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Derek Jeter gets 2 hits in memorable final All-Star Game

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MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits. Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the Read More…

Lay’s announces winners of second ‘Do Us a Flavor’ contest

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NEW YORK (AP) — American palates have changed considerably over the years, but is the country ready for cappuccino-flavored Lay’s? Frito-Lay, the snack division of PepsiCo Inc., will announce on Wednesday the coffee-flavored chips as one of the four finalists for its second annual “Do Us a Flavor” contest in the U.S., which gives people a Read More…

Ohio woman critical after rock dropped on car

AKRON (AP) — An Ohio teacher was in critical condition Tuesday after police say some teenagers deliberately dropped a rock from a highway overpass onto the windshield of the family’s car as they drove through Pennsylvania on their way to New York City. Sharon Budd, 52, was struck in the face by the rock dropped Read More…

Yankees great Derek Jeter center of attention at his final All-Star Game

American League short stop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, center, walks off the field following batting practice for the MLB All-Star baseball game Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Jeter was an elite shortstop winning World Series championships not long after many of baseball’s current greats were born. With the captain of the New York Yankees set to retire after the season, Jeter’s 14th All-Star Game will be his last. His first one as a starter in 2000 was special, as Read More…

Last year’s British Open win keeps Phil Mickelson’s confidence high despite winless spell

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HOYLAKE, England — Phil Mickelson rolled long putts across the practice green in front of the Royal Liverpool clubhouse, some of them going in, most of them the right distance. He chirped to the caddie of Brandt Snedeker about their money game, a Mickelson tradition at the majors. Lefty was in good spirits Monday at Read More…

Pilot Flying J reaches agreement with feds: Must pay $92M penalty, won’t be prosecuted

Motorists stop for fuel at a Pilot Travel Center near North Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam may have put the worst behind it after federal attorneys agreed not to prosecute Pilot Flying J for cheating customers. In an agreement with prosecutors, the nation’s largest diesel retailer acknowledges that employees cheated trucking companies out of promised Read More…

Michelle Knight says fame comes with complications

Michelle Knight smiles during an interview in Cleveland on June 26. Knight, 33, was one of three women who captivated the world in 2013 when they emerged from Ariel Castro’s squalid Cleveland home after years of captivity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Michelle Knight has discovered that the fame that followed her escape from Ariel Castro’s house of horrors cuts both ways. There has been some obvious good. The girl who grew up without a toothbrush and spent nearly 11 years in captivity can provide for herself. She has her own apartment. Her book, “Finding Me,” spent Read More…

Common Core standards divide governors

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, left; Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, center; and West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, right, talk before the closing session of the National Governors Association convention Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by several Republican governors, who are pushing back against what they call the federal government’s intrusion into the classroom. The Common Core standards were not on the formal agenda during a three-day meeting of Read More…

Goetze scores goal in extra time to push Germany past Argentina in World Cup final

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn’t muster. With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germany’s 24-year wait for another World Cup title with an extra-time winner against Argentina on Sunday — denying Messi the one title he needs to forever take his place among the Read More…

Martin uses eagle on No. 18 to win the Women’s British Open

Mo Martin of the U.S celebrates after winning the Women's British Open golf championship at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club, in Southport, England, Sunday. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

SOUTHPORT, England — Mo Martin knew she hit her 3-wood exactly how she wanted on the 18th hole at Royal Birkdale. With the ball slightly below her feet, just under 240 yards away and a strong wind at her back, she let it rip and watched the ball track toward the flag. Martin thought it Read More…