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odie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison

LOS ANGELES — Jodie Foster is a married woman. A representative for the Oscar-winning actress confirms that Foster wed girlfriend Alexandra Hedison over the weekend. Publicist Jennifer Allen offered no other details Wednesday. E! was the first to report that Foster tied the knot with Hedison, a 44-year-old photographer based in Los Angeles. Foster publicly […]

Today in History for April 23, 2014

Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 23, 1914, Chicago’s Wrigley Field, then called Weeghman Park, hosted its first major league game as the Chicago Federals defeated the Kansas City Packers 9-1. On this date: In 1014, the Battle of […]

A healthy take on the very not healthy Scotch egg

Frankly, it’s hard to produce a healthy rendering of a Scotch egg. But we decided to give it a go, because these delicious little calorie bombs are just too tempting. For anyone not familiar with them, a Scotch egg is a hard-boiled egg that is coated in in sausage, then deep-fried. They can be eaten […]

Rangers rally for two runs in ninth to beat A’s

OAKLAND — Michael Choice singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Tuesday night. Josh Wilson doubled to drive in the tying run just ahead of Choice, who began his career with the A’s. Alexi Ogando (1-1) recorded one out in the eighth to […]

Sharks beat Kings 4-3 in OT, take 3-0 series lead

LOS ANGELES — Patrick Marleau scored on a backhand 6:20 into overtime, and the San Jose Sharks moved to the brink of the second round with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night to take a 3-0 first-round series lead. Rookie Tomas Hertl tied it with 10:43 left in regulation for […]

NBA Playoffs: Raptors even series with Nets

TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-95 on Tuesday night, evening their first-round playoff series at one game apiece. Amir Johnson scored 16 points and Kyle Lowry had 14 as the Raptors rebounded from a 94-87 loss in […]

Acts of bravery emerge from pilloried ship crew

MOKPO, South Korea — As the ferry sank, some crew members gave their lifejackets to passengers. One refused to leave until she shepherded students off the ship, and was later found dead. Others worked from rescue boats to break windows with hammers and pull people trapped in cabins to safety. Nearly a week after the sinking of […]

FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash

LOS ANGELES — The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire. The negligence suit that seeks $100 million in damages is the first filed in connection with the April […]

Pujols’ 500th HR helps Angels beat Nationals 7-2

WASHINGTON — Albert Pujols reached 500 homers in a hurry. The Angels first baseman became the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, driving in five runs to help Los Angeles beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 Tuesday night. The three-time NL MVP connected twice off Taylor Jordan (0-3) […]

McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline

NEW YORK  — McDonald’s is fighting to hold onto customers in the U.S. The world’s biggest hamburger chain said sales at established U.S. locations fell 1.7 percent in the first three months of the year as guest counts declined. After a decade of consistent growth, sales also declined last year as McDonald’s struggled to roll […]

AT&T had strong 1Q on wireless installment plans

NEW YORK — AT&T’s wireless business had a strong first quarter as the company added more than 1 million subscribers and benefited from an installment plan that permits frequent phone upgrades. Although customers in the installment plan, called Next, aren’t locked into traditional two-year service contracts, they pay the entire cost of phones in installments. […]

Valeant, Ackman make $45.6B Allergan bid

NEW YORK — Valeant Pharmaceuticals and activist investor Bill Ackman have unveiled details of their offer to buy Botox maker Allergan, proposing a cash-and-stock deal that could be worth about $45.6 billion. If an acquisition happens, it would give Valeant an array of other cosmetic and eye drugs and add to a string of more […]

GOP candidate releases education policy overview

SACRAMENTO — Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Tuesday proposed scrapping California’s complex education code, sending state money directly to individual schools rather than their districts, and offering state-funded scholarships to certain college students in exchange for a share of their future earnings. He also said he wants to equalize the quality of instruction throughout […]

Kentucky freshman Julius Randle to enter NBA draft

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky forward Julius Randle will leave after one season to enter the NBA draft, where he is expected to be among the top five selections. With five days left before the deadline for underclassmen to declare, the 6-foot-9 Dallas native announced the decision many expected even before he arrived as part of […]

IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday. More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes, […]

Obama views mudslide scene, mourns with survivors

OSO, Wash. — Swooping over a terrain of great sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month, then mourned privately with those who lost loved ones in the destruction. Evidence of the mudslide’s power was everywhere: trees […]

Analysis: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine

MOSCOW — Since he took over Crimea, President Vladimir Putin has seen his popularity soar and his opposition fall silent. So when the U.S. vice president told Russia to defuse tensions in Ukraine, Putin had few reasons to listen. Emboldened by the national euphoria over the annexation of Crimea, Putin has moved against the few […]

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