May 27, 2015

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World Series of Poker starts Wednesday — with new events

LAS VEGAS — If the World Series of Poker is lucky, the popularity of the Las Vegas championship’s newest event could cause a poker chip shortage. The annual set of 68 tournaments at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino that rewards millions of dollars to the best card sharks starts Wednesday with a new event Read More…

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving gets in some work, but his status for Game 3 against the Hawks is still up in the air

INDEPENDENCE — Kyrie Irving plopped down on a courtside bench following a brisk workout and two team trainers quickly went to work adjusting straps on his new knee brace. The Cavaliers, completely in command of the Eastern Conference finals, may soon be closer to full strength. Irving made some cuts and drives while wearing a Read More…

Brelo acquitted in Cleveland police shooting

CLEVELAND — A patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects during a 137-shot barrage of gunfire was acquitted Saturday in a case that helped prompt the U.S. Department of Justice determine the city police department had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights. Michael Brelo, 31, faced as many as Read More…

One big blowout: LeBron James just misses triple-double as short-handed Cavaliers down Hawks, grab 2-0 series lead

ATLANTA — The Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t have their Big Three, but they had a huge third quarter. And they had LeBron James — their Big One. That was more than enough. James scored 30 points and the Cavaliers took total command of the Eastern Conference final even without injured star Kyrie Irving, beating the Atlanta Read More…

10 things to know, Friday, May 22

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Suspect wanted in D.C. murders captured An ex-con accused in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper is arrested, a week after authorities say the family was killed and their mansion was set on Read More…

Ex-con who worked for wealthy D.C. family accused of killing them

WASHINGTON — After a multistate manhunt, authorities tracked the suspect in the deaths of a wealthy D.C. family and their housekeeper to a motel parking lot, trailing him and four others through a meandering route before arresting the emotionless ex-convict, officials said. Police have not detailed why Daron Dylon Wint — a welder who once Read More…

Archives show Hillary OK’d tax breaks for nonprofits as Bill solicited donations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — As first lady in the final year of the Clinton administration, Hillary Clinton endorsed a White House plan to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for her husband’s presidential library, recently released Clinton-era documents show. Read More…

Irish go to polls over gay marriage referendum

DUBLIN — Ireland’s voters were deciding Friday whether to legalize gay marriage in this once-staunchly Catholic land in what the government’s equality minister called “a referendum like no other.” Opinion polls throughout the two-month campaign suggest the government-backed amendment favoring gay marriage should be approved by a majority of voters when results are announced Saturday. Read More…

Obama’s trade deal clears Senate hurdle without much room to spare

WASHINGTON — In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment. The 62-38 vote, two more than the 60 needed, came from a solid phalanx of Republicans and more Read More…

U.S. diplomat says Myanmar at fault for refugee crisis

YANGON, Myanmar — Navy ships from two countries scoured Southeast Asian waters Friday for boats believed to be carrying thousands of migrants with little food or water, and a top U.S. diplomat said Myanmar needs to shoulder some responsibility for the crisis. That’s something it has been reluctant to do. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Read More…