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NEW YORK | Vikings’ Harrison Smith voted top NFL safety by AP panel

NEW YORK — Harrison Smith has been making his mark for years with big hits and clutch interceptions for the Minnesota Vikings. As a key piece of one of the NFL’s top defenses, the playmaking safety was voted the top player in the league at his position by a panel of 10 football writers for … Continue reading NEW YORK | Vikings’ Harrison Smith voted top NFL safety by AP panel

MADISON, Wis. | Wisconsin Republicans mull limiting governor-elect’s power

MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin’s Democratic governor-elect on Tuesday accused the Republicans who control the Legislature of making a “desperate attempt to cling to power” by considering placing new limits on the governor’s office before he takes over in January. Tony Evers, who narrowly defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker, said GOP legislative leaders should “stop any and … Continue reading MADISON, Wis. | Wisconsin Republicans mull limiting governor-elect’s power

PASADENA, Calif. | West Coast quake warning system now operational, with limits

PASADENA, Calif.  — Automated alerts from the fledgling West Coast earthquake early warning system are ready to be used broadly by businesses, utilities, schools and other entities but not for mass public notification, officials said Wednesday. “We’re making a large change from a production prototype in pilot mode to an open-for-business operational mode,” Doug Given, … Continue reading PASADENA, Calif. | West Coast quake warning system now operational, with limits

DETROIT | Fans stream in for 2nd day of Aretha Franklin public viewing

DETROIT — Mourners streamed in for a second day Wednesday to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin, who was dressed in a different outfit for her final public viewing, as if making a costume change during a show. Fans waited festively outside, then walked in a solemn, single-file line into the rotunda of Detroit’s Charles … Continue reading DETROIT | Fans stream in for 2nd day of Aretha Franklin public viewing

VILNIUS, Lithuania | Netanyahu visits Lithuania, first Israeli PM ever

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to arrive in the Baltics for a two-day visit during which he will meet his Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian counterparts, local officials and the Jewish community. Netanyahu, making the first visit to Lithuania by an Israeli prime minister, will be met Thursday by Foreign Minister … Continue reading VILNIUS, Lithuania | Netanyahu visits Lithuania, first Israeli PM ever

WASHINGTON | Trump says he’s done nothing wrong, Cohen making up stories

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump accused his former lawyer Michael Cohen of lying under pressure of prosecution as his White House grappled with allegations that the president had orchestrated a campaign cover-up to buy the silence of two women who claimed he had affairs with them. Confronting mounting legal and political threats, Trump took to Twitter … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says he’s done nothing wrong, Cohen making up stories

HONOLULU | With no place to run, people in Hawaii brace for hurricane

HONOLULU — Hawaii residents emptied store shelves Wednesday, claimed the last sheets of plywood to board up windows and drained gas pumps as Hurricane Lane churned toward the state. The category 4 storm could slam into the islands Thursday with winds exceeding 100 mph (161 kph), making it the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii … Continue reading HONOLULU | With no place to run, people in Hawaii brace for hurricane

TORONTO | Blue Jays RHP Sanchez comes clean on suitcase injury

TORONTO  — Add Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez to the list of big leaguers to suffer suitcase-related injuries this season. Sanchez acknowledged Wednesday that the bruised right index finger that has sidelined him for the past two months occurred when his finger got caught in a falling suitcase. The incident happened June 21, hours before … Continue reading TORONTO | Blue Jays RHP Sanchez comes clean on suitcase injury

BOSTON | Allen’s 2 catches help Bieber, Indians beat Red Sox 6-3

BOSTON — Cleveland pitcher Shane Bieber was sure to thank fellow rookie Greg Allen for making his debut at Fenway Park a successful one. The rare times Bieber made a mistake, Allen was there to cover — no matter the distance — with a pair of catches in deep center field that helped the Indians … Continue reading BOSTON | Allen’s 2 catches help Bieber, Indians beat Red Sox 6-3

WASHINGTON | US adds to growing list of sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration added to its growing list of sanctions against Russia on Tuesday as U.S. lawmakers urged tighter economic restrictions on Moscow and Britain’s top diplomat accused Russia’s leader of pursuing policies that are making the world more dangerous. The Treasury Department announced two new actions against Russian targets: blacklisting two companies and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US adds to growing list of sanctions on Russia

LOS ANGELES | Jansen gives up 2 HRs in return, Cards top Dodgers 5-3

LOS ANGELES — Since the calendar turned to August, the St. Louis Cardinals have been on a tear. They kept it up against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who allowed ninth-inning homers to Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter in his return from the disabled list in a 5-3 loss to the Cardinals on Monday night. St. … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Jansen gives up 2 HRs in return, Cards top Dodgers 5-3

BOSTON | Amid turmoil, USA Gymnastics takes small steps forward

BOSTON — The pep talk was short and to the point, a reminder to reigning world gymnastics champion Morgan Hurd that all was not lost. The 17-year-old had just fallen on beam at the U.S. Classic last month, ending any serious chance she had at making a serious run at Simone Biles in the Olympic … Continue reading BOSTON | Amid turmoil, USA Gymnastics takes small steps forward