SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the first time, northbound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed during the San Francisco Marathon because of terrorism concerns.
The Marin Independent Journal reports (http://bayareane.ws/2uM4NMo) bridge operators decided to keep motorists out of those lanes between 6 to 9 a.m. Sunday after several terrorist attacks elsewhere occurred where drivers intentionally plowed into pedestrians.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ben Affleck says he is still Batman and has the support of Warner Bros for the stand-alone film.
Affleck addressed rumors that he would not be appearing as the caped crusader past “Justice League” this November Saturday at Comic-Con in San Diego.
A report in the trade publication The Hollywood Reporter earlier in the week suggested that the stand-alone Batman film might not feature Affleck in the title role.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Efforts to turn two looming cell towers in Ohio into faux pine trees to help them blend in with their surroundings are getting mixed reviews from residents.
The Blade reports (http://bit.ly/2uihs7w) some residents in Springfield Township have derisively dubbed the towers “frankenpines.”
Adding branches to the towers in the Toledo suburb wasn’t purely an aesthetic decision. It’s a zoning requirement for cell towers erected in Springfield Township residential districts.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — When Steven Spielberg first read the book “Ready Player One,” which is about a dystopian future where humans take refuge in a virtual reality world, he had one thought: “They’re going to need a younger director.”
But Spielberg decided to take on the challenge anyway, spending two and a half years bringing author Ernest Cline’s vision to life. The director unveiled a new action- and nostalgia-packed trailer for the film Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con to much excitement.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Civil rights leader John Lewis led a march through Comic-Con on Saturday.
About 1,000 people joined the Georgia Democrat on a march through the crowded San Diego Convention Center following a panel discussion of about his trilogy of graphic novels, “March.”
Lewis was welcomed with a standing ovation when he and his co-authors, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, walked into the room for their presentation. Scores of elementary school students were in the audience.
Three U.S. airlines have agreed to each pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines to settle government claims that they violated rules aimed at protecting consumers.
The Transportation Department detailed the violations and the fines levied against American Airlines Group, Delta Air Lines and Frontier Airlines in documents released late Friday.
The government found that American failed to make timely refunds to passengers, and Delta underreported the number of mishandled baggage complaints it received from passengers.
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a launch from the Kodiak Island rocket complex in Alaska will occur as soon as next week.
The launch is scheduled to occur at the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska between 7 p.m. on July 29 and 1:30 a.m. on July 30, according to a U.S. Coast Guard notice released Wednesday. Alternative times for the launch are listed as between 7 p.m. on July 30 and 1:30 a.m. on July 31, or between 7 p.m. on July 31 and 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 1.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman with mental problems has been sentenced to two life terms plus 20 years in the 2015 drowning deaths of her 2-year-old twins and the attempting killing of a 3-year-old son at their home.
Judge Brad Astrowsky of Maricopa County Superior Court sentenced 24-year-old Mireya Alejandra Lopez on Friday after finding her guilty but insane on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
PHOENIX (AP) — Gun-friendly Arizona is trying to avoid deadly encounters between police and people behind the wheel by teaching armed drivers how they should handle themselves when they are pulled over.
Arizona, which allows residents to carry weapons without permits, recently changed its rule book for the road in a bid to avoid confrontations such as the one that killed Philando Castile. The Minnesota man, who had a gun permit, was fatally shot during a 2016 traffic stop after telling an officer he was armed.
FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A man has been charged with killing his father, who authorities say was shot to death and his body then left on a couch in his home for weeks.
Tyler Swantek, 24, faces charges in Schuylkill County including criminal homicide, first- and third-degree murder, aggravated assault and abuse of a corpse in the death of Todd Swantek, 49, whose body was found May 24 in the Frackville home the two formerly shared.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A man who was denied a $5 million lottery jackpot because his teenage son bought the ticket is suing the California Lottery Commission.
Ward Thomas of Long Beach says he sent his son to buy Scratchers tickets from a gas station in October.
One was a winner.
Thomas says he validated the ticket at a lottery office but two months later, the prize was denied because his son was 16 and only adults can play.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Even rescuers get stuck, too, sometimes.
That happened in the marshes of Hilton Head Island when a rescue airboat tried to help two kayakers who had gotten stuck during low tide.
The Island Packet reports that authorities were called Thursday afternoon. David Refosco is second mate with Beaufort Water Search and Rescue. He says an airboat arrived around 1:30 p.m. and got close to the kayakers in about 10 minutes. Then, the rescue boat got stuck in a ravine among high marsh grass.
HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) — The two major party candidates in Virginia’s closely watched race for governor argued Saturday over the typical debate fare — guns, abortion, health care — as well as the best approach to dealing with President Donald Trump.
Ed Gillespie, a dyed-in-the-wool establishment Republican who has tried to keep his distance from the president, said he doesn’t always support Trump’s policies but is willing to work with the president on issues important to Virginia like defense spending.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Same-sex couples in Tennessee have the same rights as heterosexual couples who have children born through artificial insemination, a judge ruled.
Four married lesbian couples sued after the state passed a law that requires using the “natural and ordinary meaning” of words in state law. Gay rights groups said the requirement was a sneaky way to deny same-sex couples the legal rights and protections granted to a “husband,” a “wife,” a “father” or “mother.”
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn’s plan to build a display panel factory in the U.S. has sparked a flurry of lobbying by states vying to land what some economic development officials say is a once-in-a-generation prize.
It’s not just jobs that are up for grabs — possibly 5,000 alone at the plant and potentially thousands more at other unspecified U.S. operations the company intends to launch. Luring Foxconn to build the country’s first liquid-crystal display factory would signal that the Midwest, which has hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs in recent decades, can diversify into again producing high-tech consumer gadgets often assembled in Asia.