Volcano erupts on southern Japanese island

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing black clouds of ash and rock towering into the sky and prompting authorities to tell residents to evacuate the island. No injuries were reported after Mount Shindake erupted about 10 a.m. (0100 GMT) in spectacular fashion, sending dense pyroclastic […]

NC gov. vetoes bill on religious objection to gay marriage

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has vetoed a religious exemption bill that would allow some court officials to avoid gay marriage duties. The Republican governor announced his decision Thursday — hours after lawmakers gave their final approval to the measure. His office says he vetoed it shortly after the announcement. The […]

‘The Seven Five’: A dirty cop excitedly recalls his exploits

The documentary “The Seven Five” giddily revisits the true-crime deeds of Michael Dowd, a former New York police officer who was arrested in 1992 with a stash of cocaine on him. As the ringleader of a crew of dirty cops stationed at the 75th Precinct in East New York, he padded his income by stealing […]

Mother gets 18 years for killing 8-year-old son in NYC hotel

NEW YORK (AP) — A self-made health care millionaire who fatally drugged her developmentally disabled child five years ago in a luxury New York City hotel room was sentenced on Thursday to 18 years in prison by a judge who said he disbelieved much of her defense and scolded her for not showing remorse. Gigi […]

Josh Hamilton plays first game back with Rangers

Josh Hamilton stepped into the batter’s box to a loud ovation. The Texas Rangers fans got even louder when he lined the first pitch he saw into the right-field corner for a double. “It’ll be a game I’ll remember forever. Coming back and getting a warm reception like that, all through the game, people in […]

Steven Bowditch grabs lead at Byron Nelson with a 62

IRVING, Texas — Steven Bowditch considers the ATT Byron Nelson his home tournament — just maybe not to the extent Jordan Spieth does. The Australian matched his low round on the PGA Tour with an 8-under 62 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead over another Texan, Jimmy Walker. Spieth was seven shots back in […]

Cleveland’s Corey Kluber KOs Mariners with 13 strikeouts

It was shaping up to be a rough night for James Paxton and the Mariners even before manager Lloyd McClendon emerged from the dugout in the fifth inning, tailed closely by a trainer. Paxton had already allowed four Indians runs on eight hits. Then the left-handed starting pitcher felt a twinge in the middle finger […]