California will not raise cigarette taxes by $1 a pack after vote results posted on Friday showed a ballot initiative on the matter narrowly failed, and proponents of the tax on tobacco products conceded defeat.The measure, known as Proposition 29, was defeated 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent, according to full precinct count results posted on Friday by California's Secretary of State. Some absentee and other ballots remained to be counted. Read More
Seas could rise higher along the California coastline this century than in other places in the world, increasing the risk of flooding and storm damage, dune erosion and wetland destruction, the U.S. National Research Council reported Friday.Rising sea levels have long been seen as a consequence of climate change, because as the world warms, glaciers melt and contribute water to the Earth's oceans. At the same time, ocean waters tend to expand as they heat, pushing sea levels higher. Read More
Facebook Inc has begun showing ads on Zynga Inc's website, the first time the company has distributed ads beyond the borders of its own website and raising the possibility that Facebook could eventually launch an online advertising network."People may now see ads and sponsored stories from Facebook on Zynga.com," said Facebook spokesperson Tucker Bounds. He said that Facebook does not share information about people or advertisers with Zynga, and that Facebook's advertisers do not have any new "targeting criteria." Read More
Now LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can have a championship celebration with an actual championship trophy.
Pushing to an early 17-point lead and then holding on from there, the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, to close out the best-of-seven NBA Finals in Game 5 of the series, sweeping the three consecutive games on their homecourt. Read More
It may be hard to believe, but the once struggling A’s are only two games under .500 after sweeping the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers.
Yoenis Cespedes crushed a line-drive three-run homer just inside the foul pole in the bottom of the ninth as the A’s beat the Dodgers 4-1 on Thursday.
“All my teammates have been thanking me for all the good things I’ve been doing for the team, but the only thing I was needing was the walk off, so I was happy to be able to do that today,” Cespedes said through his interpreter, former A’s pitcher Ariel Prieto. Read More
Jered Weaver scattered two hits over six solid innings after being activated from the disabled list and Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo belted back-to-back homers as the host Los Angeles Angels beat the Giants 6-0, taking two of three from San Francisco.
Alberto Callaspo also went deep, Bobby Wilson had an RBI double and Erick Aybar and rookie Mike Trout added RBI singles. The Angels, who have won nine of their last 12 outings, improved to 32-18 since Trout debuted with the club April 28. Read More
Right-hander Brandon McCarthy allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings to win his sixth consecutive decision as the A’s topped the Dodgers 3-0 at the Oakland Coliseum on Tuesday.
Seth Smith and Jonny Gomes had RBI singles in a three-run first inning to help Oakland win for the sixth time in seven games.
McCarthy (6-3) showed no rust from an 11-day layoff due to shoulder soreness, retiring the final eight batters he faced to remain unbeaten since April 21. He struck out five and walked one. Read More
With one more victory, all the doubts end.
For LeBron James. For the Miami Heat. For Pat Riley’s Big Three vision during 2010 NBA free agency.
Surging back from an early 17-point deficit, the Heat survived a late James cramp and 43 points from Russell Westbrook for a 104-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.
The victory pushed the Heat to a 3-1 series lead, with Game 5 Thursday on the Heat’s home court. If the Heat don’t close it out then, the series shifts to Oklahoma City for the potential final two games. Read More
Veteran running back Cedric Benson could be a viable backup option to Raiders starter Darren McFadden.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that Benson, who turns 30 in December, is on the Raiders’ radar.
Benson is likely to come at an affordable price. He had 895 carries the past three seasons with the Bengals, more than Ravens’ starter Ray Rice (852) and Falcons’ workhorse Michael Turner (813). Read More
Google and Apple are attracting scrutiny for flying “military-grade spy planes” over major U.S. cities as they race to shore up their rival 3D-mapping services.
Staffers for Sen. Charles Schumer met with Google officials Monday to discuss privacy issues related to the camera-equipped planes. They plan to meet with Apple on Friday.
The senator’s office also plans to reach out to other companies developing similar technologies. Read More
Hours before his first start since his perfect game, San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain stood on the grass at Angels Stadium and read the Top 10 Things I Want To Achieve Now That I’ve Thrown A Perfect Game — for David Letterman’s late-night show.No. 4: “Pitch an inning without my pants.”Here’s another that wasn’t on the list: Win my next start.It happened, but much less smoothly than the perfect game.Cain lasted only five innings in a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels, and he was nowhere near as sharp.Then again, who is? Read More
A jury on Monday acquitted Major League Baseball pitching great Roger Clemens of all six criminal charges against him in a trial to decide whether he lied to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs.
Clemens, dressed in a beige suit, blue shirt and tie, showed little outward emotion as the verdict was read, but choked up during brief comments after he emerged from the federal courthouse. Read More
The thick fog that had blanketed the final round of the U.S. Open in San Francisco lifted on Monday, giving way to brilliant blue skies and dazzling sunshine.
Only golf’s increasingly unpredictable pecking order remained cloudy, no clearer to being unravelled after Webb Simpson had won the championship by a single stroke.
The 26-year-old American is one of the rising stars on the PGA Tour, finishing second on last season’s money list, but he was still a surprise champion. Read More
Once again it was riveting theater.
Once again it came down to the finish.
And while the Miami Heat moved to a 2-1 lead in these best-of-seven NBA Finals with a 91-85 victory Sunday night over the Oklahoma City Thunder at AmericanAirlines Arena, the sense is this series is just getting started.
With LeBron James and Kevin Durant again doing their part, the drama of the series’ first two games in Oklahoma City continued in round three of what is setting up as a true championship fight. Read More
A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon had to leave Sunday’s game in the top of the third inning with a strained right oblique, and Oakland lost to the San Diego Padres 2-1 at home, ending the A’s five-game winning streak.
Colon came off the mound to field Alexi Amarista’s sacrifice bunt in the third inning, according to the San Jose Mercury News. He threw wildly to first base, and the error allowed runners to advance to second and third.After manager Bob Melvin and the training staff checked on Colon, Colon left the game. Read More