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Horse racing under the microscope due to deaths

It was supposed to be one of the most thrilling days of the year at Santa Anita. Two big races at the historic Southern California track, including one of the top preps for the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert in the house, sending out a pair of undefeated 3-year-olds. But the place will be ...

Indians still have one of the most loaded rotations in baseball

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Presumably, they will all be ready to pitch the first week of the season. Right now, Cleveland’s loaded starting rotation is in limbo. With the March 28 opener at Minnesota drawing near, manager Terry Francona has yet to say who he will start against the Twins or ...

Chisenhall will take on varying roles

BRADENTON, Fla. — Lonnie Chisenhall knows his new gig as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting right fielder is likely temporary. Gregory Polanco is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and the Pirates say he will be out until sometime between mid-April and ...

If you’re serious about climate…

Do you ever wonder why people run for office? I mean, unless you're a total cynic, you must assume that at least part of the motivation is wanting to do good. Sure, those who run for office want fame and prestige, but they also have strongly held views and want to affect public policy, right? ...

The real national emergency

WASHINGTON — There's a national emergency in America, all right, but it's not on our southern border. It's in the Oval Office, where an incompetent, ill-suited and immoral liar makes war on our democracy at home, and on our reputation and foreign-policy commitments abroad. The ...

US wages rise by most in decade even as hiring tumbles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of hiring in the United States fell last month to its lowest point in nearly a year and a half, a surprise drop likely reflecting harsh weather and other temporary factors that led most economists to see the slowdown as a temporary blip. Employers added just ...

US looks to get more cash from allies that host its troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is eyeing a plan to seek more money from allied European and other nations where American troops are based. Several U.S. officials said Friday that the White House has asked the Defense Department to gather data on the costs of keeping troops in ...

Homeless man pleads guilty to state charge in GoFundMe plot

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A homeless man pleaded guilty Friday to a state charge in a GoFundMe scheme that prosecutors say brought in $400,000 with a made-up story about him aiding a stranded driver. Thirty-six-year-old Johnny Bobbitt, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty Friday in New Jersey ...

President Trump’s bad week

In an ideal world, the president of the United States would succeed in negotiating a nuclear arms treaty with a foreign government — and do so with full congressional support; his lawyer would respect the attorney-client privilege and not reveal confidences publicly; Congress would abide the ...

Bryce Harper and loyalty

President Harry Truman once said, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” That truism can now be applied to baseball players, notably Bryce Harper. Harper, a former Washington National and now new member of their National League East rival, the Philadelphia Phillies, recently ...