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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions at a press conference during MLB baseball owners meetings, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Federal judge tosses fan lawsuit vs. MLB, Astros, Red Sox

Apr. 3, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by fantasy sports contestants who claimed they were damaged by sign stealing in Major League Baseball. Five men had sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, violation of...

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2009, file photo, shows the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. An online meeting that was meant to decide the future of the major coal-fired power plant in New Mexico has been derailed by a group of young people who interrupted the proceedings by playing rap music laden with racial epithets and posting derogatory messages. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission was hosting the virtual meeting Wednesday, April 1, 2020, regarding the planned closure of the San Juan Generating Station. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico panel OKs abandonment of coal-fired power plant

Apr. 1, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Wednesday green-lighted an application by the state's largest electric utility to abandon its interest in a major coal-fired power plant as the state works toward emission-free mandates and more renewable energy. The Public Regulation Commission voted...

A cashier, left, works behind a plexiglass shield at a Super H Mart grocery store in Niles, Ill., Thursday, March 26, 2020. Local grocery stores are installing plexiglass shields in the checkout aisle as a coronavirus precaution. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

What's in store: Groceries installing barriers amid outbreak

Mar. 26, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Grocery stores across the U.S. are installing protective plastic shields at checkouts to help keep cashiers and shoppers from infecting one another with the coronavirus. At a Stop & Shop supermarket Thursday in Quincy, just south of Boston, shoppers paid for and bagged their...

Lourdes Sanvicente, 45, left, and a coworker wear protective face masks at the direction of the stand's owner, as they sell tamales, sandwiches, and pastries at a street stand in Mexico City, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Sanvicente, who doubts the existence of the new coronavirus, says both she and her husband work as street food sellers, together earning 320 pesos (around $13.50) per day to support themselves and their five children.

Coronavirus could hit Mexico's high obesity, diabetes rates

Mar. 25, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic could be especially deadly in Mexico because of the country's high rates of obesity and diabetes, a coalition of consumer and health advocacy groups said Wednesday. The Alliance for Food Health said in a report that four of the first five coronavirus deaths in...

Washington governor signs bill allowing sports betting

Mar. 25, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A bill to allow sports gambling in Washington state, but only at tribal casinos, was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday. Inslee said the bill would allow the state and Indian tribes to enter into new gaming compacts to cover sports betting. “”This will allow people...

Regulators act to protect Delmarva Power business customers

Mar. 25, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware utility regulators have ruled that Delmarva Power should automatically move commercial electric customers to less expensive rate classifications when they are eligible, rather than forcing customers to ask to be moved. The Public Service Commission last week granted a petition...

City's lawsuit seeks to delay Wisconsin's April 7 election

Mar. 25, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Local officials' frustration with Gov. Tony Evers' refusal to order any changes to Wisconsin's presidential primary to protect people from the coronavirus reached new heights as the city of Green Bay sued to stop in-person voting and leaders in River Falls questioned how the election...

The Latest: No plans for Legislature to come back soon

Mar. 25, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Wisconsin’s Republican legislative leaders said Wednesday they want to understand what’s in the $2 trillion federal stimulus package before coming back to take any action at the state level...

A customer looks for scrubbing pads near empty shelves of cleaning supplies at a Publix Supermarket amid concern over the COVID-19 virus on Monday, March 9, 2020, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Publix stores to have barriers for cashiers as virus spreads

Mar. 25, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida-based grocery chain Publix announced it will install plexiglass barriers to protect its cashiers, joining other retailers that are installing the shields to protect employees and customers from a coronavirus infection. The Lakeland-based supermarket chain said Wednesday that all 1,200...

Jacqueline Lee of Flint adjusts her mask in public with gloves on her hands as she tries to protect herself from any germs while grocery shopping on Monday, March 23, 2020 in Flint. Lee, who has 14 grandchildren, said she was upset she couldn't find her favorite peanut butter at any stores for more than a week. All Michigan residents and most businesses are required to stay in their homes under an executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

Whitmer: Detroit-area hospital system 'almost at capacity'

Mar. 24, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned Tuesday that a Detroit-area hospital system was “almost at capacity” treating people with the coronavirus, as the state's stay-at-home order kicked in to reduce the spread. The governor, speaking about her measure with WDET-FM, pointed to...