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Romney’s Senate bid to mark latest campaign over 2 decades

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney’s announcement Thursday of a run for U.S. Senate seat in Utah will be his latest bid for public office since he first jumped into politics more than 20 years ago. The former businessman has endured more setbacks than victories since he...

Offshore drilling foes, denied microphone, hold rallies

HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) — With giant inflatable whales, signs that read “Drilling Is Killing” and chants of “Where’s our meeting?” opponents of President Donald Trump’s plan to open most of the nation’s coastline to oil and natural gas...

‘Tito’ Francona, father of Indians manager Terry, dies

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former major leaguer John “Tito” Francona, the father of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, has died. He was 84. The Indians said the elder Francona died unexpectedly at his home in New Brighton, Pennsylvania on Tuesday night. Francona played...

Upbeat Gardenhire excited to get started with Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Ron Gardenhire put on a glove and took some grounders at first base, tossing the ball to pitchers covering the bag and barking out words of encouragement. The manager certainly seemed to be enjoying himself Wednesday, when the Detroit Tigers had their first...

Ex-Heisman winner Manziel attempts comeback in Spring League

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel says he’s making a football comeback. Manziel announced Wednesday that he’ll participate in the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas, which will play from March 28 to April 15. The...

“Maze Runner” author James Dashner dropped by literary agent

NEW YORK (AP) — “Maze Runner” author James Dashner’s literary agent has dropped him. Michael W. Bourret says in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday that “under the circumstances” he could not represent Dashner after allegations of sexual...

Russian gold-medal favorites lose opening game to Slovakia

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The latest iteration of the Russian Red Machine started its Olympic hockey tournament against Slovakia on Wednesday and lost 3-2. The Russians gave up a two-goal lead as defensive errors allowed Slovakia to end the first period tied at 2-2. Peter...

Climber’s death on popular Oregon peak underscores dangers

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s tallest peak rises above the streets of downtown Portland, its gorgeous snow-capped slopes luring 10,000 climbers a year. The picture postcard view of Mount Hood makes it one of the most visited snow-capped peaks in America, a...

Love for sport fuels Stiegler’s lengthy career

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Resi Stiegler may not match her father’s medal total, but she has already beaten him in one Olympic category. Stiegler’s third Olympic selection this year means she has passed father Pepi in appearances at the Winter Games. The Austrian dominated...

U.S. women beat Russia 5-0, early showdown with Canada next

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson can’t remember ever scoring twice on the same shift. The three-time Olympian looking for her first gold medal is just happy to give the Americans a bit of a boost. She did it in Olympic record fashion....