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December 22, 2018 9:37 PM Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown has died at 77

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 29, 2005 file photo, Bosnia's top international administrator Paddy Ashdown speaks during a news conference in Sarajevo. Britain’s Liberal Democrat party has announced the death of former leader Paddy Ashdown after a short illness it was announced on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 . He was 77. The popular, articulate Ashdown was for decades 113

December 22, 2018 8:46 PM Cubs, Kendall Graveman agree to deal

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal with free-agent right-hander Kendall Graveman, a source told ESPN's Jesse Rogers on Saturday. The 28-year-old Graveman, who is still rehabbing after having Tommy John surgery in late July, will receive at least $575,000 for 2019 and has a $3 million club option for 2020, according to multiple reports. The signing 79

December 22, 2018 5:10 AM Road to the government shutdown

The White House budget director and incoming chief of staff Mick Mulvaney technically shuts down the government. He's technically in charge of formally shutting down the quarter of the government that will lack funding starting at midnight tonight. Mulvaney spent several hours on the Hill today, shuttling between the House and the Senate with Mike Pence 99

December 21, 2018 3:56 PM A's agree to deal with Soria

Joakim Soria has agreed to a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Oakland Athletics, according to multiple reports. Soria was 3-1 with a 4.09 ERA last season after being acquired in July by the Milwaukee Brewers from the Chicago White Sox. Prior to the trade, Soria had posted a 2.56 ERA with 16 saves for the White Sox. The Athletics lost closer Jeurys 103

December 21, 2018 1:51 AM Todd Gurley not at Rams practice but says, 'I think I'll be fine'

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Uncertainty looms over the status of Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley and whether he'll be available down the stretch because of inflammation in his left knee. Gurley did not practice Thursday and said he did not plan to practice for the remainder of the week as the Rams prepare for the Arizona Cardinals. "I think I'll be fine (to play Sunday) 103

December 19, 2018 6:46 PM Mariners' stadium renamed T-Mobile Park

The Seattle Mariners unveiled the new name for their stadium on Wednesday after agreeing to a 25-year hometown partnership with the Bellevue, Wash.-based wireless carrier. It’s the first name change for the ballpark since it opened in 1999. “T-Mobile has a deep commitment to this community, a passion for customer service and a well-earned reputation 125

December 19, 2018 4:40 PM New Orleans schools expected to allow bulletproof backpacks

NEW ORLEANS – Bulletproof backpacks may soon be allowed in New Orleans public schools. An Orleans Parish School Board committee on Tuesday approved allowing the optional bags, and The New Orleans Advocate reports that it appears the proposal will get enough to pass when the full board votes Thursday. The school district's attorney, Kathy Moss, says the board 115

December 19, 2018 3:56 PM Sorry, Bruce Willis: 'Die Hard' really is a Christmas movie now

During his final monologue at 'The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis,' Bruce Willis surprised fans by giving the final answer in the debate on whether the 1988 classic 'Die Hard' is a Christmas movie. Welcome to the party, pal: The makers of "Die Hard" are finally embracing its role in the Christmas movie canon. The Bruce Willis action classic has a new trailer 122

December 18, 2018 9:52 PM Brazil's Bolsonaro says he will target Venezuela, Cuba

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday that he would take all action “within the rule of law and democracy” to oppose the governments of Venezuela and Cuba. Bolsonaro, who takes power Jan. 1, is a fervent anti-communist who has praised his country’s 1964-1985 military regime. He frequently targets Venezuela 83

December 18, 2018 6:52 PM Arizona Republican McSally will fill McCain's Senate seat

(Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Martha McSally will take over the late John McCain’s U.S. Senate seat in January, two months after losing her bid for Arizona’s other Senate seat, the state’s governor said on Tuesday. McSally will replace the retiring John Kyl, whom Governor Doug Ducey appointed after McCain died in August following a battle 143