Pegues, Furman hoping to extend March Madness stay
ORLANDO, Fla. — JP Pegues has watched the shot over and over. A March Madness memory for Furman for all time.
Will Americans end up footing the bill for bank failures?
WASHINGTON — The government’s response to the failure of two large banks has already involved hundreds of billions of dollars. So will ordinary Americans end up paying for it, one way or another? And what will the price tag be?
New COVID origins data point to raccoon dogs in China market
BEIJING — Genetic material collected at a Chinese market near where the first human cases of COVID-19 were identified show raccoon dog DNA comingled with the virus, suggesting the pandemic may have originated from animals, not a lab, international experts say.
Reese leads LSU past Hawaii in March Madness opening round
BATON ROUGE, La. — Angel Reese had 34 points and 15 rebounds — her 29th double-double this season — and third seeded LSU defeated No. 14 seed Hawaii 73-50 on Friday night in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament.
Spring training’s loss is WBC’s gain as viewership jumps
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Many of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars, like Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Shohei Ohtani, aren’t playing in spring training. They’re in the World Baseball Classic.
Houston’s March Madness hopes may come down to Sasser health
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — For top-seeded Houston, any hope of winning a national title may come down to Marcus Sasser’s ailing groin.
Princeton making another memorable March Madness run
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When Mitch Henderson took over as coach at Princeton he wanted to give his players a lasting memory like his own — the one from 1996 when as a player he was part of the Tigers that shocked defending-champion UCLA in an iconic March Madness upset.
In Israel, TV’s dystopian ‘Handmaids’ is protest fixture
TEL AVIV, Israel — It’s become an ominous fixture of the mass anti-government protests roiling Israel: a coil of women in crimson robes and white caps, walking heads bowed and hands clasped. They are dressed as characters from Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and the eponymous TV series.
Violent protests in France over Macron’s retirement age push
PARIS — Angry protesters took to the streets in Paris and other cities for a second day on Friday, trying to pressure lawmakers to bring down French President Emmanuel Macron’s government and doom the unpopular retirement age increase he’s trying to impose without a vote in the National Assembly.
NOT REAL NEWS: A LOOK AT WHAT DIDN’T HAPPEN THIS WEEK
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:
The ghosts of 2007. Why learn from history when repeating it is so much fun?
Back in 2017, when Congress and the Trump administration were pushing a bill to weaken hard-fought banking regulations, we warned that they were playing with fire. Barely a decade had passed since the 2007-2008 economic meltdown. Blatant abuses in the financial industry had more than merited the tough banking regulations that followed. Yet, now, Congress and the Trump administration wanted to weaken regulations to placate the banking lobby. One of the key players doing the banks’ bidding was Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, who held (and still holds) a key seat on the House Financial Services Committee.
Biden’s right turns on oil, crime, border ‘a slap’ to young voters. Will he pay in ‘24?
If you’ve never heard of the Willow project — the massive, up-to-600-million-barrels oil-drilling venture on federal lands in the Alaska wilderness that was greenlighted this week by the Biden administration — then you’re probably also not a teen or 20-something who spends a good chunk of your day on TikTok.
As a Possible Indictment Looms, Trump’s Team Plans to Attack
As former President Donald Trump faces likely criminal charges, his campaign is preparing to wage a political war.