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Joe Maddon matching higher expectations in second year with Cubs

CHICAGO — Joe Maddon has a new thing. Or an old thing that he's making new, anyway. Flamingos. Pink flamingos. Five plastic ones of various detail sit on his desk and around his office in th …

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Bay area Zika investigation closed with no further cases found

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  1. Baby boy born with DNA from 3 people

    News

    A few months ago, after a fertility procedure at a Mexican clinic, a healthy baby boy was born in New York to a couple from Jordan. It was the first live birth of a child that has been called — to the dismay of scientists who say the term is grossly misleading — a three-parent baby.

  2. Voice in Russia adds to intrigue over computer attacks in U.S.

    World

    BIYSK, Russia — Living anonymously, down a winding road in the wilderness of western Siberia, not far from the Mongolian border, the only person so far implicated in the flurry of Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and other political sites was obviously enjoying the moment.

    Vladimir Fomenko, owner of a company that rents server space, King Servers, in his apartment in Biysk, Russia, this month. Fomenko was recently identified by an American cybersecurity company, ThreatConnect, as the manager of an "information nexus" that was used by hackers suspected of working for Russian state security in cyberattacks on democratic processes in several countries, including the United States. [New York Times]
  3. Fan drops ring during televised Yankee Stadium engagement

    Nation

    NEW YORK — In the end, Andrew Fox wasn't charged with an error.

    Andrew Fox and Heather Terwilliger sit in the stands at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night in New York after their engagement. [Associated Press]
  4. 25 receive Carnegie Hero medals

    Nation

    PITTSBURGH — A Vermont prosecutor who disarmed a woman accused of fatally shooting a social worker outside a state office building is one of 25 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism.

  5. Shimon Peres, Israeli statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies at 93

    World

    Shimon Peres, an Israeli statesman who helped build his country into a nuclear-armed regional military power, shared a Nobel Peace Prize for laying out a short-lived framework for peace with the Palestinians and more recently defended Israel's controversial military actions in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, died Wednesday …

    Former Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Jerusalem in November 2015. He held nearly every high office in his country and his influence spanned 10 U.S. presidencies.
  6. Rays' Alex Cobb hammered by White Sox but happy to be healthy (w/video)

    The Heater

    CHICAGO — RHP Alex Cobb's final start did not go well Tuesday, as he allowed eight runs to the White Sox on eight hits, including two home runs, over three innings in an ugly 13-6 loss that was the Rays' fifth straight and eighth in nine games.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb, left, listens to pitching coach Jim Hickey in the dugout after the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) CXS116
  7. Stamkos scores as Canada takes 1-0 lead in World Cup of Hockey final series

    Lightning Strikes

    TORONTO — Brad Marchand and Steven Stamkos scored in the first period and Canada cruised to a 3-1 win over Team Europe in Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey final on Tuesday night.

  8. Obama nominates first ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years

    National

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than a half-century, defying opponents of his policy of rapprochement with the government of President Raul Castro in an effort to formalize a new relationship between the countries before he leaves office.

    Jeffrey DeLaurentis is a Foreign Service officer who has served since 2014 in Havana.
  9. CDC whistle-blower says agency has been using wrong Zika test

    Nation

    In the midst of the fight to control Zika, the top public health agency in the United States has been engaged in an intense internal debate about the best way to test whether someone has been infected with the mosquito-borne virus.

    The chief of the CDC lab responsible for developing Zika tests raised concerns over the agency’s use of a “less effective” test.
  10. Murder charges against three men dropped in Puerto Rico

    Nation

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Three men who spent more than 20 years in prison for murder were freed Tuesday in a historic ruling after new tests found none of their DNA on evidence in a case that captivated the U.S. territory.

    In August, Nelson Ortiz talks to a relative in Moca, Puerto Rico. He and two others had been free on bond since June.

Donald Trump defends debate, attacks media at Melbourne rally

Donald Trump held his first post-debate rally in the largest battleground state in the nation Tuesday, defending his debate performance, reviving many of his attack lines, and using the opportunity to recast the media narrative of his first debate against Hillary Clinton....

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The latest Maddonism.

Coming soon: Catching up with Joe Maddon as he leads Cubs into playoffs

Now posted on tampabay.com, the story on Maddon's second year....

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The Bucs' two backup offensive linemen, tackle Gosder Cherilus and guard/center Evan Smith, both saw action as extra blockers against the Rams.

Bucs' Cherilus, Evan Smith get cameos as 'jumbo' blockers

Last year, when the Bucs lost fullback Jorvorskie Lane and assorted tight ends to injuries, they frequently used backup offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile as a sixth lineman or "jumbo" tight end and had success with the look as they sought to assert their running game....

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