Ala. — It didn’t take long for Brad Keselowski to earn an unpleasant reputation in NASCAR. He was aggressive on the track, brash and arrogant off of it, and rubbed most of his competitors the wrong way. Denny Hamlin famously feuded with him through the 2009 season, calling him “a complete moron” […]