Cyclone hits Tonga, heads for Fiji

By NICK PERRY Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Pacific nation of Tonga began cleaning up damage Tuesday from a cyclone that destroyed its Parliament House, as well as homes and churches, and was intensifying as it headed toward nearby Fiji. Cyclone Gita caused...

Workers comb snowy field for clues to Russian plane crash

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press MOSCOW — Wading through knee-deep snow, hundreds of emergency workers searched a vast field near Moscow on Monday for remains of the 71 victims from the crash of a Russian airliner, and aviation experts began deciphering the jet’s two...

Airport shuts down due to unexploded WWII bomb

LONDON (AP) — All flights in and out of London City Airport were canceled Monday after a 1,100-pound unexploded World War II bomb was found nearby in the River Thames. The Metropolitan Police service cleared an area within 700 feet of the bomb, including several residential...

Olympics: Kim wins gold in women’s halfpipe

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Chloe Kim’s coronation is complete. The 17-year-old from Torrance, California, dominated the Olympic women’s halfpipe snowboarding final early today, soaring to a gold medal four years in the making. Kim put up a score of...

Olympics: Canada gets gold in team figure skating event

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Canada skated to the gold it had been dreaming about for four years. American Jamie Anderson got another to match the one she won in Sochi. The Canadians kicked off the third day of full competition at the...

Olympics: U.S. ski star Shiffrin adjusts her schedule

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Mikaela Shiffrin’s pursuit of gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics will start on a different day than everyone expected — and in a different event, the slalom, which is her forte. Of course, that’s assuming they ever get...

Winter weather blasts Olympics

By GRAHAM DUNBAR and HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writers PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The Winter Olympics are supposed to be cold, of course. Just maybe not THIS cold. Wind and ice pellets left Olympic snowboarders simply trying to stay upright in conditions that many felt were unfit...

Smith, Thompson Headline Women’s Hoops Hall Of Fame Class

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and Chamique Holdsclaw headline the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame class for 2018 announced Monday. The three former WNBA stars were eligible for the first time. Joining them in the seven-member class are former Colorado...

‘We’re all sweethearts of the church’

By BRENNA GRITEMAN LIFE EDITOR At first glance, this year’s calendar overlap of Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday seems out of place. How might an increasingly commercial holiday, marked by elaborate displays of affection, coexist with the sacred and highly symbolic...

Used prom dresses, accessories collected

Donations are being accepted for the 10th annual Don’t Stress Over the Dress program, which provides free prom dresses, accessories and services to girls who otherwise could not afford them. In 2017 alone, 255 dresses, along with shoes, jewelry, purses and other...