Spieth leads by 1 midway through 2nd round at Travelers

Jordan Spieth watches his approach shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Cromwell, Conn. (John Woike/Hartford Courant via AP) CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Jordan Spieth shot a 1-under 69 on Friday to...

Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets’ care

President Donald Trump, right, standing with Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, left, speaks during a bill signing event for the “Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017,” in the East Room of the White House, in...

Coyotes get D Niklas Hjalmarsson in trade with Blackhawks

FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2016, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4), of Sweden, skates with the the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, in Chicago. The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Hjalmarsson in a...

McConnell’s focus: finding votes for Senate health care bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks on to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017, following a meeting with Senate Republicans on a health reform bill. Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying...

Blackhawks get Saad back in trade with Blue Jackets

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have re-acquired forward Brandon Saad in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets, parting with top young forward Artemi Panarin to complete the blockbuster deal. The 24-year-old Saad spent his first four seasons with Chicago, helping the...

Trump signs ‘historic’ bill to transform VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Trump promised during the campaign to dismiss VA workers “who let our veterans down.” He cast Friday’s signing...

Italian farmers alarmed as dry spell prompts water rationing

ROME (AP) — Italy’s farm lobby is warning that agricultural production is plummeting nationwide because of prolonged heat and dry weather – and authorities are now rationing water and declaring a state of emergency in some areas. Milk levels are down 20 percent...

Watch ole 'Bandit' run: Fans ride to Georgia for film's 40th

ATLANTA (AP) — They had a long way to go and a short time to get there, but hundreds of fans in Trans Ams have put the hammer down and made it to Atlanta to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Smokey and the Bandit.” About 350 cars this week retraced actor Burt...

Pence visits Focus on Family amid change for religious right

FILE – In this June 3, 2009, file photograph, Jim Daly, president and chief executive officer of Focus On The Family, is shown on campus of the nonprofit in Colorado Springs, Colo. Vice President Mike Pence will deliver a speech to mark the nonprofit’s 40th...

40 people killed in bomb, gun attacks in 3 Pakistani cities

Pakistani police officers examine the site of an explosion in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, June 23, 2017. A powerful bomb went off near the office of the provincial police chief in southwest Pakistan on Friday, causing casualties, police said. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt) PESHAWAR,...