The Fastball Paradox: With velocity up, fastballs on decline

The Fastball Paradox Baseball

NEW YORK (AP) — Over five seasons as ace of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gerrit Cole threw one of the game’s hardest, heaviest fastballs, and he threw it often. The pitch helped him make millions of dollars. It put him in contention for major awards. Hitters swung through it again and again, and Cole...


120 Nassar victims urge Michigan State board to fire Engler

Doctor Sexual Assault Michigan State

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A letter signed by 120 sexual abuse victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar on Tuesday urged Michigan State University’s governing board to oust interim president John Engler, saying he had reinforced a “culture of abuse” at the school. The women and girls issued their...


Border separations ripple through midterm campaigns

Immigration Politics

Wrenching scenes of migrant children being separated from their parents at the southern border are roiling campaigns ahead of midterm elections, emboldening Democrats on the often-fraught issue of immigration while forcing an increasing number of Republicans to break from President Donald Trump on...


High court decision extends legal battle over gerrymandering

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats hoped a Wisconsin case would be the vehicle the U.S. Supreme Court would use to strike down highly partisan gerrymandering of electoral maps. When those hopes fizzled Monday, attention turned to North Carolina. A case challenging that battleground state’s...


Democratic ad slams Hawley over allegations against donor

Missouri Senate Hawley

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Democratic political action committee is targeting Republican Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley for not investigating allegations of corruption involving a past top donor to Hawley’s attorney general campaign, although his authority to take action is limited. A...


The Latest: Trump defiant amid criticism over separations

Immigration Holding Facility

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the controversy over child and parent separations at the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local): 12:15 a.m. President Donald Trump is defending without apology his administration’s border-protection policies in the face of rising national outrage over the forced...


Trump defiant despite rising outrage over border separations

Immigration Holding Facility

WASHINGTON (AP) — An unapologetic President Donald Trump defended his administration’s border-protection policies in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Calling for tough action against illegal immigration, Trump declared the U.S....


Trump administration to propose 'association health plans'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is preparing to announce a new insurance option for small firms and self-employed people that would cost less but could cover fewer benefits than current plans. The Labor Department scheduled an announcement Tuesday morning for what has been called...


No motive, arrests in fatal shooting of rapper XXXTentacion

XXXTentacion Slain

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion was shot and killed Monday in Florida in what police called an apparent robbery attempt. Investigators don’t have a motive, and no arrests have been made. The 20-year-old rising star, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was...


In death, young man is at forefront of US-North Korea drama

US NKorea Warmbier Anniversary

CINCINNATI (AP) — Otto Warmbier’s legacy is still being written a year after his death. The 22-year-old U.S. college student who died in a Cincinnati hospital days after his release from North Korea while in a vegetative state is being remembered prominently during a dramatic shift in U.S.-North...

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