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CANBERRA, Australia  | Australia succeeds in stopping migrants but many in limbo

CANBERRA, Australia — When Aziz Abdul reached Australia’s Christmas Island aboard a smuggler’s boat, he had no idea that weeks earlier in 2013, his fate as a refugee from Sudan seeking a new life in a new world had been sealed. Australia drew a line in the sand on July 19, 2013, to stem a … Continue reading CANBERRA, Australia  | Australia succeeds in stopping migrants but many in limbo

WASHINGTON | Boom or bust as homers, strikeouts dominate diamond

WASHINGTON — Boom or bust. This is what baseball has become — and that has owners worried. “It’s just kind of what it is: home runs and strikeouts,” Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling said. Stripling had just given up 10th-inning home runs on consecutive pitches to Houston’s Alex Bregman and George Springer on a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Boom or bust as homers, strikeouts dominate diamond

CHIANG RAI, Thailand  | Soccer team rescued from cave expected to leave hospital

CHIANG RAI, Thailand  — The youth soccer teammates rescued after 18 days trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand are expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday and to speak about their ordeal. A news conference with the 12 boys and their coach was being arranged for the evening in the northern city of … Continue reading CHIANG RAI, Thailand  | Soccer team rescued from cave expected to leave hospital

A Comic-Con without Marvel, HBO gives others a chance to pop

Over 130,000 pop culture devotees are descending on San Diego’s Gaslamp District Wednesday for the annual four-day comic book convention Comic-Con, the big, bright, and very heavily branded cofab of costumed superfans and the corporate sponsors vying for their attention — and dollars. Interested in dining at a working replica of the “Demolition Man” Taco … Continue reading A Comic-Con without Marvel, HBO gives others a chance to pop

MARIPOSA, Calif.  | Smoke clogs Yosemite Valley as firefighters battle blaze

MARIPOSA, Calif. — Hot and dry weather on Tuesday hindered efforts to slow the growth of a forest fire near Yosemite National Park that killed a California firefighter last weekend, leading some tourists to cut short their visits although all park trails remained open. The blaze roaring through dry brush and timber between the town … Continue reading MARIPOSA, Calif.  | Smoke clogs Yosemite Valley as firefighters battle blaze

SINGAPORE  | Asian stocks ease after rallying on solid US performance

SINGAPORE  — Asian markets have eased after early gains as a sweep of positive news from Wall Street and beyond boosted confidence in the U.S. economy. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.4 percent to 22,794.19. The index had rallied 1 percent in early Wednesday trading. South Korea’s Kospi lost 0.4 percent to 2,288.67, … Continue reading SINGAPORE  | Asian stocks ease after rallying on solid US performance

WASHINGTON  | Brewers All-Star Hader takes responsibility for tweets

WASHINGTON  — Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader took responsibility for racist and homophobic tweets that resurfaced while he was pitching in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night. Hader was alerted to an online firestorm regarding the tweets when he came out of the game. He locked his account and after the game he said the … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Brewers All-Star Hader takes responsibility for tweets

DETROIT  | Marriott hotels eliminating plastic straws by 2019

DETROIT  — Marriott International plans to remove plastic straws and drink stirrers from all of its 6,500 hotels and resorts worldwide by next year. The world’s largest hotel company said Wednesday that the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019. Bethesda, Maryland-based Marriott says the year-long timeframe will … Continue reading DETROIT  | Marriott hotels eliminating plastic straws by 2019