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Ex-A's infielder, 56, to return to pro-baseball

Tony Phillips, 56, who helped the A's win a World Series in 1989, will play for the independent Pittsburg Diamonds for the rest of August.  
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The drought-fueled fire we've been dreading

With vegetation so dry and so dense, flying embers that in wetter years would fizzle out are igniting at the mere touch of grass or shrub or needle. As one UC Berkeley scientist who studies the Sierra puts it, the forests "are primed and ready to go."  
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Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie riding high

With Jack Del Rio coaching a team led by Derek Carr and Khalil Mack, Raiders boss speaks with unprecedented enthusiasm 
Pat Sullivan
Former college football television analyst Craig James sued Fox Sports on Monday for religious discrimination, saying the network fired him two years ago for expressing his views against gay marriage while running for the U.S. Senate.  
 
 
Laura A. Oda
With Jack Del Rio coaching a team led by Derek Carr and Khalil Mack, Raiders boss speaks with unprecedented enthusiasm  
 
 
Pat Sullivan
Former college football television analyst Craig James sued Fox Sports on Monday for religious discrimination, saying the network fired him two years ago for expressing his views against gay marriage while running for the U.S. Senate.  
 
 
Jim Gensheimer
Devoted customers of Paolo's have been filling up the reservations book for one last meal since learning that the restaurant that put San Jose on the fine-dining map is closing Aug. 8 after 57 years in business.  
 
 
SEACLIFF -- The small beach community of Seacliff is enjoying major improvements thanks to beautification projects in the works for nearly 20 years, from streetscaping and undergrounding to modernizing local shops and the entrance to the beach.  
 
 
Tyler LaTorre, a 32-year-old catcher, announced on Facebook on Saturday night that he has retired from professional baseball and is taking an assistant coaching position at NCAA Division II San Francisco State University.  
 
 
 
We are a couple of months into official hurricane season and, as expected, there is a big storm brewing in the Atlantic. But this one is not meteorological, it is financial.  
 
 
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Wine snobbery or oenophile bashing?

Internet name-calling is not restricted to cyberbullies. Oenophiles have pulled out the nasty too. Here's what a wine critic thinks of wine snobbery, name-calling and more. 
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Amy Schumer tells Jon Stewart about new bestie Jennifer Lawrence

'Trainwreck’ star kicks off 'The Daily Show’s’ host final week by also talking about theater shooting.