Party Time! Outlaw, Smoke, Gronk turn Daytona 500 into bash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla./February 27, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Outlaw, Smoke and Gronk turned the Daytona 500 into party central. The good times were just getting started in victory lane Sunday night. Flanked by sexy models, the triumphant trio chugged drinks and gave NASCAR the buzz it craved in the season opener. Might as well go … Continue reading Party Time! Outlaw, Smoke, Gronk turn Daytona 500 into bash

‘Moonlight’ wins best picture at botched Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES/February 27, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Oscar winner, take two. Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” — not, as it turned out, “La La Land” — won best picture at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset and an unprecedented fiasco that saw one winner swapped for another while the “La La Land” producers were in mid-speech. … Continue reading ‘Moonlight’ wins best picture at botched Academy Awards

Mardi Gras crash suspect’s alcohol level nearly triple limit

NEW ORLEANS/February 27, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The driver accused of plowing into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, police said. The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement identifying the man as 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto. He’s being held at the … Continue reading Mardi Gras crash suspect’s alcohol level nearly triple limit

Global markets mixed ahead of Trump speech

BEIJING/February 27, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — European stocks gained Monday while Asian markets fell as investors looked ahead to U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress this week for details of promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending. KEEPING SCORE: London’s FTSE-100 advanced 0.4 percent to 7,274.60 and Germany’s DAX gained 0.1 percent to 11,817.81. France’s CAC-40 … Continue reading Global markets mixed ahead of Trump speech

Mika leads BYU to upset of No. 1 Gonzaga 79-71

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP)(STL.News) — Top-ranked Gonzaga’s quest to go undefeated this season ended under a barrage of baskets by BYU’s Eric Mika on Saturday night. Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and BYU upset Gonzaga 79-71. It was the Cougars’ first victory ever over a No. 1 team, after four losses, and spoiled the … Continue reading Mika leads BYU to upset of No. 1 Gonzaga 79-71

Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ scares up big $30.5 million debut

LOS ANGELES (AP)(STL.News) — Great reviews and buzz propelled comedian Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, the micro-budget thriller “Get Out,” to a chart-topping opening weekend with $30.5 million according to studio estimates Sunday. The Blumhouse-produced and Universal Pictures-distributed film cost an estimated $4.5 million to make. While it was expected to perform well against its budget, … Continue reading Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ scares up big $30.5 million debut

Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

CHICAGO (AP)(STL.News) — As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. The challenge of providing insurance for Americans who have no other alternative … Continue reading Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

Reaction to the death of actor Bill Paxton

LOS ANGELES/February 26, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Reaction to the death of film and TV actor Bill Paxton, of “Titanic,” ”Aliens,” ”The Terminator,” ”Apollo 13″ and the HBO series “Big Love” fame: ___ “Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man… Hanx.” — Tom Hanks, on Twitter. _____ “Bill Paxton could play any role, … Continue reading Reaction to the death of actor Bill Paxton