December 22, 2014

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Pope: Church should not obsess about gays, abortion

The Catholic Church must not obsess about gay marriage, abortion and contraception and should not restrict its message to reprimanding people for their sins, Pope Francis said in an unprecedented interview Thursday. Since his election six months ago, the Argentine-born Jorge Mario Bergoglio has made constant references to God’s mercy, while shying away from stern Read More…

NASCAR: All is smooth for Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch is having a rebound year after a disastrous 2012. (AP PHOTO)

HAMPTON, Ga. — The lasting image of Kyle Busch from a year ago is a solitary man in his motor home, trying to put out the fire inside. A bad call from his crew chief Dave Rogers crushed Busch’s shot at making the 2012 Chase for the Championship in the last qualifying race at Richmond. Read More…

Tribe: Stolen bases have helped out offense

OAKLAND, Calif. — When the Indians added Drew Stubbs and Michael Bourn to the roster last winter, fans figured the season would feature a festival of base stealing. That’s because two of the more prolific base stealers in baseball were joining a team that already included talented runners Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and even Asdrubal Read More…

Kent State wins $1.2 million suit against ex-coach

Geno Ford

AKRON — A Portage County judge has awarded Kent State $1.2 million because its former men’s basketball coach breached his contract. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday that Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow had granted KSU’s request for summary judgment against Geno Ford. “When coaches and high-profile employees leave public universities in Read More…

ACLU takes fight to states to legalize gay marriage

The ACLU on Tuesday announced a trio of lawsuits that will test the constitutionality of state laws barring same-sex marriage. The suits, filed in Pennsylvania and North Carolina with another to come in Virginia, are part of a carefully crafted effort to capitalize on the Supreme Court’s recent same-sex marriage ruling striking down the federal Read More…

Tribe: Bourn returns after birth of daughter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michael Bourn is back from Houston, where he was on hand to witness the birth of his daughter, Blair. “She’s ready to take over the world,” said the proud father on Wednesday. “She’s going to be a superstar.” Bourn didn’t necessarily mean in the world of sports. “Whatever she wants to Read More…

NBA: James is king of endorsements, too

LeBron James

A second consecutive NBA championship and Finals MVP should bring a tangible payoff to LeBron James. A prominent sports marketing expert expects the Heat star to cash in an additional $5-7 million in annual commercial endorsements. Considering James already leads all NBA players with $42 million a year in off-court earnings, such an increase doesn’t Read More…

U.S. Senate passes immigration bill

The Senate on Thursday voted 68-32 to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, an ambitious plan that creates a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants while requiring tough new steps to secure the nation’s borders. The measure, the most sweeping changes to immigration law since the 1980s, now faces a perilous path in the Read More…

Same-sex marriage rulings will create new challenges

The Supreme Court made history while it set up new challenges Wednesday with two victories for marriage equality. In a pair of high-profile decisions, the divided court effectively undercut California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. Separately, the court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies same-sex married Read More…

Snowden: I’ll fight extradition

Edward Snowden, who says he leaked National Security Agency secrets, told Hong Kong media Wednesday that he intended to remain in the self-ruled Chinese territory and fight extradition to the United States. “I have had many opportunities to flee Hong Kong, but I would rather stay and fight the United States government in the courts, Read More…