RALEIGH, N.C | Ovechkin, Vrana lead Caps over Hurricanes 6-5 in shootout

RALEIGH, N.C. — Alex Ovechkin scored goals in bunches once again — until the shootout. Then it was up to Jakub Vrana to clinch an important victory for the Washington Capitals. The three-time MVP had his second consecutive hat trick, Vrana scored in the sixth round of the tiebreaker and the Capitals beat the Carolina … Continue reading RALEIGH, N.C | Ovechkin, Vrana lead Caps over Hurricanes 6-5 in shootout

PHILADELPHIA | Pacers spoil Embiid’s 40-point night, beat Sixers 113-101

PHILADELPHIA— Bojan Bogdanovic excitedly slammed the ball to the floor as the final second ticked off and a stunned crowd headed for the exits. For the entire night, 76ers center Joel Embiid electrified Philadelphia fans with one of the best individual performances of the season. In the end, it was the Indiana Pacers who made … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Pacers spoil Embiid’s 40-point night, beat Sixers 113-101

WASHINGTON | Budget head Mulvaney picked as Trump’s next chief of staff

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump has picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his acting chief of staff, ending a chaotic search in which several top contenders took themselves out of the running for the job. “Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration,” Trump tweeted Friday. “I look forward to working with … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Budget head Mulvaney picked as Trump’s next chief of staff

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Migrant girl’s death raises questions

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the death of a 7-year-old migrant girl picked up along the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local): 12:30 p.m. The U.S. Border Patrol says a 7-year-old girl who died while she was in custody appeared to be in good health when she was first detained along a remote stretch of the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Migrant girl’s death raises questions

UNITED NATIONS | UN envoy: UN monitors needed to observe Yemen cease-fire

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. envoy for Yemen called Friday for the urgent deployment of U.N. monitors to observe the implementation of a cease-fire in the strategic port city of Hodeida and the withdrawal of rival forces — a potential breakthrough in Yemen’s four-year civil war. Martin Griffiths told the Security Council that a speedy … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | UN envoy: UN monitors needed to observe Yemen cease-fire

Judge in health care case had blocked other Obama policies

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, who ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” Friday, is no stranger to the conservative resistance to Obama administration policies. O’Connor, 53, is a former state and federal prosecutor who was nominated to the federal bench in 2007 by President George W. Bush. He has been active in the Federalist Society, … Continue reading Judge in health care case had blocked other Obama policies

CHICAGO | AP source: White Sox acquire 1B Alonso in trade with Indians

CHICAGO — A person familiar with the deal says the Chicago White Sox have acquired first baseman Yonder Alonso in a trade with the Cleveland Indians. Chicago sent minor league outfielder Alex Call to Cleveland for Alonso, who hit .250 with 23 homers and 83 RBIs in 145 games this year during his only season … Continue reading CHICAGO | AP source: White Sox acquire 1B Alonso in trade with Indians

CHARLOTTE, N.C | GOP candidate says he made decision to hire ballot operative

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The GOP candidate in a disputed North Carolina congressional race said in an interview aired Friday that it was his decision to hire an operative who is now a person of interest in an investigation into how absentee ballots were handled. Republican Mark Harris confirmed in an interview with WBTV in Charlotte … Continue reading CHARLOTTE, N.C | GOP candidate says he made decision to hire ballot operative