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IOC strips 4 medals from 2004 Athens Games

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Eight years after winning Olympic medals in Athens, four track and field athletes from eastern Europe were ordered to hand them back Wednesday because of positive doping tests.

December 05, 2012 | | Pro Sports


NHL owners, players meet again on labor issues

NEW YORK (AP) - Negotiations between hockey owners and players are going so well that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says he's "pleased with the process" - even if he has been left outside the latest rounds of discussions.

December 05, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Cal hires Sonny Dykes as new coach

BERKELEY (AP) - California hired Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes on Wednesday to take over for the fired Jeff Tedford.

December 05, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Stewart passes on Penske's Indy 500 offer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tony Stewart passed up a chance to race for Roger Penske in the Indianapolis 500.

December 05, 2012 | | Pro Sports


LA ports reopen after crippling 8-day strike ends

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Port clerks returned to work Wednesday, jubilant in the knowledge that an eight-day strike that paralyzed the nation's busiest shipping complex had won them - at least for now - guarantees that their jobs won't be outsourced to China, Arizona or other places.

December 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Olive Garden to hold off on worker changes

NEW YORK (AP) - The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster says it won't bump any full-time workers down to part-time status, after its tests aimed at limiting health care costs resulted in a publicity backlash that took a bite out of sales.

December 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


New Reno-Sparks slogan: All seasons, 1,000 reasons

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority is changing its promotional slogan for the third time in three years.

December 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Short sales now outpacing sales of bank-owned repossessed homes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sales of U.S. homes facing foreclosure are on the rise and outpacing sales of bank-owned homes, a reflection of stepped up efforts this year by lenders to avoid foreclosing on homes with mortgages gone unpaid.

December 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Starbucks to open 1,500 more cafes in United States

NEW YORK (AP) - Another Starbucks may soon pop up around the corner, with the world's biggest coffee company planning to add at least 1,500 cafes in the U.S. over the next five years.

December 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Cousins, Kings beat Raptors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings beat the struggling Toronto Raptors 107-100 on Wednesday night.

December 05, 2012 | | Pro Sports


Nation news briefs

NEW STUNNING NIGHTTIME VIEWS OF EARTH UNVEILED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twinkling city lights, raging wildfires and colorful auroras are lit up in new dazzling nighttime views of the Earth.

December 05, 2012 | | Nation


Houston-area town's mayor for 63 years dead at 92

RICHMOND, Texas (AP) - Hilmar Moore, who has been mayor of the Southeast Texas town of Richmond since 1949, has died at age 92.

December 05, 2012 | | Nation


5 free things: Phoenix more than sun in the desert

PHOENIX (AP) - With cactus and strip malls obstructing the views at times, visitors could easily write Phoenix off as a place where water and culture are scarce. But this metropolis - which includes upscale Scottsdale and college town Tempe - is a nature lover's oasis with pristine peaks and the vast Sonoran desert.

December 05, 2012 | | On The Road


Celebrations planned as Washington legalizes marijuana possession today

SEATTLE (AP) - Legal marijuana possession becomes a reality under Washington state law on today, and some people planned to celebrate the new law by breaking it.

December 05, 2012 | | Nation


Below surface, moon reveals a "shattered" history

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The moon took quite a beating in its early days, more than previously believed, scientists reported Wednesday.

December 05, 2012 | | Nation


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Rockies win 4th straight over Giants

DENVER (AP) - Pinch-hitter Rafael Ynoa snapped a sixth-inning tie with an RBI double, Eddie Butler was backed by stellar defense over six shaky innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Friday night.

April 25, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Astros outlast Athletics in extra-inning victory

OAKLAND (AP) - Robbie Grossman singled in two runs in the 11th inning, and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Friday night to match their best start in eight years.

April 25, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Bonds, Clemons should be in Hall

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve their plaques in Cooperstown.

April 25, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Hawaii poised to become first state to raise smoking age to 21

HONOLULU (AP) - A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.

April 25, 2015 | | Nation


Bruce Jenner says his brain is more female than male

NEW YORK (AP) - Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner told the world that "for all intents and purposes, I am a woman" in an extraordinary television interview aired Friday about gender confusion he first felt as a youngster trying on his mother's and sister's dresses.

April 25, 2015 | | Nation


Computer outage disrupts Starbucks sales

SEATTLE (AP) - A computer outage affecting registers forced Starbucks to give away free drinks Friday before closing stores early.

April 25, 2015 | | Nation


Killing in South Carolina

Why was Walter Scott running away from a policeman who tried to stop him for a broken taillight? The media are trying to make a South Carolina policeman's killing of a black man, Walter Scott, another sensational case of racism, but the media have missed the point of the tragedy.

April 25, 2015 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Hairball that gagged a fracker

Imagine a political campaign against environmentalists that's so negative, so ridiculously slanted and downright dirty, that it actually repulsed executives of some of America's biggest fracking corporations.

April 25, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


LA projects viable for bringing back team

NEW YORK (AP) - Roger Goodell says the two stadium projects in the Los Angeles area look promising enough to lead to the return of the NFL to the nation's second-largest city.

April 24, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Swafford, Weekley atop Zurich leaderboard

AVONDALE, La. (AP) - Hudson Swafford shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with Boo Weekley when second-round play was suspended Friday because of the threat of severe weather.

April 24, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Woods adds Players Championship to his schedule

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods has added The Players Championship to his schedule, another indication that he is getting back to a normal golf season.

April 24, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Harden, Howard lead Rockets to win

DALLAS (AP) - James Harden scored a playoff career-high 42 points, Dwight Howard had his postseason best with 26 rebounds and Houston beat Dallas 130-128 on Friday night for a 3-0 lead in their first-round series.

April 24, 2015 | | Pro Sports


MLS wants top Americans despite Klinsmann’s view

W YORK (AP) - Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says the league will keep on pursuing the top American players, even if U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann thinks they will improve more with European clubs.

April 24, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Rangers advance on Hagelin’s OT goal

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Rangers used Carl Hagelin's overtime goal and spectacular goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist to beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Friday night to advance in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

April 24, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Court keeps sex offender registration ruling intact

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court voted not to reconsider a ruling requiring mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for a particular sex crime.

April 24, 2015 | | State


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