The Latest: English bulldog Zsa Zsa wins Ugliest Dog contest

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Northern California (all times local): 8:23 p.m. A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Zsa Zsa won...

Mattis to visit China as Taiwan, S. China Sea tensions rise

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has accused China of “intimidation and coercion” in the South China Sea, is visiting Beijing this week as the countries increasingly spar over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and Beijing’s expanding military...

New Zealand leader names daughter Neve, leaves hospital

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford have named their baby daughter Neve and say they want her to grow up in a world in which she can make choices about her family and career based on what she wants. Ardern...

Boil advisory lifted for Crystal Avenue, Bigelow Avenue and Production Drive addresses

The water boil advisory for Findlays Crystal Avenue, Bigelow Avenue and Production Drive has been lifted. Affected addresses were 1439, 1501, 1515, 1532 E. Bigelow Ave., 2800 Crystal Ave. and 1750 Production Drive. Bacteria samples were collected and analyzed from the affected...

Stars flock to the Dior debut of Kim Jones at Paris menswear

PARIS (AP) — In a week marked by big debuts, it was designer Kim Jones’ turn at Dior Men on Saturday. The British designer drew stars from the worlds of film, music and fashion to Paris for his first collection at the storied powerhouse. Stars such as Bella Hadid,...

Saudi women are on the roads and driving as ban is lifted

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi women are in the driver’s seat for the first time in their country and steering their way through busy city streets just minutes after the world’s last remaining ban on women driving was lifted on Sunday. It’s a euphoric...

Ugly dogs return for annual Northern California contest

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — Dogs with hairless bodies and lolling tongues will flaunt their imperfections as they compete to win the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area. The event is taking place Saturday this year at the Sonoma-Marin...

Kyle Larson claims the pole at his home track in Sonoma

Jun. 23, 2018 4:23 PM EDT Kyle Larson claims the pole at his home track in Sonoma By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer BC-CAR–NASCAR-Sonoma-Qualifying <!– –> SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Larson has claimed the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race on his...

Lawmakers, demonstrators want immigrant families reunited

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Democratic lawmakers on Saturday said they aren’t convinced the Trump administration had any real plan to reunite immigrant families caught along the southwest border, while demonstrators gathered to protest the separation of parents from their...

Tavares' future, Flames-Hurricanes trade spice up NHL draft

Jun. 23, 2018 4:17 PM EDT Tavares’ future, Flames-Hurricanes trade spice up NHL draft By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer AP-HKN–Draft <!– –> Nick Wass, ASSOCIATED PRESS DALLAS (AP) — The dullness of the first day of the NHL draft gave way to...