Man convicted of killing, dismembering Bourbon St. stripper

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A jury Friday night found a Louisiana man guilty of killing and dismembering a stripper he lured from a New Orleans French Quarter bar along with his ex-girlfriend, a crime only discovered when pieces of her body washed ashore. Terry Speaks and his...
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Estrada flirts with no-hitter, Jays beat Orioles 5-4

AP Photo/Chris Young TORONTO (AP) — Marco Estrada took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, Edwin Encarnacion had two RBIs and the Toronto Blue Jays won their ninth straight home game Friday night, beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-4. Batting for Steve Pearce, pinch-hitter...
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No deal: Fan with A-Rod’s milestone ball won’t give it back

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II NEW YORK (AP) — The fan at Yankee Stadium who wound up with the ball that Alex Rodriguez launched for his 3,000th hit is holding on to the prize souvenir. For now, anyway. “Told the Yankees I’m keeping it,” Zack Hample tweeted...
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Blue Jays’ Estrada has no-hitter through 7 against Orioles

AP Photo/Chris Young TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada is pitching a no-hitter through seven innings against the Baltimore Orioles. Estrada walked two batters in the first inning Friday night and one each in the second and third, but had retired 15...
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Alex Rodriguez homers for 3,000th hit; 29th player to get it

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez homered for his 3,000th career hit and smiled all the way around the bases Friday night, the highlight so far in what’s become a resurgent season for the formerly disgraced slugger. The New York Yankees star...
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Review: ‘Gloria’ is a sharp satire of the publishing world

AP Photo/Carol Rosegg NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins presents a smart, cynical view of the publishing and entertainment industries in his sharp satire, “Gloria.” Several of his previous plays, such as “An Octoroon,”...

Former NFL player, Spanish-language TV pioneer dies at 77

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Danny Villanueva, a former NFL kicker and a pioneer of Spanish-language television, has died. He was 77. Family members and officials at New Mexico State University, where Villanueva was a member of the athletic hall of fame, confirmed that he died...
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California Legislature approves compromise $115.4B budget

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Friday passed a compromise budget to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s demands for restrained spending, even as the package sends billions more to public schools and increases spending on health care...

AP source: Hawks reach buyout agreement with GM Danny Ferry

ATLANTA (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a buyout of the final two years of general manager Danny Ferry’s contract. The person says the buyout will be paid by the current ownership group, which has...

Cuba rights group: 60 political prisoners remain on island

HAVANA (AP) — A leading non-governmental human rights group says 60 political prisoners remain behind bars in Cuba, significantly fewer than last year. The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and Reconciliation said in a report released Friday there in addition to the 60...