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With no LeBron, Eastern Conference playoffs appear wide open

The Associated Press The Golden State Warriors are set to begin their quest for a third straight title, and this time it’s up to someone else to try to stop them. With LeBron James gone to the West and this year gone entirely from the postseason, the Eastern Conference headquarters for ...

Science fact: Astronomers reveal first image of black hole

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Humanity got its first glimpse Wednesday of the cosmic place of no return: a black hole. And it’s as hot, as violent and as beautiful as science fiction imagined. In a breakthrough that thrilled the world of astrophysics and stirred talk of a Nobel ...

Magic’s departure tops long list of problems for Lakers

The Associated Press EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers already had plenty of problems to fix during the summer after their sixth straight losing season. Replacing the person in charge of fixing those problems is suddenly at the top of the list. Magic Johnson’s shocking ...

Spieth hopes to end slump at Augusta

The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods is a winner again, making him even more appealing at the Masters. Rory McIlroy is the betting favorite — perhaps even the sentimental favorite. Facing a fifth chance at completing the career Grand Slam at Augusta National, he has never ...

Haniger lifts hot-hitting Mariners over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Even baseball’s hottest hitter can’t keep pace with the Seattle Mariners right now. Mitch Haniger hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Mariners over the Royals 6-5 on Wednesday after Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to ...

Redacted Mueller report coming ‘within a week,’ Barr says

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr told Congress Tuesday he expects to release his redacted version of the special counsel’s Trump-Russia investigation report “within a week,” while Democrats criticized his handling of the long-awaited doc-ument and ...

Hawaii closer to forcing Airbnb to collect taxes on vacation rentals

The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers eager to gather tax revenue from the state’s flourishing, yet mostly unpermitted, vacation rental sector on Tuesday passed legislation that would require websites like Airbnb to collect and pay taxes on behalf of short-term rental ...

Magic abruptly calls it quits

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this tempestuous ...

Nowitzki makes retirement official after home finale

The Associated Press DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 30 points and then announced his retirement in the 40-year-old’s final home game, a 120-109 victory for the Dallas Mavericks over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. Nowitzki told the crowd, “As you might expect, this is ...

McIlroy juggling mind and game in quest for green jacket

The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — Rory McIlroy feels as prepared as ever for the Masters. He is spending more time with his nose in a book than with his hands on a putter. “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino is among the best books he has read in the last year. He has ...

Shake-up at DHS is more than Nielsen’s departure

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and White House allies pressing for a harder line on immigration sped up their campaign Monday to clean house at the Department of Homeland Security with a mission far wider than just the departure of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. The ...

Huffman, 12 other parents to plead guilty in college scheme

The Associated Press BOSTON — “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman and a dozen other prominent parents have agreed to plead guilty in the college admissions bribery scam that ensnared wealthy families and athletic coaches at some of the nation’s most selective universities, ...

Suit over child’s death names caregivers, agencies

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — The parents of a child who died in foster care have filed a lawsuit accusing the caregivers and associated agencies of negligence, according to court records. Sherri-Ann Garett and Juben Garcia filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday over the July 2017 death of ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Ex-commissioner sentenced to jail HILO — The former vice chairman of the state Real Estate Commission has been sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years of court supervision. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday that 54-year-old Scott Alan Sherley was ...

Cavs get their title

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Now that, Virginia, is the way to close out a season. And quiet those critics, too. Led by De’Andre Hunter and his NBA-ready game, the Cavaliers turned themselves into national champions Monday night, holding off tenacious, ferocious Texas Tech for ...

The season is winding down, and it’s time to talk NBA awards

The Associated Press Take a look at the five highest-scoring seasons in NBA history. • Wilt Chamberlain scored 4,029 points in 1961-62. • Chamberlain scored 3,586 in 1962-63. • Michael Jordan scored 3,041 points in 1986-87. • Chamberlain scored 3,033 in 1960-61. • ...

Trump administration ends MLB-Cuba baseball deal

The Associated Press HAVANA — The Trump administration is moving to end a deal allowing Cuban baseball players to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations. The change will once again require Cuban players to cut ties with their national program before signing with ...

Telemedicine tied to more antibiotics for kids, study finds

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Sniffling, sore-throated kids seen via telemedicine visits were far more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than those who went to a doctor’s office or clinic, according to a new study. Many of those prescriptions disregarded medical guidelines, raising ...

Homeland Security Sec. Nielsen resigns amid border turmoil

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned Sunday amid the administration’s growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border. President Donald Trump announced Sunday in a tweet that ...