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  • New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

    Updated: 6 min ago

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to man. Now health workers are scrambling to trace those who may have been exposed to Sawyer across West Africa, including flight attendants and fellow passengers. Health experts say it is unlikely he could have infected others with the virus that can cause victims to bleed from the eyes, mouth and ears.

  • Fashion industry, retailers and the gender binary

    Updated: 7 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — As a transgender woman who began her transition about a year ago, Kylie Jack is still figuring out her fashion style, but she wanted one thing right away: well-fitting bras. Friends recommended Petticoat Fair in Austin, Texas, where she lives. The lingerie shop is known for one-on-one fittings, but Jack was denied access to the area where professionals work privately with customers after being asked if she was an anatomical female. Jack, 39, a computer interaction designer, left empty-handed and angry. She took to social media to protest. "It was unclear whether they had a consistent policy and I didn't know what to make of it," Jack said. The owner later apologized.

  • Darden CEO to step down amid Olive Garden troubles

    Updated: 14 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Darden Restaurants CEO and Chairman Clarence Otis is stepping down as the company fights to fix its flagship Olive Garden chain following its contested sale of Red Lobster. The company, based in Orlando, Florida, also said Monday that it's changing its corporate policies to split the CEO and chairman roles. It appointed lead independent director Charles Ledsinger Jr. as independent non-executive chairman, effective immediately. Darden shares rose $2.03, or 4.5 percent, to $46.95 in after-hours trading. Otis joined Darden in 1995, ascended to the CEO spot in late 2004, and became chairman a year later. His departure isn't entirely a surprise, given Darden's troubles.

  • Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

    Updated: 19 min ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City. In central Gaza City early Tuesday, at least two major explosions hit a media complex housing the offices of Hamas-run Al Aqsa television and radio. The blasts shook surrounding buildings and started a fire on the roof of the office block, one of Gaza's tallest. AP video showed a massive flash as the first strike hit the top of the building, sending debris raining down. The building also houses offices of a number of Arab satellite tel

  • US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    Updated: 21 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time. The treaty confrontation comes at a highly strained time between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia's intervention in Ukraine and Putin's grant of asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. An administration official said Obama notified Putin of the U.S. determination in a letter Monday. The finding will be included in a State Department annual report on compliance with arms control treaties that will

  • BC-BBN--Diamondbacks-Reds,Extra InningADVISORY

    Updated: 29 min ago

    Editors: The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds are tied 1-1 after 10 innings.

  • Travis d'Arnaud homers, Mets crush Phillies 7-1

    Updated: 29 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Travis d'Arnaud went 3 for 4 with a three-run homer, Bartolo Colon made his second straight strong start, and the New York Mets crushed the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 on Monday night. D'Arnaud hit one of three doubles for the Mets as they took a 4-0 lead in the first. Then the catcher's seventh home run of the season broke the game open in the fifth. The 41-year-old Colon (10-8) retired the first 20 batters in his last outing Wednesday against Seattle, eventually allowing two runs on three hits in 7 1-3 innings in a 3-2 win. He wasn't as dominant Monday. But staked to a big lead, he was never in much trouble either, scattering 10 hits over 7 2-3 innings.

  • Tiafoe falls in ATP debut

    Updated: 31 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen-year-old Francis Tiafoe lost his ATP tour debut while fellow Americans Robby Ginepri and Donald Young won their opening round matches at the Citi Open on Monday. Russia's Evgeny Donskoy defeated Tiafoe, the world's seventh-ranked junior player and a D.C.-area native, 6-4, 6-4. Top-seeded Tomas Berdych will face Ginepri, who advanced to the second round with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-4, 6-2. Young beat Yuichi Sugita of Japan 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. No. 6 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia won the opening match in the WTA draw, 6-3, 6-2 over Slovenia's Polona Hercog. 18-year-old American qualifier Taylor Townsend rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Julia Goerges of Germa

  • California governor takes dig at Texas guard plan

    Updated: 33 min ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday that he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that "wiser minds will prevail." Brown is in Mexico for three days of meetings, focusing on migration, trade, investment and environmental cooperation. At a news conference with Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, Brown said the immigration overload of thousands of Central American youths at the border should be seen as a humanitarian issue. The U.S. is coping with a dramatic increase in the number of unaccompanied children attempting to cross the border, coming mainly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salv

  • 'Pawn Stars' TV star plans stores near famous shop

    Updated: 33 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The long parade of tourists who regularly stop by the downtown Las Vegas shop featured on the History Channel reality show "Pawn Stars" could soon have something better to do while waiting in line. Gold & Silver Pawn Shop co-owner Rick Harrison has drawn up plans for a Pawn Star Plaza shopping center that could boast six restaurants and about 16 small shops. The company's general contractor has submitted the proposal to the city planning department, and a review is expected in September, according to pawn shop general manager Theo Spyer. "We have always tried to improve our customer experience while waiting in line," Spyer said, pointing to misters, benches and a hot dog stand at the premises. "Now we inten

  • Timberwolves get free agent Mo Williams

    Updated: 34 min ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mo Williams is on his way to Minnesota, which means J.J. Barea could be on his way out. The Timberwolves and Williams have agreed to a $3.75 million, one-year contract, the player's agency, Priority Sports, announced on Monday. The agreement gives the Timberwolves an experienced and versatile combo guard to play behind Ricky Rubio. Williams turns 32 in December and is coming off a season in Portland in which he averaged 9.7 points per game for his lowest output since his rookie year in 2003-04. But his ability to shoot — he is a career 38.

  • Delany noncommittal on Penn State sanction cuts

    Updated: 39 min ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany took a non-committal stance on an effort by five Pennsylvania Congressmen to rescind sanctions against Penn State for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. Several outlets reported that U.S. Reps. Charlie Dent, Mike Doyle, Glenn Thompson, Jim Gerlach and Mike Kelly wrote a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert saying that penalties handed out by the governing body based on former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell's recommendation deprive innocent players of opportunities. The punishments include a $60 million fine and reduced football scholarships. The team remains on probation that includes no bowl-game participation through the 2015 season.

  • Fitzgerald: Union push unified Northwestern

    Updated: 40 min ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the push for them to unionize. Fitzgerald said he's "proud of the maturity" his players displayed the past few months. As the Big Ten opened its annual two-day media event on Monday, some big story lines hung over the college landscape. A four-team playoff system to determine a national champion is being implemented and the conference would love to be represented in it. Ohio State, for one, hopes to be in the picture after going 24-2 overall and 16-0 in regular-season conference play in its first two years under coach Urban Meyer.

  • Friend: McBride slurring during phone call

    Updated: 40 min ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Davonta Bynes expected 19-year-old Renisha McBride to stop by his west side Detroit home late Nov. 1, 2013, for a small get-together. The two traded text messages and a phone call, but as the hours passed it became clear to Bynes that he wouldn't see her that night. "I think ... she might have been drinking. She was slurring" her speech, he testified Monday during the trial of Theodore Wafer, the man charged with shooting McBride to death outside his Dearborn Heights home. About 1 a.m. on Nov. 2, a drunken McBride crashed her car into a parked car in Detroit, about a half-mile from Wafer's home and less than 2 miles from Bynes' home.

  • Gaga on Bennett duet CD: Jazz comes easier vs. pop

    Updated: 43 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is a bonafide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop. Gaga has spent two years recording an album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett called "Cheek to Cheek," to be released this fall. "You know, it's funny, but jazz comes a little more comfortable for me than pop music, than R&B music," Gaga said in an interview Monday. "I've sang jazz since I was 13 years old, which is kind of like my little secret that Tony found out. So this is almost easier for me than anything else." Gaga made the comments with Bennett by her side ahead of the duo's taped performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, where her parents attended.

  • Odorizzi goes 7 strong, Rays beat Brewers 2-1

    Updated: 43 min ago

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jake Odorizzi won his third consecutive start, James Loney had two RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Monday night. Odorizzi (7-8) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to beat the team that took him 32nd overall in the 2008 draft. Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Loney drove in two with a two-out, bases-loaded single off Kyle Lohse (11-5), who gave up two runs and four hits over six innings. The Rays had won nine in a row before a 3-2 loss Sunday to Boston. The winning streak was the second longest in team history. Mark Reynolds put the Brewers ahead 1-0 with his 18th homer of the season in the third.

  • Power back for majority of 223,000 hit by storms

    Updated: 46 min ago

    MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Crews have restored power to a majority of the 223,000 that were blacked out when severe thunderstorms hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula. DTE Energy Co. says about 83,000 of its 186,000 customers that lost power following storms Sunday remained without service Monday night. DTE says most should have power by late Wednesday. CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy unit says about 350 of its 37,000 affected customers remained blacked out Monday night, with almost all expected to be back online before midnight. The National Weather Service reports storm winds reached 70 mph, knocking down trees and ripping roofs off buildings. It says 3-inch hail fell near Midland.

  • Rare storm at California beach hard to see coming

    Updated: 53 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror. The phenomenon so rare that lifeguards lack an emergency warning system struck Sunday afternoon at Los Angeles' popular Venice Beach, killing a 21-year-old man and injuring a dozen others. Along the beach, famous internationally for its jugglers, skaters, medical marijuana dealers and boardwalk preachers and hucksters, panic instantly set in. "All of a sudden, there was a huge explosion and everyone dropped to the ground.

  • Raiders relying on healthy Watson to solidify line

    Updated: 59 min ago

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Menelik Watson's rookie season proved to be mostly a waste. Watson arrived at his first training camp with the Oakland Raiders with an injured calf that forced him to miss much of the preseason. A knee injury just before the beginning of the regular season cost Watson a shot at a starting job. By the time Watson was finally healthy he got only limited playing time, mostly as a sixth offensive lineman, as he couldn't overcome all the missed time. That wasn't exactly what the Raiders were counting on from a second-round pick, and it certainly wasn't what the raw Watson needed since he only played two seasons of football before entering the NFL. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www

  • Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In allowing the deal to go forward, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who negotiated the record sale after the NBA banned the 80-year-old billionaire for making offensive remarks about blacks. Shelly Sterling sought the probate judge's approval to ink the deal after taking over the family trust that owns the team because doctors found Donald Sterling had signs of Alzheimer's disease and couldn't manage his affairs.