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Fired regulator: Brown pushed to waive oil safeguards.

8 hours 32 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The state's fired former top oil regulator says Gov. Jerry Brown's administration pressured him to break federal and state law on oilfield permitting.

Asian shares fall as U.S. jobs jitters outweigh ECB support

8 hours 37 min ago

SINGAPORE/TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares extended losses on Friday as caution over a U.S. jobs report overshadowed signals from the European Central Bank that it is willing to take further steps to shore up the European economy. U.S. stock futures fell 0.8 percent during the Asian day, pointing to a weaker opening on Wall Street as well after U.S. stocks ended slightly higher overnight. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.8 percent, and was on track to end the week down 4.2 percent.

No. 22 Wildcats' 42-32 win over UTSA comes with a cost

8 hours 51 min ago

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Anu Solomon threw four touchdown passes to help No. 22 Arizona beat UTSA 42-32 Thursday night, but the Wildcats suffered a big blow when All-America linebacker Scooby Wright went out early with a left knee injury.

1 student killed, 2 injured at Sacramento college

8 hours 59 min ago
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police hunted for a gunman Thursday night who opened fire at a Sacramento college parking lot, killing one student and wounding two others, officials said.

Utah spoils Harbaugh's debut, beating Michigan 24-17

9 hours 4 min ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jim Harbaugh was swarmed by cameramen from the moment he stepped of the bus at Rice-Eccles Stadium. College football's newest rock star had finally arrived to play a game after eight months of hype.

Saudi king to meet with Obama amid Gulf concerns over Iran deal

9 hours 4 min ago

By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday to seek more support in countering Iran, as the Obama administration aims to use the visit to shore up relations after a period of tensions. The visit is the king's first to the United States since ascending to the throne in January, and comes after the United States agreed to a nuclear deal with Iran in July, raising Gulf Arab fears that the lifting of sanctions on Iran would enable it to pursue destabilizing policies in the Middle East.

Philly businesses wary, excited by prospect of papal crowds

9 hours 10 min ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Business owners in Philadelphia could enjoy a financial windfall from the crowds expected for the papal visit — if their employees can get to work through the security perimeters and road closures.

Thais unveil restored statue at bomb site to boost morale

9 hours 11 min ago

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities unveiled the restored centerpiece Friday of the Erawan Shrine, in the latest bid to boost confidence among Bangkok's tourism and business communities almost three weeks after a deadly bombing that left 20 dead.

Federer cruises, Murray struggles, Hewitt says farewell

9 hours 21 min ago

Five-time champion Roger Federer strolled into the US Open third round as fellow old-timer Lleyton Hewitt bid farewell in trademark fighting style. On a dramatic day which saw a record created for the longest women's match, and a new Grand Slam high for retirements from the men's tournament, Andy Murray escaped his earliest exit in 10 years when he came back from two sets down to make the last 32. There was also a late security scare when a drone crashed into the corner of Louis Armstrong Stadium.

After troop cuts, China military warns reforms will be hard

9 hours 22 min ago

China's military reforms will be difficult and risky as they require a fundamental change in thinking and could affect special interest groups, the armed forces official paper said on Friday following the announcement of a 300,000 troop cut. President Xi Jinping unveiled the unexpected news of a reduction in the size of the armed forces on Thursday, at a military parade marking the end of World War Two. The Defence Ministry said the cut, part of broader reforms to up-grade and further professionalize the military, would be basically completed by 2017.

NFL quarterback Brady's four-game ban quashed, Goodell to appeal

9 hours 24 min ago

A US judge's decision to strike down New England Patriots Tom Brady's four-game "Deflate-gate" suspension means the superstar quarterback can play in the National Football League's season opener next Thursday. The ruling by US District Judge Richard Berman not only paves the way for Brady to take the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers but it is also a public relations embarrassment for commissioner Roger Goodell and calls into question his role as the league's ultimate authority. "Brady's four-game suspension is vacated, effective immediately," Berman ruled after failing in his effort to induce the warring sides to reach a settlement.

UN star-studded media blitz to promote new development goals

9 hours 24 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is launching a global campaign with a media blitz and an array of stars from Beyonce to Usain Bolt to spread news to everyone in the world about its new goals to eradicate poverty, fight inequality and combat climate change.

Airman who helped stop train attack set returns to US

9 hours 27 min ago

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force airman who was injured when he and two childhood friends tackled a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train returned to his native California Thursday night.

Boykin, No. 2 TCU outlast Minnesota 23-17

9 hours 29 min ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trevone Boykin and No. 2 TCU got quite a test from Minnesota in their opener.

Manhunt could bring subdued holiday in recreation area

9 hours 36 min ago

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The manhunt for three suspects wanted in the killing of an Illinois police officer threatened Thursday to dampen the Labor Day weekend across one of the state's most popular recreational areas, a boating and fishing playground known as the Chain O' Lakes.

Brady sits out after court victory, Giants top Patriots 12-9

9 hours 38 min ago

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A battle of reserves to end the preseason was fittingly decided by a backup kicker.

German police say five people hurt in fire at refugee shelter

9 hours 48 min ago
German police said on Friday five people were injured when a fire broke out at a refugee shelter in the town of Heppenheim in the West German state of Hesse. Germany, which expects the influx of refugees and migrants to quadruple to about 800,000 this year, has witnessed more than 100 arson attacks on asylum shelters in recent months. "One resident who tried to rescue himself by jumping out of a window from the second floor was seriously wounded," police spokeswoman Christiane Kobus said in a statement.

Crunch UN climate talks enter fraught final day

9 hours 59 min ago

Friday will be the sixth-to-last negotiating day, with five more to follow in October, before the highly-anticipated November 30-December 11 UN conference opens in Paris in the presence of heads of state. Developing countries, in particular, were disappointed that the working document produced in Geneva in February -- a laundry list of often contradictory options for solving the pressing problem of global warming -- was still essentially the same. "The time for talking about concepts and general chit chat is over," said Gurdial Singh Nijar, a Malaysian negotiator and spokesman for the Like Minded Developing Nations bloc, which includes China, India, and many African, South American, Middle Eastern and Asian countries.

Disney unveils Star Wars toys amid marketing blitz

10 hours 2 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing "Force" behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film.

Down 2 sets to none, Murray comes back to win at US Open

10 hours 2 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Before they stepped on court, there was nothing to suggest Andy Murray would have any trouble against Adrian Mannarino in the U.S. Open's second round.