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  • Arkansas Senate takes up religion bill at governor’s request

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics that included his own son and some of the…

  • Ryan hurts calf in Yankees’ 3-0 loss to Rays

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — In the first season following Derek Jeter’s retirement, the Yankees have concerns about shortstop less than a week before opening day. Four days after projected starter Didi Gregorius got hurt, backup…

  • British Prince Harry reports for duty in Australia next week

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prince Harry arrives in Australia’s national capital next week to begin a four-week secondment to the Australian army before the British royal ends his decade-long military career. The fourth in line…

  • Wednesday’s College Baseball Scores

    EAST Keystone 9, Susquehanna 4 Mass.-Boston at W. New England, ppd., unplayable field Thiel 4-4, Washington & Jefferson 3-1 Wilmington (Del.) 6-10, Chestnut Hill 4-0 SOUTH Boston College 11, UMass 1 Bridgewater (Va.) 8-8, Lynchburg…

  • Police: Gunman in medical office murder-suicide left a note

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man who stormed a California medical office and shot the mother of his five children before turning the gun on himself left behind a suicide note filled with frustration over…

  • New Mitch Albom novel a story of world-famous guitarist

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mitch Albom’s next novel will have strings attached. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Wednesday that Albom’s “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” will come out Nov. 10. The title…

  • Minn. lawmaker to return contributions from indicted senator

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for a Minnesota senator says the lawmaker will return campaign contributions she received from indicted New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez. A campaign aide to Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar (KLOH’-buh-shar). The…

  • LEADING OFF: Harvey makes last spring start

    A look at what’s happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Thursday: ___ FINAL START The Mets and Cardinals wrap up Grapefruit League play in Jupiter, Florida. Mets right-hander Matt Harvey (Tommy John…

  • Padres rout Samardzija and White Sox 8-2 as Shields tunes up

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — James Shields allowed three hits in three scoreless innings, Jedd Gyorko hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning against Jeff Samardzija, and the San Diego Padres beat a Chicago…

  • Teen must complete cancer treatment in hospital, judge says

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A judge says a 17-year-old Connecticut girl forced to undergo chemotherapy must remain in the hospital until she finishes treatment later this month. The judge’s decision Wednesday also says the teen’s…

  • Things to know about California’s drought and water cuts

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order on Wednesday for mandatory water conservation in cities and towns statewide means people inside and outside California will start feeling more of the pain of the…

  • Reid’s exit sets off Senate leadership scramble

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to retire has sparked a very public feud between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New…

  • Rockies send down Brothers, Barnes; Betancourt makes team

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have sent veteran reliever Rex Brothers and outfielder Brandon Barnes to the minors. The moves Wednesday mean 39-year-old reliever Rafael Betancourt has made the opening-day roster in his…

  • Judge ends Maine man’s attempt to salvage Cape Cod shipwreck

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A treasure hunter’s effort to salvage what he calls $3 billion in platinum from a World War II shipwreck off Cape Cod has been ended by a federal judge. Greg Brooks’…

  • 10 Things to Know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. NEW JERSEY SENATOR INDICTED ON CORRUPTION CHARGES Democrat Bob Menendez allegedly performed political favors for a friend…