OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics made two more moves to boost their pitching staff Wednesday, acquiring a pair of minor leaguers from the Chicago White Sox for third baseman Brett Lawrie and agreeing to terms with right-hander John Axford on a $10 million, two-year contract.
When asked why President Barack Obama insisted on pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said: "I think that the pursuit of the agreement is based on the President's hope that over a 10-year period with the sanctions being lifted that the Iranians will become a constructive stakeholder in the international community. That -- that as their economy begins to grow again, that - that they will abandon their ideology, their theology, their revolutionary principles, their meddling in various parts of the region. And, frankly, I believe that's very unrealistic."
SAN BERNANDINO (AP) - Backlash over the images of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, clashing with officers in combat gear drove an ongoing national push to scale back the militarization of police - an effort that has mostly steamrolled over concerns among law enforcement that they're losing equipment they need.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Democratic state Assemblywoman Patty Lopez of San Fernando said she is withdrawing support for California's high-speed rail project amid opposition in her district and that five other legislative Democrats are also reconsidering their support, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.