Giants collapse in the ninth inning, lose five-run deficit in crushing defeat to A's
SAN FRANCISCO — The last-place San Francisco Giants dominated the first-place Oakland A’s for eight innings at Oracle Park on Friday, smacking three home runs and cruising to a five-run advantage thanks to a smooth outing from starter Johnny Cueto.Baseball games, of course, don’t end after eight innings.Another jaw-dropping defensive mistake from a Giants defense that has made dozens in the first three weeks of the season gave life to an Oakland rally before A’s right fielder Stephen Piscotty clubbed a game-tying grand slam in the top of the ninth against Giants closer Trevor Gott.With a new e...
The Mercury News
In tiny California county, 13 have died of COVID-19 in past week, 12 at one nursing home
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento’s smallest neighboring county, rural Amador, has quickly become a hotbed for coronavirus activity, with health officials and the state reporting a rapid spike in new cases and a flood of more than a dozen deaths in the past week — nearly all of the fatalities at one nursing facility.Amador County, which has a population of about 38,500, on Aug. 7 reported its first two resident deaths from complications of COVID-19. Both were in their 80s and had existing health conditions, according to a news release.Then in an update this Tuesday, Amador’s County public health...
The Sacramento Bee
Court finds Amazon can face liability for defective products sold by third parties on its website
Amazon can be held liable for defective products sold by third-parties on its website, a California state appeals court ruled Thursday in case brought by a San Diego woman injured when a laptop battery that she purchased exploded.The decision by the California Court of Appeal’s Fourth Appellate District in San Diego is one of the few nationwide to reject Amazon’s core defense against third-party product liability — that it’s simply an online marketplace facilitator helping manufacturers reach customers globally, not a retailer or distributor subject to legal product liability law.“Several case...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
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Minneapolis mayor announces plan to leave 100 police jobs unfilled next yearMinneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Friday announced plans for the city to keep some 100 police jobs open next year, bowing to the city’s budget challenges and loud calls to defund the force.“There is no single policy proposal that will, in one fell swoop, undo 400 years of institutionalized racism,” the 39-year-old mayor said in his budget address. “But that doesn’t mean we can’t leverage this moment to do more and go further than those who have tried before us.”Frey has faced withering criticism after the caught-on-video...
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Kings GM Vlade Divac steps down after five seasons; Joe Dumars will take over
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — His jersey will always hang in the rafters at Golden 1 Center as a symbol of his storied playing career in Sacramento, but Vlade Divac will no longer hold his post as the team’s general manager.Divac, 52, stepped down Friday after five tumultuous seasons as the team’s general manager and vice president of basketball operations. Joe Dumars, who joined the organization as an advisor last summer, will serve as interim general manager and executive vice president of basketball operations on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is found.Sources told The Sacramento Bee...
The Sacramento Bee
Hundreds of sea lions to be killed in Northwest in effort to save endangered fish
SEATTLE — Approval to kill up to 840 sea lions in a portion of the Columbia River and its tributaries over the next five years to boost the survival of salmon and steelhead at risk of extinction is expected from federal officials Friday.The kill program has been in the works since Congress approved a change in the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 2018, allowing sea lions to be killed to reduce predation on salmon and other species.The legislation for the first time allows the killing of Steller’s sea lions, in addition to California sea lions, and makes any of the marine mammals fair game withi...
The Seattle Times
Chicago restaurants sue for coronavirus insurance payouts, struggle to hang on. 'We're just hoping it's not too little too late.'
CHICAGO — Since suing his insurance carrier nearly five months ago, in hopes of recovering some of the money he’s lost during the pandemic, Ryan Marks has been doing what he can to keep his three restaurants afloat.Neither he nor his business partners are taking salaries. He moved to a smaller apartment that costs half as much. He has been negotiating his restaurants’ rent with his landlords, some of whom are more sympathetic than others, but worries even a deferral won’t help much in the long term.“There is not going to be a magic double year coming up where I can just make it up,” said Marks...
Shopping in California is still far below normal, report says, lagging recovery seen in rest of the country
In-store shopping in California is suffering a prolonged hit, seeing only a small fraction of foot traffic compared to this time last year. The state is significantly lagging behind national trends, seeing virtually no recovery since May.That’s according to a new report released by San Francisco tech company Zenreach, whose technology can measure foot traffic of shoppers as they flow in and out of stores, restaurants and bars. The company’s tech is installed in 10,000 locations, where its software picks up Wi-Fi signals from shoppers’ phones.The company’s national report shows retail recovery ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Weinstein appears prison cell in mask as his lawyers push back extradition to LA
NEW YORK — Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, currently held in an upstate New York prison, attended a remote hearing Friday as prosecutors planned his pending extradition to Los Angeles to face another round of sexual assault charges.Weinstein has been at Wende Correctional Facility since a Manhattan judge sentenced him in March to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.He is awaiting extradition to California to face more criminal charges stemming from two alleged sex assaults in Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles in 2013.Weinstein’s lawyers arranged a deal with Los Angeles p...
New York Daily News
Under the Hood: The strange case of the possessed Bonneville
Q. What is the weirdest problem you’ve ever encountered, and fixed?— Zach K.A: There have certainly been many odd situations through the years that can make one realize there is so much more to learn, and symptoms and failures can occur under the most odd circumstances.It was 1988, I was the technical foreman at a Pontiac dealership. I got this position by showing interest in drilling really deep for information, studying service manuals, technical service bulletins and calling for technical assistance when things got hairy.The car was a just-sold Bonneville SSE, a fresh design, with complaint...
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