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PORTLAND, Ore. | The Latest: Oregon wildfire grows to 70 square miles

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Latest on fires in the Pacific Northwest (all times local): 7:25 p.m. A wind-whipped wildfire that started Tuesday in a rural farming area east of Portland, Oregon, has now burned 70 square miles (181 kilometers) and prompted additional evacuations. Substation fire spokesman Stefan Myers said Wednesday evening that strong winds were … Continue reading PORTLAND, Ore. | The Latest: Oregon wildfire grows to 70 square miles

LOS ANGELES | ESPYs host Danica Patrick falls flat in opening monologue

LOS ANGELES — Danica Patrick‘s monologue to open the ESPYs went over like, well, a flat tire at the Indianapolis 500. The newly retired racecar driver was the first woman to host the annual show honoring the past year’s best athletes and moments on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Her first joke about Cleveland fell … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | ESPYs host Danica Patrick falls flat in opening monologue

DENVER | US eases Obama-era coal ash pollution rules for utilities

DENVER — The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the changes would save utilities roughly $30 million annually. The move represents the … Continue reading DENVER | US eases Obama-era coal ash pollution rules for utilities

Dodgers land All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from Orioles

The Los Angeles Dodgers have won the Manny Machado sweepstakes, getting the prized All-Star shortstop from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade Wednesday night. The Orioles received five prospects in the deal: outfielder Yusniel Diaz, right-hander Dean Kremer, third baseman Rylan Bannon, righty Zach Pop and third baseman Breyvic Valera. Machado, a 26-year-old power hitter … Continue reading Dodgers land All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from Orioles

ASPEN, Colo. | FBI Director Wray says Russia continues to sow discord in US

ASPEN, Colo. — FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that Russia continues to use fake news, propaganda and covert operations to “spin up” Americans on both sides of hot-button issues to sow discord in the United States. Wray stood behind the intelligence agencies’ assessment that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election, dismissing Russian President … Continue reading ASPEN, Colo. | FBI Director Wray says Russia continues to sow discord in US

WASHINGTON | White House, State at odds over Putin’s interview proposal

WASHINGTON — The White House and the State Department are at odds over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer to allow the U.S. access to Russians accused of election meddling in return for interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes. Even as the White House said the offer, made by Putin to President … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House, State at odds over Putin’s interview proposal

BRUSSELS | EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

BRUSSELS  — European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company’s Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps. The European Union said Google’s practices restrict competition and reduce choices for consumers. While Google can easily afford … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

BALTIMORE | Machado exit could start a trend for underachieving Orioles

BALTIMORE — Buried in the AL East cellar and well on their way to a second straight losing season, the Baltimore Orioles enter the so-called second half with this unavoidable realization: It’s time to break up the band. The trade of shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night started the inevitable … Continue reading BALTIMORE | Machado exit could start a trend for underachieving Orioles