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Amid plunking debate, MLB's marketing is all-in on bat flips

Apr. 20, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Tim Anderson spiked his bat and yelled toward his White Sox teammates, Major League Baseball's self-described "spicy" Twitter account was among the first to weigh in. "LET THE KIDS PLAY," proclaimed @Cut4 , the offbeat arm of MLB's social media portfolio with nearly 1 million...

Officials: Large fire scorches Peru's capital, killing none

Apr. 20, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Officials in Peru say a massive fire has destroyed several buildings near the center of the capital city, but killed nobody. Police Chief Mario Arata said Saturday that it could take a month to clean up the warehouses and shops charred by the fire that started Friday afternoon in downtown...

USSF defends use of temporary grass field in Cincinnati

Apr. 20, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation called Cincinnati "a perfect host" for its June 9 exhibition against Venezuela, a day after the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association claimed the Nippert Stadium playing surface is dangerous. Players said the temporary grass field on top of the venue's...

Attackers raid family party, kill 13 in Mexico

Apr. 20, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police in eastern Mexico say gunmen broke into a family party and opened fire, killing 13 people and wounding at least four others. The Veracruz state Public Security Department says seven men, five women and a child were killed in the Friday night attack at an events hall in the oil...

Man writes memoir on journey from West Indies to W.Va.

Apr. 20, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A memoir called "I Am a Dirty Immigrant" is the story of one man's journey from the West Indies to West Virginia. Anderson Charles grew up in a tightly knit community in Grenada, and in 1986, moved to Kentucky to play basketball and attend college. Back home, neighbors often pitch...

Nicaraguans use Good Friday processions to protest

Apr. 20, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Good Friday religious processions in Nicaragua's capital took on a political tone as people seized a rare opportunity to renew protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega. As hundreds of faithful walked in a traditional Stations of the Cross procession to the city's...

Border Patrol: Ecuadorian assaulted agent on mountain trail

Apr. 20, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

PATAGONIA, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says an Ecuadorian man assaulted an agent on a mountain trail in southern Arizona after the Ecuadorian and two Mexican men apparently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The Border Patrol says neither the agent nor the Ecuadorian required medical...

Passion Play in Brazil shantytown a voice against injustice

Apr. 20, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The back streets of Brazil's biggest shantytown became the stage for an Easter Passion Play that mirrored the realities faced by its residents. For the 27th year in a row, people in the favela of Rocinha packed the streets Friday to watch the "Via Sacra," a theatric recreation of the...

Angels' Ohtani takes another step in return from Tommy John

Apr. 19, 2019 9:56 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani's drives into the seats at Angel Stadium came with an audience Friday, when the Los Angeles Angels' two-way standout took another step toward his return from Tommy John surgery. Ohtani took batting practice with teammates for the first time since the operation,...

Panel to review approval of Boeing 737 Max flight controls

Apr. 19, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max's flight control system was approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities have confirmed participation in a technical review promised...