Mets slugger Cespedes hit in hand by pitch, fingers bruised

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes has been bruised on two fingers of his left hand after being hit by a pitch. X-rays were negative after Cespedes left the game Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The NL East champion Mets said Cespedes was bruised on...

Browns Coach Says No Team ‘rift’ Over McCown-Manziel Debate

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Mike Pettine understands there’s disagreement over his decision to start Josh McCown and not Johnny Manziel at quarterback. He doesn’t think it’s dividing his locker room. Amid lively debate among Cleveland fans — including...

Exxon Mobil to sell troubled Southern California refinery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. is selling its troubled Southern California refinery for $537 million to a New Jersey energy company more than six months after an explosion crippled the plant and led to higher gas prices in the Golden State, according to an...

‘Dancing with the Stars’ requires grit, pain tolerance

AP Photo/Adam Taylor LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Dancing with the Stars” brings to mind words and phrases including “waltz,” “paso doble” and “that’s a star?” Then there’s this one: “Ouch.” There have been so...

Hush Puppies: Vet Says Music Cuts Shelter Barking And Stress

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Can music tame the savage beast? Can it hush puppies and calm kitties? A veterinarian thinks so. Dr. Pamela Fisher has put music in over 1,100 animal shelters, saying that it calms dogs and cats, and even cuts down on barking. Fisher started the nonprofit...

States Competing For Data Centers Extend $1.5B In Tax Breaks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — States across the county are competing to attract the data centers that serve as the brains of the Internet, usually by offering tax breaks. An Associated Press analysis of state revenue and economic-development records shows that government officials...

Mets slugger Cespedes hit in left hand by pitch, leaves game

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes has been hit in the left hand by a pitch and exited the game in Philadelphia. There was no immediate report on his injury Wednesday night. The Mets have already clinched the NL East. Cespedes was struck by an 89 mph...

Hurricane may bring 10 inches of rain to parts of East Coast

AP Photo/Daniel Lin RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Steady rain drenched much of the East Coast on Wednesday, flooding roads, closing schools and forcing some people from their homes. And forecasters say the worst is yet to come. The rainstorms may soon be joined by Hurricane Joaquin...

Ex-coal baron readies for trial in deadly mine explosion

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Don Blankenship ascended from a modest, single-mother upbringing in Appalachia to personally make almost $20 million off coal in one year. He battled unions, spent millions as lead puppeteer behind Republican state politics...

ABC apologizes for mixing up video of Indian actresses

AP Photo/Chris Pizzello LOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC’s “Nightline” is apologizing for confusing new network star Priyanka Chopra with another Indian actress. The news magazine aired a feature earlier this week about Chopra, the star of ABC’s new drama...