• Gymnast Simone Biles waives to fans as she is welcomed home with a small parade along Rayford Road, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in Spring, Texas, after winning four gold medals and a bronze at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. ( Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP)

    Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles welcomed home to Texas

    HOUSTON (AP) — Fans waved American flags and cheered as Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles arrived home in Texas following the games in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from US gov’t

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Communities in nine U.S. states that have been hard-hit by coal layoffs are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant.

  • United States' Brittney Griner, left, and Elena Delle Donne, right, celebrate with their gold medals after their win in a women's basketball game against Spain at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Olympics done, WNBA ready for sprint to the finish

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With the Olympics behind it, the WNBA is ready to restart its season after a month-long break.

  • In this Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, photo, Jake Wilson, owner of Top Class Lawn Care, mows a lawn on a job in Kansas City, Mo. Wilson is on the fence about his 5-year-old company and whether he should add to his staff of three and buy another truck. Wilson is concerned that if he does expand, he won’t be giving his customers the kind of service he does now. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    To grow or not? Some successful small business owners say no

    NEW YORK (AP) — When a small business is successful, an owner will likely face the question of whether to grow. After a lot of soul-searching, many say no.

  • In this Aug. 2, 2016, file photo, U.S. swimmer James Feigen smiles during a swimming training session prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Feigen apologized for the "serious distraction" he and three teammates caused at a gas station during the Rio Olympics, saying he omitted facts in his statement to police. Feigen says in a statement posted Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016,  on the website of his lawyer in Austin, Texas, that "I omitted the facts that we urinated behind the building and that Ryan Lochte pulled a poster off the wall." (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

    Swimmer Feigen apologizes for ‘serious distraction’ in Rio

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. swimmer James Feigen apologized for the “serious distraction” he and three teammates caused at a gas station during the Rio Olympics, saying he omitted facts in his statement to police.

  • In this Aug. 2, 2016, file photo, United States James Feigen smiles during a swimming training session prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Feigen was one of four American Olympic swimmers in connection to a story of being held at gunpoint and robbed several hours after the last Olympic swimming races ended. That claim began to unravel when police said that investigators could not find evidence to substantiate it. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

    Swimmer Feigen apologizes for ‘serious distraction’ in Rio

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. swimmer James Feigen apologized for the “serious distraction” he and three teammates caused at a gas station during the Rio Olympics, saying he omitted facts in his statement to police.

  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Dan Straily throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Dan Straily goes 6 innings as Reds beat Rangers 3-0

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Dan Straily extended his surge since the All-Star break by pitching six innings and Joey Votto drove in a pair of runs to lead the Cincinnati Reds over the Texas Rangers 3-0 on Tuesday night.

  • in this July 22, 2015, file photo, Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton reacts after striking out against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Denver.  The Rangers have placed Hamilton on unconditional release waivers Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, as he tries to come back from a series of operations on his left knee. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File0

    Rangers put Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The Texas Rangers placed Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers Tuesday, though they hope his surgically rebuilt left knee is healthy enough to allow him to try for a spot with the team next season.

  • Japan pitcher Ryota Endoa delivers during the second inning of a consolation baseball game against San Antonio, Texas at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Japan beats Texas 6-1 in LLWS consolation game

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Ryota Endo allowed just four hits and one earned run in five innings and had one RBI to help Tokyo, Japan beat San Antonio, Texas 6-1 on Tuesday in a consolation game of the Little League World Series.

  • Gannett names Castillo Jones to head Texas-New Mexico group

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Gannett Co. has named veteran Texas newspaper executive Lilia Castillo Jones to head a newspaper group that includes the El Paso Times and newspapers in six New Mexico communities.