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Baby boy’s body pulled from N.Y.’s East River

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a baby who was found floating in the water near the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday. A family visiting from Stillwater, Oklahoma, spotted the approximately 8-month-old boy wearing only diapers in the shallow water near the Manhattan ...

Manafort’s ‘right-hand man’ to testify in his fraud trial

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The most critical moment in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will likely arrive this week with the testimony of his “right-hand man” — the person defense attorneys blame for any crimes. Rick Gates, who also served in a senior ...

Where’s the outrage now?

By MARC A. THIESSEN All of Washington is waiting with bated breath to find out whether the Mueller investigation will provide evidence proving that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. So far, “Exhibit A” against President Trump is the meeting Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul ...

Watergate sleuths targeting Trump

By Jules Witcover The two investigative reporters whose work at the Washington Post brought about the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974 now have Donald Trump in their sights, this time separately. Carl Bernstein, the street-smart liberal New Yorker who teamed with Bob Woodward, the ...

More than a place to rest

NEW ORLEANS — If you’ve heard about New Orleans’ famous cemeteries with their above-ground tombs, chances are you’ve heard about the gravesite of the so-called voodoo queen. Her name was Marie Laveau and she is buried in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. But visitors looking to visit her ...

Colorado black market marijuana: Are cartels wrongly blamed?

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A frequently used criticism by law enforcement of Colorado’s legalized marijuana industry is that it invited dangerous drug cartels into the state, where they operate in black market shadows. Law enforcement in El Paso, Teller and Pueblo counties say it in news ...

How to turn campfire favorite s’mores into an ice cream cake

The combination of chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows is irresistible. We wanted to take each element of s’mores and reimagine this beloved campfire snack as a magnificent ice cream cake. Combining warm, gooey s’mores with ice cream may sound like a mess, but we found a way to ...

A makeover for milkweed, for the sake of butterflies

QUEBEC CITY — For generations, North American farmers have despised milkweed and done their best to rid their lands of it. “I hate to have milkweed in my strawberry field,” Nathalie Leonard says from her farm by the Quebec village of Lac-du-Cerf. So why does she have 60 acres of ...

Cereus: a cactus that blooms just a few nights a year

I recently had the honor of being invited to what sounded like a “serious” little party. Actually, it was a “cereus” party, named for a night-blooming cactus. This party was called at the spur of the moment to coincide with the plant’s blooming, which occurs for just a few nights ...

Right at home: Diaper bags get a stylish update

In generations past, the array of baby paraphernalia needed by new parents was carried in cumbersome totes of heavy plastic, often emblazoned with prints and patterns that spoke more to infants than to adults. But the style stork has delivered some smart-looking new options for moms and dads, ...

Frog symphony and ancient trees in a La. swamp

MARRERO, La. — It was 93 degrees and humid when I set out on a 4-mile stroll through a Louisiana swamp. Crazy, you say? But let me tell you what I found there, in the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. A symphony of frogs. A 700-year-old tree. And a ...

Manager hopes to make Pioneer Park a year-round destination

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — When Donnie Hayes was in high school, he was selected for the homecoming court. One of the responsibilities was to make a skit. As a member of the homecoming court, Hayes was qualified to become homecoming king, but he didn’t care about that. He wanted to make a ...

Betty White’s 80-year TV and film career celebrated in PBS special

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Betty White sees no point in slowing down at age 96, as long as her phone keeps ringing with offers to work. The actress known for her roles in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls” is marking her 80th year in show business with a PBS special ...

Red Sox get past Yankees

By JIMMY GOLEN The Associated Press BOSTON — The Red Sox fan who brought a broom to Fenway Park to cheer Boston on to a sweep of the rival Yankees will have to wait one more day. Still, he was lucky to have it on Saturday, using it to retrieve J.D. Martinez’s home run ball from the ...

Truex chasing title as current king of the road

By JOHN KEKIS The Associated Press WATKINS GLEN — Martin Truex Jr. has a chance to join former NASCAR greats Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart as kings of the roads. Truex is seeking his third consecutive victory on a road course in NASCAR’s stop today at Watkins Glen. The 11-turn, ...

Hamlin wins pole at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN (AP) — Denny Hamlin has been on the outside looking in as Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and defending Cup series champion Martin Truex Jr. have dominated the season. The “Big 3” have won 16 of 21 races while Hamlin is winless, but he took a step toward ...

Logano wins wet, wild Xfinity Series race

By JOHN KEKIS The Associated Press WATKINS GLEN — This time, Joey Logano survived the rain. Logano passed Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski on a restart in the closing laps Saturday and held off his final challenge to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen International ...

Owens enjoys his personal induction ceremony

By TERESA M. WALKER The Associated Press CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Terrell Owens came in wearing a suit spotted with the Pro Football Hall of Fame logo and swapped that out for the prized gold jacket. His bust? That remained 600 miles away in Canton, Ohio, along with the seven other members ...

MLS Roundup: Atlanta’s Martinez sets MLS record

ATLANTA (AP) — Josef Martinez scored twice for Atlanta United to set an MLS record with 45 goals in his first two seasons, and Tosaint Ricketts had a stoppage-time goal for Toronto FC in a 2-2 draw Saturday. Martinez passed Stern John (44, 1998-99) for most goals in his first two seasons. ...

PGA Championship celebrates 100 as Woods goes for 15

By DOUG FERGUSON The Asssociated Press The PGA Championship has all the trappings of a big celebration this year. Thanks to a Sunday afternoon on the other side of the Atlantic, it feels even bigger. This is the 100th edition of the only major championship restricted to professionals, ...