UKIAH, Calif. | 14,000 firefighters, inmates to foreigners, aid California

UKIAH, Calif. — Firefighters said for the first time Wednesday that they have made good progress battling the state’s largest-ever wildfire but didn’t expect to have it fully under control until September. The blaze north of San Francisco has grown to the size of Los Angeles since it started two weeks ago, fueled by dry … Continue reading UKIAH, Calif. | 14,000 firefighters, inmates to foreigners, aid California

LOS ANGELES | Backlash follows the addition of popular film Oscar category

LOS ANGELES — Big changes are coming to the Academy Awards, including the addition of a popular film award category and the promise of a shorter ceremony in an effort to combat declining viewership and criticisms that the awards are out of touch with the mainstream. But the Wednesday morning announcement was also met with … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Backlash follows the addition of popular film Oscar category

WASHINGTON | No easy answers on best heart check-up for young athletes

WASHINGTON— What kind of heart check-up do young athletes need to make the team? A large study of teenage soccer players in England found in-depth screening didn’t detect signs of trouble in some athletes who later died — yet allowed others at risk to get treated and back in the game. At issue is cardiac … Continue reading WASHINGTON | No easy answers on best heart check-up for young athletes

ARLINGTON, Texas | Colon might not have enough time to pass Marichal again

ARLINGTON, Texas — Bartolo Colon still has another lofty goal after becoming the top winning pitcher from Latin America. “This year is almost getting close to the end. But there is one thing that I will look for, is Juan Marichal has more innings than me,” Colon said through a translator. “For the Dominicans, I … Continue reading ARLINGTON, Texas | Colon might not have enough time to pass Marichal again

SALT LAKE CITY | 3rd-party hopeful brings cash to race with Utah congressman

SALT LAKE CITY— A candidate for a new, moderate third-party is bringing a trove of cash and a little Mormon humor to a northern Utah congressional race against a longtime Republican incumbent. Businessman Eric Eliason is facing an uphill climb in the three-way race to unseat eight-term U.S. Rep. Bob Bishop in a heavily Republican … Continue reading SALT LAKE CITY | 3rd-party hopeful brings cash to race with Utah congressman

FLORIDA | East coast blue crab trap closures start Aug. 10

FLORIDA– Recreational and commercial blue crab traps must be removed from certain state waters on the east coast of Florida prior to Aug. 10, the first day of two 10-day trap closures occurring this month. Blue crab traps may not be in state waters (shore to 3 nautical miles, including intracoastal waterways) in Brevard through … Continue reading FLORIDA | East coast blue crab trap closures start Aug. 10

NEW YORK | US stock indexes dip as oil prices sink energy companies

NEW YORK— A late gain for U.S. stocks slipped away Wednesday as a four-day winning streak ended. Energy companies sank along with the price of oil. The price of crude oil fell more than 3 percent Wednesday. Big dividend payers and industrial companies slipped. Gains for Microsoft, Facebook and Alphabet helped technology companies finish higher. … Continue reading NEW YORK | US stock indexes dip as oil prices sink energy companies

NEW YORK | NYC moves to rein in Uber with cap on ride-hail vehicles

NEW YORK  — New York City is reining in the growth of Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride services with a temporary cap on new cars picking up fares. The City Council approved a package of bills Wednesday that included a one-year moratorium on new licenses for for-hire vehicles while the city studies the rapidly … Continue reading NEW YORK | NYC moves to rein in Uber with cap on ride-hail vehicles