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Ex-Illinois House leader Arroyo sentenced for bribery scheme

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Democratic leader in the Illinois House was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme. Luis Arroyo was handed a 57-m...

Penske ready for 300,000 guests in a full-capacity Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roger Penske motioned toward the turn four grandstands at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His father took him to those seats in 1951 and a 14-year-old Penske was instantly hooked by t...

Ryan and Reich could be a winning match in Indianapolis

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For a few weeks, the Indianapolis Colts had a huge void at quarterback. Then the Deshaun Watson carousel began spinning, and soon enough, Matt Ryan was available. ...

Spring forward: What to know as MLB camps open Sunday

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — No more counterproposals. No quarreling over the CBT. From Clearwater, Florida, to Goodyear, Arizona, it’s time for curveballs, Cracker Jack and the perpetually in...

NC court overturns conviction on racial bias in picking jury

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Supreme Court overturned the robbery conviction of a Black man on Friday, determining that prosecutors wrongly blocked a potential juror from his trial based on r...

Pizza Hut Taiwan holds 'lucky pizza cushion' sweepstake

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — To cheer up those returning to work after a lengthy Lunar New Year break, Pizza Hut Taiwan announced that it would be giving away “lucky pizza cushions.” On...

Meet the man who won a trip to space and gave it to a friend

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — He told his family and a few friends. He dropped hints to a couple of colleagues. So hardly anyone knew that the airline pilot could have — should have — been on board when...

Lucky Taiwanese woman wins NT$100,000 and 3 other prizes in Taitung lottery

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A woman working at a prize-drawing event won the NT$100,000 (US$3,610) cash prize — and three other major prizes. Per an earlier report, the woman, surnamed Peng ...

Lawyer: Man charged in scam missed court because he's dead

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man charged with running a scam that cheated a woman out of more than $80,000 missed a recent court date and was supposed to be rearrested, but his attorney says that will be i...

California wins $3.5M payoff in illegal gambling lawsuit

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A company that made and operated casino-style games used for illegal gambling will pay $3.5 million and permanently stop its California operations under a court settlement annou...

Oldies but goodies: The Lakers may be ones to catch in West

It may be a roster like none other. The Los Angeles Lakers have four of the NBA’s top seven active scorers. The top three leading active rebounders. Three of the top four active lead...

EXPLAINER: 4 will circle Earth on 1st SpaceX private flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is poised to blast into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists. ...

St. Jude hits donation milestone to fight childhood cancer

NEW YORK (AP) — For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, even the sky is no longer the limit. At a time when similar institutions face fundraising shortfalls as donors have shifted...

Dispiriting setback: COVID deaths, cases rise again globally

COVID-19 deaths and cases are on the rise again globally in a dispiriting setback that is triggering another round of restrictions and dampening hopes for a return to normal life. T...

After Branson flight, Virgin Galactic slumps on stock sale

Virgin Galactic shares veered sharply lower Monday after the spaceflight company said it’s made arrangements to sell up to $500 million in stock. The disclosure comes a day after fo...