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LAS VEGAS  | Lakers, Trail Blazers to meet for Summer League title again

LAS VEGAS  — Wash. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers will meet in the NBA Summer League championship for a second straight season. Last year Kyle Kuzma dropped a game-high 30 points to lead the Lakers to a 110-98 victory over Portland. This year it’ll be MVP-candidate Josh Hart — … Continue reading LAS VEGAS  | Lakers, Trail Blazers to meet for Summer League title again

HUNTSVILLE, Texas  | San Antonio store owner’s killer set for execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas  — A Texas death row inmate was set for execution Tuesday evening as lawyers argued in the courts that the state parole board improperly refused his clemency request because he’s black. Christopher Young was condemned for fatally shooting a San Antonio convenience store owner during an attempted robbery nearly 14 years ago. Young, … Continue reading HUNTSVILLE, Texas  | San Antonio store owner’s killer set for execution

SEOUL, South Korea  | Kim rebukes local N. Koreans for unfinished power plant

SEOUL, South Korea — State media say that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has harshly reprimanded local officials over a delayed construction project. It’s Kim’s second such public rebuke of officials and indicates he’s struggling to improve the economy while engaging in talks with the United States over the fate of his nuclear arsenal. … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea  | Kim rebukes local N. Koreans for unfinished power plant

WASHINGTON  | Prosecutors: Russian hackers leased servers in 2 states

WASHINGTON  — Exactly seven months before the 2016 presidential election, Russian government hackers made it onto a Democratic committee’s network. One of their carefully crafted fraudulent emails had hit pay dirt, enticing an employee to click a link and enter her password. That breach of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was the first significant step … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Prosecutors: Russian hackers leased servers in 2 states

WASHINGTON  | Officials: In policy shift, US open to meeting with Taliban

WASHINGTON  — The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government to end 17 years of war, U.S. officials said. That marks a tactical shift by the Trump administration, which has previously only appeared willing to participate in discussions with the … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Officials: In policy shift, US open to meeting with Taliban

ABBEVILLE, Ala.  | Once a Trump critic, Roby seeking redemption in Ala. runoff

ABBEVILLE, Ala.  — Rep. Martha Roby is seeking Republican redemption in an Alabama runoff election that hinges on her loyalty to President Donald Trump. Roby is facing Democrat-turned-Trump Republican Bobby Bright on Tuesday, trying not to become the third congressional Republican to lose her job this primary season. From the outside, the race shouldn’t be … Continue reading ABBEVILLE, Ala.  | Once a Trump critic, Roby seeking redemption in Ala. runoff

WASHINGTON  | Republicans join Democrats in condemning Trump’s remarks

WASHINGTON  — “Bizarre.” ”Shameful.” ”Disgraceful.” That’s the swift and sweeping condemnation directed at President Donald Trump on Monday after he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a stunning appearance in Helsinki — and that’s just from the Republicans. Lawmakers in both major parties and former intelligence officials appeared shocked, dismayed and uneasy with Trump’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Republicans join Democrats in condemning Trump’s remarks

WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump almost alone in view of Russia meddling

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump said he sees no reason why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 election. Minutes earlier, on the same platform, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a reason, even while denying Moscow ever meddled: He wanted Trump to win. A sampling of their statements Monday: TRUMP on his intelligence officials: “They … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump almost alone in view of Russia meddling