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sonny gray dominates indians, continues impressive stretch

oakland — before sonny gray’s scheduled start on friday against the cleveland indians, reports of him being scratched due to an imminent trade surfaced on social media. it turned out to be an internet hoax, but his performance on the mound was no joke.gray, whose name continues to come up in trade rumors as the deadline approaches, dominated the defending american league champions, tossing six innings of shutout ball with five strikeouts as the a’s returned from the all-star break with a 5-0 victory in front of 19,870 at the coliseum.it’s only natural for an athlete involved in heavy trade discussions to be anxious on the field during a game, and gray is no exception. he heard about the fake report before the game and admitted that it’s been difficult for him at times to deal with the speculation.“it’s hard when you get 50 text messages 45 minutes before the game,” gray said. “that’s kind of when you just try to put your phone away and block everything out.”despite the unease, gray did not allow it to affect his performance.after racking up five strikeouts, all swinging, in the first four innings, gray then began to pitch to contact and allowed his defense to help him control his pitch count in order to extend his night by a couple of innings. gray reached 100 pitches and was replaced by ryan madson to begin the seventh, marking his fourth consecutive start in which he pitched at least six innings and allowing two or fewer runs. this his first start of t...





giants poised to lose johnny cueto to more blister woes

san diego – the giants will have a grunting, snarling presence back on the mound when madison bumgarner resumes his place in the rotation after a three-month absence saturday night.but just as bumgarner arrives, johnny cueto might be on his way to the disabled list.cueto lasted just four innings in the giants’ 5-4 victory over the san diego padres on friday, and he wore a glum expression along with bandages on the tips of three fingers on his pitching hand.the blisters that prevented him from making precise pitches in april are back with a vengeance. and the right-hander didn’t rule out the possibility that changes to the baseball might be to blame.“i think the best thing for me to do would be to take some time off,” said cueto, who wasn’t sharp while throwing 82 pitches in four innings at petco park. “i’m not throwing very well. i don’t want to hurt myself. … i just can’t feel the ball.”giants manager bruce bochy described the irritation as “hot spots” on cueto’s index and middle fingers. cueto also said his thumb flared up as well. when asked if a harder baseball or flatter seams could be to blame, cueto did not shake his head.“probably,” he said in english.spanish interpreter erwin higueros translated the rest of his answer: “it’s hard for me to explain. the balls are all the same. i don’t really know what is happening.”cueto said the ball feels harder to him, which meshes with the theory that a harder ball and flatter seams offer ...





man suspected of firing gun into santa clara home arrested

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fire rages in honolulu high-rise

honolulu (ap) ’ the latest on a fire in a honolulu high-rise apartment building (all times local):6 p.m.honolulu’s mayor says the burning high-rise where at least three people have died was not equipped with sprinklers.mayor kirk caldwell made the revelation at a friday night news conference outside the marco polo condominium complex.the blaze began for unknown reasons on the 26th floor of the 36-story high-rise that was built in 1971.honolulu fire chief manuel neves says that without a doubt if there had been sprinklers, the fire would not have spread past the unit where it started.___5:15 p.m.a fire official says at least three people are dead in a blaze in a honolulu high-rise apartment building.fire department capt. david jenkins says the number of fatalities could change. he says at least 12 people have needed medical help.paramedics have treated and transported three people to a hospital.jenkins says some residents are unaccounted for, but he can’t estimate how many. he says firefighters are going door-to-door.jenkins says friday’s fire started on the 26th floor of the marco polo apartments. several hours later, it has spread to the 28th floor and several units.he says about 100 firefighters are battling the blaze.the 36-story building just outside the tourist mecca of waikiki has 568 apartment units.___4:45 p.m.honolulu emergency medical services have treated two patients and transported them in serious and stable condition to the hospital.on scene ems has seve...





silicon valley firm compiling a blacklist of investors who harass women

by elizabeth dwoskin | washington postsan francisco — faced with a burgeoning sexual harassment crisis, leaders in silicon valley have come up with a very silicon valley solution: use technology to create a blacklist.one of the region’s most prominent firms recently emailed an online reporting form to 3,500 entrepreneurs, encouraging them to blow the whistle on sexual harassment by venture capitalists. now it is spearheading an effort to create an app that could provide reviews of financiers, akin to yelp or the workplace-review site glassdoor.“we don’t call it a blacklist, but that is essentially what is happening,” kat manalac, a partner at the influential start-up incubator y combinator, said of the blast email. “there has always been a whisper network, where investors and entrepreneurs know which other investors are bad actors.” two other groups are also launching tech start-ups to help victims share their experiences.the efforts by y combinator and others are part of the industry’s urgent search for answers in the wake of sexual harassment scandals that have cemented silicon valley’s reputation as hostile to women.but for all the success the tech industry has had in building products based on ratings systems and online feedback, this is uncharted territory for silicon valley and may be fraught with risk, legal experts say.anonymous apps, blacklists and databases could backfire – on the makers of the apps, on people who felt unfairly accused or on wome...





earthquakes look strong against eintracht frankfurt

san jose — chris wondolowski scored his fifth goal in four games friday night while new designated player valeri qazaishvili made his earthquakes’ debut and previously injured quincy amarikwa and marc pelosi appeared for the first time this year in an exhibition at avaya stadium.the quakes routed german club eintracht frankfurt 4-1 in front of a crowd of 14,355 fans as san jose scored on two penalty kicks and got an own goal.qazaishvili saw his first action after arriving last weekend as the team’s new attacking midfielder. in a surprise, coach chris leitch also played amarikwa (knee surgery) and pelosi (knee). pelosi hadn’t played since 2015 with ongoing leg issues.wondolowski has scored in four consecutive games, this one coming on a penalty kick in the 18th minute after teammate jahmir hyka was taken down in the area.san jose  (11-9-8 in international friendlies) opened the scoring on a victor bernardez header off hyka’s corner kick in the 13th minute. leitch sent in five members of the united soccer league affiliate reno 1868 just after the half-hour mark.the quakes increased the lead in the 61st minute when eintracht’s danny da costa knocked in a strong strike from shea salinas. amarikwa made it 4-0 on a penalty kick 14 minutes later.“it’s great to be out here,” amarikwa said. “i’m hoping to translate this into the mls season.”leitch was impressed with his target forward who currently is ready to play no more than 45 minutes a game.“he looked m...





growing sinkhole swallows 2 houses, 1 boat in florida

miami — a sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow in florida swallowed a boat, destroyed two homes and prompted officials to evacuate residents from about a dozen homes friday.dramatic video showed the home in land o’ lakes, north of tampa in pasco county, collapsing into the hole friday morning. it quickly engulfed one home and a boat and then consumed about 80 percent of another home, said kevin guthrie, pasco county’s assistant county administrator for public safety.by friday afternoon, the hole stretched up to 250 feet (76 meters) wide and 50 feet (15 meters) deep, and threatened to damage a third home, guthrie said.pasco county fire chief shawn whited told reporters that no one was home when crews responded to a call about a “depression” under a boat in the backyard of a house in lake padgett estates in land o’lakes. within minutes, he said, “the hole opened up” and the boat fell in.firefighters were able to get two dogs out of the home and retrieve some belongings before the first home started collapsing into the quickly expanding hole.“this is people’s lives. they have everything in that house. the house that i went into, the elderly woman was in a walker, so we wanted to make sure we got medications ’ things that she needed,” deputy jay murphy said.no injuries have been reported.sheriff chris nocco said that within roughly 30 feet (9 meters) of the sinkhole, the ground was soft underfoot and felt like i...





sonny gray dominates indians, continues impressive stretch

oakland — before sonny gray’s scheduled start on friday against the cleveland indians, reports of him being scratched due to an imminent trade surfaced on twitter. it turned out to be an internet hoax, but his performance on the mound was no joke.gray, whose name continues to come up in trade rumors as the deadline approaches, dominated the defending american league champions, tossing six innings of shutout ball with five strikeouts as the a’s returned from the all-star break with a 5-0 victory in front of 19,870 at the coliseum.after racking up five strikeouts, all swinging, in the first four innings, gray then began to pitch to contact and allowed his defense to help him control his pitch count in order to extend his night by a couple of innings. gray reached 100 pitches and was replaced by ryan madson to begin the seventh, marking his fourth consecutive start in which he pitched at least six innings with two runs allowed or less and his first of the season in which he gave up no runs. giving up just two hits and a walk, it was gray’s best outing of the year.the a’s offense provided plenty of support for its ace with an outburst that featured two home runs off carlos carrasco. rajai davis, postseason revelation for the indians last year, took his former teammate deep in the fifth with a solo home run. all-star yonder alonso also homered in the same inning, also a solo shot for his 21st of the season, to put the a’s ahead 4-0.davis sparked a two-run rally in the ...





belmont blaze sparked by boy playing with fireworks

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why musicians are angry at world's most popular music streaming service

todd c. frankel | washington post with the money from cds and digital downloads disappearing, the music industry has pinned its hope for the future on online song streaming, which now accounts for the majority of the $7.7 billion u.s. music market.but the biggest player in this future isn’t one of the names most associated with streaming – spotify, amazon, pandora or apple. it’s youtube, the site best known for viral videos, which accounts for 25 percent of all music streamed worldwide, far more than any other site.now, youtube is locked in an increasingly bitter battle with music labels over how much it pays to stream their songs – and at stake is not just the finances of the music industry but also the way that millions of people around the world have grown accustomed to listening to music: for free.music labels accuse youtube of using a legal loophole to pay less for songs than traditional music-streaming sites, calling youtube the biggest threat since song piracy crippled the industry in the early 2000s. the industry has pressed its case to regulators around the world in hopes of forcing a change.“i do think youtube is starting to panic a little bit,” said mitch glazier, president of the recording industry association of america.but youtube is not backing down, stressing the benefits to musicians of promotion on one of the web’s most popular sites – which allows ordinary users to integrate music into their uploads. youtube also warns against attacks that c...





fire rages in honolulu high-rise

honolulu — the latest on a fire in a honolulu high-rise apartment building (all times local):5:15 p.m.a fire official says at least three people are dead in a blaze in a honolulu high-rise apartment building.fire department capt. david jenkins says the number of fatalities could change. he says at least 12 people have needed medical help.paramedics have treated and transported three people to a hospital.jenkins says some residents are unaccounted for, but he can’t estimate how many. he says firefighters are going door-to-door.jenkins says friday’s fire started on the 26th floor of the marco polo apartments. several hours later, it has spread to the 28th floor and several units.he says about 100 firefighters are battling the blaze.the 36-story building just outside the tourist mecca of waikiki has 568 apartment units.4:45 p.m.honolulu emergency medical services have treated two patients and transported them in serious and stable condition to the hospital.on scene ems has several ambulances with paramedics and emergency medical technicians as well as two chiefs evaluating patients for smoke inhalation.paramedics are expediting emergency treatment with a triage location inside the building.firefighters received a call for the fire on the 26th floor of the marco polo building at 2:30 p.m.___4:00 p.m.honolulu firefighters say there are reports of people trapped in their units in a burning honolulu high-rise apartment building.capt. david jenkins says most residents have made...





silicon valley firm compiling a blacklist of investors who harass women

by elizabeth dwoskin | washington postsan francisco — faced with a burgeoning sexual harassment crisis, leaders in silicon valley have come up with a very silicon valley solution: use technology to create a blacklist.one of the region’s most prominent firms recently emailed an online reporting form to 3,500 entrepreneurs, encouraging them to blow the whistle on sexual harassment by venture capitalists. now it is spearheading an effort to create an app that could provide reviews of financiers, akin to yelp or the workplace-review site glassdoor.“we don’t call it a blacklist, but that is essentially what is happening,” kat manalac, a partner at the influential start-up incubator y combinator, said of the blast email. “there has always been a whisper network, where investors and entrepreneurs know which other investors are bad actors.” two other groups are also launching tech start-ups to help victims share their experiences.the efforts by y combinator and others are part of the industry’s urgent search for answers in the wake of sexual harassment scandals that have cemented silicon valley’s reputation as hostile to women.but for all the success the tech industry has had in building products based on ratings systems and online feedback, this is uncharted territory for silicon valley and may be fraught with risk, legal experts say.anonymous apps, blacklists and databases could backfire – on the makers of the apps, on people who felt unfairly accused or on wome...





lamborghini catches fire at redwood city gas station

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california congressman has ties to russian at trump jr. meet

by sarah d. wire | los angeles timeswashington — a former soviet military counterintelligence officer who met with president donald trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign manager in june 2016 had previously lobbied rep. dana rohrabacher, r-costa mesa, at least twice about u.s. relations with russia.news broke friday that rinat akhmetshin, who received u.s. citizenship and became a washington lobbyist after emigrating from russia more than a decade ago, was also present at the trump tower meeting with campaign officials and kremlin-linked lawyer natalia veselnitskaya. the new york times first reported the news about the meeting aimed at potential negative information about then-democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton.several outlets have reported on akhmetshin’s past lobbying of rohrabacher to help remove russian lawyer sergei magnitsky’s name from a global anti-corruption law. magnitsky was a whistleblower who alleged that officials in russian president vladimir putin’s government stole $230 million. he died in prison under suspicious circumstances.the magnitsky act banned officials alleged to be involved in his death from visiting the united states and from using u.s. banks. in response, putin banned all adoptions of russian children by u.s. parents. akhmetshin lobbies for human rights accountability global initiative, a group started by veselnitskaya reportedly to lift the adoption ban.rohrabacher has long been known for encouraging improved relations with...





fire rages in honolulu high-rise

honolulu — the latest on a fire in a honolulu high-rise apartment building (all times local):4:45 p.m.honolulu emergency medical services have treated two patients and transported them in serious and stable condition to the hospital.on scene ems has several ambulances with paramedics and emergency medical technicians as well as two chiefs evaluating patients for smoke inhalation. paramedics are expediting emergency treatment with a triage location inside the building.firefighters received a call for the fire on the 26th floor of the marco polo building at 2:30 p.m.___4:00 p.m.honolulu firefighters say there are reports of people trapped in their units in a burning honolulu high-rise apartment building.capt. david jenkins says most residents have made it safely out of the marco polo apartments but firefighters are checking to see if there are residents are unable to get out.he says more than 60 firefighters are battling the blaze that began friday afternoon in a unit on the 26th floor. he says it has spread to at least the 27th floor and multiple units.jenkins says there are several people who required medical help.building security guard leonard rosa says police and firefighters are going door-to-door. he says the evacuation has been orderly.___3:30 p.m.more than 60 firefighters are battling a multiple-alarm fire in a honolulu high-rise apartment building.honolulu fire department spokesman capt. david jenkins says friday’s fire at marco polo apartments started on the 26th...





mark melancon isn't close to returning

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berkeley police searching for missing 5-year-old girl – the mercury news

berkeley — police are searching for a 5-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted by her mother on friday afternoon.mayalyia booker was last seen about 3:14 p.m. in the 1500 block of prince street. her mother has diminished capacity, police said.mayalyia is black and between 3 feet 6 inches and 4 feet tall with a thin build and brown eyes. she has brown short hair styled in twists. she was last seen wearing a black shirt, black pants and grey tennis shoes. her mother, laquita davis, also black, is age 34, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighs 172 pounds. she has brown hair and brown eyes. davis’s hair is styled in two braids and she was last seen wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.anyone with information can call 911 or berkeley police at 510-981-5900.





new los altos park, mountain view tech showcase, how to avoid being a coyote’s lunch – the mercury news

coming up• the city of los altos will cut a ribbon to open a pop-up park — the downtown green — at 7:30 p.m. on saturday. the temporary park space is on third street between main and state streets downtown, a stretch of street covered by green, synthetic turf and lined with furniture. it’s intended to provide a temporary social gathering space, special-event venue, and outdoor dining space during july and august, according to los altos public information coordinator erica ray. the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by an outdoor screening of “rogue one: a star wars story.” other events will include music, movies and more. for a calendar of events, visit www.downtowngreen2017.com. • the city of palo alto this summer is seeking community input on connecting palo alto, a citywide effort to design the city’s caltrain rail corridor. anyone interested in providing feedback should fill out a survey. the survey should take no longer than 15 minutes. responses will be shared with the palo alto city council, planning and transportation commission and the rail committee after summer break. on the bright sidejohn, wendy and peter, kittens who were rescued from inside a boom lift in redwood city on may 1, 2017, are now available for adoption at the peninsula humane society & spca in burlingame. (courtesy of peninsula humane society & spca) • three kittens that were rescued from inside a boom lift in redwood city on may 1 by peninsula humane society & spca staff...





'war for the planet of the apes' -- a thrilling epic

apparently all the new “planet of the apes” films needed to do to really hit a home run was take the humans mostly out of the equation. it’s what this whole trilogy has been leading to, really, as we dipped our toes into the rise, dawn and now war between this burgeoning civilization of apes and the humans who are desperately and often dishonorably fighting for their survival.“war for the planet of the apes” is a riveting and surprisingly poignant epic that’s a notch above much of the franchise dreck at every multiplex in the country. it’s as though director matt reeves, screenwriter mark bomback and the production actually put care and thought into what they were doing with their characters.woody harrelson plays the colonel in “war for the planet of the apes.” (twentieth century fox film corporation) reeves wastes no time getting the action started with a gripping opening battle. we enter the world through the eyes of some terrified intruders. a group of human soldiers walks through the woods in search of caesar (andy serkis). they don’t know whether he’s still alive, but their leader is hell-bent on exterminating the apes.caesar and his followers have been operating from a secret hideout in the woods — a gorgeous little eden tucked away behind a thundering waterfall. when the soldiers find them, the apes fight back swiftly and effectively and nearly take out all of the combatants. caesar spares the lives of the few to send a message back to their le...





‘city of ghosts’ documents heroism in islamic state bastion

at the movies, so-called superheroes swing into action in a new release almost every weekend throughout the summer season. but if you want to see the genuine article, you’ll have to seek out “city of ghosts,” matthew heineman’s documentary about the syrian citizen-journalist group of raqqa.this city in eastern syria on the banks of the euphrates has, for the past three years, been the de facto capital of the islamic state. raqqa first attracted militants in the uprising against syrian president bashar al-assad, but in the wake of the revolution the islamic state set up camp there. black flags became common, as did beheadings, crucifixions and torture.raqqa has become one of the most difficult places in the world to live what most of us consider a normal daily life, let alone do journalism. and yet it was here that one of the more inspiring examples of citizen reporting took root.the people involved, known as raqqa is being slaughtered silently are a small group of mostly anonymous raqqa residents who became activists. heineman, director of the oscar-nominated “cartel land,” lets the group’s leaders tell their own story, providing an intimate, heartbreaking and stirring look into the tragedy of syria today.a scene from matthew heineman’s documentary “city of ghosts.” (amazon studios/ifc films) they are mostly young, previously apolitical men who found the courage to resist when the islamic state, or isis, began terrorizing their home city. armed with nothi...