Embattled Los Angeles Sheriff spares with his opponent over law enforcement gangs

Former Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, left, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva share a lighter moment near the end of their debate as they both like the TV show Big Bang Theory and both are Dodgers fans. Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Los Angeles Sheriff’s candidates took the stage in a heated hourlong debate on Wednesday night. Sheriff Alex Villanueva and his opponent, former police chief Robert Luna discussed law enforcement gangs. Villanueva sidestepped the question and accused Luna of being in one.  Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva dodged the allegations of law enforcement gangs in the department at a debate… Read More

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Mike Lee, Evan McMullin poll results: The race is neck and neck

Getty Images / Michelle Budge, Deseret News Engaged in a fierce battle in the U.S. Senate race in Utah, a new poll shows Republican Sen. Mike Lee and independent challenger Evan McMullin neck and neck with a little over six weeks to Election Day. The latest Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics survey found 36% of Utahns would vote for Lee and 34% for McMullin if the election were held today. Another 16% don’t know who they would vote for, while 13% would mark the ballot, which includes two third-party candidates, for someone else. Dan Jones & Associates conducted the poll of 815 registered Utah voters for the Deseret News and the… Read More

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Amazon is tightening its ebook return policy to thwart BookTok

Amazon’s Logo. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon plans to limit automatic ebook returns to cases where people have read no more than 10 percent of the book, according to the Authors Guild. The change, which follows complaints that Kindle buyers were returning titles they’d fully read to get a refund, is expected to take place by the end of the year. The Authors Guild says it reached the deal after negotiating with Amazon executives. Individual authors raised concerns about an uptick in returns earlier this year, noting that Amazon would bill them for any royalties they earned from the books. Some pinned the practice’s rise on… Read More

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Transcript: 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo on Trey Lance recovery, on 2017 ‘freedom’

SANTA CLARA — Two practices into his reprisal as the 49ers’ starting quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo took to the media podium Thursday and covered a slew of topics. Here are the top-five items he discussed: 1. On entering Sunday’s win once Trey Lance sustained a fractured ankle: “I’ve never been a backup and had a starter get hurt like that. It was a different experience but something you take in stride. Trey’s our brother. We talked to him the other day, and he seems to be in good spirits right now. “I heard (Nick) Bosa’s presser (after Sunday’s win) and he worded it pretty well: There is a moment you feel… Read More

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Kelenic helps Mariners beat A’s 9-5 after Julio exits early

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Julio Rodríguez doubled and scored before leaving with lower back tightness, and the Seattle Mariners overcame the loss of the rookie center fielder to beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5 on Thursday and avoid a three-game sweep. Mariners 9, Athletics 5: Box score Rodríguez slowly walked off the field with a trainer in the bottom half of the first inning. He recently missed three games in Anaheim with a lower back issue. Jarred Kelenic moved from left to center field and Sam Haggerty entered the game in left. Kelenic homered and doubled in his first game since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma. JK goes BOOM! pic.twitter.com/LPC1uyoo3X… Read More

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Letters: Oakland Zoo tax | Vote for Kaplan | Make up mind | No on gambling | Renewable energy

Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. No on property taxfor Oakland Zoo I am writing to oppose the imposition of a new property tax on Oakland residents. Oakland Zoo is proposing a new tax, in spite of the fact that they are reducing the number of interpretive volunteers, in favor of paid employees. This unnecessarily increases their cost of doing business and contributes to their fiscal shortfalls. The Zoo restricts the number of volunteers who can interpret on California Trail because they believe their insurance requires them to track the location of volunteers at all times – so they must have… Read More

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Costco says it won’t raise prices for now on its membership fees — or its famous $1.50 hot dog and soda combo

Mary Meisenzahl/Insider Costco said it has no plans to raise the price of its membership or its $1.50 hot dog combo at this time. Costco exec Bob Nelson warned that membership fee hikes could come in the near future, though. Costco recently raised prices on some goods, but Nelson said the company wants to be “the best value in the marketplace.” Costco has hiked prices on some items over the last year due to rising inflation, but the company has promised to keep the cost of two of the company’s mainstays consistent, at least for now. On the company’s quarterly call, Costco executive Bob Nelson said the retailer has no… Read More

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A’s can’t complete sweep at Coliseum, fall to Mariners

OAKLAND, Calif. — The A’s looked like they could be able to pull off a three-game sweep of the Mariners after a five-run third gave them an early lead, but Seattle fought back without star rookie center fielder Julio Rodriguez to win 9-5 on Thursday. Rodríguez slowly walked off the field with a trainer in the bottom half of the first inning. He recently missed three games in Anaheim with a lower back issue. Jarred Kelenic moved from left to center field and Sam Haggerty entered the game in left. Kelenic homered and doubled in his first game since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma. Adam Frazier went 2 for… Read More

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