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LEADING OFF: Astros go for team record-tying 12th win in row

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: HOT HOUSTON The Astros aim for their 12th straight victory, which would tie for the longest winning streak in franchise history set in 1999 and duplicated in 2004. Fresh off a 10-0 road trip to Texas, Oakland and Kansas City in which they outscored opponents 74-35, … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Astros go for team record-tying 12th win in row

the Atlanta Braves | Like last year’s Twins, young Braves ahead of schedule

On the morning of June 18 two years ago, the Atlanta Braves were 21-46. Now they’re atop the NL East. Atlanta has turned its stocked farm system into a major league contender faster than expected, and after Sunday’s 4-1 win over San Diego, the Braves lead second-place Washington by 3 1/2 games. At 42-29, they’re … Continue reading the Atlanta Braves | Like last year’s Twins, young Braves ahead of schedule

WASHINGTON | First lady Melania Trump “hates” to see families separated

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump “hates” to see families separated at the border and hopes “both sides of the aisle” can reform the nation’s immigration laws, according to a statement from her office. Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Trump, said Sunday: “She believes we need to be a country that follows all … Continue reading WASHINGTON | First lady Melania Trump “hates” to see families separated

KABUL, Afghanistan | Peace convoy arrives in Afghan capital after 40-day march

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Dozens of Afghans have arrived in Kabul after trekking across the country on foot calling for an end to the 17-year war. The Helmand Peace Convoy reached the capital on Monday after traveling more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) over nearly 40 days. The march began in the southern city of … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Peace convoy arrives in Afghan capital after 40-day march

TOKYO | The Latest: More than 210 injured in Osaka-area earthquake

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in Japan (all times local): 3 p.m. Authorities in western Japan say the number of people treated for injuries suffered in a strong earthquake Monday morning now exceeds 210. The magnitude 6.1 earthquake near the major city of Osaka killed three people, toppled concrete walls and store … Continue reading TOKYO | The Latest: More than 210 injured in Osaka-area earthquake

BERLIN | German leaders mull next steps in migration standoff

BERLIN (AP) — Leaders of Germany’s governing conservative parties are holding separate meetings to mull their next steps in a dispute over migration that has escalated into a threat to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is calling for Germany to turn back at its border migrants previously registered as asylum-seekers in other … Continue reading BERLIN | German leaders mull next steps in migration standoff

BEIRUT | Syria says US-led strike hits troops in east, US denies

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state TV is reporting that the U.S.-led coalition has struck a military position in the country’s east, leaving several troops dead and wounded, allegations denied by a U.S. official. The report early Monday says the airstrike occurred around midnight in the village of al-Hari near the town of Boukamal. It gave … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syria says US-led strike hits troops in east, US denies

OMAHA, Neb | Texas Tech stuns Gators 6-3 in College World Series opener

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Texas Tech cleared the hurdle of winning a College World Series opener. It was a high one, too. Gabe Holt hit a tiebreaking single in the fifth inning and drove in an insurance run in the ninth, leading the Red Raiders to a stunning 6-3 win over defending national champion Florida … Continue reading OMAHA, Neb | Texas Tech stuns Gators 6-3 in College World Series opener