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  • Alex Jones accused of destroying evidence in Sandy Hook defamation case

    AUSTIN, Texas — Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was accused in court filings Friday of destroying evidence relevant to the case of families from Sandy Hook Elementary School who are suing him for claiming the massacre was a hoax. Attorneys for two Sandy Hook victims noted that Jones said during a recent broadcast of his radio program that he’d told his staff to delete information from the website of his “Infowars” media company after CNN cited content from it for violating […]

  • Aretha Franklin’s funeral set for Aug. 31 in Detroit

    NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be held Aug. 31 in her hometown of Detroit. The late singer’s publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said Friday that the funeral, to be held at Greater Grace Temple, is limited to the Queen of Soul’s family and friends. Public viewings will take place Aug. 28-29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Franklin will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, along with her father […]

  • Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

    GENEVA — Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. His foundation announced his death in Switzerland on Saturday in a tweet , saying he died after a short unspecified illness. “Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy,” the foundation said. Annan […]

  • Stanton, Walker homer as Yankees top Blue Jays in 7 innings

    NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton got his 31st home run in just under the wire Friday night. Neil Walker hit a three-run homer, Stanton added a blast over the home bullpen at Yankee Stadium and New York rallied for a rain-shortened 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Stanton drove a ball into a party deck in right-center during the bottom of the seventh, and a batter later, umpires pulled the teams off the field amid rain […]

  • Bogaerts rallies Red Sox to 7-3 win over Rays

    BOSTON — An early stumble did little to slow down the Boston Red Sox. Boston scored seven straight runs after falling behind 3-0 in the first and beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 on Friday night. “We had a good night. Guys put in quality at-bats from the first hitter on,” said Xander Bogaerts, who led the latest rally for the Red Sox with a two-run triple in the first. Bogaerts added a pair of doubles and the Red Sox […]

  • PawSox planning move to Massachusetts

    WORCESTER, Mass. — The Pawtucket Red Sox say they have signed a letter of intent to build a new ballpark in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Triple-A affiliate of the of the Boston Red Sox made the announcement Friday, signaling an end to its effort to find a new stadium during the past three years. The team is leaving its aging park in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, for a city 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest. PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino says the team is […]

  • Police use Taser on 87-year-old cutting dandelions with a knife

    CHATSWORTH, Ga. — An 87-year-old grandmother using a knife to cut dandelions in the woods near her rural Georgia home last week was taken down by a police Taser and arrested, according a police report. Martha Al-Bishara was arrested for criminal trespass and obstruction of a police officer, according to the report. Chatsworth Police said Al-Bishara did not drop a steak knife despite several commands and a demonstration by officers. At one point, she walked toward officers with the knife, […]

  • 70 years after Babe Ruth’s death, fans still flock to grave

    HAWTHORNE, N.Y.  — Amid the serene graves at Gate of Heaven Cemetery sits the one where visitors leave baseballs and bats instead of bouquets, tributes to a baseball superstar who still outshines others seven decades after his death. It’s the resting place of Babe Ruth, the indelible slugger and larger-than-life personality who died Aug. 16, 1948. Considered by many the greatest player in baseball history, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox legend set home run records — 60 […]

  • ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dead at 76

    DETROIT — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. The statement said “Franklin’s official cause of death was due […]

  • Olympic gymnasts Ross and Kocian: we were abused by Nassar

    BOSTON  — Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross watched the women they won Olympic gold with step forward one by one over the last 18 months to detail their abuse at the hands of disgraced former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar. The more their Olympic teammates talked, the more Kocian and Ross began to examine their own interactions with Nassar. Over time they realized their experience mirrored those of hundreds of other women who were abused by Nassar under […]