ANAHEIM, Calif. — Two-way player Shohei Ohtani didn’t perform like the star the Angels had hoped would carry their rotation and lineup last year. He faltered at the plate. He wobbled on the mound. Playing in empty ballparks throughout the division, he barely resembled the phenom who pitched and hit at a level unseen in more than a century. The potential of Ohtani, 26, nonetheless remained ...

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CHICAGO — It has been another offseason of nonstop rumors for Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras, two of the three Chicago Cubs’ arbitration-eligible stars whose names have been brought up in trade rumors for the last couple of years. With spring training set to begin in a month, both remain in a Cubs uniform, agreeing to one-year deals Friday and avoiding arbitration. Bryant, who was projected ...

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NEW YORK – The veteran driver of a tandem bus that plunged 50 feet from an overpass onto the Cross Bronx Expressway refused to take drug and alcohol tests at a hospital after the harrowing late-night wreck, officials said Friday. “This is obviously troubling,” said Metropolitan Transportation Authority Safety & Security Officer Patrick Warren at a news conference about the 11:10 p.m. Thursday ...

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the impeachment of President Donald Trump as “urgent” but declined to say Friday when the House will send the single charge for inciting insurrection to the Senate to begin his trial. Speaking to reporters two days after the House impeached Trump for encouraging his supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol, Pelosi choked up as she described some ...

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WASHINGTON — The State Department on Friday said it had new information suggesting the COVID-19 pandemic could have emerged from a Chinese laboratory and not through contact with infected animals, the latest salvo in the Trump administration’s efforts to pressure Beijing over the virus’s origins. Specifically, the U.S. said it had obtained new evidence that researchers at the Wuhan Institute ...

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New York City prosecutors, who are investigating President Donald Trump’s company for possible tax, bank and insurance fraud, have broadened their probe to include a sprawling property in Westchester County. A lawyer for the town of Bedford said Friday the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. last month served the town with a subpoena focusing on an obscure development by ...

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For Donald Trump, the cost of an incendiary presidential career started adding up on Day One: Macy's department stores stopped selling his menswear collection after he called Mexican immigrants "rapists" during his first campaign event. A few months later, after Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the United States, he lost another partner, a Dubai company that ...

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BALTIMORE — When Lamar Jackson is back home in South Florida, training with his private coach in the offseason, old friends will come around to watch him throw, and Jackson will start to laugh. Together they’ll reminisce about the old days in Broward County, all those years spent growing up and goofing off, when nothing was more important to a 10- or 11-year-old kid than his next youth ...

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They coached together in the NFL in Washington, and then with the Rams. Sean McVay and Matt LaFleur are good friends. Both say they are close as brothers. That the Rams are playing the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional-round playoff game Saturday at Lambeau Field did not preclude the two head coaches from communicating this week. “It was nothing with regards to anything football ...

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MEXICO CITY — In a move certain to escalate tensions with the United States, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has accused the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of fabricating a case against a former Mexican defense minister who was arrested on drug trafficking charges at Los Angeles International Airport last year. López Obrador, who in November successfully pressured the U.S. ...

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ATLANTA — After a vast effort to challenge the eligibility of 360,000 Georgia voters, election officials rejected just a few dozen ballots, undermining suspicions of significant voting fraud. The allegations of ineligible voters came from the Texas-based group True the Vote, which worked with members of the Republican Party in an attempt to disqualify ballots of voters whose names showed up on ...

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WASHINGTON — If any state knows the seriousness of the threats posed by domestic terrorists, it’s Michigan. State lawmakers faced an armed invasion of the capitol in Lansing in May and a foiled plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in October. As President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration approaches — and with it the threat of more right-wing violence — Michigan is fencing off the building. It’s ...

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WASHINGTON — The pro-Trump extremists who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week aimed to “capture and assassinate elected officials,” with one rioter leaving a note for Vice President Mike Pence warning “justice is coming,” federal prosecutors wrote in a court filing that provides the most detailed explanation yet for what the mob planned that day. Though a top Justice Department official said ...

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WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden, inheriting responsibility for a pandemic that is unchecked and worsening after nearly a year, Friday detailed his plan to throw the weight of the federal government behind getting Americans vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden, in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, five days before his inauguration, described a sweeping initiative that includes funding for ...

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Cuando Corey Hill se presenta a trabajar en la planta manufacturera de Daimler Trucks en Cleveland, Carolina del Norte, sabe que no podrá mantenerse a una distancia física segura de sus compañeros en la línea de montaje. Ya que la maquinaria de la planta no se puede mover, su sindicato luchó y consiguió otras protecciones, como controles de temperatura, un mandato de uso de tapabocas, ...

Trump-touted plasma therapy shows no benefit against virus, researchers say A large, national study in the U.K. examining convalescent plasma as a therapy for COVID-19 was ended after a finding that the treatment touted by U.S. President Donald Trump doesn’t work. The University of Oxford research was part of a clinical trial named Recovery that’s investigating different COVID-19 treatments. ...

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Kim Jong Un has rolled out a lot of new missiles in recent months, including at least one more this week. The next step is for him to fire them into the air to get President-elect Joe Biden’s attention. The North Korean leader paraded a new submarine-launched ballistic missile through central Pyongyang Thursday as part of a military pageant to mark the completion of more than a week of ruling ...

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WASHINGTON — Frustrated by the loss of his Twitter account and forced to accept that he soon must leave office, President Donald Trump has effectively stopped doing his job, delegating daily responsibilities to Vice President Mike Pence while hunkering down with a shrinking group of acquiescent aides and contemplating additional presidential pardons. Trump had considered leaving the White ...

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The General Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a memorial to be sent to President-elect Joe Biden and others, asking him to reverse the Trump administration's decision to take the U.S. Space Command out of Colorado Springs, two days after the administration announced it would go against a decision by the Air Force and move the post to Huntsville, Ala. Peterson Air ...

KABUL — At least 10 members of the Afghan security forces were killed after Taliban militants overran a checkpoint in the northern province of Kunduz, officials said on Friday. Another 11 security forces were wounded in the overnight attack that happened in Imam Saheb district, three provincial councillors told dpa. Meanwhile, in the southeastern Ghazni province, at least seven soldiers were ...

SAN DIEGO — Dinelson Lamet more than tripled his salary for 2021 after a breakout season last year. The 28-year-old Dominican and the Padres avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $4.2 million salary for 2021. Lamet would have made $1.3 million over a full season in 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic whittled the season to 60 games. Lamet did all he could with the shortened season, finishing ...

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WASHINGTON — Just days before a new president enters the White House, promising to unify a dangerously divided country, the state of the union can perhaps be judged by this metric: America is facing a shortage of bulletproof vests, gas masks and ballistic helmets. Some retailers of protective equipment have seen a five-fold increase in sales of military-grade defensive gear, leading to empty ...

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PHILADELPHIA — Rhys Hoskins, Vince Velasquez, and Jose Alvarado reached agreements on their 2021 salaries Friday, a generally positive outcome because they were able to avoid arbitration hearings next month. But even if they hadn’t, all three were under contract to play for the Phillies this year, and that was unlikely to change. Of greater consequence, then, were two developments that might ...

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Gov. Larry Hogan is making one last effort to stymie partisan gerrymandering in Maryland before the next decade's election maps are drawn. The Republican governor announced this week the creation of the state's first-ever citizen-led redistricting commission to draft new congressional and state legislative maps. But final approval will ultimately be up to the General Assembly, which is ...

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Some far-right groups are warning members to avoid the armed rallies planned before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, alleging that the federal government or rivals may be seeking to incite them to violence and entrap them. “Groups would love for us to show up and get violent in order to push their own agenda — whether it be a crackdown on militias, gun legislation or something else to ...

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NEW DELHI — India is launching one of the world’s largest coronavirus vaccination drives on Saturday, setting in motion a complex deployment plan aimed at stemming the wide spread of infections across a nation of more than 1.3 billion people. At hospitals and vaccination centers across major Indian cities — from Mumbai to New Delhi — tens of thousands of key front-line workers are expected to ...

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At a virtual press conference on Jan. 12, Operation Warp Speed officials made an announcement that cheered U.S. governors. The federal government had been holding back millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to ensure sufficient second doses for the people innoculated in the initial rollout. Now, officials said, the entire reserve would be released to states so it could be put to lifesaving use as ...

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If there's a single all-encompassing truism about American politics, it's that investing in the right candidate can pay a handsome dividend. That's certainly validated by the experience of the scores of American billionaires who helped bankroll Donald Trump's last presidential campaign. Many own fortunes based on the real estate, private equity, or oil and gas industries, all of which did ...

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(The Center Square) – The National Rifle Association announced on Friday it seeks to file for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. It’s part of a move the pro-Second Amendment rights organization is taking to restructure as a Texas-based organization and leave New York, where it has been incorporated for about 150 years.

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The check is not yet in the mail, but nearly 1.6 million Illinois Facebook users can expect to get about $350 each in a landmark privacy lawsuit. The totals were disclosed in a California federal court Thursday during the final approval hearing for a $650 million class-action settlement over alleged violations of Illinois’ biometric privacy law. The individual payout was projected at about ...