• Group renews complaint about pre-game prayer

    MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) — A group has renewed its complaints about prayers before Bell County High School home football games in southeastern Kentucky.

  • Firm that vetted U of M athletic director deflects criticism

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The search firm that recommended hiring Norwood Teague as University of Minnesota’s athletic director in 2012 is deflecting criticism over its vetting process.

  • ‘Fastest Nun in the West’ faces 1st test in Sainthood push

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools is facing her first test for Sainthood.

  • CORRECTS SADLER’S SCHOOL TO SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY, INSTEAD OF SACRAMENTO UNIVERSITY - From left, French President Francois Hollande, U.S. National Guardsman from Roseburg, Ore., Alek Skarlatos, U.S. Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University in California, pose for photographers as they leave the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, after Hollande awarded the three men with the French Legion of Honor on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The three American travelers say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship as they took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium on Friday, Aug. 21. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Heroes who foiled train gunman scheduled for rest, college

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — So what do you do when a trip on a high-speed train in Europe suddenly turns you and your buddies into international heroes?

  • CORRECTS SADLER’S SCHOOL TO SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY, INSTEAD OF SACRAMENTO UNIVERSITY - From left, French President Francois Hollande, U.S. National Guardsman from Roseburg, Ore., Alek Skarlatos, U.S. Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University in California, pose for photographers as they leave the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, after Hollande awarded the three men with the French Legion of Honor on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The the American travelers say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship as they took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium on Friday, Aug. 21. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

    Heroes who foiled train gunman scheduled for rest, college

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — So what do you do when a trip on a high-speed train in Europe suddenly turns you and your buddies into international heroes?

  • In this June 23, 2015, file photo, Oakland Athletics fielding coach Ron Washington gives instructions during a pre-batting practice workout before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Washington is back in the dugout where he got his big league start as a coach, promoted to third base coach for the Oakland Athletics on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, after the club dismissed Mike Gallego. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

    Athletics hire Ron Washington as third base coach

    SEATTLE (AP) — Ron Washington, the former Texas Rangers manager, has been hired as the Oakland Athletics third base coach after the club dismissed Mike Gallego on Monday.

  • Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, right, celebrates after winning the women’s 100m final at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. United States' Tori Bowie, left, finished third and Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, middle, finished second. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Upstart American sprinter Tori Bowie takes bronze at worlds

    BEIJING (AP) — Things didn’t align quite perfectly for Tori Bowie in the 100-meter final on Monday: She sliced her finger on the starting blocks before the race and, once in those blocks, struggled to get off to a fast start.

  • In this Dec. 21, 2014, file photo, Chicago Bears defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (90) celebrates a sack in the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Chicago. The NFL has suspended Bears defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff  without pay for the first three games of the season for violating its substance-abuse policy. The league announced the decision Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, without providing details. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

    Bears DL Ratliff suspended 3 games for substance-abuse issue

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The NFL suspended Chicago defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff without pay for the first three games of the season Monday, saying he violated its substance-abuse policy.

  • This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Activists say Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra.  News that the militants blew up the Baalshamin Temple (not pictured) came after the extremists beheaded Palmyra scholar Khaled al-Asaad on Tuesday, hanging his bloodied body from a pole in the town's main square.  (SANA via AP, File)

    Witness confirms IS destruction of ancient temple in Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — The destruction of the nearly 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin by Islamic State militants erased a symbol of the once rich religious life of Syria’s ancient caravan city of Palmyra and left residents, archaeologists and historians fearful that the extremists will destroy more of the rich site, including an even larger more ancient temple nearby.

  • Palestinian United Nations workers  hold up a banner as they demonstrate against measures the organization has taken to overcome an acute financial crisis, in Gaza City, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The protest today outside the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Gaza headquarter was the largest in a series of demonstrations in recent weeks, called up by the agency’s Local Staff Union. The protesters say they want the UNRWA’s Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl to cancel amendments that allow him to impose a one-year unpaid leave on staff when needed and increase the number of students in classrooms. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

    UN employees in Gaza strike against cost-cutting measures

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of employees of the United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency in the Gaza Strip are striking against cost-cutting measures the agency is imposing to overcome a financial crisis.