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...

Blue Jays clinch AL East with 15-2 win over Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays yelled, hugged and jumped for joy around the mound after clinching their first AL East title in 22 years. Two months earlier, such a celebration was almost impossible to imagine. Yet, with their 15-2 rout of Baltimore on Wednesday, the...

Twins win fourth straight, 7-1 over Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyle Gibson wants to be known for excelling in key moments, and he came through Wednesday in his most important start yet. Gibson (11-11) threw six shutout innings and Torii Hunter had a three-run double as the Minnesota Twins gained ground in the AL...

Polish Painting Looted By Nazis Is Found In Ohio, Returned

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man said he had no idea an 18th-century painting hanging in his home for over 20 years had been looted from a Polish museum by the Nazis during World War II. John Bobb, of Westerville, learned that history when the FBI’s Cincinnati office...

Blue Jays clinch AL East with 15-2 win over Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays clinched their first AL East championship in 22 years with a 15-2 rout of Baltimore on Wednesday, bringing an appropriate conclusion to their unstoppable, two-month run. Toronto entered the doubleheader needing only one victory to...