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Justices & their cellphones

Since the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court went up in flames back in 1987, every appointee to the court has understood that when asked at confirmation hearings about how your personal experiences might affect your decisions, the right answer is "balls and strikes." Just an umpire, they all say, and even though no one - on the left or the right - believes this to be true, we all understand the necessity of the charade.

July 02, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Howard may have saved best for last

SAO PAULO (AP) - Tim Howard left a lasting impression on Americans from coast to coast - and fans around the world, really - for his incredible, improbable saves in the loss to Belgium in extra time that sent the U.S. home from the World Cup to a country captivated.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports


TPC Harding Park lands 3 top tourneys

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The southwest corridor of San Francisco is going to get all the golf it can handle over the next decade.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Verlander finds form vs. A’s

DETROIT (AP) - Justin Verlander knows he isn't going to make a sixth straight All-Star team.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Wainwright has the right stuff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Adam Wainwright allowed four hits over 7 2/3 innings, Matt Carpenter continued to feast on San Francisco pitching and the St. Louis Cardinals ended a scoring drought, beating the Giants 2-0 Wednesday night.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Wimbledon’s champ ousted in straight sets

LONDON (AP) - The silence at Centre Court made abundantly clear that Andy Murray's time as Wimbledon champion was coming to a close.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Bubba has home-course advantage

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - To get ready for this week's tournament, Bubba Watson simply has to walk out his front door.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Deals slow to a trickle on 2nd day

Sabres general manager Tim Murray joked that he has run out of spending money two days into NHL free agency.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Cavs meeting with Hayward; Nets land coach

CLEVELAND (AP) - Gordon Hayward once named Cleveland his least favorite NBA city. He might have to change his mind.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Marlins’ Alvarez is winning with theatrical flair

MIAMI (AP) - Henderson Alvarez's a pitcher, and that's not his only position. He'll throw a batter out at first base while sitting on the mound. He'll lie flat on his back while watching a teammate make a play.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Colombians recall Escobar’s death

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - The murder 20 years ago Wednesday of a Colombian soccer player who had accidentally scored for the other side, helping eliminate his team from the World Cup, stands in stark contrast to the national squad's celebrated success this time around.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Klinsmann right: US not ready to contend

SAO PAULO (AP) - Turns out Jurgen Klinsmann was right: The United States isn't ready to win the World Cup.

July 02, 2014 | | Pro Sports


College’s restrictive free-speech rules targeted

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A student who claims his right to free expression was violated has sued Citrus College in Southern California, one of four schools around the nation targeted by a free-speech group.

July 02, 2014 | | State


Police: Autistic boy, 11, kept in cage

SANTA ANA (AP) - The parents of a severely autistic boy were arrested after investigators determined the 11-year-old had been kept in a large metal cage, possibly to control his violent outbursts, authorities said Wednesday.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


TB outbreak at Sacramento high school campus

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday.

July 02, 2014 | | State


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Rand Paul not afraid of Blacks

There is no white Republican elected official today who is coming close to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's effort to reach out to black voters.

September 01, 2014 | | Other Views


Government wants nuclear waste train

ATLANTA (AP) - The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Giants power past Brewers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After an extended slump they would rather forget, the San Francisco Giants are gaining ground and back in the thick of the playoff chase as September begins.

August 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


49er McDonald faces charges of domestic violence

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.

August 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


A’s frustrated as Angels sweep

ANAHEIM (AP) - The Oakland Athletics arrived in Orange County eager to move back atop the AL West before Labor Day.

August 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Real Salt Lake , Earthquakes play draw

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Javier Morales evened the score in the 36th minute, and the San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake finished with a 1-1 draw Saturday night.

August 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Ernst wins Portland in playoff

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Austin Ernst won the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic on Sunday with a par on the first hole of a playoff against South Korea's I.K. Kim.

August 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Henley takes 1-shot lead at Deutsche Bank

NORTON, Mass. (AP) - Russell Henley doesn't get into contention as much as he'd like, though he is tough to beat when he's anywhere near the lead.

August 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Wozniacki’ stamina keys win in US Open quarters

NEW YORK (AP) - Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon.

August 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


49ers OL Boone agrees to new two-year deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Holdout right guard Alex Boone has agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that replaces the two years remaining on his previous deal, a person with direct knowledge of the contract said Sunday.

August 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker

LOS ANGELES (AP) - From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars.

August 31, 2014 | | Nation


3rd major Atlantic City casino closing

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The show is over for the Showboat Casino Hotel.

August 31, 2014 | | Nation


Casino night set Sept. 27 benefits Give Every Child a Chance tutoring

The Give Every Child a Chance 14th Casino Night & Auction will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St., Manteca.

August 31, 2014 | | State


SoCal school retires divisive Arab mascot

THERMAL (AP) - A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot.

August 31, 2014 | | State


Strong quake aftershock hits Napa Valley

NAPA (AP) - A significant aftershock from last weekend's magnitude-6.0 earthquake has rattled Northern California's wine country.

August 31, 2014 | | State


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