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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency erased 14 years of Lance Armstrong's career Friday — including his record seven Tour de France titles — and banned him for life from the sport that made him a hero to millions of cancer survivors after concluding he used banned substances. USADA said it expected cycling's governing body to take similar action, but the International Cycling Union was measured in its response, saying it first wanted a full explanation on why Armstrong should relinquish Tour titles he won from 1999 through 2005.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton had five RBIs and Mitch Moreland doubled in the go-ahead run during a six-run eighth inning that carried the Texas Rangers to a 10-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. Adrian Beltre had three hits, including his fourth homer in two days, and scored the tiebreaking run on Moreland's drive to left-center.
BEMIDJI – Verizon Wireless announced Thursday it expanded its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to Bemidji, enabling customers in more areas of Minnesota to take advantage of the network, as of 7 p.m. today. The expanded 4G LTE coverage area in Bemidji includes: - North on U.S. Highway 71 to two miles south of Funkley; - South on U.S. Highway 71 to Lake Itasca State Park; - East on U.S. Highway 2 to two miles west of Ball Club; - West on U.S. Highway 2 to two miles west of Bagley.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney, seeking to refocus his presidential campaign on the economy after days of distraction, is promoting energy proposals aimed at creating more than 3 million new jobs and opening up more areas for drilling off the coast of two politically critical states, Virginia and North Carolina.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes in the United States rose 3.6 percent in July to match a two-year high reached in May, the latest sign of a steady recovery in the housing market.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued its annual handbook of waterfowl regulations for the upcoming hunting season.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been given a prime time spot for his address at the Republican National Convention next week.
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — Police in Maple Grove are working to identify a woman struck and killed while walking in a construction zone.
Two new studies offer emphatic answers to much-discussed questions about higher education: Yes, a college degree is worth it, but yes, it’s the middle-class that’s getting particularly squeezed with student debt in the pursuit of one. Both studies make persuasive cases, though each could be misunderstood without important context.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Liam Hendriks was left to wait for his first major victory yet again. He had had 13 tries spanning two seasons as a starter. A day after being recalled from Triple-A Rochester, for his third big league stint of the year with Minnesota, the 23-year-old Aussie struggled along with the Twins offense in a 5-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. It was another stumble on this tough road trip.