MINNEAPOLIS - The day after his wife gave birth, Carlos Silva found his new son a welcomed distraction from the usual pitching jitters.
"Most of the time, it's game, game, game, game. Today, it was game, baby, baby, baby, baby," Silva said after throwing his second career shutout in Minnesota's 6-0 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday night.
It's a tornado! It's a funnel cloud! No, it's "strong, straight-lined winds."
MONTREAT, N.C. - Ruth Graham, who surrendered dreams of missionary work in Tibet to marry a suitor who became the world's most renowned evangelist, died Thursday. She was 87.
Graham died at 5:05 p.m. at her home at Little Piney Cove, surrounded by her husband and all five of their children, said a statement released by Larry Ross, Billy Graham's spokesman.
A report issued recently by the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) estimates that American elementary and secondary schools will need 280,000 new science and math teachers between now and 2015. A recent government-commissioned study concluded that the United States' advantage in science and technology has begun to disappear because fewer people are choosing college majors in these areas.
DANANG, Vietnam - More than 30 years after the Vietnam War ended, the poisonous legacy of Agent Orange has emerged anew with a scientific study that has found extraordinarily high levels of health-threatening contamination at the former U.S. air base at Danang.
ATLANTA - Georgia Aquarium officials say it may be months before they know what caused Wednesday's death of another whale shark, the second this year at the only facility outside Asia that displays the huge, rare fish.
It is fine to employ whiz-bang bidding systems with loads of conventions. True, if you can remember all of the calls and use them at the right moments, your bidding will be more accurate. But sometimes a pretty method helps the defense more than the declaring side - as in this deal.
HOUSTON - Russian computers that control the international space station's orientation and supply of oxygen and water have failed, potentially extending the space shuttle's mission _ or cutting it short.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The three companies that insure the majority of Protestant churches in America say they typically receive upward of 260 reports each year of young people under 18 being sexually abused by clergy, church staff, volunteers or congregation members.
OAKMONT, Pa. - Tiger Woods flipped an iron toward his bag in disgust. As another tee shot sailed right, he grumbled ''Tiger!'' And when a putt that would be a gimme anywhere else rolled several feet past the hole, he stared at it, stunned.
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WASHINGTON - Former President Clinton made more than $10 million in paid speeches last year, according to new filings that show he and his presidential-candidate wife have at least $10 million in the bank, and may have closer to $50 million.
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DEAR ABBY: I feel compelled to comment about the letter from "Miffed Pro in South Carolina" (April 20), the professional photographer who complained about guests taking photographs at weddings.
In the year ahead, there could be an interesting development in the making for you. Someone who respects your abilities and talents might invite you to participate in a new endeavor or enterprise he or she is initiating.
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ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, Ervin Santana won his second straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night.
EDINBURGH, Ind. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Graham Rahal are used to occasional fireworks when drivers get upset at the track.
NEW ORLEANS -- Georgia Southern and Appalachian State have long been known for having two of the best gameday atmospheres in the Football Championship Subdivision.
The Bulloch Academy varsity softball team will do its part to bring an end to a horribly devastating disease by hosting the third annual Miriam Burnette Memorial 'Striking Out Alzheimer's' softball tournament on July 30-31.
LOS ANGELES - Coach Doc Rivers has said he'll resign from the Los Angeles Clippers if Donald Sterling remains owner, the team's interim CEO testified, saying such a move would be a "disaster" for the franchise.
NEW ORLEANS - The Sun Belt Conference's 11 institutions are prepared to pay more to remain part of major college football, commissioner Karl Benson said Tuesday.
ATLANTA - Within hours of David Perdue's GOP Senate nomination, the real battle began with supporters of the new Republican nominee and Democrat Michelle Nunn launching attack ads in a general election matchup that will help settle control of the Senate.
Ogeechee Technical College has added three new members to the college's local Board of Directors. Mark Anderson and Yolanda Tremble, both of Statesboro, will represent Bulloch County, and Tammi Hall of Claxton will be an Evans County representative.
The Statesboro chapter of AMBUCS, a national service organization whose mission is creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities, will host a miniature golf fundraiser at The Clubhouse from 5-8 p.m. Thursday.
ATLANTA - Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a nationally significant general election matchup against Democrat Michelle Nunn.
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LOS ANGELES - The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.
ST. LOUIS - Now it starts to get intense for Michael Sam and the rest of the St. Louis Rams rookies.
ATLANTA - Mike Smith didn't like seeing the Atlanta Falcons pushed around in 2013.