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WNBA Roundup: Sun record 12th straight home win

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas scored 20 points, Shekinna Stricklen added 16 and the Connecticut Sun won their franchise-record 12th straight home game, beating the Seattle Storm 81-67 on Sunday. Connecticut (8-1) broke the franchise mark of 11 consecutive regular-season home ...

NASCAR overturns victory for first time since 1960

By LUKE MEREDITH The Associated Press NEWTON, Iowa — NASCAR overturned a victory for the first time under its toughened new policy on cheating when Brett Moffitt was declared the winner of the Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway after Ross Chastain failed a post-race inspection. Chastain ...

Golf Roundup: Henderson wins Meijer LPGA Classic

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Brooke Henderson won the Meijer LPGA Classic to break the Canadian record for tour victories with nine. The 21-year-old Henderson led wire-to-wire for her second victory in three years at Blythefield Country Club, closing with a 2-under 70 in chilly conditions to ...

Deeper and deeper in debt

By Cal Thomas There are many addictions besides drugs, sex and power. There is also our increasing addiction to debt. According to Money Magazine, reporting on figures from the New York Fed, “Americans’ debt hit a new high of $13 trillion last year, surpassing the previous record set in ...

Trashing the Constitution

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO While the eyes of the political and media classes were on President Donald Trump as he commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day in the United Kingdom and in France last week, and then as we all watched for progress in the tariff war Trump started with Mexico, ...

Thailand scores first World Cup goal in 5-1 loss to Sweden

By ROB HARRIS The Associated Press NICE, France — A couple of seconds elapsed before a disbelieving Kanjana Sungngoen raised her arms in celebration. It really happened. Thailand had finally scored at this Women’s World Cup. By the time Sungngoen found the net against Sweden in the ...

France looks to end group play undefeated

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press PARIS — France hit its first goal by advancing to the round of 16 at the Women’s World Cup. Now the host nation wants to make a statement by rolling through group play undefeated. France closes its Group A play today against Nigeria in Rennes, and ...

Hong Kong police clear streets, protesters staying

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters cleared out of Hong Kong’s streets today, averting possible clashes with police, but stayed near government headquarters to press their demands that the city’s leader resign and abandon an extradition bill that stoked fears of Beijing’s expanding ...

Iran says it will break uranium stockpile limit in 10 days

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL The Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran — Iran will break the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, the spokesman for the country’s atomic agency said today while also warning that Iran could enrich ...

Vatican formally opens debate on married priests in Amazon

By NICOLE WINFIELD The Associated Press VATICAN CITY — The Vatican formally opened debate today on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass. The call for study on the ...

Hunt for cause of massive South America power outage begins

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO and PAUL BYRNE The Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — As lights turned back on across Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay after a massive blackout that hit tens of millions people, authorities were still largely in the dark about what caused the collapse of ...

People in the news

‘Hunger Games’ prequel novel coming NEW YORK (AP) — Suzanne Collins has a new “Hunger Games” novel coming out, a prequel set 64 years before the start of her multimillion-selling trilogy. The book, currently untitled, is to come out May 19, 2020. Collins said in a statement today ...

Biden takes heat for stance

By Jules Witcover Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. The Democratic contest for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination has begun to pivot from the competition among self-identified progressive candidates to cutting Joe Biden’s wide early lead in the polls among the 23-candidate ...

On the 50th anniversary

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I am as straight as the crease in George Will’s slacks. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of. To be clear, it’s also not something of which I am ashamed. Truth be told, it’s not something I’ve ever had to think much about, not something I’ve ever ...

Rapists’ rights defy reason

By KATHLEEN PARKER In Alabama, where a new law denies abortion to women even in cases of incest or rape, a rapist may still pursue custody rights of a child conceived during his assault. I’ll give you a moment to digest that sentence. It gets worse. In a recent case, a young woman in ...

Census says more than 60% of U.S. men are fathers

By MIKE SCHNEIDER The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Fathers in the U.S. tend to be better educated than men without children, and relatively few men have children over age 40. These are some of the conclusions in a report released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau, just in time ...

Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks but calls for talks

By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as ...

Spearfish hydroponic farm grows produce for local schools

By MATTHEW GUERRY The Rapid City Journal SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — Belle Fourche and Spearfish school cafeterias in South Dakota this year served produce that was grown locally — and indoors. The Belle Fourche School District has for two years offered hydroponically raised vegetables to ...

Bitcoin’s carbon footprint equal to Las Vegas

By FRANK JORDANS The Associated Press BERLIN — The virtual currency bitcoin is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as a city like Las Vegas or Hamburg and efforts to reduce its climate footprint should be considered, researchers said Thursday. A study by ...

Tougher getting loans but businesses upbeat about prospects

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG The Associated Press NEW YORK — Small business owners are upbeat about their companies’ prospects even as they have a harder time getting bank loans. That’s the finding of a second-quarter survey of owners by researchers at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio ...