Inside the newsroom: Are we numb to disasters?

SALT LAKE CITY — The conversations this week in the newsroom were about disasters. As a reporting staff, we did very little about landslides in Colombia in April, monsoons in Sri Lanka in May, and horrible floods during the summer in India and Bangladesh. All are far from home, but significant. We twice sent reporting teams to Texas to report on Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, sent reporters to Puerto Rico and Florida for Hurricane Irma coverage (before Hurricane Maria darkened the island) and have yet to go to Mexico to report on conditions following the 7.1 magnitude earthquake earlier this month. The conversation we had centered on what’s our… Read More

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Steph Curry: “It’s kind of funny” Donald Trump withdrew White House invitation

OAKLAND – The text messages flooded Stephen Curry’s phone, perhaps as fast as when he makes shots from anywhere on the court. The Warriors’ star estimated he received about 20 texts when he first woke up on Saturday morning, flooding with messages “applauding me for sticking to my own beliefs” on his public criticism of President Donald Trump and his refusal to accept any White House invitation. Soon enough, Curry saw more messages fill his inbox and the timeline on his Twitter account. That’s because Trump tweeted early on Saturday morning, “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore… Read More

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Mariners give up 5 runs in the 9th, lose to Indians 11-4

By BOB SHERWIN Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) – Francisco Lindor led off the game with his 33rd home run, the most by a Cleveland middle infielder, and the Indians routed the Seattle Mariners 11-4 Saturday for their 28th victory in 30 games. Carlos Carrasco (17-6) matched teammate Cory Kluber and Boston’s Chris Sale for the most wins in the AL, allowing one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Yan Gomes homered twice and had four RBIs, and Jose Ramirez homered and drove in four runs. Cleveland, which set the AL record with a 22-game winning streak this month, matched the 1884 Providence Grays for the best big league… Read More

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Sparks, Lynx set for WNBA Finals rematch

MINNEAPOLIS — No one on the Los Angeles Sparks or Minnesota Lynx really likes to talk about it, but deep down inside most of them knew this is how it was going to end. The two best teams in the WNBA meeting in the finals again. Ready to go at each other like a year ago in a tense, entertaining and down-to-the-wire finish that ended on a last-second shot in Game 5 to give the Sparks the championship. “We assumed it would be us two again, with the way they’ve been playing and the way we’ve been playing,” Lynx guard Seimone Augustus said. “It was almost inevitable, like it was… Read More

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TFC misses chance at Supporters Shield with loss to Revolution

• Toronto FC 1 Hasler (84′), New England Revolution 2 (Nguyen 82′, Kamara 87′) GAME RECAP IN A SENTENCE A Toronto FC side without four starters – including its top two forwards for a third consecutive match – missed a chance to clinch the Supporters’ Shield as it suffered a late loss against a resilient New England Revolution squad. THE STORY It was all set up for Toronto FC to claim the Supporters’ Shield on Saturday night. A victory would have clinched it. Instead, the Reds will have to delay the celebrations for a few more days. It’s a matter of when, not if, TFC will win the trophy that… Read More

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Steve Kerr and Adam Silver both wanted the Warriors to go to the White House for a specific reason — but now it doesn’t seem possible

After a war of words between Stephen Curry and President Donald Trump, it looks like the Golden State Warriors won’t be visiting the White House to celebrate their championship despite what the NBA commissioner and the Warriors head coach wanted. As of Thursday, no invitation had been extended to the Warriors to visit the White House and no decision had been made by the team. But then, on Friday, Curry said he did not want to visit the White House, and on Saturday, Trump announced during a tweet storm that the invitation was being “withdrawn” because Curry was “hesitating.” Later on Saturday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement saying… Read More

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George Will: America’s engine is being slowed by complacency

WASHINGTON — It was an epoch-defining decision to place in Westminster Abbey, among statues of monarchs, priests and poets, a large one of James Watt, inventor of the separate-condenser steam engine. The statue’s inscription says Watt ranks among the world’s benefactors because he “increased the power of man.” The economist and historian Deirdre McCloskey believes this honor, conferred in 1834, signified society’s endorsement of the dignity of practical people who apply science for human betterment. The Great Enrichment is McCloskey’s term for what, in a sense, started with steam and has been, she believes, the most important human development since the invention of agriculture 10,000 years ago. The development is… Read More

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Natalee Holloway Mystery: Man Who Claims He Dug Up Her Bones Is ‘Not a Credible Source,’ Say Aruban Police

A man who provided an ever-shifting account about his claim that he dug up Natalee Holloway’s remains in Aruba was deemed “not a credible source” by an Aruban police chief in Saturday’s final episode of a docu-series about the mystery. But that didn’t diminish the pained disgust of Natalee’s dad, Dave Holloway, who observed that the man apparently kept and hid a plastic baggie of unidentified dug-up bone fragments “as a prize, so to speak,” according to the six-part Oxygen series The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway. After filming the series that followed Holloway and private investigator T.J. Ward on the trail of the man who says he helped remove and… Read More

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Thomas Rhett Says Daughter Willa Is Taking Her Role as a Big Sister in Stride: ‘She’s Super Protective of Ada’

Having two kids under the age of 2 would be a challenge for anybody — but throw the opening of a pop-up shop, album release and international tour into the mix and you’ve now reached Thomas Rhett’s level. “To have two children under the age of 2 has been pretty challenging for me and Lauren ,” Thomas Rhett, 27, told PEOPLE at the launch of his Los Angeles pop-up on Friday. “But at the same time, I feel like if we can handle this, we can handle pretty much anything.” This week, in particular, has been major for Thomas Rhett both professionally and personally — his album Life Changes became… Read More

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