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Pitch clock coming for spring training games

By MIKE FITZPATRICK The Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Major League Baseball is unilaterally starting the use of pitch clocks for spring training games, while brushing off complaints from players about the slow free agent market. With the sport looking for ways to speed the ...

Anthony Weiner released from prison

AYER, Mass. (AP) — Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after being convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl in 2017. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website shows the 54-year-old New York Democrat is currently in the ...

WH indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

By ZEKE MILLER The Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, a top White House adviser said on Sunday. White House ...

Abe mum on Trump’s claim of nomination for Nobel Peace Prize

By HARUKA NUGA The Associated Press TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kept quiet today over President Donald Trump‘s claim that he had nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize, but praised him and emphasized he did not deny doing so. Trump’s assertion Friday that Abe had ...

Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett

By SARA BURNETT and GREG MCCUNE The Associated Press CHICAGO — Chicago police said Sunday they’re still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that “shifted” their investigation of a reported attack on the “Empire” actor. The ...

North Carolina to hold hearing on undecided U.S. House race

By EMERY P. DALESIO The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s elections board is holding a hearing Monday on ballot fraud allegations in the nation’s last undecided congressional election. The hearing, slated to last at least two days, will include the results of a ...

People in the news

Cheadle wears political shirts NEW YORK (AP) — Don Cheadle delivered some political messages along with jokes as he hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time. The actor sported a T-shirt that said “Protect Trans Kids” as he introduced musical guest Gary Clark Jr. And ...

Balancing the scales of justice

The Portland Press Herald Feb. 14 There’s a reason that a set of scales is often the symbol of our courts. The search for justice should always be a balance, making sure that punishments are proportionate to the offense. That can’t always be done in a courtroom. A convicted felon can ...

Socialism, then and now

By Jules Witcover President Trump drew cheers and applause from the right-field bleachers at his State of the Union speech when he declared: “We renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” It was a softer retread of the old Joe McCarthy war on communism that ...

You can’t say that on Twitter

By MONA CHAREN She tweeted that “men are not women,” and for that, Meghan Murphy, feminist journalist, was banned from Twitter. An anodyne statement of biological reality qualifies as “hate speech” for some of the gnomes at Twitter HQ. Murphy received a rote notification that “you ...

Warren highlights her economic work

By MICHELLE L. PRICE The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Democrat Elizabeth Warren used her first visit to Nevada as a presidential candidate to describe a squeeze on working families and a political system that she says fails to protect homeowners, including the residents of Las Vegas who ...

System fields 1000s of threat tips

By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — A threat reporting system now required for all Pennsylvania schools fielded more than 4,900 tips in its first month, about a third of them considered serious enough to pass along to local police and school officials. The goal of the ...

School’s out?

By LISA RATHKE and COLLIN BINKLEY The Associated Press POULTNEY, Vt. — After 185 years of educating students on its campus of brick buildings on Poultney’s main street, Green Mountain College announced last month it would close after this academic year, leaving hundreds of students ...

EPA outlines plan for dealing with toxic chemicals in water

By JOHN FLESHER and ELLEN KNICKMEYER The Associated Press Under strong pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it will move ahead this year with a process that could lead to setting a safety threshold for a group of highly toxic chemicals in ...

Now’s your chance to change your Medicare plan

On the Money By Tom Murphy The Associated Press Medicare Advantage enrollees get a new, second chance to find the right health coverage this year. The government added another enrollment window that started Jan. 1 and lasts until March 31. It gives people with privately run versions of ...

Is it love? Maybe not, as romance scams proliferate

By SARAH SKIDMORE The Associated Press Is it love? Maybe not. The FTC announced this week that romance-related scams have surged recently and generated more losses than any other consumer fraud reported to the agency last year. The number of these romance scams reported to the agency ...

Millennial money: Minimalism can declutter finances, too

NerdWallet Melissa Lambarena Christian Matney, 22, and his wife, Aubry, 23, haven’t let their youth hinder them from big financial goals. The Austin, Texas-based couple — content creators at YouTube channel The Matneys — are travelers, entrepreneurs and homeowners, thanks in part to ...

Congress urged to fully open banks to marijuana industry

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Bank officials and others urged Congress on Wednesday to fully open the doors of the U.S. banking system to the legal marijuana industry, a change that supporters say would reduce crime risks and resolve a litany of challenges for ...

Couples learn how to be romantic and business partners

Small Talk By Joyce M. Rosenberg The Associated Press NEW YORK — Debbie and Gary Douglas sometimes need to remind each other, this is your business partner talking. In business together for 16 years, the Douglases have found that being co-owners of a public relations firm requires ...

Airbus abandons iconic A380 superjumbo, lacking clients

By ANGELA CHARLTON and JON GAMBRELL The Associated Press TOULOUSE, France — European plane maker Airbus said Thursday it will stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 for lack of customers, abandoning the world’s biggest passenger jet and one of the aviation industry’s most ...