John Legend: Singer, songwriter, spelling bee champ

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — John Legend’s work has won Grammys, an Oscar and a Tony, but years before achieving global fame, the Legend-to-be took home another prize: spelling bee champ. A 1989 story in The Springfield News-Sun (http://bit.ly/2sQ6VSD ) proclaimed,...

Spithill skippers Oracle to 1st win in America’s Cup

In this photo provided by America’s Cup Event Authority, Emirates Team New Zealand competes against Oracle Team USA during the America’s Cup sailing competition, in the Great Sound of Bermuda, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Ricardo Pinto/ACEA via AP) HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP)...

Los Angeles Kings prospect raised by 2 moms

Representatives from NHL hockey teams begin their work during the second round of the NHL hockey draft, Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) CHICAGO (AP) — Moments after Jaret Anderson-Dolan was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings, he hugged his mothers...

Giant sequoia move on schedule in Idaho, tree doing well

Workers build a burlap, plywood and steel-pipe structure to contain the rootball so they can move the roughly 100-foot sequoia tree in Boise, Idaho, Thursday, June 22, 2017. The sequoia tree sent more than a century ago by naturalist John Muir to Idaho and planted in a Boise...

Lauren Hutton to be honored at Maine film festival

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Lauren Hutton is going to be this year’s honoree at the 20th annual Maine International Film Festival. The 73-year-old actress, model and producer will be awarded the Mid-Life Achievement Award next month in Waterville, Maine. Festival...

Authorities: Texas mom left 2 kids in hot car as punishment

This undated booking photo provided by Parker County, Texas, sheriff’s office shows Cynthia Marie Randolph. Randolph told investigators that she left her 2-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son in a hot car where they died May 26 , 2017, to teach the girl a lesson, and...

Host Russia exits Confederations Cup after loss to Mexico

Mexico’s Hirving Lozano celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Mexico and Russia, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Host...

Melania Trump keeps DC entry low key; Barron draws interest

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and their son and Barron Trump walk from Marine One across the South Lawn to the White House in Washington, Sunday, June 11, 2017, as they return from Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks...

Work has Begun on the New Layout… Sort-of…

Milepost 1210 It’s been almost a year since Mrs. M. and I tore out the old layout.  Hard to believe that, but a lot has happened since then.  The old stuff was hauled away and work began immediately on a new track plan, etc.  I’ve pretty much settled on...

Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 85

Mother of a police officer, who was killed by gunmen, mourns next to her son’s body, carried into an ambulance at a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, late Friday, June 23, 2017. Gunmen in the port city attacked police officers at a roadside restaurant and killed four of them...