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ATLANTA (AP) — William Contreras homered twice, Ian Anderson allowed one hit in six scoreless innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Saturday night. The victory was … more
“It’s OK to get angry in certain situations,” says Nicole, age 9. “For example, when your baby sister sits on your new cowboy shirt.” Being from Texas, I understand. … more
As the voices of the audience fade — from a loud ruckus down to a hushed velvet murmur — the lighting inside the vast hall follows suit. It’s as if the illumination produced by the … more
  August is right around the corner, but it is not too late for you throw your hat into the gardening ring. I knew I would be moving late spring and I used it as an excuse to not even start a … more

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Respect for Marriage Act, now pending in the Senate, would ensure that same-sex marriages are still legally recognized nationwide if the Supreme Court were to overturn its … more
BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — As bathers cooled themselves in the Atlantic surf on New York's Fire Island last Wednesday, Reily Winston held up a smooth dogfish shark his friend had just caught fishing off … more
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Alex Yee won the first gold medal of this year's Commonwealth Games on Friday. Hayden Wilde provided the first bit of sportsmanship. Yee and Wilde were almost level … more
The Salvation Army of Montgomery County is seeking dedicated volunteers to become advisory council members. Council members work together to conduct the annual Red Kettle Campaign, as well as plan … more
Community Growers of Montgomery County is offering a free garden walk to four backyard gardens in the westside neighborhoods of Crawfordsville. The walk takes place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. … more

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A $1.1 billion lottery prize will be on the line Friday night as numbers are drawn for the Mega Millions game. The giant jackpot is the nation's third-largest prize and … more
HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. defense contractor accused of living under the name of a dead Texas boy for decades was ordered detained Thursday by a federal judge in Honolulu after a federal prosecutor … more
Employees at a Trader Joe’s supermarket in Massachusetts on Thursday became the latest workers at a major company to approve a labor union. The store in Hadley, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) … more
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At over $1 billion, the Mega Millions jackpot is among the largest lottery prizes ever up for grabs, making it the latest focus of lotteries that have been conducted in the … more
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a butterfly. My money says the fluttering insect you’re envisioning has black-veined, reddish-orange wings outlined with white specks — the iconic … more

JetBlue Airways has agreed to buy Spirit Airlines for $3.8 billion and create the nation’s fifth-largest airline if the deal can win approval from antitrust regulators. The agreement Thursday … more
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Baltimore family is suing a Sesame Street-themed amusement park for $25 million over claims of racial discrimination, alleging multiple costumed characters ignored a … more
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Russian, French and American leaders are crisscrossing Africa to win support for their positions on the war in Ukraine, waging what some say is the most intense competition for … more
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Two Hall of Fame baseball players are leading a push to bring the sport that made them famous to India, Pakistan and the Middle East. Former New York Yankees pitcher … more
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza’s Hamas rulers have imposed a slew of new taxes on imported clothes and office supplies just ahead of the new school year, sparking limited but rare protests in … more

  The dog days of summer refers to particularly hot and humid weather conditions, occurring between July 3 and Aug. 11 this year. The dog days also refer to a period of inactivity due to the … more
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