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  • Former Olympic gymnast Rachael Denhollander, left, speaks as 2000 Olympic bronze medalist Jamie Dantzscher listens during a news conference in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. Dantzscher and Denhollander have filed civil lawsuits against USA Gymnastics and a former team doctor claiming they were sexually abused during their careers and want the organization to remove members of the organization's board of directors. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Golden glow gone amid scandal, USA Gymnastics faces change

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — On the floor of the Honda Center, the USA Gymnastics championships are imbued with a sense of normalcy and routine. Of tumbling runs and coaching tweaks. Of blaring music and chalk dust. Of leaps and leotards. Of the search for who’s next. There is no sign of an organization in crisis […]
  • 3 pension funds sue 6 big banks over stock-lending business

    NEW YORK (AP) — Three public pension funds are suing six Wall Street banks, saying the banks overcharged investors in what’s known as the stock loan market. The suit is being brought by the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System, the Orange County Employees Retirement System and the Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association. Those being sued […]
  • FILE - This May 21, 2008, file photo, shows the exterior of Beauvoir, the retirement estate of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Biloxi, Miss. Beauvoir, a beachside estate on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, was Jefferson Davis' retirement home. Now it's a privately run museum. Its director issued a statement Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, offering to take monuments that "any city or jurisdiction has decided to take down." The offer follows violence at a white nationalist rally held in Charlottesville, Va., amid plans there to remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

    Jefferson Davis estate offered as new home for monuments

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The final home of the president of the Confederacy is being offered as a new home for Confederate monuments. Beauvoir, a beachside estate on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, was Jefferson Davis’ retirement home. Now it’s a privately run museum in Biloxi. Its director issued a statement Thursday offering to take monuments […]
  • FILE - In this April 4, 2014 file photo, fans enjoy pre-game festivities along Yawkey Way outside Fenway Park in Boston. Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry says he wants to take steps to rename all of Yawkey Way, a street that has been an enduring reminder of the franchise's complicated racial past. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

    Red Sox owner wants to rename Yawkey Way for David Ortiz

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox will ask the city to rename Yawkey Way, the street alongside Fenway Park, to change what owner John Henry called a haunting reminder of the ballclub’s history of racial intolerance. Henry told the Boston Herald on Thursday that he welcomes changing the name of the street that honors […]
  • 2 charities cancel Mar-a-Lago events amid Trump backlash

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two major charities are canceling fundraisers at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort as the president faces a backlash from his comments about violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Cleveland Clinic says in a statement that it decided not to hold is annual event there after “careful consideration” of a number of issues. […]
  • Michigan State University rejects white nationalist event

    DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State University on Thursday denied a request by a group headed by white nationalist Richard Spencer to rent space on the campus for a September event, following rejections by other large schools. The East Lansing school said in a statement the decision was made “due to significant concerns about public safety” […]
  • Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, right, talks with quarterback Brock Osweiler during practice at the NFL football team's training camp facility, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Browns coach Jackson clarifies comments on anthem protests

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Hue Jackson said comments he made earlier in the week about players protesting during the national anthem were misconstrued. Jackson was criticized — most notably by Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe — for appearing to discourage his players for displaying any form of protest prior to games. Jackson wanted […]
  • In this photo provided by Clemson University, Donald and Norma Liebenberg stand in the driveway of their home in Salem, S.C., on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. Donald has seen and blogged about his 26 eclipses for Clemson University where he does research, and holds the record for most time in totality because the retired federal scientist used to chase them by airplane whenever possible. But in 2017, the celestial event will come to him. (Ken Scar/Clemson University via AP)

    Chasing eclipses across the globe is a way of life for some

    WASHINGTON (AP) — While Monday’s total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be a once-in-a-lifetime sky show for millions, there’s a small group of people who have experienced it all before and they can’t get enough of it. Glenn Schneider has seen 33. Fred Espenak has watched 28. Donald Liebenberg has logged 26. For newbie […]
  • FILE- In this March 22, 2017, file photo, a Federal Police stands next to unexploded bombs left by Islamic State group militants on the western side of Mosul, Iraq. On Thursday, Aug. 17, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said for the first time that the American military will help contractors and other officials locate unexploded bombs dropped by the coalition. U.S. Embassy officials have asked the coalition to declassify grid coordinates for bombs dropped in Iraq to help clear the explosives. The coalition's unexploded bombs are only a small part of Mosul's problems. The bulk of the explosives have been hidden by IS fighters to be triggered by the slightest movement, even picking up a seemingly innocent children's toy, lifting a vacuum cleaner, or opening an oven door. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

    US helping clear ‘historic’ amount of explosives in Mosul

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The wires protruding from the small, misshapen stuffed animal revealed the deadly booby-trap tucked inside. For the people of Mosul, the sophisticated bomb was a reminder of how difficult it will be to return to homes littered with hidden explosives by Islamic State militants and dotted with the remnants of undetonated bombs […]
  • FILE - In this April 29, 2017, file photo, Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist to President Donald Trump is seen in Harrisburg, Pa. Bannon says there's no military solution to North Korea's threats and says the U.S. is losing the economic race against China. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    ‘Maniacal’ focus on China puts Trump aide out of mainstream

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House adviser Steve Bannon isn’t alone in pondering America’s possibly generation-defining question about China’s emerging superpower status — but his call for an “economic war” puts him far outside the mainstream. In an interview reflecting on some of his big-thinking projects, Bannon said the country should be “maniacally focused” on a […]
  • Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh of Chicago stands outside the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit, Aug. 17, 2017, for a final court hearing before she's eventually deported for concealing her convictions in two Jerusalem bombings. Odeh admits that she failed to disclose the convictions when she entered the U.S. and later went through the citizenship process in 2004. She's not expected to get any time in prison Thursday but has agreed to be deported to Jordan or elsewhere. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Chicago activist loses US citizenship, will be deported

    DETROIT (AP) — An activist known for helping Arab women in the Chicago area lost her U.S. citizenship Thursday and will be deported for failing to disclose convictions for bombings in Jerusalem decades ago. Rasmea Odeh was interrupted three times by a judge as she used her court appearance in Detroit to criticize Israel and […]
  • In this photo provided by Pennsylvania's Department of Aging, Delphine Gibson, right, is visited by Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, at AristaCare Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Huntingdon Park, Pa. Gibson, the oldest known living person in the United States celebrated her 114th birthday on Thursday in Pennsylvania. (Drew Wilburne/Pennsylvania Department of Aging via AP)

    Oldest American celebrates 114th birthday in Pennsylvania

    HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) — The oldest known living person in the United States is celebrating her 114th birthday in Pennsylvania. The state Aging Department says Delphine Gibson hit the milestone Thursday, getting a personal greeting from the governor. Gibson was born in South Carolina in 1903 and moved to Pennsylvania after marrying Taylor Gibson in […]
  • North Korea warns it won’t negotiate nukes if US is hostile

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea warned the United States that it will never put its nuclear weapons program on the negotiating table as long as the Trump administration keeps up its “hostile policy and nuclear threat.” The warning came from North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador Kim In Ryong in the transcript of his conversation […]
  • Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, right, answers questions along with Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, after announcing pay increases for the state's correctional officers at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in El Dorado, Kan. (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

    Brownback: Kansas to boost prison pay amid staff shortages

    EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — Workers at Kansas state prisons will get pay hikes in the wake of inmate disturbances that have drawn public attention to staff shortages at the facilities, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Thursday. Uniformed officers across the state would receive about a 5 percent raise. Officers at El Dorado Correctional Facility will […]
  • Tampa teams dedicate funds for Confederate monument removal

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The three major professional sports teams based in the Tampa Bay area say they have “dedicated funds” to help remove a Confederate monument from the city. The NFL’s Buccaneers, NHL’s Lightning and Rays of Major League Baseball issued a joint statement Thursday saying they’re working with the Greater Tampa Chamber of […]