4-time Tour de France champ Froome maintains innocence as rival doubts handling of case

LONDON (AP) — Chris Froome’s renewed protestations of innocence on Thursday were accompanied by doubts about why the four-time Tour de France champion was not immediately suspended for failing a doping test. Froome has been ordered to explain to the International Cycling...

WADA shares Moscow lab evidence with Olympic sports bodies

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Evidence from a Moscow laboratory database has been shared by World Anti-Doping Agency investigators with international sports bodies who must decide on prosecuting Russian athletes for doping. Described by WADA on Thursday as “valuable new...

Plan to combat algae would cause slight hike in water rates

TOLEDO (AP) — Next up in Ohio’s push to combat the harmful algae plaguing Lake Erie and other waterways around the state is a proposal to set new limits on wastewater plants. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s idea is to remove more than 2 million pounds of...

Coroner: Accused state lawmaker’s death is apparent suicide

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide, the county coroner said. The sexual assault accusations came amid a...

EU’s Tusk warns of bruising Brexit battle ahead, urges unity

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union chief Donald Tusk warned Thursday of a bruising Brexit battle ahead as Britain and the remaining 27 EU countries move onto to discussions over their future trade relations. As all 28 EU leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, arrive...

Bannon, undeterred, under siege from GOP after Alabama loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is catching blame from fellow Republicans for coughing up a safe Senate seat in deep-red Alabama and foisting damaging political advice on President Donald Trump. But in the aftermath of this week’s stinging Alabama...

Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox for about $52.4 billion in stock, including film and television studios and cable and international TV businesses, as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the...

Trump advisor Omarosa Manigault Newman set to leave White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Omarosa Manigault Newman — one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent African-American supporters — plans to leave the administration next month. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Manigault Newman’s...

With unity in peril, EU leaders tackle refugee quotas

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are grappling with one of the most divisive issues ever to face the 28-nation bloc; how to collectively share responsibility for the tens of thousands of people arriving on Europe’s southern shores in search of a better life. Ahead of...

In Alabama, an unusual alliance yields a Democratic upset

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — Democrat Doug Jones assembled an unusual Deep South alliance to claim a Senate seat Tuesday in Republican-dominated Alabama, combining strong turnout among African-Americans and white liberals with enough crossover support from conservatives who...