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Maker of Louisville Slugger bats selling brand to Wilson

Over a century of family ownership of Louisville Slugger bats is going ... going ... nearly gone. The company that makes the iconic bats gripped by generations of ballplayers — from Babe Ruth to David Wright — announced a deal Monday to sell its Louisville Slugger brand to rival Wilson Sporting Goods Co. for $70 million.

US, Afghan leaders lay groundwork for postwar relations

CAMP DAVID, Maryland — In a show of unity, U.S. and Afghan officials laid the groundwork for new relations between the two countries on Monday, including plans to seek American funding to maintain an Afghan security force of 352,000 and long-term counterterrorism efforts. Discussions over future U.S. troop levels continue as the war winds down.

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Knox, ex-boyfriend face parallel trial by social media

MILAN — Italy's highest court this week takes up the Amanda Knox case for the second time as a parallel trial-by-social media rages online, with partisans on both sides seeking to shape public opinion over a murder case that has polarized observers in three nations.

Lee's authoritarian legacy may fall short for new Singapore

SINGAPORE — Lee Kuan Yew brought prosperity to Singapore with an authoritarian system designed to outlast him, but that legacy may be ill-suited for the 21st-century challenges facing the tropical city-state.

Roar of bombers replaced by drone buzz in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — The roar of mammoth Air Force bombers and tanker planes has long been silenced at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, but backers of the nation's first unmanned aircraft business park say the drones are creating a buzz.

State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

State legislators are pushing to make it much harder to release police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement accountable.

Emails: UN health agency resisted declaring Ebola emergency

In a delay that some say may have cost lives, the World Health Organization resisted calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a public health emergency until last summer, two months after staff raised the possibility and long after a senior manager called for a drastic change in strategy, The Associated Press has learned.

Airline world's tiny secret: infatuation with model planes

In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. But all over the world airline executives engage in a greeting that is all their own: the exchange of model airplanes.

Airline world's tiny secret: infatuation with model planes

By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ AP Airlines Writer NEW YORK — In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. But all over the world airline executives engage in a greeting that is all their own: the ...

California governor proposes $1 billion in drought spending

As California copes with a fourth straight year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday proposed legislation to accelerate more than $1 billion in water spending and urged residents to do their part to conserve.

Iran nuke talks break, but top Russian official optimistic

Iran and six world powers broke off nuclear negotiations ahead of schedule Friday to allow members of the Iranian delegation to attend the funeral of their president's mother, as a senior Russian official suggested that the sides were close to a deal.

U.Va. arrest raises questions about agency's powers

An arrest that left a University of Virginia student bloodied and shouting allegations of racism has prompted some lawmakers to question whether state liquor control agents should have the power to arrest people.

Attorney: Ferguson shooting suspect didn't target officers

A man accused of shooting two officers last week in Ferguson was not targeting police or aiming at demonstrators at a late-night protest, his attorney said Monday as he countered an earlier police description of the crime.

Landmarks go green for St. Patrick's Day around the world

Landmark buildings across Ireland and the world have been floodlit green for St. Patrick's Day as global celebrations of the Emerald Isle's patron saint are culminating in parades and celebrations in Dublin, New York and scores of other cities Tuesday.

Facebook explains what posts are not allowed on its network

Facebook is trying to clarify what posts, images and other content it allows on its site and why.

In an update to its community standards page, the world's largest online social network gave users more guidance on why, for example, it might take down a post that featured sexual violence and exploitation, hate speech, criminal activity or bullying

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