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Ex-tennis great avoids Qantas over same-sex marriage edict - 25 May 2017 at 1:20am -

PERTH, Australia (AP) - Former tennis great and now Christian pastor Margaret Court says she will stop using Qantas "where possible" in protest over the Australian airline's promotion of same-sex marriage.

"I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage," Perth resident Court said in the ...



Leake leads Cardinals to 6-1 win over Dodgers - 25 May 2017 at 1:06am -

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mike Leake isn't shocked to see his name atop the National League ERA leaderboard. The St. Louis Cardinals emerging ace gets why it's a surprise to others, though.

Leake allowed four hits over eight innings and dropped his ERA to 1.91, helping the St. Louis Cardinals ...



Maine's tough-on-crime talking governor to release inmates - 25 May 2017 at 12:38am -

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's Republican governor, who once joked about using the guillotine to execute drug dealers, announced a plan this week to release an unknown number of "lower-risk" prisoners from the state's correctional facilities.

State prisoner advocates applauded Gov. Paul LePage's idea, while some fellow Republicans questioned it.

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Iglesias, Kinsler lead Tigers to 6-3 win over Astros - 25 May 2017 at 12:18am -

HOUSTON (AP) - It took the Detroit Tigers three games, but they got the offense going again.

Jose Iglesias finished a triple shy of the cycle, Ian Kinsler had two hits and scored twice, and Detroit beat the Houston Astros 6-3 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game skid.

Iglesias, ...



Elway says he'll surely sign extension by season opener - 25 May 2017 at 12:15am -

DENVER (AP) - John Elway insists he'll sign a new contract with the Denver Broncos before the start of the season.

Entering the final year of his contract as general manager and executive vice president of football operations, Elway said there were no hang-ups in negotiations.

"We're continuing to work ...



Boy struck on head by broken bat at Yankees game - 24 May 2017 at 11:55pm -

NEW YORK (AP) - A boy was struck on the head by Chris Carter's broken bat during the New York Yankees' game against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night

With Didi Gregorius on second base and no outs in the seventh inning, Carter's bat shattered on a 3-1 fastball ...



Pirates rally in 9th, erupt in 10th to beat Braves 12-5 - 24 May 2017 at 11:46pm -

ATLANTA (AP) - Clint Hurdle was managing to get one run in the 10th inning.

His Pittsburgh Pirates got it, then smacked three straight homers and added six more runs, leaving their manager struggling for an explanation.

Gift Ngoepe doubled to drive in Andrew McCutchen for the go-ahead run before ...



Hamilton scores from first on single to lift Reds in 9th - 24 May 2017 at 11:31pm -

CLEVELAND (AP) - Billy Hamilton saw the ball skip away from Michael Brantley in left field, and after that, there was no stopping baseball's fastest player.

Hamilton scored from first base on Zack Cozart's two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Cincinnati Reds over ...



Rizzo homers twice as Cubs beat Giants 5-4 - 24 May 2017 at 11:20pm -

CHICAGO (AP) - Anthony Rizzo provided more power for the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, and they needed every bit of it when their perfect closer nearly let an easy opportunity slip away.

Rizzo homered twice, Kyle Hendricks tossed seven strong innings and the Cubs hung on to beat the ...



Padres rally late, hold off Mets in 9th for 6-5 win - 24 May 2017 at 11:01pm -

NEW YORK (AP) - Hunter Renfroe put the Padres ahead, then Brad Hand held on at the end. And when it was finally over, San Diego had one of its most exhilarating wins during a difficult season.

Renfroe snapped an eighth-inning tie with a titanic home run , Hand pitched ...



Baseball Capsules - 24 May 2017 at 10:52pm -

NEW YORK (AP) - Helped by a great first-inning catch that forced center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury from the game with a concussion and sprained neck, Luis Severino won for the first time in a month and led the New York Yankees to a 3-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals ...



Chatwood allows 1 hit in 7 innings, Rockies top Phillies 7-2 - 24 May 2017 at 10:31pm -

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Colorado manager Bud Black said recently that Tyler Chatwood has the stuff to be one of the best pitchers in the National League.

Chatwood made a convincing argument Wednesday night.

Chatwood allowed just one hit in seven scoreless innings and struck out a season-high eight batters, helping ...



Souza homers twice in Rays' 5-2 win over Angels - 24 May 2017 at 10:16pm -

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Steven Souza Jr. decided to loosen up and try something different. It paid off.

Souza homered twice to rally the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.

"If you get a good pitch to hit and you're ...



Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4 - 24 May 2017 at 10:12pm -

BOSTON (AP) - Chris Sale was perfectly happy to sit back and watch the Red Sox hitters do the work this time.

Sale cruised into the fifth inning, then was rewarded in the seventh when the Boston batters erupted for seven runs on their way to a 9-4 victory over ...



ONE Championship's Angela Lee chases MMA stardom outside UFC - 24 May 2017 at 10:00pm -

Angela Lee is a citizen of the world. Born in Canada and raised in Hawaii by her South Korean mother and Singaporean father, the 20-year-old has lived her short adult life in constant movement around the Pacific Rim and to innumerable points beyond.

When asked how she defines herself geographically, ...



Ellsbury to DL after hitting wall; Yanks beat Royals 3-0 - 24 May 2017 at 9:55pm -

NEW YORK (AP) - Luis Severino opened with a 97 mph fastball on the low, inside corner of the plate, and Alcides Escobar drove it deep to center field.

Jacoby Ellsbury sprinted 107 feet, raised his glove above his head and snagged the ball as his head jarred into ...



Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark help Nationals defeat Mariners again - 24 May 2017 at 9:38pm -

Anthony Rendon hit a three-run homer for his eighth of the season, Tanner Roark allowed a run over seven innings and the Washington Nationals defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Rendon has three homers and eight RBIs in the Nationals' two victories to open this three-game series.

Roark ...



LEADING OFF: Cubs stage "Anchorman" trip, Pujols nears 600 - 24 May 2017 at 9:37pm -

A look at what's happening all around the majors Thursday:

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STAY CLASSY, CHICAGO

With his Chicago Cubs hovering just over .500, manager Joe Maddon is borrowing inspiration from the Channel 4 news team: new suits! The Cubs will sport "Anchorman" themed outfits when they leave Chicago for Los Angeles ...



Fever overcomes 14-point deficit to beat Sparks 93-90 - 24 May 2017 at 9:30pm -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Marissa Coleman made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points, Candice Dupree added 18 points and the Indiana Fever overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to beat the Los Angeles Sparks 93-90 on Wednesday night.

Coleman hit an open 3-pointer from the wing to extend Indiana's lead to 89-85, ...



Kansas forward Mykhailiuk returning for senior season - 24 May 2017 at 9:15pm -

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas forward Svi Mykhailiuk is returning for his senior season, ending months of speculation about whether he would remain in the NBA draft with a simple Instagram post on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-8 Mykhailiuk was among the most noteworthy players weighing whether to remain in the draft ...



British police hunt for Manchester suicide bomber's ties to terrorism - 24 May 2017 at 9:09pm -

British investigators hunted Wednesday for possible connections between the 22-year-old suicide bomber in this week's Manchester Arena attack and the clandestine Islamic State-affiliated cell that carried out similarly sinister assaults on Paris and Brussels in 2015.

Salman Abedi, a British citizen of Libyan descent, may also have been connected to ...



Donald Trump to visit NATO headquarters - 24 May 2017 at 8:44pm -

The surge in Taliban violence and attacks by the Islamic State in Afghanistan will be at the center of President Trump's focus when he visits NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday.

With U.S. officials signaling the president hopes to lock in commitments for a possible alliance-wide troop increase in Afghanistan, ...



Manchester bomber ID leaks hurt U.S. credibility, hinder British investigation - 24 May 2017 at 8:30pm -

Officials in Washington are scrambling to account for the leaked identity of Britain's deadliest suicide bomber in a decade after British authorities accused the United States of revealing the sensitive information — the latest instance of unauthorized disclosures undermining American credibility around the world.

Washington's growing culture of leaks has ...



Greg Gianforte accused of body slamming Guardian reporter - 24 May 2017 at 7:59pm -

As Republicans wrestled with the latest analysis of their health care proposal, a reporter claimed Wednesday that Greg Gianforte, the Republican in Thursday's special election for Montana's empty House seat, took more immediate action — by body-slamming him.

Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian newspaper, griped loudly that Mr. ...



Salman Abedi visited Libya, an ISIS training hotbed - 24 May 2017 at 7:42pm -

European authorities say Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi recently visited Libya, a chaotic warring country where the Islamic State group has beckoned foreign fighters to train and link up with the larger battle in its home base of Syria.

Whether Abedi was trained there is unconfirmed, but French officials said ...



30 years later, still roaring for POW/MIA freedom - 24 May 2017 at 7:30pm -

For three decades, they have faithfully fired up their machines, raised up Old Glory and taken off on a mission of freedom, remembrance and resolve. This is the true essence of Rolling Thunder, an annual event which draws 500,000 motorcyclists to the nation's capital each year to underscore the rights ...



Marijuana drug shows promise for rare seizure disorder - 24 May 2017 at 7:20pm -

A new study shows promising results in treating patients suffering a rare seizure disorder with cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive cannabis compound.

Conducted by researchers in the U.S., England and Australia, the study is one of the few peer-reviewed, scientific works to evaluate the use of cannabis compounds in treating seizure disorders.

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Liliana Cruz Mendez, illegal immigrant, gets pardon from Terry McAuliffe - 24 May 2017 at 7:11pm -

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe pardoned an illegal immigrant Wednesday for past driving offenses, hoping his decision will help thwart Homeland Security agents' attempts to deport the woman.

Liliana Cruz Mendez's case has taken on national significance as immigrant rights groups rally to her cause. Despite her unauthorized status, she has ...



Inside the Beltway: Gauging the worst of the 'impeachment' chatter - 24 May 2017 at 7:00pm -

The liberal news media's unprecedented outcry against President Trump continues, and it constantly mutates. Whether Americans pay attention to all this chatter remains to be seen. Some of the remarks are worse than others, however. Geoffrey Dickens, deputy research director for the Media Research Center, pored over news footage from ...



White House CBO estimate on Obamacare replacement bill is unreliable - 24 May 2017 at 6:55pm -

The White House hit back Wednesday at the Congressional Budget Office's assessment of the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, saying the CBO is unreliable in evaluating health-care legislation.

"History has proven the CBO to be totally incapable of accurately predicting how healthcare legislation will impact health insurance coverage," a ...



Washington, D.C., increases efforts to help missing, exploited children - 24 May 2017 at 6:36pm -

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says she has redoubled efforts to find and help missing children and runaways, but she still asserts that the city isn't facing a crisis of vanishing youths.

"We don't have a particular or unique problem when it comes to missing children," Miss Bowser said Wednesday at ...



Foreign policy offers clearest path to immediate victories for Trump - 24 May 2017 at 6:27pm -

As President Trump wraps up his first foreign trip as commander-in-chief, one result to watch is whether this nine-day, five-nation swing whets his appetite for future foreign travel.

While the president is a creature of habit who prefers the comforts of home, as this trip ends he should be energized ...



Donald Trump's infrastructure budget ripped by Democrats - 24 May 2017 at 6:07pm -

President Trump's plan to rebuild America's roads, bridges, seaports and airports was supposed to be one of the few areas ripe for bipartisan cooperation, but it got raspberries from Capitol Hill Democrats when presented as a $200 billion budget priority.

The infrastructure program in the budget was as much a ...



Indonesian immigrant deported despite persecution claims - 24 May 2017 at 5:56pm -

DENVER (AP) - The lawyer for a deported Indonesian immigrant fears he could face religious persecution because of growing extremism in his homeland.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday that 50-year-old Haris Simangunsong was deported to Indonesia, a day after he was arrested at a check in with immigration ...



State Rep. posts constituents' messages on governor's door - 24 May 2017 at 5:55pm -

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Democratic state lawmaker has taped messages from constituents to Republican Gov. Eric Greitens's door urging him to veto a bill pre-empting St. Louis' minimum wage increase.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2rRnASA) reports that Rep. Bruce Franks Jr., of St. Louis, took the action early ...



Donald Trump faces G-7 Paris accord pressure - 24 May 2017 at 5:52pm -

As he heads to the Group of Seven summit and weighs whether to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, President Trump is facing renewed pressure at home and abroad and from the Holy Father to remain a part of the deal.

White House officials say Mr. Trump won't ...



Medical marijuana patient wins Rhode Island employment discrimination suit, a... - 24 May 2017 at 5:42pm -

A Rhode Island fabrics company violated the state's medical marijuana law when it refused to hire a card-carrying patient who couldn't pass a drug test, a state Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday.

Christine Callaghan sued Darlington Fabrics Corp. for compensatory and punitive damages in 2014 after the company said her ...



Ex-Rhode Island lawmaker indicted on embezzlement charges - 24 May 2017 at 5:38pm -

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former Rhode Island state lawmaker has been indicted on embezzlement and campaign fraud charges.

A statewide grand jury on Wednesday indicted former state Rep. Peter Palumbo, a Cranston Democrat who lost his re-election campaign in 2014.

Prosecutors allege the 56-year-old Palumbo embezzled more than $100 ...



Arrests made in 2013 slaying of Pennsylvania DJ - 24 May 2017 at 5:35pm -

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Two men have been arrested in the 2013 shooting death of a disc jockey and activist outside a northeastern Pennsylvania bar.

Michael Onley performed under the name DJ Mo. He was gunned down as he left Outsiders Bar in Wilkes-Barre in October 2013.

Luzerne County District ...



Florida editorial roundup - 24 May 2017 at 5:32pm -

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers:

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May 18

The Tampa Bay Times on a new homestead exemption:

The impact of the Florida Legislature's foolish attempt to cut taxes by asking voters to increase the homestead exemption is becoming clearer throughout Tampa Bay. Hint: It would not be pretty, and it ...