Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez to join Hall of Fame
Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were named Wednesday as the newest Baseball Hall of Fame members while steroid-linked stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens edged nearer to selection. Players needed 75 percent support, or 332 of the 442 votes cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, to be elected among the sport's icons. Long-time San Diego pitcher Trevor Hoffman, an ace reliever with 601 career saves, just missed with 74 percent backing -- five votes shy after missing by 34 last year, with Vladimir Guerrero next at 71.7 percent, out by 15 votes.
Key players in Iran nuke deal aim message at Trump: It worksUNITED NATIONS (AP) ? The United Nations, the European Union and key players in the Iran nuclear agreement delivered a united message Wednesday aimed at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump: The deal is working and must be maintained to keep Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.
Colombia ELN rebels agree to free captive, start peace talks
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) ? Colombia's second-largest rebel group has agreed to free a prominent politician held captive for almost a year, clearing the way for repeatedly postponed peace talks to begin next month.
American Humane investigating 'A Dog's Purpose' incidentLOS ANGELES (AP) ? The organization that ensures animal safety on film and television productions is investigating whether a frightened dog was forced into churning waters during the making of "A Dog's Purpose."
No word from Jammeh as midnight deadline arrives in Gambia
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? After more than two decades in power, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh faced the prospect of a military intervention by regional forces, as the man who once pledged to rule the West African nation for a billion years clung to power.
First of 3 more storms hits California as drought retreats
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The worst area of drought in California has significantly narrowed to a small region northwest of Los Angeles that has stubbornly failed to benefit from Pacific storms that have drenched much of the state since the fall and were lining up again Wednesday.
Virginia set to execute man convicted in family's slaying
African troops on standby as Gambia deadline looms
Senegalese troops backed by other African forces were poised to move into The Gambia late Wednesday as President Yahya Jammeh's army chief said his troops would not fight their entry into the country. Jammeh was given a midnight deadline to stand down or face military action, but diplomats said he remained in The Gambia by 2330 GMT, as the Mauritanian president flew out of the country following hopes of a last-minute deal. This is a political dispute," Chief of Defence Staff Ousman Badjie said after eating dinner in a tourist district close to the capital Banjul, eyewitnesses told AFP.
Netflix's shrinking DVD service faces uncertain future
Originally cast in a starring role, Netflix's original DVD-by-mail service has been reduced to a bit player ? one that may eventually get killed off as the company focuses on its booming video streaming ...
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