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  • Judge set to decide on $15B Volkswagen settlement

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal faces a critical test, as a federal judge in San Francisco decides whether to grant its preliminary approval.U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer is...

    By Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press|

  • Judge set to decide on $15B Volkswagen settlement

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal faced a critical test, as a federal judge decided whether to grant it preliminary approval.U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer was scheduled to...

    By Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press|

  • Madson gives up game-winning HR as A's lose 7-6 to Rangers

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ryan Madson felt good facing Adrian Beltre with two outs in the ninth inning Monday night. Perhaps too good.Beltre hit Madson's first pitch into the left-center field bullpen, turning the Oakland Athletics' one-run lead...

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  • Giants hit 2 home runs but lose to Reds 7-5

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants had the best record in baseball heading into the All-Star break. Since then, it's been mostly downhill for manager Bruce Bochy's ballclub.Coming off its worst road trip of the season, San Francisco rediscovered its...

    By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press|

  • Bruce homers twice to power Reds past Giants, 7-5

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With the trade deadline less than a week away, Jay Bruce isn't sure how much longer he'll be in Cincinnati.If he does wind up with another team — Bruce has been the topic of trade speculation — the veteran outfielder is...

    By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press|

  • Black-footed ferrets return to where they held out in wild

    MEETEETSE, Wyo. (AP) — Long gone from these parts, black-footed ferrets still appear on Meeteetse's town logo, in a bronze sculpture downtown and even on coffee mugs from a downtown restaurant, remembered for when the nocturnal weasels made their...

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  • Key numbers in the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal

    Some key numbers related to Volkswagen's admission that it programmed diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests:— 475,000: Number of cars with 2-liter diesel engines in the U.S. that Volkswagen has agreed to buy back or repair under a $15 billion...

    By The Associated Press|

  • Quotations in the News

    "Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States." — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, speaking to delegates on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.___"The rapper was upset, someone not being...

    By The Associated Press|

  • Indianapolis officer shot, suspect dead after chase, gunfire

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police said one officer was shot and another suffered minor injuries when a suspect in a car chase opened fire on them. The suspect was later killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.The officer was shot...

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  • Golden State Warriors coach, a Hillary Clinton supporter, addresses Democratic convention

    Jason Collins, who in 2013 became the NBA's first openly gay player, and his twin brother Jarron Collins, a Golden State Warriors assistant coach, addressed the Democratic National Convention...

    By Matthew Artz, martz@bayareanewsgroup.com|

  • Mom: Warning didn't keep slain son safe at Florida nightclub

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Stephanie White clutched a stack of photos while sitting in a chair in her home. The television was on, loud, and turned to the local news. A story came on about the mass shooting at a nightclub that took her baby's...

    By Terry Spencer, Tamara Lush And Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press|

  • Hot, hard days ahead for firefighters on California blaze

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Most of the roughly 20,000 evacuees forced out by a wildfire have been cleared to go home, but firefighters still had huge work ahead in taming a massive wildfire northwest of Los Angeles.A week of triple digit...

    By Christopher Weber And Brian Melley, Associated Press|

  • In 10th convention speech, Bill Clinton faces tougher crowd

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Clinton was once the Democrats explainer-in-chief, electrifying the convention crowd with his support of President Barack Obama.Today, he increasingly seems to be explaining himself.In the four years since the party's...

    By Lisa Lerer, Associated Press|

  • Cash for opponent pours in as FL congresswoman struggles

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week is fertile fundraising ground for one Florida congressional candidate, but not in the traditional sense of high-priced donor dinners or lobbyist happy hours.In fact,...

    By Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press|

  • Media reports say a Los Angeles officer has been shot and wounded in city housing project

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Media reports say a Los Angeles officer has been shot and wounded in city housing project.

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  • Letter by man accused of Japan stabbing carried a warning

    The 26-year-old man accused of carrying out a mass stabbing Tuesday at a Japanese facility for the mentally disabled that left 19 people dead had written a letter in February to parliament's lower house speaker, outlining what was similar to...

    By The Associated Press|

  • Takeaways: Sanders, Michelle Obama dominate convention

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bernie Sanders said he is "proud to stand with" Hillary Clinton, while Michelle Obama said Clinton has "the guts and grace" to be president, as Democrats strove to appear unified at their national convention in the face of a...

    By Matthew Daly, Associated Press|

  • Top California official's essay, posts lack citations

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An online magazine opinion piece attributed to California's lieutenant governor contains at least one paragraph that largely initially appeared elsewhere, while several of the Democratic politician's Twitter and Facebook...

    By Juliet Williams, Associated Press|

  • Wish granted: Six-year-old boy will be garbage man for a day

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ethan Dean will be living his dream on Tuesday.The six-year-old has a garbage truck bedspread and pillow. He has garbage truck toys. He's had a garbage truck birthday party.Now, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he's...

    By Darcy Costello, Associated Press|

  • The skid continues, the postseason could be in jeopardy, and the trade options look sketchy at best

    Just a few short weeks ago, the Giants looked primed to start printing playoff tickets. Heck, the way Madison Bumgarner provided the exclamation point in that final game of the first half, the...

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  • History and hostility as Clinton ascends to nomination

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A glass ceiling is shattering at the Democratic National Convention as Hillary Clinton ascends to the presidential nomination with Tuesday's roll call of the states, making her the first woman to lead a major party into a...

    By Kathleen Hennessey And Calvin Woodward, Associated Press|

  • Los Angeles police officer wounded in city housing project

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a Los Angeles police officer was shot and wounded late Monday night in the Watts section of the city.The shooting occurred around 11 p.m. PDT in the Nickerson Gardens public housing project, and police searched...

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  • Grand jury to meet on students charged in Virginia slaying

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A grand jury is preparing to meet to determine whether two former Virginia Tech students should be indicted in the killing of a 13-year-old girl.A grand jury in Christiansburg is expected to hear evidence in the case...

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  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. 'GLASS CEILING' SHATTERING AT DEMOCRATIC CONVENTIONWith a roll call of the states, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to lead a...

    By The Associated Press|

  • Los Angeles police officer wounded in city housing project

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles police officer was shot and wounded late Monday night as gunfire erupted in the Watts section of the city, authorities said.The shooting occurred around 11 p.m. PDT in the Nickerson Gardens public housing...

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  • Officials: Man, 26, seriously injured in skydiving accident

    PERRY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a Rochester man was seriously hurt over the weekend in a skydiving accident in western New York.The Wyoming County Sheriff's office says the 26-year-old man was injured Sunday in Perry when his chute failed to...

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  • Chief: Driver called in rant before crashing into cruisers

    CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police chief says a man who crashed into multiple police cruisers over the weekend, injuring an officer, called in a rant about police before he started driving erratically.Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) Falls...

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  • FIFA bans council member Niersbach in World Cup bids probe

    FIFA council member Wolfgang Niersbach, a member of FIFA's ruling council, was banned from soccer for one year on Monday in the first sanction from the investigation into Germany's 2006 World Cup bid.FIFA's ethics committee found Niersbach guilty...

    By Rob Harris, AP Global Soccer Writer|

  • Delta flight makes emergency landing in North Carolina

    MORRISVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A passenger plane landed safely at Raleigh-Durham International in North Carolina after experiencing engine trouble on a flight from Tampa, Florida, to New York-LaGuardia.Spokesman Andrew Sawyer said the airport was...

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  • The Latest: Van in wreck with Cowboys bus was turning left

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on deadly crash between a van and a bus carrying Dallas Cowboys staffers (all times local):7:45 a.m.Authorities say a van was turning left at a highway intersection in northwestern Arizona when it collided with a bus...

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