All-Star MLB player faces multiple sex crime charges

Felipe Vázquez, All-Star pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was arrested and charged with multiple sex crimes for two separate incidents involving minors.
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National Archives Apologizes for Altering Women's March Photo After Criticism
The word "Trump" was removed from protesters' signs, as well as references to women's private parts.
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TSA Apologizes to Native American Traveler Who Said an Agent Pulled Her Braids and Said ‘Giddyup’
Tara Houska, an indigenous rights activist and lawyer, said the incident was 'humiliating.'
Conor McGregor kisses girlfriend Dee Devlin after UFC 246 win
The MMA fighter defeated Cerrone on Saturday night, 40 seconds into the first round.
Cornyn says Democrats are "getting cold feet" on impeachment
"Maybe they ought to withdraw the articles of impeachment and start over again," the majority whip said.
SpaceX astronaut capsule splashes down off Florida after rocket failure test
Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a dramatic emergency landing on Sunday to test a crucial abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, the company's final milestone test before flying NASA astronauts from U.S. soil.A Crew Dragon astronaut capsule carrying two test dummies splashed down off the coast of Florida after ejecting itself from a rocket that cut off its engines 12 miles (19 km) above the ocean to mimic a launch failure.
Hank Azaria to Quit Voicing Apu on The Simpsons: Report
The recurring character has drawn criticism for reinforcing racial stereotypes
Incorporate movement into your day to boost wellness and productivity
When Jordan Galloway commutes to Hearst Tower, instead of taking the nearest subway from her Prospect Heights home, the fitness director at Women’s Health magazine hops onto her bike for the 9-mile trek to Midtown. “I can take an express train, which is about 30 minutes. The bike takes 45 and totally worth it for...
D.J. Spiker: Virginia's gun-control bills dangerous — this is how they fit into a nationwide effort
Bloomberg’s ally in this effort is Gov. Ralph Northam — yes, THAT politician caught in the blackface scandal.
Schiff says NSA, CIA withholding Ukraine info due to White House pressure
“The intelligence community is beginning to withhold documents from Congress on the issue of Ukraine,” he said.
Trump wanted a TV legal team and is 'distracted' by impeachment trial, source says
Texas cattle ranchers face tough decision to cull or sell herds as drought deepens
Cattle ranchers in Texas must choose between investing in more hay or culling herds during drought. Ranches could take years to rebound from droughts.
Want to file your 2019 tax return for free? New IRS changes make it easier
The Internal Revenue Service has added tweaks to offer consumer protections to the 'Free File' program for the tax season, which kicks off Jan. 27.
Remembering Frieda Caplan, the exotic fruit lady
Entrepreneur Frieda Caplan, who died Saturday at age 96, made a number of exotic fruits and vegetables, from kiwi to ginger, household names, changing the way many of us eat. Rita Braver spoke with her this past fall.
Chiefs vs. Titans: Preview, predictions, what to watch for
What to watch for as the Chiefs battle the Titans at 3:05 p.m. EST Sunday in the AFC championship. Marquee matchup Chiefs TE Travis Kelce vs. Titans S Kevin Byard (and others) Coming off a three-touchdown game that highlighted just how much Mahomes looks for him when out of the pocket, Kelce is averaging 79.9...
When Democrats are the bogeymen: A possible Trump loss has these voters very worried
In nation's coal country, deep-seated fears simmer over what a Trump loss would mean if Democrats take over the White House.
US deal with China is a victory for Trump, but more still needs to be done
For decades, multiple presidential administrations did little while China flouted the rules and gained an unfair advantage in the international trade market.
US deal with China is a victory for Trump, but more still needs to be done
For decades, multiple presidential administrations did little while China flouted the rules and gained an unfair advantage in the international trade market. That changed when President Trump took office, and his consistently tough stance led to a "phase one" trade deal between the United States and China last week. And while it doesn't solve all of the trade issues between the United States and China, it's a good start.
Man facing execution for Florida girl's murder is innocent, accomplice claims: report
Two men were convicted of stabbing to death a 14-year-old girl in Florida 35 years ago but now one says the other-- who faces execution--is innocent, according to a report Sunday.
Bitter cold settles across Midwest in wake of sprawling storm; Northeast hit with snow, slush
A sprawling snowstorm that produced blizzard conditions as it moved across the Plains and Midwest this weekend has left dangerously cold wind chills in its wake while the storm spread to the Northeast, bringing snow showers and slick road conditions.
How caring letters prevent suicide
Kevin Hines is a walking miracle, having jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived. But what might have kept him from jumping at all could have been something as simple as getting a letter in the mail. One psychiatrist's long-forgotten idea about giving support to those hospitalized or treated for depression or attempting suicide is being revived, and is finding positive results in an era of texting. Lee Cowan reports. [If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.]
Water main break causes Upper West Side mess
A water main break on the Upper West Side canceled train lines and stalled traffic Sunday morning. The break was reported at around 8 a.m. at 102nd and 103rd streets near Central Park West, according to officials. The NYPD urged drivers to avoid the area. All Manhattan and Brooklyn are running local with the C...
Discovery of Unused Water and Other Emergency Supplies Angers Puerto Ricans
Gov. Wanda Vázquez fired the director of the emergency management agency
The 2020 tax filing season opens Jan. 27: Here's what you need to know
For some taxpayers, returns have become easier to prepare and file but various problems linger, including with the Internal Revenue Service.
Nature: Monet's garden
"Sunday Morning" takes us to the French town of Giverny, and a view of the water lilies that inspired artist Claude Monet. Videographer: Joan Martelli.
Before impeachment trial, Senate prepares vote on Trump's war powers
The Senate is likely to pass a resolution that reins in the President's ability to strike Iran, Mike Bloomberg gets into President Trump's head, how the weather in Iowa could change the results of the caucuses, and the Electoral College faces a key Supreme Court test. That and more in this week's Inside Politics forecast.
Premature births: One of the biggest public health threats facing the U.S.
One in 10 births in this country is premature, one of the highest rates in the industrialized world; author Sarah DiGregorio says we must do better
Pete Buttigieg now attending South Carolina MLK Day events after criticism from Democrats
Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will now attend Martin Luther King Day celebrations in Columbia, South Carolina, on Monday after facing pressure from local Democrats in the state over his initial plans to miss events commemorating the life of the slain civil rights leader there.
Chaos in Puerto Rico as mob finds unused disaster supplies
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — People in a southern Puerto Rico city discovered a warehouse filled with water, cots and other unused emergency supplies, then set off a social media uproar Saturday when they broke in to retrieve goods as the area struggles to recover from a strong earthquake. With anger spreading in the U.S....
Sunday Profile: Laura Dern
The actress, who this week received her third Academy Award nomination for her performance in the Noah Baumbach drama, "Marriage Story," also currently stars in Greta Gerwig's Oscar-nominated adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women." For Dern, it seems Hollywood and real-life have often been intertwined, ever since the very beginning. She talks with correspondent Tracy Smith.
Rail firms sue government over franchise bids
Stagecoach among operators disqualified from bidding for franchises over pensionsA high court battle pitting rail operators against the government is due to start on Monday, with Stagecoach and others seeking tens of millions of pounds in compensation in a case that could have far-reaching implications for the privatised rail system.Stagecoach is suing the Department for Transport after being disqualified from bidding for three rail franchises last year for failing to comply with demands on pension liabilities. It is expected to argue that the DfT mismanaged the bid process with regards to the Railway Pension Scheme, where a £7.5bn deficit has been identified by the regulator, and was attempting to shift too onerous a responsibility on to private firms. Continue reading...
The Astros’ Cheating Scandal Rewrites a Decade of Baseball History
Late into the night of October 30, 2019, the Houston Astros looked like baseball’s team of the decade. They had a two-run lead on the Washington Nationals in the winner-take-all seventh game of the World Series, potential future Hall of Famer Zack Greinke on the mound, and an offense that seemed capable of generating runs on command.Then, it all came crashing down. It wasn’t simply that they lost the game, and, with it, what would have been their second championship in three years. No, the team’s real problem didn’t hit until two weeks later, when a much deeper scandal broke: The Astros, it turned out, were cheating.On November 12, The Athletic reported that Mike Fiers, who’d pitched for Houston from 2015 to 2017, had revealed that, during his tenure with the team, the Astros secretly “stole signs” from visiting teams, intercepting communications between opposing pitchers and catchers and relaying them to the batter. The setup was surprisingly simple: A camera in the Astros’ home stadium relayed a feed of the catcher to a monitor situated in a recessed area where an Astros player was sitting near home plate. That player decoded the opposing team’s signals, then banged on a large trash can to inform the hitter what the next pitch would be.As the story was corroborated—including by isolating the audio signature from the trash can and confirming its success in predicting the next pitch—MLB launched an investigation. The result, revealed last week, was devastating: The league identified a widespread scheme to break some of its most sacrosanct rules and levied heavy punishments on the Astros. Two team officials, General Manager Jeff Luhnow and Manager A.J. Hinch, were first suspended by MLB and then fired by the team. In the process, the scandal has already started to reshape narratives surrounding not only the Astros’ success, but also a full decade of baseball history.[Read: The case against stripping the Astros of their World Series title]If there was a trend in baseball in the 2010s, chances are the Houston Astros embodied it. In the era of the baseball “superteam,” theirs was arguably the most dominant, winning at least 100 games in three straight years (even if the stretch only netted them one World Series victory). As debates raged about the propriety of “tanking”—losing on purpose to amass draft picks that will lead the team to success down the line—they seemed to tank hardest of all, posting at least 100 losses and placing dead last in MLB every year from 2011 to 2013; the gambit ultimately paid off in a wealth of homegrown stars like Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman.Second baseman José Altuve’s 2017 MVP season made him a poster child for the “fly-ball revolution,” in which slap-hitters more known for beating out grounders suddenly started crushing home runs. These players were aided by a “juiced” ball whose tendency to fly farther than ever before was scrutinized under a literal microscope (and using literal cannons). Houston’s ace pitchers Justin Verlander and Gerritt Cole posted historically great seasons, racking up strikeouts at an unprecedented rate as the league’s overall strikeout rate skyrocketed.The Astros’ highly trained scouts and “Nerd Cave” of statisticians earned a reputation for identifying, acquiring, and developing players that slipped under other teams’ radars; pretty soon, other teams caught on, and began hiring away the team’s off-field personnel in hopes of replicating the results. The organization was on the cutting edge of baseball strategy. They were pioneers in “shifting” their defense to better account for opposing batters’ tendencies and teaching pitchers to increase the ball’s spin rate on the way to home plate. Many of the team’s hitters sought out batting coaches to help tweak their swings and maximize their potential.It wasn’t all rosy, though. By the time their 2019 campaign ended, the Astros had developed a reputation for a cutthroat, win-at-all-costs mentality that sacrificed the human element of the game for marginal gains on the playing field. The mid-2018 decision to trade for pitcher Roberto Osuna while he was serving a league-mandated suspension for violating MLB’s domestic-violence policy cemented that reputation. The team’s brass struggled to square Osuna’s signing with their previous commitment to a zero-tolerance policy for abuse of any kind.Houston only heightened the controversy in October when a team executive appeared to gloat about the signing to a group of female reporters, at least one of whom was wearing a ribbon to raise awareness of domestic violence. (Ironically, the incident occurred after a playoff game in which Osuna gave up a late game-tying home run to the New York Yankees’ D. J. LeMahieu, threatening the Astros’ eventual trip to the World Series.) That, too, was part of the story of the 2010s: The league and those around it debated the efficacy of policies toward players’ off-the-field transgressions as part of a conversation about the trade-offs between the ruthless pursuit of success and the game’s underlying humanity.The sign-stealing scandal recasts the Astros’ decade in a harsher light, underscoring their missteps and calling into question their successes. What once looked like a triumph of player development and a validation of the deepest tank-job the league has ever seen are now swamped by a team-wide plot to violate MLB’s rules. Just as Spy- and Deflategate cast shadows over the New England Patriots’ dynasty, the Astros’ 2017 title will forever be suspect—especially given that Houston had to edge out two teams in hard-fought seven-game series to win their 2017 title.Just as Barry Bonds’s home-run records and MVP awards are arguably tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing-drug use, there will be questions about whether the team’s sign-stealing gave Altuve the edge he needed to beat out the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge for 2017’s American League MVP award. Even once seemingly benign threads, like a 2017 story about the Astros shifting the angles of their TV cameras, look sinister with the revelation that those changes were key to their illicit activities.But because the team so thoroughly typified baseball’s 2010s, the scandal has deeper ramifications. The Astros’ winning seemed to vindicate the controversial, decade-defining strategies they employed to get there, especially their apparent commitment to tanking. Article after article heralded how their decision to bottom out ultimately led to their coronation, memorably encapsulated in the juxtaposition of two Sports Illustrated cover stories: The first, from 2014, mused that outfielder George Springer, drafted as Houston approached its nadir in 2011, could one day lead the team to glory and become the 2017 World Series MVP; the latter, from 2017, celebrated the prediction coming true. The Astros’ success was even cited to give succor to other fanbases wondering why their teams seemed to be taking the same path.The same will no doubt hold true for the other tactics the team employed. The edges the Astros obtained on offense by employing advanced statistical analyses and tinkering with how hitters swung the bat are now arguably inextricable from the edge they gained by filming opposing pitchers and banging on trash cans. That’s not to mention the ever-present possibility that the scheme could be merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the prevalence of sign-stealing within MLB or other unfair tactics the Astros may have used to gain an advantage.The scandal is already reverberating around the league. Alex Cora, a team coach centrally implicated in the scandal, went on to lead the Boston Red Sox to a World Series victory the next year as that team’s general manager. Amid rumors about his new team stealing signs and the revelation of his role in Houston’s misdeeds, Boston fired Cora the day after the Astros ditched Luhnow and Hinch. Carlos Beltrán, who hung up his cleats after winning the World Series with the Astros in 2017, may see a hit to his Hall of Fame case because of MLB’s assessment that he was a main culprit in the “banging scheme.’ He’s already seen his near-term future affected by the news: After being hired to manage the perennially tumultuous New York Mets in November, he and the team announced on Thursday that they were parting ways.Houston’s punishment may prove a fitting entr’acte for a decade expected to bring chaos to the league. In late 2016, MLB and its players’ union staved off a looming labor dispute, ratifying a collective-bargaining agreement that has left many unsatisfied, leaving some analysts and insiders predicting greater discord—and potentially the first players’ strike since the mid-1990s—when it’s renegotiated in 2021. Simmering tensions over the sport’s stagnant free-agency market (record-busting contracts at the top aside) and concerns about teams’ unwillingness to spend money on players have only aggravated players’ grievances with MLB’s higher powers.Allegations that the league is tampering with the ball itself—“juicing” it for the regular season, leading to skyrocketing home-run rates, before “de-juicing” it for the playoffs, slowing offense to a crawl—have only grown louder as MLB struggles to respond. Major changes, including the potential introduction of robot umpires to call balls and strikes and new restrictions on pitcher usage, will have to prove themselves quickly lest they further inflame tensions between players and management. And this all comes as the sport stares down a triple barrel of diminishing ratings, increasingly long games, and fewer balls put in play than ever.For now, the main conversation surrounding the Astros’ perfidy has been whether the punishment fits the crime. Are steep fines and lost draft picks enough to deter future cheaters? Or should the league take more drastic steps—up to and including vacating the Astros’ 2017 title—to reflect the severity of Houston’s wrongdoing? But as the baseball world seeks clarity, an even bigger question is coming into view: How do we make sense of a decade whose defining team may have never been what we thought it was?
Siri Told iPhone Users That Israel's Reuvin Rivlin 'Is the President of the Zionist Occupation State'
The error came after an online Wikipedia user made changes to the Israeli president's article.
Schiff says House did its best to get Trump witnesses
“You allow the President of the United States — by delay, by playing rope-a-dope in the courts — to defeat the power of the impeachment clause.”
Graham calls for swift end to impeachment trial, warns Dems against calling witnesses
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced that his initial plan of a pre-trial dismissal of the impeachment case against President Trump is now unlikely to happen, but he is pushing for trial to now begin and end as quickly as possible.
2019 champ Djokovic eyes 5th post-30 Slam title in Australia
The secret to Novak Djokovic's post-30 success? Not his best-in-tennis return. Or his limb-twisting, body-bending court coverage. Or even his baseline consistency or clutch gene.
Dumplings: A family tradition
Dumplings can be found in most every cuisine, from Italian raviolis to Indian samosas, from Polish pierogies to Spanish empanadas. But Chinese dumplings are believed to have been the first. And for Chinese families around the world, especially now as Chinese New Year celebrations begin, dumplings are an everyday staple. Kelefa Sanneh digs into one family's long-held traditions involving this delicious food that can serve as breakfast, lunch or dinner, appetizer or snack.
Reaching out: How caring letters help in suicide prevention
One psychiatrist's long-forgotten idea on giving support to those hospitalized or treated for depression or attempting suicide is being revived, and is finding positive results in an era of texting
Tiano leads National to 30-20 win in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
Nick Tiano realizes he might have limited chances to show scouts he deserves a chance in the NFL. On Saturday, he was able to take advantage of his playing time.
Chiefs vs. Titans prediction, line: Favorite Kansas City will cover
For underdog lovers, the Titans are the flavor of the playoffs. I cashed tickets backing them against the Patriots and again last week against the AFC’s No. 1 seed, the Ravens. I’m tempted to go with them again, because the Saturday divisional playoff winners are 5-1 ATS on Championship Sunday the past three years. The...
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AFC championship game prediction: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans
A look at what could happen when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Tennessee Titans in the AFC championship game Sunday.
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Killer beer: El Chapo 701 craft lager coming soon thanks to drug lord's daughter
The mug shot of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, imprisoned leader of the ruthless Sinaloa Cartel, is not just for police blotters anymore.      
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Dana White says Kamaru Usman was hacked, but Conor McGregor skeptical about offensive tweets
Dana White, Conor McGregor and Kamaru Usman commented on the UFC champ's apparent Twitter hack during UFC 246.       Related StoriesFloyd Mayweather-Dana White business talk continues during and after UFC 246Conor McGregor's options are abundant after UFC 246, but what does he think of them?Conor McGregor can call his shots again after redemptive UFC 246 fight week | Opinion 
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HBO's 'The Outsider' is a Stephen King adaptation like you've never seen before
Jason Bateman, Cynthia Erivo and Ben Mendelsohn star in the new HBO miniseries "The Outsider," based on Stephen King's 2018 novel.        
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The reappearing Klimt
"Portrait of a Lady," by the Austrian master Gustav Klimt, vanished from an Italian art gallery 23 years ago – and then just as mysteriously turned up last month, hidden within the gallery's walls. Seth Doane reports.
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WSU wins on day it retires Klay Thompson's jersey
Whenever Isaac Bonton drained a 3-pointer or dished out an assist, NBA and Washington State great Klay Thompson was on his feet, cheering on the young point guard.
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Meghan Markle’s dad accuses daughter of ‘destroying’ the royal family
Thomas Markle called his estranged daughter and her husband, Prince Harry, "lost souls" in an upcoming UK documentary.
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79 soldiers killed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen
At least 79 Yemeni soldiers attending prayers at a mosque were killed and 130 others injured in ballistic missile and drone attacks by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, Saudi state-run al-Ekhbariya Television reported Sunday.
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LeMay's 2 TDs lead East over West 31-27 in Shrine Bowl
Mission accomplished for Florida International's James Morgan, Charlotte's Benny LeMay and Navy's Malcolm Perry in the East-West Shrine Bowl.
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