• Diamondbacks to start Widener against Cincinnati in home opener

    Diamondbacks to start Widener against Cincinnati in home opener
    Cincinnati Reds (5-1) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (2-5)
    Phoenix; Friday, 9:40 p.m. EDT
    PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Tyler Mahle (1-0, 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 9 strikeouts) Diamondbacks: TBD
    LINE: Reds favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runs
    BOTTOM LINE: The Arizona Diamondbacks hit the field for the first time in 2021 against the Cincinnati Reds.
    The Diamondbacks went 16-14 in home games in 2020. Arizona hit .241 as a team with 2.8 extra base hits per game and 58 total home runs last season.
    The Reds
  • Body pulled from river ID’d as a missing Bullhead City man

    Body pulled from river ID’d as a missing Bullhead City man
    BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a body recovered from the Colorado River has been identified as a missing Bullhead City man who was in a boating accident. Police in Bullhead City say they received a call of a body floating down the river near the Palo Verde Meadows Marina around 11 a.m. Saturday. The Nevada Department of Wildlife assisted in recovering the body. Authorities say the body was positively identified as 62-year-old James Edward McCloskey who went missing in the rive
  • Navajo Nation has no COVID-related deaths for 7th day in row

    Navajo Nation has no COVID-related deaths for 7th day in row
    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation now has had a week of reporting no additional COVID-19 related deaths on the vast reservation where safety precautions like a mask mandate and daily curfews remain. The tribe on Saturday night reported no new deaths for the seventh consecutive day and just two new confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The latest numbers brought the pandemic case total to 30,357 with the death toll remaining at 1,262. Tribal officials say 16,477 people have recovere
  • Chadian military says advancing rebel column ‘decimated’

    Chadian military says advancing rebel column ‘decimated’
    N’DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — The Chadian military says it has stopped a rebel advance in the country’s north but the rebels are vowing to press ahead. Army spokesman Azim Bermandoa Agouna said that clashes had taken place late Saturday in the northern province of Kanem and that the rebel column from Libya was “totally decimated.” The rebel group known as the Front for Change and Concord in Chad, issued a statement Sunday on its Facebook page stating that it forces had beg
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  • Fauci says he expects J&J vaccine to resume later this week

    Fauci says he expects J&J vaccine to resume later this week
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci says the United States will likely move to resume Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine this coming week, possibly with restrictions or broader warnings after reports of some very rare blood clot cases. Fauci says he expects a decision when advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meet Friday to discuss the pause in J&J’s single-dose vaccine. He says he doubts “very seriously” that regulators would just &l
  • The Latest: Fauci says he expects fast decision on J&J shots

    The Latest: Fauci says he expects fast decision on J&J shots
    WASHINGTON — Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plan to meet this coming Friday to discuss the pause in Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, and the top U.S. infectious disease expert says he’d be “very surprised if we don’t have a resumption in some form by Friday.”
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that “a decision almost certainly will be made by Friday. I don’t really anticipate that they’re going to want it stret
  • Passenger train derails in Egypt; some 100 injured

    Passenger train derails in Egypt; some 100 injured
    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities say a passenger train has derailed north of Cairo, injuring around 100 people. It was the latest of several rail accidents to hit the country in recent years. At least eight train wagons ran off the railway at the city of Banha in Qalyubia province just outside Cairo, the provincial governor’s office said in a statement. Videos on social media purportedly showed wagons overturned and passengers escaping to safety along the railway. The train was trav
  • Refugees win rare victory in landmark Serbia pushback ruling

    Refugees win rare victory in landmark Serbia pushback ruling
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Groups of refugees and economic migrants trying to reach Western Europe regularly give accounts of police forcibly pushing them back across borders in the Balkans. Pushbacks are illegal, and authorities routinely deny that their agencies carry out such collective expulsions, which are difficult to prove and mostly go unpunished. But in an unprecedented victory, Serbia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that border control officers unlawfully deported 25 refugees
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  • Spanish police bust clandestine 3D gun-printing workshop

    Spanish police bust clandestine 3D gun-printing workshop
    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have uncovered the first workshop using a 3D printer to make illegal firearms in the country. One person has been arrested on Tenerife in the Canary Islands after being linked to the clandestine workshop. Police confiscated components for several weapons made from 3D printing, chemicals that could be used in fabricating explosives, and “objects with white supremacist symbols.” The joint operation was carried out by Spain’s National Police and
  • Students’ struggles pushed Peru teacher to run for president

    Students’ struggles pushed Peru teacher to run for president
    CHUGUR, Peru (AP) — As schools across Peru closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pedro Castillo tried to find a way to keep classes going for his 20 fifth- and sixth-grade students. But in his impoverished community deep in the Andes, his efforts were futile. Seventeen of the students didn’t even have access to a cellphone. Tablets promised by the government never arrived. It was the last straw for Castillo, who tossed his name into a crowd of 18 candidates in Peru’s presiden
  • Spain: police bust clandestine gun workshop using 3D printer

    Spain: police bust clandestine gun workshop using 3D printer
    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have uncovered the first workshop using a 3D printer to make illegal firearms in the country. One person has been arrested on Tenerife in the Canary Islands after being linked to the clandestine workshop. Police confiscated components for several weapons made from 3D printing, chemicals that could be used in fabricating explosives, and “objects with white supremacist symbols.” The joint operation was carried out by Spain’s National Police and
  • Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting

    Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police said the former employee who shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally purchased the two assault rifles used in the attack despite red flag laws designed to prevent that. Officials with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said a trace of the two guns found by investigators at the scene revealed that suspect Brandon Scott Hole, 19, of Indianapolis, legally bought the rifles in July and September of last year. Indiana has
  • France restricting travel from 4 countries to curb variants

    France restricting travel from 4 countries to curb variants
    PARIS (AP) — France is imposing entry restrictions on travelers from Argentina, Chile, South Africa and Brazil in hopes of keeping out especially contagious coronavirus variants. The government says the restrictions include mandatory 10-day quarantines and tougher testing requirements. Travelers from all four countries will be restricted to French nationals and their families, EU citizens and others with a permanent home in France. France previously suspended all flights from Brazil. Franc
  • Faith leaders across US join in decrying voting restrictions

    Faith leaders across US join in decrying voting restrictions
    In Georgia, faith leaders are asking corporate executives to condemn laws restricting voting access or face a boycott. In Arizona and Texas, clergy have assembled outside the state capitols to decry what they view as voter-suppression measures targeting Black and Hispanic voters. Similar initiatives have been undertaken in Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and elsewhere as many faith leaders perceive a threat to voting rights that warrants their intervention in a volatile political issue. A law
  • Pope calls on Russia and Ukraine to seek reconciliation

    Pope calls on Russia and Ukraine to seek reconciliation
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has voiced apprehension over a recent Russian troop buildup near the border with Ukraine and called for efforts to ease tensions in the 7-year conflict in eastern Ukraine pitting Ukrainian forces against Russia-backed rebels. Ukrainian authorities say cease-fire violations have become more frequent in recent weeks. They accused Russia of fueling tensions by deploying 41,000 troops near the border with Ukraine and 42,000 to Crimea, where Russia maintains a l
  • Navalny’s team calls protests amid reports of failing health

    Navalny’s team calls protests amid reports of failing health
    MOSCOW (AP) — Activists for imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny are calling for massive protests in the heart of Moscow and St. Petersburg as Navalny’s health reportedly is deteriorating severely while on hunger strike. Leonid Volkov, a top strategist for Navalny, said the demonstrations have been called on short notice for Wednesday because “his life hangs in the balance.” The 44-year-old Navalny started a hunger strike more than three weeks ago to protes
  • 3 killed as police crack down on hard-line group in Pakistan

    3 killed as police crack down on hard-line group in Pakistan
    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police and a party spokesman say a crackdown by security forces on protesting supporters of a banned Islamist party has left at least three people dead and at least 20 others injured. Lahore police spokesman Rana Arif said Sunday that supporters of the hard-line Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan party attacked police with a petrol bomb. He says they took custody of five officers, including a deputy superintendent. Arif alleges the officers were tortured. Police sa
  • Iran sees highest daily death toll in months as virus surges

    Iran sees highest daily death toll in months as virus surges
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s daily coronavirus death toll has climbed over 400 for the first time in months, as the country, which has long had the region’s largest outbreak, battles a post-holiday infection surge. Iranian health authorities recorded 405 fatalities from the virus Sunday, pushing the total death toll to 66,732. Officials increasingly have warned about the impact of trends seen nationwide during the Persian New Year, or Nowruz. The two-week holiday last month broug
  • Navalny’s team calls new protests: ‘We don’t have time’

    Navalny’s team calls new protests: ‘We don’t have time’
    MOSCOW (AP) — Activists for imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny are calling for massive protests in the heart of Moscow and St. Petersburg as Navalny’s health reportedly is deteriorating severely while on hunger strike. Leonid Volkov, a top strategist for Navalny, said the demonstrations have been called on short notice for Wednesday because “his life hangs in the balance.” The 44-year-old Navalny started a hunger strike more than three weeks ago to protes
  • Delights of Ramadan disappear for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

    Delights of Ramadan disappear for Syrian refugees in Lebanon
    BHANNINE, Lebanon (AP) — The Muslim holy month of Ramadan comes as a life of displacement for Syrian refugees has gotten even harder amid economic woes in their host country. The struggle to put food on the table can be more pronounced during Ramadan, when fasting is typically followed by festive feasting at sunset to fill empty stomachs, satisfy cravings and bring to life some of Ramadan’s distinct flavors. The economic strains are inescapable in Lebanon, home to more than 1 million
  • Sheriff: 3 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at Wisconsin tavern

    Sheriff: 3 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at Wisconsin tavern
    KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in Wisconsin say three people are dead and two have been left with serious injuries following a shooting early Sunday at a tavern. Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth says the suspect is still at large but doesn’t believe the public is in danger because the shooter targeted specific victims. He is asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department. The shooting happened at Somers House Tavern in the Villa
  • Wunderkind ex-mayor to face jurors in fraud, bribery case

    Wunderkind ex-mayor to face jurors in fraud, bribery case
    BOSTON (AP) — The upcoming trial of a former Massachusetts mayor first elected at the age of 23 will showcase the dramatic rise and fall of the wunderkind accused of stealing from his investors and extorting marijuana companies. Jury selection begins Tuesday in Boston’s federal court for the case against ex-Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia. Correia has denied any wrongdoing and has blamed the charges on political foes who want to bring him down. Prosecutors will try to show show that
  • GOP White House hopefuls move forward as Trump considers run

    GOP White House hopefuls move forward as Trump considers run
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump ended his presidency with such a firm grip on Republican voters that party leaders fretted he would freeze the field of potential 2024 candidates and delay their preparations as he considered another run. But many Republicans with national ambitions are already openly laying the groundwork for campaigns as Trump continues to mull his own plans. They’re raising money, making hires and working to bolster their name recognition. Those moves reflect both th
  • The Latest: Pope Francis back to in-person Sunday blessing

    The Latest: Pope Francis back to in-person Sunday blessing
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says he is happy to be back greeting the faithful in St. Peter’s Square for his traditional Sunday noon blessing after weeks of lockdown measures.Italy later this month will start gradually lifting some anti-pandemic restrictions, allowing, for example, outdoor dining at cafes and restaurants in areas of the country where the COVID-19 outbreak has been showing signs of improvement.A couple of hundred people, including nuns and families, standing a safe dis
  • Some Jan. 6 defendants try to use journalism as riot defense

    Some Jan. 6 defendants try to use journalism as riot defense
    Some people charged with storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 are claiming they were only there to record history as journalists, not join a deadly insurrection. Experts say it’s unlikely these defendants can mount a viable defense on First Amendment free speech grounds, but some seem intent on trying. The Associated Press reviewed court records in nearly 400 federal cases and found at least eight defendants facing riot-related charges who identify themselves as a journalist or a documentar
  • Bangladesh arrests Islamist leader after violent protests

    Bangladesh arrests Islamist leader after violent protests
    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh’s capital have arrested an influential leader of the Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam. The group led violent protests against last month’s visit by India’s prime minister, in which at least 17 of the group’s supporters were killed in clashes with police. Police officials said Sunday that the group’s leader, Mamunul Haque, faces charges of instigating violence. The short police briefing didn’t provide details on
  • Military officials: Fighting rages in two Yemeni provinces

    Military officials: Fighting rages in two Yemeni provinces
    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen officials say fighting between the forces of Yemen’s internationally recognized government and Houthi rebels is raging in the provinces of Marib and Tazi. They said Sunday at least 70 fighters from the two sides have been killed in the past 24 hours. The Iranian-backed rebels in February renewed their attack on oil-rich Marib province. They have not made substantial progress amid fierce resistance including airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition. The attack o
  • Parliament speaker: Syria presidential election May 26

    Parliament speaker: Syria presidential election May 26
    DAMASCUS (AP) — Syria’s parliament speaker has announced that presidential elections in the war-ravaged country will be held May 26. Speaker Hammoud Sabbagh said the window for nominations will be open for 10 days starting Monday. Syrians abroad will vote May 20, he said. The election is widely expected to give President Bashar Assad a fourth seven-year term. It is unclear whether any candidates will run against him but any such runs would be symbolic. The United States last month wa
  • Official: 3 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at Wisconsin tavern

    Official: 3 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at Wisconsin tavern
    KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A sheriff’s department official in Wisconsin says three people are dead and two are seriously injured following a shooting early Sunday at a tavern. Kenosha County Sgt. David Wright says the shooting happened at Somers House Tavern in the Village of Somers. The suspected shooter has not been captured. Wright says the shooting appears to be a “targeted and isolated incident.” Authorities don’t believe the general public is in danger. Officials ha
  • Police: 3 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at Wisconsin tavern

    Police: 3 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at Wisconsin tavern
    KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Police in Wisconsin say three people are dead and two are seriously injured following a shooting early Sunday at a tavern. Kenosha County Sgt. David Wright says the shooting happened at Somers House Tavern in the Village of Somers. The suspected shooter has not been captured. Wright says the shooting appears to be a “targeted and isolated incident.” Authorities don’t believe the general public is in danger. The road leading up to the tavern is closed

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