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Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

Aug. 7, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year's overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday. Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield scrambles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Cleveland. Looking back, Browns rookie coach Kevin Stefanski is now thrilled he decided to take a trip to Texas in March to visit Baker Mayfield. During a Zoom conference call on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, Stefanski revealed that he went to Austin and spent time with Mayfield. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Face time: Browns' Stefanski visited QB Mayfield in February

Aug. 7, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Looking back, Browns rookie coach Kevin Stefanski is thankful he took a trip to Texas in February and visited Baker Mayfield. It would be four months before he'd see his quarterback in person again. “I didn’t know about this global pandemic," Stefanski quipped. During a Zoom...

FILE - This undated file photo posted on Twitter on June 18, 2020 by Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, shows CITGO oil executives, from left, Jose Angel Pereira, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Jose Luis Zambrano, Tomeu Vadell and Alirio Jose Zambrano, standing outside the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, in Caracas, Venezuela. A Venezuela court has launched the trial for the six oil executives jailed well over two years after being lured to the South American nation and arrested on corruption charges, an attorney confirmed Friday, Aug. 7, 2020.  (Posted on Twitter by Jorge Arreaza/Venezuela's Foreign Ministry via AP, File)

American oil execs, held 2 years, go to trial in Venezuela

Aug. 7, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuela court has launched the trial of six American oil executives jailed well over two years after being lured to the South American nation and arrested on corruption charges, an attorney confirmed Friday. The lingering case appears to have taken a new sense of urgency,...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo California Gov. Gavin Newsom visits the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's McClellan Reload Base in Sacramento, Calif. As Newsom unveiled details for California elementary schools seeking to reopen with in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic, one of the state's two powerful teachers unions warned that reopening schools would be

The Latest: California tops 10,000 virus deaths, 3rd highest

Aug. 7, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has surpassed 10,000 deaths from the coronavirus, making it the U.S. state with the third-highest deaths since the start of the pandemic. The figure was reported Friday by Johns Hopkins University, with 10,024 dead since the outbreak began in California in February. New...

Wearing a face covering and face shield while working amid the coronavirus, Maico Olivares, lead voter registration organizer for Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy, works his phone and computer as he tries to reach about 25 people a day, mostly within the Latino community, to persuade them to register to vote Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Phoenix. Like others who register people to vote, those efforts have become extremely difficult during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Job losses, fear of virus complicate Latino voter hopes

Aug. 7, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Every day, 29-year-old Maico Olivares tries to call about 25 people, mostly within the Latino community, to persuade them to register to vote. Some calls go well, but increasingly, they have become frustrating: Many of the people Olivares reaches are out of work or have lost wages because of...

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2020, file photo, Texas Tech head coach Marlene Stollings reacts to a play in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor in Waco Texas. Texas Tech women's basketball players have accused Stollings and her staff of fostering a culture of abuse that led to an exodus from the program, according to a report published Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in USA Today. (AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte, File)

Texas Tech women's coach fired one day after report of abuse

Aug. 7, 2020 3:47 AM EDT

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech fired women's basketball coach Marlene Stollings on Thursday, a day after a scathing newspaper report alleging a culture of abuse in her program. Athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced the firing in a one-sentence statement while adding that he planned to address the...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Starling Marte (2) celebrates scoring on a double by Christian Walker with teammate David Peralta (6) during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Dbacks beat Astros 5-4 on Calhoun's double in ninth

Aug. 6, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Kole Calhoun lined a two-run double in the ninth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to beat the Houston Astros 5-4 Thursday night to win their first series of the season. “It's bases loaded, nobody out, we need one run, there's obvious pressure there,” said Calhoun,...

Man charged in slaying of Fort Hood soldier

Aug. 6, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas man has been charged with murder in the slaying of a Fort Hood soldier whose body was found beside a road four miles from where his burned sport utility vehicle was found. Brandon Michael Olivares, 28, of Killeen, was already booked into the Bell County Jail in...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2018 file photo, United States Border Patrol agents stand by a vehicle near one of the border walls separating Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, in San Diego. As of this week, the ACLU has filed nearly 400 lawsuits and other legal actions against the Trump administration, some meeting with setbacks but many resulting in important victories. Of the lawsuits, 174 have dealt with immigrant rights, targeting the family separation policy, detention and deportation practices, and the administration’s repeated attempts to make it harder to seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

'See you in court': ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump

Aug. 6, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The day after Donald Trump’s election in November 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union posted a message to him on its website: “See you in court.” As president, Trump hasn’t personally squared off against the ACLU from the witness stand, but the broader...

2 admit fencing more than $1 million in military gear

Aug. 6, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A soldier and an ex-federal employee have pleaded guilty to stealing and selling more than $1 million in military gear taken from a Texas National Guard camp. Prosecutors said in a statement that National Guard soldier Cristal Avila, 27, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty Thursday in...