Apr 21

Romney seeks Utah Republican Party nomination at convention



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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — Mitt Romney may have one of the best-known names in national politics, but he’s still going to have to face down nearly a dozen Republican contenders in Utah on Saturday in his bid to restart his political career with a U.S. Senate seat.

Romney will face an unpredictable crowd of far-right-leaning delegates at the Utah Republican Party convention. But while a loss would be awkward for the former presidential candidate, it wouldn’t end his campaign.

That’s because candidates can also win a primary spot in Utah by gathering voter signatures, which Romney has done. Though the law is a source of contention in the party, some high-profile candidates like Utah Gov. Gary Herbert have taken that route to victory despite losing at convention.

Romney will be one of 12 candidates vying for the support of core party members in the race to replace long-serving Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch.

A win on Saturday would let Romney bypass the June primary and likely cruise to Election Day victory in deep-red Utah.

The state party delegates elected by their neighbors are gathering at the convention to choose nominees for races ranging from U.S. Senate to state Legislature.

Republican U.S. Reps. Rob Bishop, John Curtis and Chris Stewart are all facing off against challengers and looking to secure the path to re-election. U.S. Rep. Mia Love is unopposed in seeking the nomination, but could face a well-known Democratic opponent in a general election battle in November.

Romney, 71, will ask for the delegates’ vote after spending two months on the campaign trail visiting dairy farms, taking selfies with college students and making stump speeches in small towns.

After his failed 2012 presidential campaign, he moved to Utah, where he is also known for his role in the 2002 Winter Olympics and for becoming the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major political party.

He’s worked to keep the focus on state issues rather than his history of well-documented feuds with President Donald Trump, whom he called a “con-man” and a phony during the 2016 race. Trump fired back that Romney “choked like a dog” during his own White House run. But the two men have shown fresh signs of burying the hatchet, and Romney has accepted Trump’s endorsement.

Romney’s competitors are largely political newcomers aside from state Rep. Mike Kennedy, a Republican from Alpine who has served in the Legislature since 2013.

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Apr 21

Ross loses no-hit bid with 2 outs in 8th, Padres top D-backs

As Tyson Ross said, “It got close, but no cigar.”

That’s the way it’s always been over the last half-century when the San Diego Padres flirt with a no-hitter.

Ross lost his bid to pitch the first one in the history of the Padres when rookie center fielder Franchy Cordero appeared to misjudge a ball with two outs in the eighth inning Friday night of a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Playing their 7,835th game since joining the majors in 1969, the Padres again came agonizingly close to their first no-no. They remain the only team in the big leagues that has never thrown a no-hitter.

As he mowed down the Diamondbacks with a dominant slider and effective fastball, Ross tried not to think about what he might do.

“Anytime those thoughts popped in my head, I had to try and shut them out and think about something else,” he said. “But I was having fun. Being up 1-0 going that deep into the game, a good time.”

But it could have been a whole lot better.

Ross had a 1-0 lead with two outs in the eighth when Christian Walker lined a drive to deep center. Cordero seemed to get a late jump on the ball, then had it sail just over his outstretched glove. Walker, called up from Triple-A last week, wound up with an RBI double that made it 1-all.

“It wasn’t the cleanest break,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “I know he’s the type of kid that’s going to go home thinking about that, how bad he wanted to make that catch. Frenchy gives everything he has out there. It would have been nice. He’s plenty fast enough to make some amazing plays. That was just a tough read off the bat.”

Cordero, speaking through a translator, said it was a tough ball to gauge.

“It was a ball that was hit hard and it was going right over my head,” he said. “It was a tougher read, so I’m just going to work hard so that we’re good at that in the future. I would have liked to make that play, just so Tyson could have gone out there and kept throwing his game and could have had his no-hitter.”

Ross briefly grimaced when the ball fell, and was pulled after throwing a career-high 127 pitches.

He looked as if he was running out of gas in the last inning and Green went to the mound with one out, but Ross stayed in.

Green said Walker would have been the last batter Ross faced, even if it would have been an out. He would have gone to Brad Hand to go for what would have been a combined no-hitter. But then the young Padres manager hedged.

“I probably could have been lobbied (to let Ross stay in for the ninth),” Green said. “It’s a special thing, and you want guys to have a chance to achieve special things.”

The right-hander, who turns 31 on Sunday, struck out 10 and walked three. He retired 18 straight batters after walking Jarrod Dyson in the first inning.

This was the second no-hit bid to end with two outs in the eighth in the same ballpark in four nights. Arizona’s Patrick Corbin came close in a one-hit, 1-0 win over San Francisco on Tuesday.

Ross was an All-Star with the Padres in 2014. He was their opening day starter in 2016, but didn’t pitch the rest of the season because of a shoulder ailment.

Ross pitched 12 games for Texas last year, and rejoined the Padres this season on a minor league contract.

Hand (1-2) relieved Ross and got the last four outs — they combined on the 29th one-hitter in Padres’ history.

Christian Villaneuva hit an RBI single off Brad Boxberger (0-2) in a three-run ninth.

Cordero hit a homer estimated at 489 feet by Statcast for the Padres’ first run.

Matt Koch, brought up from Triple-A Reno to take the start of Taiujan Walker — who undergoes Tommy John surgery next week — allowed one run on two hits in six innings.

“Offensively, we really couldn’t get anything going and Ross deserves a little bit of credit for that,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “The fastball-slider combination and the fastball in swing counts kept us off-balance all night.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: Wil Myers was activated from the 10-game DL (right arm inflammation). He was in the lineup after missing 15 games.

Diamondbacks: Chris Owings and A.J. Pollock were out of the starting lineup after their outfield collision the previous night. Owings took a knee to the jaw and his head slammed to the warning track and had a bruised side of his head. He said he passed concussion tests Thursday night and Friday. Pollock jammed his right hand but stayed in the game. … 3B Jake Lamb (sprained left shoulder) played in an extended spring training game.

UP NEXT

Arizona sends RH Zack Godley to the mound and the Padres go with LH Clayton Richard in the second game of the series Saturday night. A loss would end the Diamondbacks’ franchise-record string of six straight series victories to start the season.

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Apr 20

Cold mornings and mild afternoons develop this weekend

Overview:  Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies develop for Saturday, with high temperatures around 65 degrees Saturday afternoon.  Sunday will feature mostly cloudy skies, with a mild afternoon high temperature of 67 degrees. Temperatures stay in the 60s for next week, with the chance for scattered rain showers Monday through Friday.

TONIGHT: A FROST ADVISORY is in effect for Eastern Kentucky until 9am Saturday. Mostly clear skies and cold temperatures continue, with a low of 36 degrees.  Patchy frost may develop into Saturday morning.

SATURDAY:  Mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures develop for the start of our weekend, with a high of 65 degrees.

SATURDAY NIGHT:  Mostly clear skies and chilly temperatures develop, with a low of 43 degrees.

SUNDAY:  Partly to mostly cloudy skies develop for Sunday, with the chance for a stray rain shower west of I-65. Afternoon high temperatures will be around 67 degrees.

SUNDAY NIGHT:  Mostly cloudy skies and spotty rain showers continue, with a low of 48 degrees.

MONDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies continue, with scattered rain showers, and a cool high temperature of 66 degrees.

MONDAY NIGHT:  Mostly cloudy skies and spotty rain lingers, with a low of 49 degrees.

TUESDAY:  Cloudy skies and scattered rain showers will be possible, with a high temperature of 62 degrees.

TUESDAY NIGHT:  Mostly cloudy skies and chilly temperatures develop, with a low of 50 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies and scattered rain showers will be possible, with a mild high of 64 degrees.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT:  Mostly cloudy skies and chilly temperatures develop, with a low of 46 degrees.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies and isolated rain will be possible, with a high of 68 degrees.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Cloudy skies and chilly temperatures develop, with a low of 45 degrees.

FRIDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies and scattered rain showers develop, with a high temperature of 65 degrees.

-Chief Meteorologist Jason Myers

 

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Apr 20

CDC expands warning in E. coli outbreak from Arizona lettuce



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PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Centers for Disease expanded its warning Friday surrounding a multistate E. coli outbreak tied to tainted romaine lettuce from Arizona, which has now sickened more than 50 people.

The agency said information from new cases of illness prompted them to caution against eating any forms of romaine lettuce that may have come from Yuma. Previously, CDC officials had only warned against chopped romaine by itself or as part of salads and salad mixes. But they are now extending the risk to heads or hearts of romaine lettuce.

People at an Alaska correctional facility recently reported feeling ill after eating from whole heads of romaine lettuce. The vegetable was traced to lettuce harvested in the Yuma region, according to the CDC.

So far, the outbreak has infected 53 people in 16 states. At least 31 have been hospitalized, including five with kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.

The CDC’s updated advisory said consumers nationwide should not buy or eat romaine lettuce from a grocery store or restaurant unless they can get confirmation that it did not come from Yuma. Restaurants and retailers are also being warned not to serve or sell romaine lettuce from the area.

According to the Produce Marketing Association, romaine grown in coastal and Central California, Florida and central Mexico is not at risk.

Yuma is roughly 185 miles (298 kilometers) southwest of Phoenix and close to the California border. The region, referred to as the country’s “winter vegetable capital,” is known for its agriculture and often revels in it with events like a lettuce festival.

Steve Alameda, president of the Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association which represents local growers, said the outbreak has weighed heavily on him and other farmers.

“We want to know what happened,” Alameda said. “We can’t afford to lose consumer confidence. It’s heartbreaking to us. We take this very personally.”

Growers in Yuma typically plant romaine lettuce between September and January. During the peak of the harvest season, which runs from mid-November until the beginning of April, the Yuma region supplies most of the romaine sold in the U.S., according to Alameda. The outbreak came as the harvest of romaine was already near its end.

While Alameda has not met with anyone from the CDC, he is reviewing his own business. He is going over food safety practices and auditing operations in the farming fields.

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Apr 20

High holiday: Pot fans join 420 smoke-out in San Francisco



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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts simultaneously exhaled a giant cloud of smoke that rose above San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park precisely at 4:20 p.m. Friday, the annual April 20 high holiday.

An estimated 20,000 people flocked to the park’s so-called Hippie Hill for the annual 420 celebration of all things pot and the number that is stoners’ code for smoking marijuana. Events also were held in other cities worldwide.

The San Francisco gathering was the first since California legalized marijuana on Jan. 1 and it may be its biggest yet.

A small, informal gathering that began several years ago has blossomed into a full-blown festival of corporate sponsors and commercial booths selling smoking devices, T-shirts and food.

Plenty of marijuana products also were on sale, with sellers fanning through the crowd like hot dog vendors at baseball games.

San Francisco TV station KGO reported that six people needed medical care, including three who were transported to hospitals. The nature of their injuries and their conditions weren’t immediately disclosed.

No arrests have been reported.

Five Northern California men say they created the 420 code in 1971 while high school classmates when they planned to meet at 4:20 p.m. to smoke.

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Apr 20

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens charged over charity donor list

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis prosecutors on Friday charged Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens with a felony for his use of a charity donor list for his 2016 political campaign, adding to the first-term governor’s legal woes.

The charge of tampering with computer data is in addition to an earlier charge alleging Greitens took and transmitted a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman with whom he had an extramarital affair in 2015. The new charge accuses Greitens of obtaining the donor list from The Mission Continues without permission from the St. Louis-based charity that Greitens founded. He previously paid a small fine to the state Ethics Commission for failing to report the list as a campaign contribution.

Greitens has been facing increasing pressure to resign – including from fellow Republicans – since a special House investigative committee’s report released April 11 that detailed allegations from the woman with whom he had the affair. She testified that Greitens restrained, slapped, grabbed, shoved and threatened her during a series of sexual encounters that at times left her crying and afraid.

Greitens has denied committing any crimes and vowed to remain in office, calling the investigations into him a “political witch hunt.”

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican whose office has been investigating The Mission Continues, announced Tuesday that he had found evidence to support a felony charge against Greitens, but said it was up to the St. Louis circuit attorney’s office to file charges. That office had to move quickly because the statute of limitations was approaching.

Greitens has called Democratic St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner a “reckless liberal prosecutor” for leading the investigation that resulted in the invasion-of-privacy charge. His attorneys, in court hearings and filings, have painted a picture of an incompetent prosecutor who rather than working with police to investigate Greitens hired a private investigator who bungled the investigation, hid evidence and lied to the court.

Gardner’s office began investigating after KMOV-TV in St. Louis first reported on the affair on Jan. 10, the day Greitens was giving his annual State of the State speech. The governor acknowledged the affair but denied allegations that he had threatened to release a compromising photo of the woman if she disclosed the relationship. His trial in that case is scheduled to begin May 14.

Hawley’s office has said that its investigation into The Mission Continues began after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in February that it had it had obtained a copy of an email indicating that a Greitens employee who previously worked at the charity had shared the donor list in January 2015 with Michael Hafner, who had been working for Greitens’ gubernatorial exploratory committee, and Danny Laub, Greitens’ first campaign manager.

The Associated Press first reported in October 2016 that Greitens’ campaign obtained a list of top donors to The Mission Continues and raised nearly $2 million from donors who were on it. He initially denied to the AP that he had used the donor list for his campaign. But in April 2017, Greitens agreed to pay a $100 fine for failing to report that his gubernatorial campaign had, in fact, received the charity’s donor list. Greitens’ campaign filed amended finance reports referring to the list as an in-kind contribution valued at $600 and received March 1, 2015, from Laub.

Greitens, a former Navy SEAL officer and Rhodes Scholar, and Hawley both won election in 2016 as maverick political outsiders. Hawley is now running to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, and Democrats have been running TV ads linking Hawley to Greitens. Democrats have criticized Hawley’s earlier investigation that found no wrongdoing in Greitens’ use of a text message-destroying app, and claimed he stepped up his investigation of the charity only after it became politically beneficial.

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Apr 20

Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world’s plastic pollution problem. The problem is so large, though, that scientists say that’s not nearly enough.

Australian scientists Denise Hardesty and Chris Wilcox estimate, using trash collected on U.S. coastlines during cleanups over five years, that there are nearly 7.5 million plastic straws lying around America’s shorelines. They figure that means 437 million to 8.3 billion plastic straws are on the entire world’s coastlines.

But that huge number suddenly seems small when you look at all the plastic trash bobbing around oceans. University of Georgia environmental engineering professor Jenna Jambeck calculates that nearly 9 million tons (8 million metric tons) end up in the world’s oceans and coastlines each year, as of 2010, according to her 2015 study in the journal Science .

That’s just in and near oceans. Each year more than 35 million tons (31.9 million metric tons) of plastic pollution are produced around Earth and about a quarter of that ends up around the water.

“For every pound of tuna we’re taking out of the ocean, we’re putting two pounds of plastic in the ocean,” says ocean scientist Sherry Lippiatt, California regional coordinator for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s marine debris program.

Seabirds can ingest as much as 8 percent of their body weight in plastic, which for humans “is equivalent to the average woman having the weight of two babies in her stomach,” says Hardesty of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

Organizers of Earth Day, which is Sunday, have proclaimed ending plastics pollution this year’s theme. And following in the footsteps of several U.S. cities such as Seattle and Miami Beach, British Prime Minister Theresa May in April called on the nations of the British commonwealth to consider banning plastic straws, coffee stirrers and plastic swabs with cotton on the end.

McDonald’s will test paper straws in some U.K. locations next month and keep all straws behind the counter, so customers have to ask for them. “Together with our customers we can do our bit for the environment and use fewer straws,” says Paul Pomroy, who runs the fast-food company’s U.K. business.

The issue of straws and marine animals got more heated after a 2015 viral video showing rescuers removing a straw from a sea turtle’s nose in graphic and bloody detail.

But a ban may be a bit of a straw man in the discussions about plastics pollution. Straws make up about 4 percent of the plastic trash by piece, but far less by weight.

Straws on average weigh so little – about one sixty-seventh of an ounce or .42 grams – that all those billions of straws add up to only about 2,000 tons of the nearly 9 million tons of plastic waste that yearly hits the waters.

“Bans can play a role,” says oceanographer Kara Lavendar Law, a co-author with Jambeck of the 2015 Science study. “We are not going to solve the problem by banning straws.”

Scientists say that unless you are disabled or a small child, plastic straws are generally unnecessary and a ban is start and good symbol. These items that people use for a few minutes but “are sticking round for our lifetime and longer,” Lippiatt says.

Marcus Eriksen, an environmental scientist who co-founded the advocacy group 5 Gyres, says working on bans of straws and plastic bags would bring noticeable change. He calls plastic bags, cups and straws that break down in smaller but still harmful pieces the “smog of microplastics.”

“Our cities are horizontal smokestacks pumping out this smog into the seas,” Eriksen says. “One goal for advocacy organizations is to make that single-use culture taboo, the same way smoking in public is taboo.”

Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council, said people can reduce waste by not taking straws, but “in many cases these plastics provide sanitary conditions for food, beverages and personal care.”

The key to solving marine litter, Russell says, is “in investing in systems to capture land-based waste and investing in infrastructure to convert used plastics into valuable products.”

Even though Jambeck spends her life measuring and working on the growing problem of waste pollution, she’s optimistic.

“We can do this,” Jambeck says. “I have faith in humans.”

AP Retail Writer Joseph Pisani contributed from New York.

Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter at @borenbears . His work can be found here .

This Associated Press series was produced in partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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Apr 20

Colts: Trading draft picks proves assurance in Andrew Luck's future

“We traded the third pick in the draft to move back to 6,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said Friday. “I think that said we’re pretty confident in where he’s at.”

Luck’s status for the 2018 season is unknown. The quarterback has not thrown a football since October 2017, and the Colts continue to take a methodical approach in his rehabilitation to get to that point. Luck has been doing exercises that Ballard has said are “conducive” to the same thing as throwing a football.

Last month, the Colts traded the No. 3 pick to the New York Jets for the No. 6 pick, two second-round picks (No. 37 and 49) in this year’s draft and an additional second-round pick in next year’s draft. If there were concerns about his health, they could have stood pat with the third pick and selected one of the top quarterbacks in the draft.

The Colts have a timetable on when they would like Luck to start throwing, barring any setbacks, but Ballard said they will not publicly say when that is. The team wants to “let the process play out the right way,” Ballard said.

“[We’re] very comfortable where he’s at,” Ballard said. “Working on his strength part of it, throwing motion. But he’s in a good spot, guys. I feel good where he’s at, feel good about where he’s going. Keep working and getting back to playing football. His health is our No. 1 priority.”

The strength and range-of-motion work that Luck is currently doing on his shoulder, which he originally injured in Week 3 of the 2015 season and had surgery on in January 2017, will help avoid any potential setbacks once he starts throwing the football.

Luck practiced for about two weeks in the middle of October before the team shut him down and gave him a cortisone shot because of continued soreness. He spent about six weeks in the Netherlands rehabbing his shoulder late last year and has spent the early part of 2018 working with throwing experts in Southern California.

“A lot pressed last year, he pressed to get back,” Ballard said. “Everybody heals at a different rate, Things didn’t work out where he could play last year. Step-by-step, he’s not going to skip a step this time. Not that he did last time, but he wanted to play. I think he’s going take every step necessary to be ready to go and to be ready.”

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Apr 20

Who stood out?

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The UK football program wrapped up its spring session.

Kentucky still has a quarterback battle; showed promise on the offensive line and needs some receivers to step up.

A.J. Rose looked great in the spring game backing up Benny Snell at running back.

How about the defense?  Who stood out to coordinator Matt House?

Hear from House in the video.

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Apr 20

Morehead State spring football update

MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Morehead State spring game is set for Saturday at 6 at Jayne Stadium.

Admission is free and the tailgate crowd can arrive at 2 to enjoy a full day of fun.

Our Bryan Kennedy checked in with the Eagles earlier this week at practice and has a full report on how spring went leading up to the final event.

Check out the video to see more.

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