August 30, 2014

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Carlos Santana stays hot against Kansas City as Indians pick up big win over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Once again, Carlos Santana was a huge hit in Kansas City. Santana, who homered five times at Kauffman Stadium in a series last month, hit a two-run homer as the Cleveland Indians topped the Royals 6-1 Friday night. The loss cut the Royals’ lead to a half-game over Detroit in the Read More…

Ohio State has confidence freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett can handle the job

COLUMBUS — There are a lot of ways to describe J.T. Barrett’s new, amplified role for Ohio State. His teammates and coaches say Barrett has taken over as No. 5 Ohio State’s starting quarterback as if that were the plan all along. It wasn’t, of course. Barrett, a freshman, got the job when two-time Big Read More…

USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

his Sept. 30, 2011 file photo shows a collection of giant African land snails in Miami. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than 1,200 live specimens of the large snails, also known as giant African landsnails, all of them traced Read More…

Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

This undated image provided by Google shows a Project Wing drone vehicle during delivery. (AP Photo/Google)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google’s secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google’s technological arms race with rival Amazon.com Inc., which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry merchandise bought by customers of its Read More…

With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan

Men play paintball in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The hidden gunman, dressed in long green coveralls and a SWAT-team-style vest and helmet, looks ominous as he takes aim and fires off a short burst. But this isn’t a Taliban attack in the heart of Afghanistan’s capital — it’s just a friendly game of paintball. The arrival of recreational paintball to Afghanistan may Read More…

German economic fears growing but Merkel strong

Angela Merkel

BERLIN (AP) — Ordinary Germans are spooked about the future. Businesses are starting to see black clouds on the horizon. And an economy that has been the envy of Europe is showing cracks, shrinking unexpectedly last quarter amid the conflict in Ukraine. It might seem like enough to put any leader into trouble. But Chancellor Angela Merkel’spopularity Read More…

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

Managing Director of Khazanah Nasional, Berhad Azman Mokthar speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters. The staff reduction represents about 30 percent of its current workforce of 20,000. A search for a new CEO is underway but Read More…

Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois, poses in an exam room in Urbana, Ill., Thursday.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — College students from West Africa may be subject to extrahealth checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate their campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history. With the virus continuing to kill in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, the expected arrival of thousands of Read More…

Russian fund with US advisers eludes sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund, which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose advisers include top U.S. and European private equity executives. Despite its ties to Read More…

Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

President Barack Obama listens to a question in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict. While that stance is in keeping with Obama’s long-standing aversion to military entanglements, it comes at a time when the effectiveness of his preferred options is being challenged Read More…