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Jeter 1 Vote Shy of Unanimous, Walker also Elected to Hall

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Known for two decades as No. 2, Derek Jeter is now linked to the number 1 — as in, who was the lone Hall of Fame voter who didn’t put a check mark next to his name? Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous […]

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Known for two decades as No. 2, Derek Jeter is now linked to the number 1 — as in, who was the lone Hall of Fame voter who didn't put a check mark next to his name? Jeter came within one...

Feds Allow Use of Opioid Funds to Stem Meth, Cocaine Surge

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation’s drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine. The little-noticed change is buried in a massive spending bill passed […]

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation's drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine. The little-noticed change is buried in...

Virginia’s Capital Braces for Gun-rights Rally

By ALAN SUDERMAN and SARAH RANKIN Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s capital city is bracing for the expected arrival of thousands of gun-rights activists and other groups that have vowed to descend on Richmond to protest Democrats’ plans to pass gun-control legislation. Gov. Ralph Northam declared a temporary state of emergency days ahead of […]

By ALAN SUDERMAN and SARAH RANKIN Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s capital city is bracing for the expected arrival of thousands of gun-rights activists and other groups that have vowed to descend on Richmond to protest Democrats’ plans to pass gun-control legislation. Gov. Ralph Northam declared a temporary state...

SpaceX Launches, Destroys Rocket in Astronaut Escape Test

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts in the next few months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after liftoff Sunday. No one was aboard for the wild ride in the skies above Cape Canaveral, just two mannequins. The nine-minute […]

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts in the next few months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after liftoff Sunday. No one was aboard for the wild ride in the skies above Cape Canaveral,...

Clones Help Famous Elm Tree ‘Herbie’ Live on

By DAVID SHARPYARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A massive elm tree nicknamed Herbie is long gone, but it is going to live on, thanks to cloned trees that are being made available to the public. At 110 feet and more than 200 years, Herbie was the tallest and oldest elm in New England and survived 14 […]

By DAVID SHARPYARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A massive elm tree nicknamed Herbie is long gone, but it is going to live on, thanks to cloned trees that are being made available to the public. At 110 feet and more than 200 years, Herbie was the tallest and oldest elm in...

Baseball Has Become a Prisoner of Technology

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Technology unleashed baseball’s Analytics Era, and now it’s holding the sport prisoner. AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltrán are casualties, a triple play of hubris. At the cutting edge with the Houston Astros, now they have been cut. Their sign-stealing system exposed, all three managers […]

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Technology unleashed baseball's Analytics Era, and now it's holding the sport prisoner. AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltrán are casualties, a triple play of hubris. At the cutting edge with the Houston Astros, now they have been cut. Their sign-stealing...

Organizers Appeal Ban on Arms at Upcoming Virginia Gun Rally

By DENISE LAVOIE Legal Affairs WriterRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A gun-rights group has filed an emergency appeal of a judge’s ruling upholding the Virginia governor’s ban on firearms at a pro-gun rally that’s expected to draw thousands of gun activists to the state Capitol on Monday. The Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of […]

By DENISE LAVOIE Legal Affairs WriterRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A gun-rights group has filed an emergency appeal of a judge's ruling upholding the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a pro-gun rally that's expected to draw thousands of gun activists to the state Capitol on Monday. The Virginia Citizens Defense...

Giuliani Associate: Trump Knew about Ukraine Pressure

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — A close associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer says he delivered an ultimatum in May to the incoming president of Ukraine that no senior U.S. officials would attend his inauguration and all American aid to the war-torn country would be withheld […]

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — A close associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer says he delivered an ultimatum in May to the incoming president of Ukraine that no senior U.S. officials would attend his inauguration and all American aid to the...

Stolen Away: Brooklyn Pitcher Recalls 1951 Sign-Stealing Scam

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Stealing signals. Banging on a trash can. Beating the Dodgers in October. Sounds very familiar to Carl Erskine. “If they’re going to go back to 2017 with penalties for the Astros,” he said Wednesday, “then I want them to go all the way back to 1951 […]

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Stealing signals. Banging on a trash can. Beating the Dodgers in October. Sounds very familiar to Carl Erskine. "If they're going to go back to 2017 with penalties for the Astros," he said Wednesday, "then I want them to go all...

New Labor Dept. Rule Clarifies ‘Joint Employer’ Standard

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department issued a final rule Sunday that clarifies when a worker is employed by more than one company, an issue that affects franchise businesses such as McDonald’s and firms that have outsourced services such as cleaning and maintenance. The rule, first proposed last spring, replaces […]

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department issued a final rule Sunday that clarifies when a worker is employed by more than one company, an issue that affects franchise businesses such as McDonald's and firms that have outsourced services such as cleaning and maintenance. The rule,...