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Ohio gallery is mini-Cooperstown for baseball fans

MONTGOMERY, Ohio (AP) — Shoeless Joe Jackson might have asked if THIS is heaven. Here was one of his thick-handled bats, being gripped lovingly and studied for cleat nicks and baseball smudges from games he played nearly 100…
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1 dead, 1 missing in rain-swollen NC creek

COLLETTSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in western North Carolina are searching for a man swept away in a rain-swollen creek after recovering the body of a 10-year-old girl who had been swimming with him. The victims were from…
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Amanda Berry surprises Cleveland concert crowd

CLEVELAND (AP) — A talk radio host who invited a woman held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade to a music festival says he was as surprised as anyone when she showed up. Shane French told…
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Venezuela gov’t targets newspaper editor

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s chief prosecutor says she’s asking a court to freeze the assets of the editor of one of the country’s two major opposition newspapers. Luisa Ortega Diaz targeted the editor of El Nacional, Miguel…

1 dead, 1 missing in rain-swollen NC creek

COLLETTSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Heavy rains that caused power outages and flash floods in western North Carolina were blamed for the death of a 10-year-old girl and disappearance of a 48-year-old man who were swept away while swimming…
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3 ex-Penn State officials set to go before judge

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It was late at night on Feb. 27, 2001, and Penn State’s then-president, Graham Spanier, one of academia’s most prominent administrators, typed a brief email to two other top administrators as they debated how…
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Fidel Castro: ‘Slander’ over case of seized arms

HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro says foes of Havana have tried to manipulate the case of Cuban armaments seized at the Panama Canal on a boat bound for North Korea. The retired leader writes in a July 26…
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Col. Bud Day, Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 88

MIAMI (AP) — Retired Col. George “Bud” Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who spent 5½ years as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam and was Arizona Sen. John McCain’s cellmate, has died at the age of 88, his widow…

Mass. girl, 9, becomes youngest US chess master

CHELMSFORD, Mass. (AP) — Only three years or so since first picking up the game of chess, 9-year-old Carissa Yip can already look down at 93 percent of the more than 51,000 players registered with the U.S. Chess…

Officials: US drone strike kills 5 in NW Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed five people in the tribal region near the Afghan border. They say two missiles hit the Shawal area of North Waziristan Sunday evening…

Zimbabwe campaigns enter final frenetic stages

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Frenetic campaigning entered its last stages Sunday for make-or-break elections in Zimbabwe on July 31 with both main contenders calling for their supporters to turn out in large numbers to cast votes. President Robert…

Big question at Bulger trial: Will he testify?

BOSTON (AP) — As lawyers for James “Whitey” Bulger begin calling witnesses to defend him, the big question is: Will he testify? Bulger is charged with playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and ’80s when…

Col. Bud Day, Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 88

MIAMI (AP) — Retired Col. George “Bud” Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who spent 5½ years as a POW in Vietnam and was Arizona Sen. John McCain’s cellmate, has died. He was 88. Doris Day said Sunday…

Some say industry arrogance fueled fracking anger

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The boom in oil and gas fracking has led to jobs, billions in royalties and profits, and even some environmental gains. But some experts say arrogance, a lack of transparency and poor communication on the…

‘The Wolverine’ claws way to top of box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Wolverine” slashed monsters and minions to debut atop the weekend box office. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Fox film featuring Hugh Jackman’s sixth turn as the claw-wielding superhero opened with $55 million.…

59th Newport Jazz Festival stars Cole, Hancock

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Roger Lewis has hauled his baritone saxophone to gigs in far-flung places, from England to Japan to New Guinea. He’s played so many places he’s lost count of precisely where he’s been. But he’s…

2-headed turtle at Texas zoo gets Facebook page

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A two-headed turtle born last month at the San Antonio Zoo has become so popular that she has her own Facebook page. Zoo officials say the Texas cooter called Thelma and Louise, for the…