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January 19, 2017 10:03 AM Gambia President-Elect Plans Inauguration in Senegal

DAKAR, Senegal — Gambia's president-elect said Thursday he will be sworn into office at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal, while there was no word from longtime leader Yahya Jammeh on the day that his mandate expired. The Facebook and Twitter accounts for Adama Barrow, run by his staff, said his inauguration would take place Thursday at 4 p.m. in Gambia's 17

January 19, 2017 9:43 AM Yellen speech bolsters dollar after Trump's mixed messages

LONDON The dollar held firm against most of its major rivals on Thursday after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen halted its worst run in five months by promising a "few" rises in U.S interest rates this year. The greenback gained as much as 2 percent on Wednesday after Yellen's speech, which turned investors back to the narrative of strong 13

January 19, 2017 3:35 AM With Hall of Fame election, deep wounds closing for Jeff Bagwell

As Jeff Bagwell exhales from the rigors of a seven-year wait and wraps his mind around his newfound Hall of Fame status, it's only natural for historians and fans to reflect upon the contributions that made him such a force in his prime. Bagwell's 449 home runs and .540 slugging percentage are testament to his value as a hitter. But he was also a superb 14

January 19, 2017 3:35 AM Ivan Rodriguez, Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell prove Hall of Fame does forgive

These three perennial All-Stars played during two of the worst scandals in Major League Baseball. Two of them played during the steroid era and were suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs. One played during baseball’s cocaine era, testifying during the Pittsburgh drug trial that he used the drug during games, keeping a vial in his uniform back pocket 15

January 19, 2017 3:35 AM Pudge shrugs off slim first-ballot Hall margin, and reason

ARLINGTON, Texas — Ivan Rodriguez said he barely slept for three days waiting to find out whether he would get enough votes for election to baseball’s Hall of Fame. Once Pudge was secure as just the second catcher behind Johnny Bench to get in on the first ballot, the 14-time AL All-Star said he wasn’t bothered by the slim margin. And Rodriguez shrugged 10

January 19, 2017 3:35 AM Watch: Pudge gets in a playful zinger, talks about his emotions during HOF news conference

So who could blame Pudge, who signed with the Rangers at age 16, for having a little fun during his news conference announcing his election to Cooperstown. Evan Grant (at right in the photo above), The Dallas Morning News' Rangers beat writer who baseball knowledge is exceeded only by his love for barbecue and other food delights, asked the 13-time Gold Glove 11

January 19, 2017 3:28 AM The Hall of Fame voters’ war on steroids is crumbling

“Two of the three did steroids, so I don’t understand this process,” the former player said, referring to Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez, whose use of performance-enhancing drugs is suspected by many, but not confirmed. I replied that it became more difficult to exclude such players after the election a year ago of another suspected user, Mike Piazza 14

January 19, 2017 3:19 AM Tribune reporter gets last question at Obama’s last news conference

At President Barack Obama’s final White House news conference on Wednesday, the last question went to reporter Christi Parsons, who has covered Obama for the Chicago Tribune since he was an Illinois state senator in 1999. Parsons is now a White House reporter for the Washington bureau that serves the Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and their sister papers 11

January 19, 2017 3:18 AM Trump picks Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretary

Donald Trump has chosen former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue to be his secretary of agriculture, completing a protracted search with implications for how the president-elect plans to deliver on his promises to the army of rural voters widely credited with helping him win the election. A transition official confirmed the pick — the final traditional Cabinet 13

January 19, 2017 2:36 AM Longtime Astros slugger Bagwell elected to Hall of Fame

HOUSTON (AP) Jeff Bagwell struggled to describe how he felt soon after being elected to the Hall of Fame in his seventh year on the ballot. ”I don’t even know what to say,” he said after Wednesday’s vote announcement. ”There’s no greater thing you can get personally than the Hall of Fame. You can do some stuff team-wise and all that kind of stuff, but personally 12