Memorial for grocery store magnate draws thousands

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A memorial service for grocery store magnate Eddie Basha drew thousands of attendees, including U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and five other former Arizona governors. Phoenix television station KTVK reports (http://bit.ly/ZeVzh3) Basha’s longtime…

FINALS WATCH: Starting lineups

ATLANTA (AP) — There were no surprises in the starting lineups for the first national semifinal. Louisville (33-5) started guards Russ Smith and Peyton Siva, forwards Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear and center Gorgui Dieng as it participates…

FINALS WATCH: Things to keep an eye on

The Final Four tips off Saturday night and Steve Kerr has a few ideas on how to improve college basketball games. “I could go on for a while,” said Kerr, who played 15 seasons in the NBA and…

New York City, Washington D.C. hosting pillow fights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The feathers are flying in New York City. Hundreds of people gathered today in Washington Square Park to fling pillows at one another. Many came dressed in pajamas and similar attire. The weather was cooperating,…

FINALS WATCH: Ware ‘em out

ATLANTA (AP) — There continues to be major focus on injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware. Spotted at an apparel tent outside the Georgia Dome: A red T-shirt saying “WARE ‘em out for Kevin.” Ware’s compound leg fracture in…

FINALS WATCH: Final Four fever

ATLANTA (AP) — Spring weather arrived Saturday before Louisville and Wichita State tipped off the Final Four inside the Georgia Dome. And some 100,000 fans descended on downtown Atlanta in the sunny, 70-degree weather— an estimated 20,000 packed…

Church: Pastor Rick Warren’s son commits suicide

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — The Southern California church headed by popular evangelical Pastor Rick Warren said his 27-year-old son committed suicide on Saturday. Warren’s Saddleback Valley Community Church near Los Angeles said in a statement that Matthew…

Deadliest submarine disaster in US remembered

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Family and friends who lost loved ones when the USS Thresher sank 50 years ago are remembering those who perished in the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history. Hundreds gathered for an emotional memorial…

National beekeeper of year focuses on dying bees

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A Utah man is trying to use his recognition as this year’s national beekeeper of the year to focus attention on a major threat to the industry: colony collapse disorder. Darren Cox of Cache…

Clouds of crisis, controversy surround Rutgers

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Just a few months ago, things could not have been more promising for Rutgers as it looked to bolster its place in college sports. The university said to be the birthplace of college…

Serena Williams routs Venus at Family Circle

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Serena Williams routed Venus Williams 6-1, 6-2 at the Family Circle Cup on Saturday, the most one-sided match in the sisters’ long rivalry. Serena Williams won her 14th straight match at the Family Circle.…

Armstrong asks court to dismiss SCA lawsuit

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong is asking a Texas court to dismiss a lawsuit by a Dallas promotions company seeking repayment of more than $12 million in bonuses paid for winning the Tour de France. SCA Promotions…

Online translation on the rise, changing lives

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — You might use Google Translate to read a hard-to-find Manga comic book or to decipher an obscure recipe for authentic Polish blintzes. Or, like Phillip and Niki Smith in rural Mississippi, you could…

Calif. governor looks to China for investments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has designs on building some of the most expensive public works projects in the nation and wants to keep the state moving forward in its slow recovery from the recession.…

Irish character actor Milo O’Shea, 86, dies in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — The Irish actor Milo O’Shea, whose many roles on stage and screen included a friar in Franco Zeffirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet,” an evil scientist in “Barbarella” and a Supreme Court justice on “The West…

1909 Honus Wagner baseball card sells for $2.1M

WEST BERLIN, N.J. (AP) — A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card has been sold for more than $2.1 million at auction. The T206 card, originally released by the American Tobacco Co., went for $2,105,770.50 in an online sale,…