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  • Lin-Manuel Miranda announces multimillion-dollar arts fund for Puerto Rico

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Lin-Manuel Miranda jumped up to a podium shortly after landing in Puerto Rico on Sunday to announce he has helped create a multimillion-dollar fund to boost the arts in the U.S. territory as it struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria. The “Hamilton” playwright said he hopes the fund will grow to $15 million in upcoming years. He added that he will donate all funds from the Broadway hit when it is performed January in Puerto […]

  • Woman impaled in the chest by umbrella at Maryland beach, evacuated by helicopter

    OCEAN CITY, Md. — A spokeswoman for a Maryland beach town says a woman has been accidentally impaled in the chest by a beach umbrella. Ocean City spokeswoman Jessica Waters said it happened Sunday afternoon on the beach. She says the 54-year-old woman was conscious, but that her condition is not known at this time. Waters says a Maryland State Police helicopter took the woman for medical care. Her name wasn’t immediately released. Last week, a woman was impaled by […]

  • Quintana, Cubs beat Cardinals 7-2

    CHICAGO — Matt Carpenter’s homer streak is over. Jose Quintana was that good. Quintana pitched seven effective innings, keeping Carpenter in the ballpark and helping the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 on Sunday. “Everything kept getting sharper,” manager Joe Maddon said. “We needed him to go more deeply in the game. And he did.” Quintana (9-6) allowed two runs and six hits, struck out six and walked four in his first start since July 10. The left-hander […]

  • Healy’s pair of 3-run homers lift M’s over White Sox 8-2

    SEATTLE — Ryon Healy hit a pair of three-run homers for a career-best six RBIs, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Chicago White Sox 8-2 Sunday. Healy homered in a five-run first off Reynaldo Lopez (4-8) and in the eighth against Hector Santiago, giving him 20 homers and 53 RBIs this season. Healy had five-RBI games against Colorado on July 8 and for Oakland versus Toronto on June 5 last year. Marco Gonzales (11-5) won his fourth consecutive start, allowing […]

  • And now he is 5: Britain’s Prince George marks birthday

    LONDON — Who doesn’t like birthdays? Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate have released a new photo of their son Prince George to mark his fifth birthday. The photo shows George grinning in the garden of Clarence House after the christening of his younger brother Prince Louis on July 9. George is third in line for the British throne. His grandfather, Prince Charles, is heir to the throne and his father William comes next. George has seemed increasingly self-assured […]

  • Chatwood, Cubs beat Cardinals 7-2 in doubleheader opener

    CHICAGO — Tyler Chatwood pitched into the sixth inning and made a key defensive play in his first win in two months, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 on Saturday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. Chatwood (4-5) issued six walks and hit a batter, continuing a season-long problem with control issues. But the right-hander allowed just one hit in 5 1/3 innings — Matt Carpenter’s fourth homer in the last two days. Ben Zobrist […]

  • Veteran’s family sues Illinois over Legionnaires’ outbreak

    CHICAGO — The family of another veteran who died after contracting Legionnaires’ disease at an Illinois veterans’ home is suing the state for negligence. WBEZ reports it’s the 12th lawsuit to arise from a series of Legionnaires’ outbreaks at the Quincy Veterans Home. The disease has been linked to 14 deaths at the home since 2015. Valdemar “Roy” Dehn was an 88-year-old Koren War veteran who died in October. Matthew Dehn says his father wasn’t told about the 2015 fatal outbreak […]

  • Astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

    BERLIN — Kraftwerk fans are used to hearing otherworldly tunes, but the German electronic music pioneers took it to another level at a gig in Stuttgart. Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst “dropping in” for a live performance from the International Space Station. Using a tablet computer with a virtual synthesizer, Gerst played a duet of Kraftwerk’s 1978 song “Spacelab” with the band Friday night to cheers from the audience. He’s not the […]

  • Carpenter, Cardinals hammer Cubs 18-5

    CHICAGO — Matt Carpenter hit three home runs and two doubles in just six innings, tying the major league record for extra-base hits in a game, and the St. Louis Cardinals hammered the Chicago Cubs 18-5 Friday. Carpenter went 5 for 5 and drove in seven runs at Wrigley Field. He led off the game with a home run and was pulled after adding a three-run drive in the sixth. Carpenter became the 14th player with five extra-base hits in […]

  • Illinois woman injured by lightning strike at Country Thunder Music Festival

    KENOSHA, Wis. —The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department says a woman attending the Country Thunder Wisconsin Music Festival in Twin Lakes has been seriously injured by a lightning strike. Sheriff’s officials say it happened about 12:30 a.m. Friday at the festival’s campground. The woman was transported to Northern Illinois Medical Center for treatment. Authorities identified the woman as a 22-year-old Brittney Prehn, from Illinois. No hometown was provided.