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Lavarnway lifts Pirates in 11

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pinch-hitter Ryan Lavarnway drove in the winning run with a single in the 11th inning, Jameson Taillon struck out a career-high 11 and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Tuesday night. It was just the second at-bat of the season for the 30-year-old ...

Phillies win on Alfaro’s homer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jorge Alfaro hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the New York Mets 5-2 on Tuesday night to boost their faint playoff hopes. Philadelphia overcame an uneven outing from ace Aaron Nola and a home run by starter ...

Names in the news

The Emmy winner is maybe viewers, diversity LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Emmy Award nominees nervously waited to hear their name called, or not, there was more on the line at Monday’s ceremony than personal glory. “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels was tasked with turning ...

Neighbor wants to keep the peace

Dear Annie: I live in a neighborhood with two non-state-maintained roads. One is a long, straight, steep hill with about 20 residences. My neighbor “Sally” lives in the middle of the hill. She lets her pets roam free in her yard and has toddler grandchildren. People driving up her hill need ...

What’s the story on irregular heartbeats?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 82 years old and still very active. I have had an irregular heartbeat for four years, and sometimes I feel lightheaded, dizzy or tired. I worry about it getting worse. Would you please give a detailed explanation about irregular heartbeat, including how or why it happens? ...

Make payment and get helpful financial information

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Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Emotional bumpers can go up like air bags, preventing injury but also closeness. These protective cushions have their drawbacks and need only be employed in extreme situations. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You and yours will agree about the big-picture items though ...

Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2018. There are 104 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 18, 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. On ...

As storm moves north, Carolinas prepare to recover

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina must withstand more torrential rains, gusty winds, and river flooding from Tropical Storm Florence next week, but emergency leaders are already working on the recovery. Nonprofit groups are preparing to serve tens of thousands of meals daily in the ...

As rivers rise, residents must decide whether to stay or go

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The river seethed a quarter-mile away, bulging from its banks, so the patrol cars circled the neighborhood three times. “Get out now,” a voice boomed from a bullhorn. “This is an emergency.” Waheeda Reese and her 14-year-old daughter, Anissa, were inside ...