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Bahrain, Vietnam GPs off because of virus

By JEROME PUGMIRE The Associated Press PARIS — The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races were postponed Friday because of the coronavirus outbreak, the third and fourth races of the Formula One season to be called off. Bahrain was scheduled for next week — at an empty track — and the ...

MLB delays opening day at least 2 weeks because of virus

By RONALD BLUM The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baltimore slugger Chris Davis was driving down Florida’s west coast on Interstate 75 from Sarasota to Fort Myers for an exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins when he got the call. No game tonight. No games for a while. “Pretty ...

Inside NCAA’s attempt to save March Madness

By RALPH D. RUSSO The Associated Press As it became apparent the NCAA basketball tournaments could not be held during their usual three-week window because of concerns about the coronavirus, organizers scrambled to devise a plan for a 16-team event to salvage the postseason in one long ...

March Madness leads long list of canceled sports

By EDDIE PELLS The Associated Press The world’s sports schedule cratered at warp speed Thursday, with one of the biggest events on the U.S. calendar, the fun-filled and colorful college basketball tournament known as March Madness, becoming the first mega-event to be scrubbed due to fear ...

IndyCar, NASCAR races closed to fans amid COVID-19 pandemic

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — IndyCar and NASCAR will race this weekend without spectators, while Formula One’s Australian Grand Prix was called off entirely, as auto racing joined other sports in being affected by concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

U.S. Soccer Federation president quits

By ANNE M. PETERSON and RONALD BLUM The Associated Press Carlos Cordeiro resigned as U.S. Soccer Federation president on Thursday night, three days after the organization sparked a backlash when its legal papers in a gender discrimination lawsuit claimed the women’s national team players ...

College World Series among spring events axed by coronavirus

By ERIC OLSON The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — The cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournaments shook the nation Thursday, but more than two dozen other men’s and women’s championships won’t be contested this winter and spring, either — and that doesn’t include all the ...

Met Museum, Opera, Carnegie Hall close

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of New York City’s most esteemed cultural institutions announced Thursday that they are shutting down because of the coronavirus, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall. “The Met’s priority is to protect and support our ...

Passenger on flight tests positive

MIAMI (AP) — A passenger on a JetBlue flight that arrived at Palm Beach International Airport tested positive for COVID-19 and other passengers were advised to monitor their health according to Centers for Disease Control guidelines, authorities said Thursday. Rescue crews were notified at ...

Weinstein gets 23 years in sentence hailed by accusers

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison after breaking his courtroom silence with a rambling plea for mercy in which he professed to be “totally confused” by the #MeToo movement that spelled the Hollywood producer’s downfall. His accusers — ...

Pentagon: U.S. strikes Iran-backed group

By LOLITA C. BALDOR The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The U.S. launched airstrikes in Iraq, targeting the Iranian-backed Shiite militia members believed responsible for the rocket attack that killed and wounded American and British troops at a base north of Baghdad, the Pentagon ...

Hanks, wife taking it one day at a time

By ROD McGUIRK The Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia — Tom Hanks said he and wife Rita Wilson were taking their new coronavirus infection “one day at a time” while Australian television hosts who had interviewed Wilson were awaiting test results today. Australia has stepped up ...

People in the news

Omar marries political consultant MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has married a political consultant who worked for her, months after the two were accused of having an affair, which she denied. A marriage license filed in Washington, D.C., shows Omar married ...

Restricting travel to protect health?

By JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO The issue of whether government in America can quarantine persons against their will, ostensibly for their own health and that of others with whom they may come in contact, requires a dual analysis — one of the powers of the federal government and the other of the ...

It was a corporate merger

By ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS Let’s not kid ourselves about the meaning of Joe Biden’s Super Tuesday surprises. It was not the sudden imprimatur of a man buoyed by a groundswell of support. Biden is no runaway viral sensation. Rather, his win is the result of establishment Democrats’ cynical ...

Lawyer: Man asleep when police fired on house

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A Maryland man was asleep in his bedroom when police opened fire from outside his house, killing him and wounding his girlfriend, an attorney for the 21-year-old man’s family said Friday. The Montgomery County Police Department has released few details about the ...

U.S. attorney charges alleged MS-13 members

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal authorities in San Francisco announced charges against 17 alleged members and associates of the international MS-13 gang for a broad range of crimes, including racketeering and attempted murder, carried out in the heart of the city’s Latino district. The ...

Older Americans embracing bonds

By Robert B. Reich When middle-aged and older people feel unsafe, they run to the familiar and reliable, even if it’s deadly dull. Younger people who feel threatened are more likely to take risks in hopes of finding something better. This generational difference explains a great deal ...

Rights versus wishes on health care

By WALTER WILLIAMS Sen. Bernie Sanders said: “I believe that health care is a right of all people.” He’s not alone in that contention. That claim comes from Democrats and Republicans and liberals and conservatives. It is not just a health care right that people claim. There are ...

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson in Australian hospital with virus

SYDNEY — Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson are isolated in stable condition in an Australian hospital today after contracting the new coronavirus, the actor and Australian officials said. The two-time Oscar winner is easily the most famous person yet to disclose they have COVID-19, which ...