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Judge orders paper ballot contingency plan in Georgia

By KATE BRUMBACK The Associated Press ATLANTA — If Georgia election officials fail to meet the tight timeline they’ve set to implement an entirely new voting system, they’ll have to quickly pivot to hand-marked paper ballots for the March presidential primaries. That’s according ...

MLB Roundup: Alonso ties NL rookie home run record as Mets beat Braves, 10-8

ATLANTA (AP) — Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario helped the New York Mets pile up huge totals of hits and runs. The Mets needed almost all of them to hold off the homer-happy Atlanta Braves. Alonso drove in six runs with five hits, including a three-run homer that helped lead to Julio ...

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Rapper freed from Louisiana jail BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Rapper NBA YoungBoy has been released from a Louisiana jail where he was sent after being accused of violating his probation. News outlets report jail records say the rapper, whose real name is Kentrell Gaulden, was released ...

Making Trump look like Churchill

By LARRY ELDER Former Vice President Joe Biden, in December 2018, said, “I am a gaffe machine.” File that under the category of truer words have seldom been spoken. President Donald Trump benefited in the 2016 presidential contest because the unfavorable numbers of his opponent, Hillary ...

An old question in Baltimore

By Jules Witcover In the closing lines of the lyrics for our national anthem, their author asked in 1814: “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” Of course it does, at least figuratively. The original flag that flew over ...

Sanders needs a shot of dignity

By FROMA HARROP I have never been a big fan of Bernie Sanders. His authoritarian tendencies and aggressive attacks on any who would disagree have outweighed the good in him. The good is his working-class voice, emphasis on economic issues and some solid ideas. But his recent lashing out ...

Government moves toward easing drive-time rules for truckers

By RICHARD LARDNER The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Trump administration took a key step Wednesday toward relaxing federal rules that govern the length of time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, a move long sought by the trucking industry but opposed by safety advocates who ...

Trump official: Statue of Liberty’s poem is about Europeans

By ZEKE MILLER and ASHLEY THOMAS The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A top Trump administration official says the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty, welcoming “huddled masses” of immigrants to American shores, was referring to “people coming from Europe” and that the ...

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Green would have skipped 90210 reboot NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Austin Green says if Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth and the other creators of “BH90210,” had approached him with a standard reboot of the 90s drama, he would’ve said no. He played the character of David Silver on “Beverly ...

U.S. move halts release of Iranian tanker held in Gibraltar

By ARITZ PARRA and JON GAMBRELL The Associated Press MADRID — The United States moved today to halt the release of an Iranian supertanker detained in Gibraltar for breaching international sanctions on oil shipments, thwarting efforts by authorities in London and the British overseas ...

Our new age

By Jonah Goldberg Anyone who’s watched a courtroom TV drama has heard the phrase “Hard cases make bad law.” It’s a legal maxim that says really extreme — i.e., rare or weird — cases are not only hard to generalize from, they’re also a bad foundation for new legislation or ...

A lesson in socialism

By CAL THOMAS President Trump has repeatedly promised, “America will never be a socialist country.” Since Franklin Roosevelt began expanding government in the 1930s, the United States has increasingly adopted big-state policies associated with socialism. We may not be at the stage ...

Field experts need to be included

By BETSY MCCAUGHEY When it comes to protecting yourself from cancer, don’t take the government’s word. Listen to the experts. The biggest cancer killer isn’t smoking or a chemical in the environment or even an inherited gene. It’s the failure to screen patients at high risk of the ...

Gunman wounds 6 officers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An hourslong standoff where a gunman shot at police, wounding six of them, as he was barricaded inside a Philadelphia home somehow ended with no fatalities. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who spent hours Wednesday negotiating with the gunman through the ...

MLB Roundup: Sanchez, Yankees beat Orioles for 16th straight time

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees’ season-long dominance of the Baltimore Orioles ended with Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres being linked to Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. And while Sanchez was modest in his thoughts about the achievement, other Yankees did not hesitate to express their ...

MLS Roundup: Real Salt Lake blanks Seattle, 3-0

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Sam Johnson, Albert Rusnak and Corey Baird scored to help Real Salt Lake beat the Seattle Sounders 3-0 on Wednesday night. Salt Lake (12-9-4) has won three straight and is undefeated in six games. Seattle (11-8-6) has lost eight straight regular-season road games in the ...

Syracuse out to prove last year no fluke

By JOHN KEKIS The Associated Press SYRACUSE — Coach Dino Babers begins his fourth season at Syracuse with a big goal — to prove that last season was no fluke. Syracuse finished 10-3 in 2018 and was No. 15 in the AP’s final poll. It was only the Orange’s fourth season above .500 ...

Mara would be happy if Eli played and rookie Jones didn’t

By TOM CANAVAN The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — John Mara would be perfectly happy if two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning had a great season for the New York Giants and heir apparent and first-round draft pick Daniel Jones never took a snap. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday ...

Acuna homers to help Braves beat Mets, 5-3

By PAUL NEWBERRY The Associated Press ATLANTA — Ronald Acuna Jr. heard chants of “MVP! MVP! MVP!” as he trotted off the field in the sixth inning, tipping his cap to the crowd when he reached the dugout. Maybe the Atlanta fans are on to something. It was another dazzling ...

MLB Roundup: Yankees top Orioles, run win streak over Baltimore to 15 games

NEW YORK (AP) — Domingo German pitched seven strong innings to become the first 16-game winner in the majors and the New York Yankees beat Baltimore 8-3 on Tuesday night, running their winning streak over the Orioles to 15 games. German allowed two runs, five hits, struck out seven, walked ...