SAN ANTONIO | Former HUD chief Julian Castro moves toward presidential run

SAN ANTONIO — Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he’s taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee. The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12. The move Wednesday gives the 44-year-old former San Antonio mayor an early … Continue reading SAN ANTONIO | Former HUD chief Julian Castro moves toward presidential run

NEW ORLEANS | Davis’ 44 points, 18 rebounds, helps Pelicans top Thunder

NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had 44 points and 18 rebounds, and the inconsistent New Orleans Pelicans narrowly held on to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-114 on Wednesday night. Jrue Holiday had 20 points and 10 assists, and Julius Randle added 22 for New Orleans, which has alternated wins and losses in its past … Continue reading NEW ORLEANS | Davis’ 44 points, 18 rebounds, helps Pelicans top Thunder

OAKLAND, Calif | Leonard sits with bruised hip as Raptors face Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kawhi Leonard is sitting out Toronto’s showdown against the Golden State Warriors because of a bruised right hip. The star forward is inactive for the second straight game. Earlier in the day, he was deemed questionable while getting treatment on his hip. Raptors coach Nick Nurse spoke to reporters 90 minutes before … Continue reading OAKLAND, Calif | Leonard sits with bruised hip as Raptors face Warriors

TORONTO | Canada says entrepreneur feared detained in China

TORONTO — A second Canadian man is feared detained in China in what appears to be retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a top executive of telecommunications giant Huawei. Canada’s Global Affairs department on Wednesday said Michael Spavor, an entrepreneur who is one of the only Westerners to have met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, … Continue reading TORONTO | Canada says entrepreneur feared detained in China

WASHINGTON  | Irving scores Boston’s last 12 in 130-125 OT win at Wizards

WASHINGTON  — Kyrie Irving scored Boston’s last 12 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime to outduel John Wall in a point-guard showdown, and the Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 130-125 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. With his team serenaded by “Let’s go, … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Irving scores Boston’s last 12 in 130-125 OT win at Wizards

SACRAMENTO, Calif | Lawmaker arrested for child cruelty says he spanked daughter

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A California lawmaker arrested on suspicion of child cruelty said Wednesday the allegation stemmed from spanking his 7-year-old daughter. Democratic Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula said he spanked his daughter Sunday night and it’s a punishment tool he rarely uses, the Fresno Bee newspaper reported . He said he has no plans to resign. “Everyone … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif | Lawmaker arrested for child cruelty says he spanked daughter

TORONTO | Official IDs Canadian missing in China as entrepreneur

TORONTO— A second Canadian man has gone missing in China and is feared detained in what appears to be retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a top executive of telecommunications giant Huawei, Canadian authorities said late Wednesday. Canada’s Global Affairs department identified its missing citizen as Michael Spavor, an entrepreneur who is one of the only … Continue reading TORONTO | Official IDs Canadian missing in China as entrepreneur

INDIANAPOLIS | Pacers win 5th straight by pulling away from Bucks 113-97

INDIANAPOLIS— Thaddeus Young had 25 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, and Myles Turner added 23 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to their fifth straight win — 113-97 over Milwaukee on Wednesday night. Indiana seized control early, never trailed and pulled within a half-game of the Central Division-leading Bucks. Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points … Continue reading INDIANAPOLIS | Pacers win 5th straight by pulling away from Bucks 113-97