News archive from 20 November 2015

Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson named AL MVP

Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson named AL MVP

Third baseman Josh Donaldson, the leading engine in the Toronto Blue Jays’ high-powered offensive machine, was named Thursday the winner of the American League MVP award. *** The vote: Donaldson received 23 first-place votes and totaled 385 points to...

Usa Today, 19:03 in Sport
 
Investigation: Hundreds of wiretaps probably violated federal law

Investigation: Hundreds of wiretaps probably violated federal law

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Prosecutors in the Los Angeles suburb responsible for a huge share of the nation’s wiretaps almost certainly violated federal law when they authorized widespread eavesdropping that police used to make more than 300 arrests and...

 
3 UAA hockey freshmen making their mark

3 UAA hockey freshmen making their mark

When freshman right winger Jeremiah Luedtke arrived at UAA this fall, head coach Matt Thomas did not coddle him. There was no talk of Luedtke slowly finding his role, or needing an adjustment period in his transition to college hockey from junior...

 
NASCAR's championship finale boasts captivating storylines

NASCAR's championship finale boasts captivating storylines

USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Gluck breaks down the NASCAR season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Kevin Harvick has been there and done that, surviving the first “winner-take-all” format last season to claim the Sprint Cup...

Usa Today, 19:35 in Sport
 
Uncle convicted of decades-old sexual abuse of niece

Uncle convicted of decades-old sexual abuse of niece

Khalil Muslimani, 68, was back in court to face charges of child sex abuse. Muslimani was removed from court on a gurney after complaining of chest pains before his last court appearance. ACCOMAC, Va. — The uncle of a woman repeatedly sexually...

 
Victory for frankenfish and for Mother Earth: Column

Victory for frankenfish and for Mother Earth: Column

After 20 years of regulatory scrutiny and political wrangling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally approved a genetically modified salmon, one scientists say delivers large environmental benefits over existing farmed salmon....

 
6 things to watch for at GOP faith, family event

6 things to watch for at GOP faith, family event

DES MOINES, Iowa — The last time Republican presidential hopefuls were gathered around a "Thanksgiving table" facing an Iowa audience of religious conservatives, Michele Bachmann noticed everyone had drinking glasses, but no one had water....

 
Alex Ovechkin becomes highest-scoring Russian-born player in NHL history

Alex Ovechkin becomes highest-scoring Russian-born player in NHL history

Since he entered the NHL in 2005, Alex Ovechkin has been the league's most prolific scorer. After Thursday's goal, Ovechkin is now the highest-scoring Russian-born player in NHL history. Ovechkin scored his 484th career goal against Kari Lehtonen in...

Usa Today, 21:31 in Sport
 
Winners: Who took home Latin Grammys?

Winners: Who took home Latin Grammys?

FullscreenWill Smith kisses his son, Trey Smith. WireImageFullscreenRicky Martin Getty ImagesFullscreenGirl group Fifth Harmony, from left: Lauren Jauregui, Normani Hamilton, Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello and Dinah Jane Hansen. Getty...

 
First step to recovery from oil addiction means admitting the true cost

First step to recovery from oil addiction means admitting the true cost

The first step in recovering from addiction is to tell the truth -- admit the addiction, acknowledge its consequences. Yet this is something we still seem unwilling to do with our global addiction to oil. Addicts would rather stay high than confront...

 
Transgender community gathers for Day of Remembrance

Transgender community gathers for Day of Remembrance

CINCINNATI — No glamorous magazine cover photo can paper over the fact that every day around the world, transgender people face deadly violence because of who they are. Sometimes, as with Leelah Alcorn of Kings Mills 11 months ago, the mortal blow is...

 
History's provocative question repeats itself - are we players or puppets?

History's provocative question repeats itself - are we players or puppets?

One of the questions history asks is which is more important: the times or the person? Are there inexorable forces that so determine circumstances that leaders, or persons, are so constrained that anyone would be compelled to make the same decision,...

 
Bryce Harper, Josh Donaldson worthy of MVP honors

Bryce Harper, Josh Donaldson worthy of MVP honors

Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, perennially linked as the two prodigies of their generation, stood on the verge of matching achievements on Thursday. Then Josh Donaldson got in the way. About half an hour after Harper was announced as the youngest player...

Usa Today, 23:06 in Sport
 

Kim Sunée: Spiced Earl Grey cranberry sauce is a tart twist on tradition

With the winter holidays upon us, there’s inevitably a long list of new recipes I want to develop, and usually I have an equally long list of friends willing to be official taste testers.  However, I’ve found that Thanksgiving is not the time for...

 

Alaska's transparency website tracking state spending still in dark

A state website that displayed details of public spending is still in limbo after crashing when Alaska launched a new finance system this summer, officials said this week. The Sarah Palin-era Checkbook Online website collects and publishes spending...

 
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