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Phanatic mascot gets new look as Phillies, creators tangle

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 6:07pm

He's 42 years old, a little out of shape and clearly no spring chicken. But clearly there's no one more popular on the field for the Philadelphia Phillies than the Phanatic.

Man leaps from ambulance, is killed on California highway

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 4:40pm

A 23-year-old man jumped out of the back of a moving ambulance and was struck by a car and killed on an interstate near San Diego, authorities said.

Boys, 13, charged with murder in California library fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 4:39pm

Murder charges have been filed against two 13-year-old boys suspected of starting a blaze that killed two firefighters at a central California library.

UNESCO plaque unveiled at Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 4:28pm

State and local officials in California unveiled a plaque designating architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in Los Angeles as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pacific NW winds shut interstate, fell tree that crushes man

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 3:33pm

High winds wreaked havoc on the Pacific Northwest on Sunday, closing a stretch of an interstate freeway in Oregon and toppling a large tree that crushed a man sleeping in an apartment complex in Washington state.

Ohio legislation would make assaulting referees a crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 2:38pm

Assaulting a referee would become a crime punishable by a fine and community service hours, under legislation pending in the Ohio House.

Box office goes 'Sonic' again but hears 'Call of the Wild'

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 11:56am

The hedgehog edged the sled dog by a nose at the box office.

Feds to investigate California bus rollover that killed 3

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 11:43am

Federal investigators are sending a team to the scene of a charter bus crash crash that killed three people and injured 18 others on a rain-slicked highway near San Diego, officials said Sunday.

Gas tank explosion kills 4 in North Macedonia

Konstantin Testorides, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 10:50am

Four people, including three children, were killed and six other members of the same family were seriously injured when a gas tank for cooking exploded in their home Sunday in northern Macedonia, authorities said.

Dozens treated, evacuated after pipe ruptures in Mississippi

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 10:18am

Authorities say they're testing the air quality after a pipe ruptured, prompting the evacuations of more than 300 residents and sending dozens of people to hospitals.

B. Smith, model turned lifestyle guru, dead at 70

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 10:01am

Barbara “B.” Smith, one of the nation's top black models who went on to open restaurants, launch a successful home products line and write cookbooks, has died at her Long Island home at age 70 after battling early onset Alzheimer's disease.

B. Smith, a model turned lifestyle guru and restaurant owner, dead at 70 after battling early onset Alzheimer's disease

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 9:59am

B. Smith, a model turned lifestyle guru and restaurant owner, dead at 70 after battling early onset Alzheimer's disease.

Injured manatee, calf rescued in Florida waters

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 9:57am

A female manatee named Marlin and its calf were rescued after wildlife specialists found them injured in Florida waters.

Michigan sex-misconduct claims mirror Ohio State doctor case

Kantele Franko and Larry Lage, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 8:38am

When the University of Michigan announced last week that allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct by a sports doctor were under investigation, former wrestler Mike DiSabato was stunned by the parallels to an abuse scandal at his alma mater, Ohio State.

For Virginia Tech parents, new gun laws a long struggle

Alan Suderman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 7:29am

When Virginia lawmakers pass sweeping new gun control laws in the coming days, it will mark the culmination of nearly 13 years of often thankless work for two parents whose children were shot in one of the country's worst mass shootings.

US to lay out case against Assange at extradition hearing

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 7:16am

The U.S. government and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face off Monday in a high-security London courthouse, a decade after WikiLeaks infuriated American officials by publishing a trove of classified military documents.

Who is No. 1? Whoever gets to fill out 2020 Census form

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 6:58am

It's a question spouses, domestic partners and roommates are going to be forced to confront in the next few weeks as they fill out their 2020 Census forms: Who gets to be the primary person in the household?

More Russian weapons for Serbia despite US sanction threats

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 4:51am

Serbia has received a sophisticated anti-aircraft system from Russia, despite possible U.S. sanctions against the Balkan state, which is formally seeking European Union membership.

Italy rushes to contain Europe's first major virus outbreak

Luca Bruno and Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 4:00am

Italy scrambled Sunday to check the spread of Europe's first major outbreak of the new viral disease amid rapidly rising numbers of infections and a third death, calling off the popular Venice Carnival, scrapping major league soccer matches in the stricken area and shuttering theaters, including Milan's legendary La Scala.