HOUSTON | Gurriel homers twice as Astros punch playoff ticket

HOUSTON  — Yuli Gurriel hit a grand slam and a two-run homer on his way to a career-high seven RBIs, and the Houston Astros clinched a postseason berth by routing the Los Angeles Angels 11-3 on Friday night. George Springer added a three-run shot in the eighth for the Astros, who are still looking to … Continue reading HOUSTON | Gurriel homers twice as Astros punch playoff ticket

LEADING OFF: Braves try to clinch, Bosox aim for wins record

A look at what’s happening around the majors Saturday: BRAVES BASH? The Atlanta Braves can clinch their first NL East title since 2013 by beating Philadelphia at SunTrust Park. Sparked by Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies, the Baby Braves moved closer to the division crown with a 6-5 win over the Phillies on Friday … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Braves try to clinch, Bosox aim for wins record

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. | Trump says he’ll rid Justice Dept. of ‘lingering stench’

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— President Donald Trump issued an ominous warning about the Justice Department and the FBI on Friday, promising further firings to get rid of a “lingering stench” following reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording the president. Trump, speaking at a rally in Missouri, did not explicitly mention the Rosenstein furor, … Continue reading SPRINGFIELD, Mo. | Trump says he’ll rid Justice Dept. of ‘lingering stench’

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. | The Latest: Trump says he won’t rush North Korea deal

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 8 p.m. President Donald Trump says he won’t rush into any deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump tells a rally Friday in Springfield, Missouri, that he received a “beautiful letter” two days ago from Kim. But he’s not saying what … Continue reading SPRINGFIELD, Mo. | The Latest: Trump says he won’t rush North Korea deal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California man arrested in 10 ‘horrific’ cold-case rapes

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — A married 58-year-old man has been arrested in connection with at least 10 rapes across Northern California between 1991 and 2006 in what’s known as the NorCal Rapist case, Sacramento police announced Friday. Roy Charles Waller of Benicia was arrested without incident at the University of California in Berkeley, where he worked … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California man arrested in 10 ‘horrific’ cold-case rapes

RICHMOND, Va | Bell wins Xfinity race at Richmond; Earnhardt 4th

RICHMOND, Va. — Christopher Bell took the lead away from Matt Tifft with 13 laps to go and won the opening race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs on Friday night. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth in what he said would be his only start of the season. Earnhardt retired from NASCAR’s Cup Series last … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va | Bell wins Xfinity race at Richmond; Earnhardt 4th

ORLANDO, Fla | Milton accounts for 6 TDs, No. 16 UCF routs FAU 56-36

ORLANDO, Fla.  — McKenzie Milton ran for a career-best three touchdowns while throwing for three more, helping No. 16 UCF extend the nation’s longest winning streak with a 56-36 rout of Florida Atlantic on Friday night. The junior from Kapolei, Hawaii, completed 21 of 32 passes for 306 yards without an interception, and the Knights … Continue reading ORLANDO, Fla | Milton accounts for 6 TDs, No. 16 UCF routs FAU 56-36

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump says he’ll rid DoJ of ‘lingering stench’

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (all times local): 8:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is pledging to rid the Justice Department of its “lingering stench.” Trump told a campaign rally in Missouri on Friday that the department has some “great people” but also “some real bad ones.” He says the bad … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump says he’ll rid DoJ of ‘lingering stench’