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Stocks climb, approaching record highs again

Stocks are rising Friday, the latest nudge forward for a market that has taken a slow and steady path to record highs. Telecom and utility stocks led the way, as they have for much of this year. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 8 points, or 0.4%, to 2,173 at 2:22 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow...

Gov. Brown signs law requiring registration of homemade guns

Updates on California politics: President Obama, Vice President Biden endorse Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate July 22, 2016, 11:44 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: Opponents of gun violence laws signed earlier...

Like Chicken Little, Donald Trump and his followers think the sky is falling

The day after the Republican convention: Will we learn who Hillary Clinton's running mate is? July 22, 2016, 11:32 a.m. • The watch for Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick is in full swing• How did people respond to Donald Trump's convention? Watch our daily tracking poll.• What just happened?...

Steelers' RB Le'Veon Bell reportedly appealing a four-game suspension for missing a drug test

Le’Veon Bell could miss multiple games for violating the NFL’s drug policy for the second straight season, according to multiple media reports. ESPN and NFL.com are reporting that the Pittsburgh Steelers running back is facing a four-game suspension for missing at least one drug test. He missed...

Apple debuts exclusive-to-Rio watch bands featuring national flag color combinations

Rio’s Apple Watch fans will have another reason to celebrate during the Olympics: Apple has created a collection of woven nylon bands representing 14 different countries, and they’ll only be available in The Brazilian city. Apple isn’t particularly known for the types of small-batch, location-specific...

'Wonder Woman' gets its first poster, and it's stunning

Live from Comic-Con 2016: First Look at 'Wonder Woman' movie poster and 'Daredevil' returns July 22, 2016, 11:30 a.m. San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing. We've got first looks of sci-fi fave "Valerian" and the"Wonder Woman" movie poster. Plus, experience the creepy "Walking Dead" display and...

Verizon reportedly close to acquiring Yahoo for around $5 billion

Verizon is reportedly nearing a deal to purchase Yahoo for close to $5 billion, bringing to an end a months-long bidding process for a now-ailing company that was once an Internet trailblazer. The sale is still being deliberated, but could be announced early next week, according to Bloomberg. Verizon...

President Obama challenges GOP 'vision of violence and chaos'

The day after the Republican convention: Will we learn who Hillary Clinton's running mate is? July 22, 2016, 11:32 a.m. • The watch for Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick is in full swing• How did people respond to Donald Trump's convention? Watch our daily tracking poll.• What just happened?...

Jeff VanderMeer asks the age old question: Wherefore #Floridaman?

In Tallahassee in the mid-1990s I once tried to save a huge snapping turtle before a car could hit it — in the middle of a raging thunderstorm — only to wind up desperately hanging onto its shell for dear life so I wouldn’t get bit while people slowly drove past looking at me like I was crazy....

Essential Politics: Any bump for Trump?

The Republican National Convention is over. Donald Trump has had his say — at record length — and now we get to watch the polls. Will the convention generate a bump? Good afternoon, I’m David Lauter, Washington bureau chief. Welcome to the Friday edition of our Essential Politics newsletter, in...

D.A.'s office recuses itself from sibling murder case after prosecutor's daughter is ID'd as victim

The Placer County district attorney’s office has recused itself from handling the case of a boy accused of killing his sister because of a “strong emotional connection” to one of its prosecutors — the father of the 13-year-old girl found dead this week inside his family home. Supervising Deputy...

In Monterey, a battle for historic Laguna Seca raceway

A bitter fight to take control of one of the world’s most iconic racetracks will come to a head next week when three competing teams of auto sports enthusiasts make their cases to a ruling panel.  At stake is the management of the Laguna Seca racing venue, host for almost 60 years to some of the...

Kevin Durant shows off his new Tupac tattoo

Golden State Warrior forward Kevin Durant is already showing the "California Love" by paying homage to one of California's famous rappers. During a Team USA training camp practice in Las Vegas on Thursday, Durant showed off his latest tattoo - a portrait of the late West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur....

The best lines from Donald Trump's speech, according to California Republicans

The California delegation to the Republican National Convention had among the best seats in the house for Donald Trump's acceptance speech on Thursday night. Here's what resonated most with the largest delegation in the country. "I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for presidency of...

Holly Holm returns from UFC title loss to find a new, long line of contenders

When Holly Holm landed the head kick that rendered Ronda Rousey a former champion in November, only two fighters in the UFC women’s bantamweight division mattered. Now, that number has doubled, if not tripled. Holm (10-1) returns from her stunning fifth-round submission loss to Miesha Tate in March...

Powered by Google, U.N. flexes tech muscle to fight climate change

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New Google-powered software will help the world tackle problems related to climate change, deforestation and food production, a United Nations agency said on Friday, as it presented its revamped online platform.

Musing on Meat as Two Bulls Enjoy Brief Pre-Slaughter Freedom

Some meaty thoughts arise as two bulls bound for a slaughterhouse briefly roamed West Baltimore.

Sorry, Trump: Scottish wind farm is going ahead despite you

The former reality TV star has been trying to stop a wind project near one of his golf courses, but he's now out of luck.

Cowboys rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott is not arrested after being accused of domestic violence

Ezekiel Elliott has been accused of domestic violence by a woman who said she is the former live-in girlfriend of the Dallas Cowboys rookie running back, according to a multiple media accounts of a police report filed Friday morning in Columbus, Ohio. The woman told police the alleged assault took...

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