Typhoon batters Philippines; 23 fishermen missing

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful typhoon made landfall in the northern Philippines on Monday, toppling power lines and dumping heavy rains across mountains, cities and food-growing plains and leaving at least 23 fishermen missing. Typhoon Utor, described…

Missouri Fair clown draws criticism for Obama mask

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask appeared at a Missouri State Fair rodeo this weekend and the announcer asked the enthusiastic spectators if they wanted to see “Obama run down by…

Yank condemns defaced Jackie Robinson statue

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees closing pitcher Mariano Rivera has condemned the defacing of a statue of Jackie Robinson outside a minor league baseball stadium in Brooklyn. The reliever told the Daily News (http://nydn.us/16JGv2v ) Sunday…

Man suffers medical issue, dies on Ore. fire line

VALE, Ore. (AP) — A 59-year-old man died over the weekend while working on a fire line in southeastern Oregon. Kevin Hall apparently suffered a medical issue Saturday while he was working for a bulldozer contractor on the…

Former Reagan aide William P. Clark dies at 81

LOS ANGELES (AP) — William P. Clark, who rose from campaign volunteer to one of President Ronald Reagan’s most trusted advisers, has died. He was 81. Clark died Saturday at his ranch home in the central California town…

NY man arrested 29 times for nabbing trains, buses

NEW YORK (AP) — Darius McCollum can explain the complicated workings of the New York City transit system with the precision of a veteran conductor. He knows every subway stop, every line, every train. It’s an obsession that…

Panama grants asylum to 19 Cubans held by Bahamas

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama’s government is granting asylum on humanitarian grounds for 19 Cuban migrants who are being detained in the Bahamas, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday. Its statement said President Ricardo Martinelli made the decision to…

Rivera blows 3rd save in row, Gardner saves Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) — Mariano Rivera stood on the mound, looking down at his cleats. Somehow, he’d let yet another lead slip away. Never before had baseball’s all-time saves leader blown three straight chances. Silenced by a pair…

Nats win on Strasburg’s 1st career complete game

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg pitched a four-hitter and struck out 10 in the first complete game of his career, Jayson Werth had his second straight three-hit game and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep with a…

Argentine government loses ground in primary vote

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentines voted Sunday in a key test of support for President Cristina Fernandez’s government, with more than 70 percent of 30 million registered voters choosing candidates for October’s midterm congressional elections. The vote…

US gas prices drop 8 cents over past 2 weeks

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has fallen about 8 cents over the past two weeks. The Lundberg Survey of gas prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of…

Ex-gay gospel singer doesn’t play MLK concert

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gospel singer who says God delivered him from being gay did not perform at a concert the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/15oFZCe ) reports singer Donnie McClurkin was scheduled to…