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FILE - In this Saturday, June 7, 2014 file photo, former Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel gets ready to throw out the first pitch during an appearance before a Lehigh Valley IronPigs baseball game against the Indianapolis Indians in Allentown, Pa. The Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A team are named for the pig iron that is a byproduct of the steel this region is renowned for producing. (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith)

Minor league baseball teams branded with local verve, personality

- Associated Press

Across America, a golden age of minor league baseball branding has unfolded, bursting with exuberance and calibrated localism. And two guys from San Diego, born six days apart and best friends since kindergarten, have helped teams find the way.

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New cyclone set to make landfall in northern Mozambique

Associated Press

Authorities have warned that a new cyclone is expected to make landfall by early Friday in northern Mozambique, just six weeks after Cyclone Idai devastated the central part of the country and left hundreds dead.

University proposes deep cuts to museums, cultural programs

Associated Press

University of Oregon community members are calling for potential layoffs and cuts to be routed back to the administration as Provost Jayanth Banavar proposes substantial budget cuts for arts and cultural programs.

Police block anti-government protesters from marching in Managua, Nicaragua, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Police prevented the march to commemorate a year since Nicaraguan protesters took to the streets to oppose the government of President Daniel Ortega. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Business group: Nicaragua's economy in 'free fall'

- Associated Press

Nicaragua's economy is in "free fall" a year after anti-government protests were violently repressed by the government and its supporters, the country's leading business association said Wednesday.

This April 17, 2019 photo shows a worker exiting the historic A.G. Gaston Motel under renovation in Birmingham, Ala. Once featured in the "The Negro Motorist Green Book," the long-closed motel provided a home for Martin Luther King Jr. during civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s. It is is being transformed into the centerpiece of a new national civil rights monument. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Workers restoring "Green Book" motel where MLK stayed

- Associated Press

An Alabama motel that was featured in "The Negro Motorist Green Book" and provided a home for Martin Luther King Jr. during civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s is being transformed into the centerpiece of a new national monument.

This June 21, 2018, photo provided by University of Oklahoma Athletics shows Marquise Brown. Brown is a possible pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. (Ty Russell/Oklahoma University Athletics via AP)

Hunger no stranger to 2 NFL draft prospects

- Associated Press

Marquise Brown knows too well the challenge of stretching $20 over a month to feed himself, with help from discounted meals at work and food from his junior college coach. Josh Jacobs had days when he ate only if he stole something.

FILE - This May 8, 2017, file photo, shows Arch Canyon within Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. The selections for the 15-person Bears Ears National Monument panel posted online Friday, April 19, 2019 by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reveal a few people who seem to strike a middle ground, but nobody who was an outspoken proponent of the monument created by President Barack Obama in December 2016.  (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

National monument advisory panel new flashpoint in debate

- Associated Press

A newly unveiled advisory committee that will help make management decisions for a downsized national monument in southern Utah has become the latest flashpoint in a long-running debate over lands considered sacred to Native Americans as monument supporters cry foul about being left off the panel.

Central American migrants ride atop a freight train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border, in Ixtepec, Oaxaca State, Mexico, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The once large caravan of about 3,000 people was essentially broken up by an immigration raid on Monday, as migrants fled into the hills, took refuge at shelters and churches or hopped passing freight trains. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

In Mexico, migrants turn to 'The Beast' after highway raids

- Associated Press

The train known as "The Beast" is once again rumbling through the night loaded with people headed toward the U.S. border after a raid on a migrant caravan threatened to end the practice of massive highway marches through Mexico

Survey: Commuters fed up, want action now on transportation

- Associated Press

Massachusetts commuters are increasingly fed up with traffic congestion and transit delays, so much so that some are considering changing jobs or leaving the region altogether, according to the results of a survey released on Wednesday.

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, Kosuke Tsuneoka, a Japanese freelance journalist, looks on before a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo. The journalist Tuneoka known for covering war zones has sued the Foreign Ministry after it invalidated his passport and demanded he surrender it, saying it deprives him of his right to travel and interferes with press freedom. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Japan reporter sues government after passport is invalidated

- Associated Press

A Japanese journalist known for covering war zones sued the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday after it invalidated his passport and demanded he surrender it, saying it deprived him of his right to travel and restricted press freedom.

'You call this jazz?' Jazz Fest celebrates 50 eclectic years

- Associated Press

If your tastes are eclectic, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poses a problem: Which of a dozen acts do you want to hear? Earth, Wind & Fire, Alanis Morissette, or Taj Mahal & the Phantom Blues Band? Van Morrison, Al Green, Johnny Rivers, or all five Marsalis jazzmen playing together?