• Cal Fire firefighters extinguish hotspots while fighting the Soberanes Fire in Palo Colorado Canyon on the northern Big Sur Coast on Tuesday July 26, 2016 in Big Sur, Calif. California's signature parks along the Big Sur coastline that draw thousands of daily visitors were closed Tuesday as one of the state's two major wildfires threatened the scenic region at the height of the summer tourism season. (David Royal/The Monterey County Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Bulldozer operator killed fighting California blaze

    BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — The operator of a bulldozer was killed when it rolled over during the fight against a wildfire near Big Sur that has destroyed 20 homes and spread across more than 36 square miles (93 sq. kilometers), California fire officials said Wednesday.

  • LA Rams release QB Nick Foles on eve of camp reporting date

    IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have released quarterback Nick Foles after failing to find a trade destination for the disgruntled quarterback.

  • In this July 25, 2016 photo, actor Matt Damon poses for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote his latest film, "Jason Bourne." (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

    Damon’s company is taking steps to address diversity crisis

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Damon is taking steps to address the diversity crisis in Hollywood through his and Ben Affleck’s production company, Pearl Street Films, and collaboration with the people behind the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at USC’s Annenberg School. They’re the latest high-profile names in the industry who are throwing their weight behind the goal of inclusion, including J.J. Abrams and Ryan Murphy.

  • Padres place Solarte on family leave list

    TORONTO (AP) — The San Diego Padres made a few roster moves before Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays, recalling utilityman Alexi Amarista and left-hander Buddy Baumann from Triple-A El Paso.

  • Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., talks with friends as he arrives for breakfast at a diner in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Clinton campaign seeks to make most of Kaine’s Spanish

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton made their debut as the Democratic presidential ticket, he proudly declared, “Hillary and I are soul mates in this struggle.”

    Updated: 7:42 am

  • In this June 18, 2016 photo, nurse practitioner Marcia Hefker who is the only New Mexico endurance horseback rider who will participate in the Mongol Derby, trains at a ranch near Raton, N.M.  On Aug. 4, Hefker, 45, will step out among a herd of tough little Mongolian horses, saddle the one she’s selected and set out on a 621-mile odyssey across some of the most rugged, isolated terrain on the planet as part of the Mongol Derby. (Staci Matlock/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)

    Endurance horseback rider will face biggest challenge yet

    RATON, N.M. (AP) — After her first 26-mile endurance horseback ride, Marcia Hefker was so tired she fell asleep by the campfire. “Someone had to wake me up because the bottom of my tennis shoes were smoking,” she said on a recent early morning ride across a friend’s ranch.

    Updated: 9:48 am

  • San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain watches his three-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    Cain hits better than he pitches as Giants beat Reds 9-7

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Cain’s first win in more than two months didn’t come easily and it certainly wasn’t enough to put to rest concerns about the back end of the Giants’ rotation.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, right, and catcher Yasmani Grandal shake hands as they celebrate the team's 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Dodgers hold off Rays 3-2

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bud Norris pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers held off the Tampa Bay Rays for a 3-2 win on Tuesday night.

  • Sean Doolittle plays impromptu shadow baseball with boy

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When a baseball-loving boy stopped Oakland reliever Sean Doolittle by chance Monday to check out the A’s bandanna worn by the pitcher’s dog, the little guy got an impromptu opportunity to play shadow baseball with a big leaguer.

  • Los Angeles Rams rookie cornerback Rohan Gaines, right, carries his bags to check in for NFL football training camp at the University of California, Irvine after getting off a bus Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Irvine, Calif. Paul Rodriguez/The Orange County Register via AP)

    Jared Goff leads Rams’ rookies into training camp

    IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Jared Goff showed up to the UC Irvine dorms a bit ahead of his fellow rookies Tuesday, getting a quick start on his first training camp with the Los Angeles Rams.