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Tim Lincecum tosses second no-hitter against Padres

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum's days of dominance may be in the past. That doesn't mean he can't dial up flashes of the Freak he once was -- …

Hopewell's Panik on 'cloud nine' after call-up

CLOSE<p>Journal Local Editor for Sports Mike Benischek discusses Joe Panik's first game Saturday night and his first scheduled start.<p>As a youngster …

Giants keep inning alive with successful challenge

SAN FRANCISCO -- Another challenge, another overturned call for Giants manager Bruce Bochy.<p>With runners on first and second and nobody out in the …

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In Iraq, militants press on toward Baghdad

Militant fighters tightened their grip Sunday on western Iraq as security forces withdrew from a handful of towns in Anbar province, moving closer to Baghdad.<p>The news that Iraqi forces withdrew from at least three towns in the province raised questions about whether Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's …

Iraq crisis: Rutba latest western town to fall to Isis

<b>Sunni militants have seized another town in Iraq's western Anbar province - the fourth in two days.</b><p>Fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) captured Rutba, 90 miles (150km) east of Jordan's border, officials said.<p>They earlier seized a border crossing to Syria and two towns in …

Isis militant's mother pleads for return of 'brainwashed' son

The mother of one of the young men who appeared in a in a recruitment video for the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has made an emotional appeal for him to come home saying he had been "brainwashed".<p>Reyaad Khan appeared in the video alongside Nasser Muthana and one other …

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei Strongly Opposes U.S. Actions in Iraq

DUBAI — Iran's top leader rejected possible intervention in Iraq by the United States or any other outside power, accusing Washington on Sunday of trying to manipulate Iraqi sectarian differences to retake control of the country it once occupied.<p>In remarks published by the official IRNA news …

Kerry: Insurgency in Iraq threatens entire Mideast

CAIRO (AP) — Arab countries should resist funding Sunni fighters in what is turning into a cross-border war between Iraq and Syria because that …

U.S. House Republican leader says all options open in Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The newly elected No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Sunday he would not rule out sending American troops to Iraq to help Baghdad in its fight against a Sunni insurgency.<p>U.S. House Majority Leader-elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) gestures on the …

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The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …