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Marlins trade RHP David Phelps to Mariners for 4 prospects

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins’ highly touted bullpen has been a bust, and so the dismantling began Thursday. A seller once again as the trade deadline approaches, Miami sent right-hander David Phelps to the Seattle Mariners for four prospects, including highly regarded outfielder Brayan Hernandez. Also acquired by the Marlins to shore up their weak farm system were right-handed ... Read More »

The Latest: Nevada parole board weighs OJ Simpson’s release

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing (all times local): 11:25 a.m. A Nevada parole board is heading into deliberations on whether to grant O.J. Simpson release from prison. The four commissioners who questioned Simpson by videoconference walked out of the room after hearing testimony from Simpson, his daughter and the victim in the armed robbery ... Read More »

O.J. Simpson asks parole board to set him free

O.J. Simpson

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — A gray-haired O.J. Simpson pleaded with a Nevada parole board Thursday to set him free after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel room heist, insisting — as he has all along — that he was only trying to retrieve mementos stolen from him and never meant to hurt anyone. The former ... Read More »

The Latest: Kuchar posts career-best in major to share lead

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — The Latest on the British Open (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Matt Kuchar matched the best front-nine score ever at Royal Birkdale. And even following that with nothing but pars on the back nine, the American still shot his best score in a major. Kuchar saved par from behind the 18th green and shot 5-under 65 ... Read More »

Budget office: GOP health bill adds 22 million uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) — A revised Republican health care bill would drive up the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday in a report unlikely to help GOP leaders persuade their party’s senators to back the reeling legislation in an upcoming showdown vote. An earlier projection by Congress’ nonpartisan budget analysts on the ... Read More »

Texas Senate aiming to move divisive bills at breakneck pace

Van Taylor, Brian Birdwell

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate staged an unusual midnight floor session Thursday as conservatives who dominate the chamber rushed to revive abortion restrictions, school vouchers and a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people before opponents have time to mobilize against them. Senators passed bills allowing the Texas Medical Board and other state agencies to continue operating during the opening ... Read More »

In surrealist twist, Dali to be exhumed in paternity lawsuit

Pilar Abel

FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — Salvador Dali’s eccentric artistic and personal history took yet another bizarre turn Thursday with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl decades ago. Pilar Abel, a 61-year-old tarot card reader, claims her mother had an affair with ... Read More »

McDonald’s adds Big Mac onesie, sweats to items it delivers

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — With McDonald’s now offering a delivery service, the fast food giant is looking to make customers comfortable eating at home with a new clothing line that includes an adult-size Big Mac onesie. Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald’s describes the McDelivery Collection as “a selection of fun, fashion forward items you can wear or use whenever and ... Read More »

McCain says ‘I’ll be back soon’ as he battles brain cancer

John McCain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling brain cancer, Sen. John McCain on Thursday promised to return to work, leveling fresh criticism at the Trump administration and aiming a good-natured dig at Republican and Democratic colleagues who were jolted by news of the six-term lawmaker’s diagnosis. “I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support — unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be ... Read More »

Damond family hires attorney from Castile case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of an Australian woman shot to death by a Minneapolis police officer has hired an attorney who represented the family of black motorist Philando Castile, who was also slain by a Minnesota police officer. Minneapolis attorney Bob Bennett confirmed Thursday to The Associated Press that he was representing the family of Justine Damond, who died ... Read More »