US Secretary of State Blinken sees South African counterpart

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s stance on Russia’s war in Ukraine and the adverse effects of the conflict on African countries are expected to feature in a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and South Africa’s Minister of International Relations Naledi Pandor on Monday. Blinken is in South Africa as part of a … Read more

Fire engulfs historic wooden bridge in southern China

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that engulfed a covered wooden bridge with 900 years of history in southeastern China over the weekend. The entire length of the Wan’an Bridge appeared to be in flames in video and photos of the Saturday night fire in Fujian province’s Pingnan county. No … Read more

Chicago hosts Seattle after Stewart’s 35-point performance

Seattle Storm (20-13, 9-7 Western Conference) at Chicago Sky (25-8, 15-3 Eastern Conference) Chicago; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Seattle faces the Chicago Sky after Breanna Stewart scored 35 points in the Storm’s 89-81 loss to the Las Vegas Aces. The Sky have gone 14-3 at home. Chicago ranks third in the WNBA with … Read more

Fauci awarded with rare Hutch Award, will throw ceremonial first pitch Aug. 9

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the President, has been named the recipient of the 2022 honorary Hutch Award. Fauci will accept the award in an on-field ceremony before the Mariners’ game Aug. 9 at T-Mobile Park before he throws out the ceremonial first pitch. “He has demonstrated fearless leadership and dedication … Read more

Albuquerque police seek car in killings of 4 Muslim men

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities investigating whether the killings of four Muslim men are connected said Sunday that they need help finding a vehicle believed to be connected to the deaths in New Mexico’s largest the city. Albuquerque police said they released photos of the vehicle suspected of being used in the four homicides, hoping … Read more

Report: Dozens got sick after visiting Kansas splash park

GODDARD, Kan. (AP) — A new federal study said dozens of people got sick after visiting a splash park near Wichita, Kansas, last summer. The study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 21 people contracted Shigella bacteria and six others became sick with the norovirus after visiting the splash park … Read more

Former Miss America Cara Mund plans to run for Congress

FILE – Miss America 2018 Cara Mund poses for photographers on the 86th Floor Observation Deck of the Empire State Building in New York, Sept. 12, 2017. Mund, the former Miss America who gained attention by criticizing the organization near the end of her reign in 2018, is planning to run for Congress in North … Read more

Police: Suspect in slayings of 4 in Ohio arrested in Kansas

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A suspect wanted in Ohio in the shooting deaths of four people, including a teenage girl, has been arrested in Kansas, authorities said. Police in Montgomery County’s Butler Township said late Saturday night that 39-year-old Stephen Marlow was taken into custody by local police in Lawrence, Kansas. Chief John Porter said … Read more

Meet Tucker, the Mariners’ new clubhouse dog

“He just got activated today and will be a great addition to our team,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said in an interview with the league. Tucker comes from OkanDogs, a rescue center in Cashmere, Wash. Servais and his wife, Jill, have volunteered for the program to help migrate dogs in need of homes throughout the region. … Read more

Sue Bird at peace for what could be final game in Seattle

Now that a bit of time has passed, Sue Bird knows she made the right decision announcing publicly what she knew inside — that this would be her last season. But the emotions that are likely to come when she plays what could be her final game in Seattle? Bird has no idea what that’ll … Read more