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Altuve's HR in 9th sends Astros to World Series over Yankees

HOUSTON (AP) ” Jose Altuve, the 5-foot-6 driving force of Houston, delivered a swing that will play in Astros’ highlights forever.Altuve homered off Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the ninth inning and Houston outlasted the New York Yankees 6-4 Saturday night to advance to the World Series for the second time in three years.In a bullpen game with a back-and-forth finish, DJ LeMahieu hit a tying, two-run shot off Astros closer Roberto Osuna in the top of the ninth. Altuve […]

Qantas completes longest non-stop New York-Sydney flight

SYDNEY (AP) ” Australia’s Qantas on Sunday completed the first non-stop commercial flight from New York to Sydney, which was used to run a series of tests to assess the effects of ultra long-haul flights on crew fatigue and passenger jetlag.The Boeing 787 Dreamliner touched down in Sydney early Sunday morning after a flight of 19 hours and 16 minutes ” the world’s longest.Qantas said tests ranged from monitoring pilot brain waves, melatonin levels and alertness to exercise […]

Defense chief: US troops leaving Syria to go to western Iraq

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) ” Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that under the current plan all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent its resurgence.Speaking to reporters traveling with him to the Middle East, Esper did not rule out the idea that U.S. forces would conduct counterterrorism missions

Trump drops plan to host G-7 at Doral

WASHINGTON (AP) ” Responding to stinging criticism, President Donald Trump on Saturday abruptly reversed his plan to hold the next Group of Seven world leaders’ meeting at his Doral, Florida, golf resort next year.Trump announced a rare backtrack Saturday night after facing accusations that he was using the presidency to enrich himself by hosting the international summit at a private resort owned by his family.”Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we […]

Bolivians pick between Evo Morales and change in tight vote

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) ” South America’s longest-serving leader is seeking an unprecedented fourth term in Bolivian elections on Sunday, but polls suggest Evo Morales is in the tightest race of his career.The 59-year-old leftist is favored to win the first round vote, but he’s likely to be forced into a December runoff where he could be vulnerable to a united opposition.The son of impoverished Aymara shepherds, Morales came to prominence leading social protests and won election […]

Mixed message: Boris Johnson seeks Brexit delay, sort of

LONDON (AP) ” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pressed ahead Sunday with plans to try to win parliamentary backing for his new Brexit deal even as the European Union began considering his grudging request to extend the looming Brexit deadline.As the dust settled on a day of high drama in Parliament, the next steps in Britain’s divisive, tortuous Brexit saga became clear. Monday will feature more legal action, more arm-twisting, cajoling and veiled threats by Johnson and his […]

Trump scraps plan to host G-7 at his Doral golf resort

WASHINGTON (AP) ” Responding to stinging criticism, President Donald Trump has abruptly reversed his plan to hold the next year’s Group of Seven world leaders’ meeting at his Doral golf resort in Florida.”I think he knows,” his acting chief of staff said Sunday, “people think it looks lousy.”Trump announced a rare backtrack Saturday night after facing accusations that he was using the presidency to enrich himself by hosting the international summit at the private resort owned […]

Detroit-area men who sent millions to Yemen spared prison

DETROIT (AP) ” A group of Detroit-area men opened bank accounts to move millions of dollars to Yemen, their war-torn native country. Their crime: They didn’t register as a money transfer business.Their luck: They drew a sympathetic judge.One by one, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn declined to send them to prison, despite guidelines that call for a few years or more behind bars. He noted that Yemen’s financial system is a mess and its residents desperately need help. Defense […]

Pentagon chief says US troops leaving Syria for western Iraq

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ” U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that under current plans all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent its resurgence.Esper, who arrived in the Afghan capital on Sunday, did not rule out the idea that U.S. forces would conduct counterterrorism missions from Iraq into Syria.

Italian experts defuse WWII bomb in northern city

MILAN (AP) ” Italian authorities have evacuated 4,000 people from the center of the northern city of Bolzano to defuse a World War II bomb found during construction.The news agency ANSA said the bomb was defused during a three-hour operation Sunday morning. An alarm signaled the all-clear to reopen the city center, as well as a nearby north-south highway and a rail line connecting Italy with Austria and Germany.The Neue Suedtiroler Tageszeitung identified the ordnance as an […]

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