Astros fail to sign first pick in MLB draft

The Houston Astros failed to sign the first pick in this year’s draft, San Diego high school left-hander Brady Aiken, before Friday’s deadline. The head of the players’ association says the union is working with the pitcher and his advisers to explore “all...
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Former NFLers: Painkillers easy to get up to 2012

FILE – In this Aug. 14, 2012, file photo, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Roscoe Parrish runs a drill NFL football practice in San Diego. Dozens of former players, including Parrish, are joining a lawsuit against the NFL saying teams kept handing out powerful painkillers...
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LeBron James undecided on jersey No. 6 or 23

FILE – In this March 1, 2012 file photo, Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6) throws powder in the air at the start of their NBA basketball game with the Portland Trail Blazers, in Portland, Ore. There was no eye contact, nothing to indicate any reconciliation. The breakup...

US: Can’t rule out Russian role in plane downing

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air missile that shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern...
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‘Funnel of fire’ destroys homes in Washington

Emma Franco, views her destroyed mobile home on Friday, July 18, 2014, after several homes were destroyed in Pateros, Wash., along South Dawson Street near Warren Street on Thursday evening. Tens of thousands of acres are burning in four major fires around the state, destroying...

Iran nuke talks to be extended for 4 months

VIENNA (AP) — Iran and six powers on Saturday extended nuclear talks until Nov. 24, in recognition that their differences were too big to reach a deal by the informal deadline of Sunday. The decision was expected, with much of Friday spent on debating not obstacles...
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Credible probe sought in downing of Malaysian jet

A woman walks past a body covered with a plastic sheet near the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area...
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Israel pushes in Gaza, expanding ground operation

Palestinian medics treat a wounded girl at the emergency room of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, early Friday, July 18, 2014. The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers...
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US appeals court tosses Oklahoma gay marriage ban

File – In the April 17, 2014, photo plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma’s gay marriage ban Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop leave court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The three-judge...
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Mayor says NYC man’s arrest, death ‘troubling’

Jewel Miller, seated left, is comforted by a friend as she and her three-month-old daughter Legacy sit next to a memorial scene for Legacy’s father, Eric Garner, on Friday, July 18, 2014. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is promising a full investigation into the death of...