Stories for April 10, 2012
BRUSSELS (AP) -- WorldTour leader Tom Boonen has withdrawn from the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday because of a foot infection.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Roush Fenway Racing did not enter Trevor Bayne in this week's Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Joe Steranka is retiring at the end of the year as chief executive of the PGA of America.
MILAN (AP) -- Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta will lead Italy in the Fed Cup semifinals against defending champion Czech Republic.
BERLIN (AP) -- Andrea Petkovic will play for Germany when it faces Australia in the Fed Cup playoffs, replacing injured Wimbledon semifinalist Sabine Lisicki.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Five-time RBC Heritage champion Davis Love III has withdrawn from the tournament.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state Legislature has adjourned a double overtime session, finalizing a budget deal that had lawmakers working all night.
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers say injured designated hitter Victor Martinez does not need reconstructive surgery for his anterior cruciate ligament.
CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) -- Flavio Cipolla defeated second-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-1 Wednesday and Igor Andreev rallied past Denis Istomin 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2 to reach the Grand Prix Hassan II quarterfinals.
CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) -- Igor Andreev rallied past Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix Hassan II.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) -- A man who accused former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him has been sentenced to three years and three months in prison for sexually abusing a boy in Maine.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- It's back to the drawing board for a planned youth village to house 4-H and FFA students at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.
Tuesday's high school results
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland police are making progress identifying individuals in a flash mob that brazenly walked into a convenience store and walked out without paying for candy and soda.
Brad Ross had four goals as the Portland Winterhawks won Game 3 of their second round series against the Kamloops Blazers 5-2 to take a 3-0 lead in the series.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are opening sharply higher, a day after their worst loss of the year.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state Legislature has approved a supplemental budget, setting them up for a final adjournment of an overtime legislative session.
Aldridge’s nagging hip injury could end his season early
TUALATIN, Ore. -- Baghdad. Kabul. Antarctica. For a Portland Trail Blazer, these are typically more desirable destinations than Vail, Colo. Vail is where Greg Oden found himself consistently visiting while rehabilitating his knee, often hearing that he would be done for the season. And now, LaMarcus Aldridge found himself in that very city to have his nagging hip examined.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Portland police officer who was collecting stress-related disability benefits on and off for more than three years was found fit for duty this month as he runs for sheriff in Wheeler County.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The family of a 14-year-old Portland girl who was sexually abused by a TriMet bus driver is suing the regional transit agency for $1.1 million.
Full service district will have a say; measure may not involve sales tax
The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday indicated it’s still on board for a public vote on light rail this fall, but backed away from what’s long been the presumed way to pay for operating it — a sales tax increase.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- Police say a woman accused of shoplifting at a Kennewick store stripped off all her clothes in an apparent attempt to show security guards she wasn't hiding any merchandise.
ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) -- The state Ecology Department says two boats that sank in a fire at a Anacortes marina could spill 150 gallons of gasoline.
ZURICH (AP) -- World champion Spain remained at the top of FIFA's monthly rankings, and Uruguay rose to a new high of third.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Police are looking for a man who stabbed a pastor Tuesday night at a Tacoma church.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Olympic favorite David Rudisha will begin his "big year" at the Diamond League season-opener in Doha next month and expects he'll need three more races to be ready for the London Games.
Accounting change ends annual forfeiting of savings
While school officials all across the state were anxiously awaiting budget news out of Olympia, two Vancouver schools for people with disabilities had already received their good news out of the Legislature.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- State Fish and Wildlife agents are investigating the poaching of a moose in a popular hiking area near Spokane.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A police officer witnessed a fatal stabbing in Yakima.
Animals might be rentals used to clear blackberries nearby
A herd of 40 to 50 goats caused a bit of a ruckus Tuesday afternoon after they got loose near Southeast First Street in east Vancouver.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state House has passed a supplemental budget as lawmakers worked into the early morning hours toward adjournment of a second special session.
ZURICH (AP) -- World champion Spain remained at the top of FIFA's monthly rankings, and Uruguay rose to a new high of third.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street is set to recoup some of the losses from the day before, when fears that the U.S. economy was slowing and Europe's debt crisis returning sent stock markets plummeting.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A judge will decide how much Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary must pay the state of Arkansas after a jury found the company downplayed and hid risks associated with an antipsychotic drug.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the Republican Governors Association says Rick Santorum's withdrawal from the presidential sweepstakes should signal party conservatives to unify behind Mitt Romney.
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Little more than a year ago, Yuvraj Singh was the star of the World Cup when India won the tournament for the second time. His cricket future is less certain now as he battles a rare form of cancer.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- A man authorities say piloted a plane carrying 74 pounds of marijuana from California to Massachusetts has pleaded not guilty to a drug trafficking charge.
Former players thank coach for what he taught them
The buzz was swift. Current players who learned the news at 10:45 in the morning posted messages on Twitter by 11 a.m. E-mails, texts, and phone calls followed throughout the Prairie girls basketball universe. After 32 seasons, Al Aldridge resigned as head coach.
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's anti-doping agency says it has started testing international athletes in Britain ahead of the London Olympics.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- A fugitive from Oregon has been arrested in Connecticut after asking a police officer for help in a dispute with his landlord.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Vancouver's business community will be watching the Canucks set off on their Stanley Cup run with the same enthusiasm as most fans, while ensuring they're ready in case those fans ignore the team's marketing campaign aimed at averting a riot like the one that befell the city following a Game 7 loss to Boston in last year's Stanley Cup finals.
Slightly less than half the space will cost about the same as current lease
The Vancouver Mall Community Library will be looking at a smaller facility and reduced services in 2013.
Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Rothenberger is hoping someone will recognize a photo of a missing or runaway girl and see that she returns home.
WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) -- Friends and family of Sarah Burke gathered in Whistler Village on Tuesday night to bid a farewell to the late freeskiing pioneer.
PRAGUE (AP) -- Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will lead defending champion Czech Republic against Italy in the Fed Cup semifinals.
MUNICH (AP) -- German prosecutors have charged Bayern Munich defender Breno with aggravated arson after his rented villa was burnt down last year.
Clark County’s homebuilding industry exhibited signs of recovery in March, with 43 permits issued to build single-family houses in unincorporated parts of the county, up slightly from the 40 permits issued in the same month last year.
Owners of local firms air complaints about banks, federal regulators
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, got an earful and then some Tuesday from small business owners who complained about everything from tight-fisted banks to overzealous federal regulators.
PORTLAND (AP) — One of the best-kept secrets in television history has been revealed, with “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening pointing to Springfield, Ore., as the inspiration for the animated hometown of Homer and his dysfunctional family.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia has issued a fresh tsunami warning after an aftershock with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 shook its western coast.
State no longer has money to mail notices to merchants; C-Tran rate went up April 1
Vancouver florist Maria Adler is among the Clark County merchants who would have liked a mailed reminder to charge a higher sales tax on purchases in Clark County starting April 1.
Epidemic shows no sign of slowing down locally, statewide
Whooping cough rates continue to climb in Clark County and the rest of the state.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire has called for another special session as the current 30-day special session ended before lawmakers could pass all the bills they needed as part of their budget deal.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Striving to reduce the trash it sends to landfills, some Seattle city officials are weighing whether to stop picking up garbage from homes every week.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington Legislature is seeking to repeal a voter-approved initiative that requires the state to use surplus funds on improving K-12 student learning.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire will call for another special session as the Washington state Legislature is set to reach a midnight deadline for the current 30-day special session.
DUNGENESS, Wash. (AP) -- A small plane made a precautionary landing on a grass airstrip near Dungeness, Wash., on the Olympic Peninsula but neither the pilot nor the flight instructor was hurt.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- Neighbors say a rambling herd of 40 to 50 goats disrupted traffic on an east Vancouver, Wash., street before animal control officers were able to guide them back to their owner's land.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington lawmakers have approved a plan to reduce benefits for future state workers who take early retirement.
LOWELL, Ore. (AP) -- A hard-working tire slasher managed to flatten tires on all six of the Lowell, Ore., school district's buses, guaranteeing a day off for the roughly 300 students.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- International envoy Kofi Annan says he has been informed by the Syrian government that it will "cease all military fighting throughout Syrian territory" as of 6 a.m. Damascus time on Thursday.
EAGLE POINT, Ore. (AP) -- A 26-year-old southern Oregon man accused of fatally shooting his roommate has pleaded not guilty.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police say there were fewer arrests this year for wild behavior at the opening day game at Dodger Stadium, where there was a heavy police presence one year after a Giants fan was beaten into a coma in the parking lot.
OLYMPIA — Lawmakers reached a tentative budget deal Tuesday, but it wasn’t clear if they would get everything done before the special session clock runs out at midnight.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jim Irsay says team officials are even more impressed with Andrew Luck after a three-hour meeting Tuesday in Indianapolis.
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Delegates to North Korea's ruling party have convened for a special political conference where leader Kim Jong Un is expected to gain new titles.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities say South Alabama associate head football coach Kurt Crain was found dead at his home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
AUBURN, Wash. (AP) -- A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway spokesman says a person attempting to cross BNSF's rail yard in the south Seattle suburb of Auburn was hit and killed Tuesday evening by a northbound Amtrak train.
DALLAS (AP) --
The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday is expected to decide how to proceed — if at all — on a proposed sales tax vote to help pay for light rail in Vancouver.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A 71-year-old Bellevue man accused of using a hatchet to kill his wife of 46 years has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Spokane authorities say the 10-year-old daughter of a police officer is in stable condition after being shot in the leg with her father's duty weapon.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Fired Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino says he is sorry for what he calls selfish decisions that hurt his family and others.
A man was sent to a local hospital after being in a T-bone crash near the intersection of Main Street and Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue, officials said.
Rick Santorum is suspending his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, clearing a path for Mitt Romney to become the nominee.
NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) -- The Coast Guard has rescued another kayaker along the Oregon coast after his watercraft overturned.
New lease calls for half the space at same price
Mall library will close in December for remodeling
Coach had 710-134 record in high school girls basketball
Al Aldridge, known for his grueling practices, intensity on the sideline, and, of course, winning, has resigned as the girls basketball coach at Prairie High School. He intends to take all of his coaching characteristics — especially that winning part — to the Clark College women's basketball team to help the Penguins chase down their dreams.
MIAMI (AP) -- Paul Pierce scored 27 points, Kevin Garnett added 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Boston Celtics made their first eight shots of the fourth quarter to hold off the Miami Heat 115-107 on Tuesday night.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Bulls star Derrick Rose is missing Tuesday's game against the New York Knicks because of a sprained right ankle.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Defending champion Ryan Sweeting of the United States held off qualifier Ricardo Mello of Brazil 6-3, 7-6 (6) in a first-round match of the U.S. men's clay court championships on Tuesday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Lester Hudson scored 25 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 103-90 on Tuesday night.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state Senate is in favor of new penalties for state workers who take early retirements.
Kindergarten enrollment starting next week in La Center
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico State basketball coach Marvin Menzies has withdrawn his name as a candidate for the job at Colorado State.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland Athletics reliever Joey Devine will miss the season after having reconstructive surgery on his right elbow for the second time in three years.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Fire defender Cory Gibbs will be sidelined for four to six months following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Lawmakers have reached a tentative budget deal, but it's not clear if they'll get everything done before the special session clock runs out at midnight.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Galaxy have acquired defender David Junior Lopes from Chivas USA in a trade for midfielder Paolo Cardozo.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- Henrik Lundqvist got the news when he got to the practice rink.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Spokane authorities say the 10-year-old daughter of a city police officer is in stable condition after being shot in the leg with her father's duty weapon.
NEW YORK (AP) -- LIU Brooklyn has promoted assistant Jack Perri to replace Jim Ferry as head men's basketball coach.
TORONTO (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers have won the NHL's draft lottery, and own the No. 1 selection for the third straight year.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Democratic Secretary of State Kate Brown is well behind her Republican challenger in Oregon campaign fundraising, but she has slightly narrowed the gap between them.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington lawmakers have agreed to a final detail that would change how the state handles early retirements.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says Bobby Petrino is out as the football coach at Arkansas.
NEW YORK (AP) -- New England midfielder Shalrie Joseph has been suspended for one game and fined for what Major League Soccer called a "reckless challenge that endangered the safety of his opponent."
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox is objecting to the proposed sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers, saying the incoming ownership group that includes Magic Johnson has not disclosed whether Time Warner Cable is involved in the purchase.
SEATTLE (AP) -- President Barack Obama is coming back to Seattle.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long has called an evening news conference to discuss the situation of suspended football coach Bobby Petrino.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Talks continue between negotiators for Cascade Steel Rolling Mills and more than 300 striking workers at the McMinnville steel mill.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A Washington senator has returned early from a family trip, saying he was concerned about the fate of some bills as the end of special session nears.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Barcelona says defender Eric Abidal is undergoing his scheduled liver transplant.
NEW YORK (AP) -- After decades of making history, Herbie Hancock is ready to tell it.
A quick-thinking Washington state middle school student steered a school bus to safety after he saw the driver slump over and pass out from an apparent heart attack, authorities said.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Washington Nationals slugger Michael Morse is not expected to be ready to play in the home opener on Thursday.
QUINCY, Wash. (AP) -- An arrest warrant has been issued in Grant County for a man wanted in the shooting death last fall of another man in the central Washington town of Quincy.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians have been postponed by rain and cold weather.
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- A military judge is considering whether to postpone the trial of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage.
Two public school teachers and a school administrator are sharing the spoils of last month's record Mega Millions jackpot, planning trips to Europe, new homes and a daughter's college education, Maryland Lottery officials said Tuesday.
DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has become a father for the first time.
Preston earns state player of the week honor
Tyler Preston has had a knack for winning faceoffs since his freshman season with the King’s Way Christian boys lacrosse team.
Third-period goals have made an unmistakable imprint this postseason for the Portland Winterhawks. That difference has a lot to do with why the Winterhawks own a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.
The 63rd Clark County Bowling Championship tournament will take place over the next three weekends at Allen’s Crosley Lanes in Vancouver.
Vancouver, Castle Rock residents hopepreservation efforts succeed
The Pacific Northwest, particularly the seasonally rain-drenched and temperate region west of the Cascades, would seem to be the last place to find lakes fighting for survival. But two dangerous “s” words -- shallowness and sediment -- could signal the beginning of the end for two beautiful lakes that people have come to love.Residents of Southwest Washington should hope that doesn’t happen to at least two shallow, silted and cherished bodies of water that share numerous similarities. Vancouver Lake between Fruit Valley and the Columbia River measures 2,414 acres, averages just 3-5 feet deep and for decades has battled multiple natural and man-made pollutants. Silver Lake just east of Castle Rock in Cowlitz County is 2,300 acres with an average depth of just 6 feet. Every year, both lakes confront turbidity problems and invasions of blue-green algae. But they remain scenic treasures in their respective communities and sites for rowing, sailboating, swimming and occasional fishing.
Community sports results for the week ending April 8
HOUSTON (AP) -- Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has been activated from the disabled list and is in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Houston Astros.
The Community Sports Calendar on Columbian.com is updated each Tuesday. Submit items for the calendar by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 360-735-4521.
MADRID (AP) -- Lionel Messi scored his 61st goal of the season and had two assists, leading Barcelona over Getafe 4-0 night Tuesday in the Spanish league and pulling the three-time defending champions within one point of first-place Real Madrid.
One of the highly developed talents of President Barack Obama is the ability to say things that are demonstrably false, and make them sound not only plausible but inspiring. That talent was displayed last week when he was asked whether he thought the Supreme Court would uphold Obamacare as constitutional or strike it down as unconstitutional. He replied: “I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking: MLB in NFL terms; major golf
Recent behavior of local Republican leadership gives us some insight into what the present Republican Party has become.
The Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court, aka “Obamacare,” contains very significant improvements at slightly lower cost (nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office). However, that lower cost still may be unsustainable. Is single-payer the answer?
Regarding the March 31 Columbian story, “Gender harassment down the toilet: Two WSUV students hope to curb any hostilities on campus through Gender-Neutral Bathroom Week,” Washington State University Vancouver should be ashamed to let this happen. Why must we always give in to every minority? The administration of the Salmon Creek campus apparently has never heard of common sense.
A recent mailing from Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, attacks the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She calls out the act’s Independent Payment Advisory Board as putting senior’s access to health care at risk.
What makes sense to the approaches we take toward our wild fish? Inland rivers have many biological hurdles for a fish to stay pure. A hatchery-blended fish that has evolved over decades is returning to spawn. To isolate wild fish from them -- how is it possible? As the Columbia River gets sensationalized, many other rivers’ natural spawning fish have been destroyed by indiscriminate harvests as we just waste hatchery adults. So many previous natural-producing rivers are almost void of nests. Hatchery reform goes against us.
At my house, firing up the grill takes place year-round, no matter the weather outside. We are not alone. Weber’s annual GrillWatch has found that almost half of those surveyed grill all year.
A weekly list of food and wine related events and classes
Boy, I have to ask myself how we take three 70-degree days in a row? Answer: Anyway we can! Depending on your location, it may have varied a degree or two.
Job seekers receiving long-term unemployment benefits will soon receive letters requiring them to attend an orientation meeting, the state Employment Security Department said Monday.
On April 21, 1962, the Seattle World’s Fair opened. The “Century 21 Exhibition” ran for six months, drew 11 million visitors, turned a profit and left the Northwest with a wonderful Seattle Center.
A daily listing of death notices.
VANCOUVER — A public lecture at Washington State University Vancouver will focus on the pending economic recovery.
The Trapper Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for Fort Vancouver High School, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Club Green Meadows Golf Course. Profits from the tournament will help pay for this year’s junior/senior prom.
VANCOUVER — Nominations are open for the 2012 Council for the Homeless Hope and Action Award honoring individuals and groups making a difference to end homelessness.
The Water Resources Education Center will host a pair of events this weekend offering participants a chance to see wildlife up close.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas freshman guard Sterling Gibbs says he is transferring after a freshman season of battling to get playing time.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have signed linebacker Marvin Mitchell.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- One of the best-kept secrets in television history has been unmasked when "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening revealed the Springfield in Oregon as the basis for the hometown of his characters.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Reebok has thrown in the towel in its effort to sell New York Jets Tim Tebow jerseys and T-shirts. The terms of a settlement with Nike were disclosed Tuesday.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state lawmakers continue to work toward a deal on the supplemental budget and a handful of related bills as the current special session draws to a close.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Steve Rapp will compete in the MotoGP class at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott left practice midway through a 90-minute practice Tuesday with what coach Ken Hitchcock is calling an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota football team has returned to spring practice for the first time since former teammate Gary Tinsley was found dead in his campus apartment.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- John Moores is putting the San Diego Padres up for sale.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- With discussions over the operating budget and a handful of other bills ongoing, Washington state lawmakers have reached a deal on the capital budget.
SKYKOMISH, Wash. (AP) -- An arson sign has been posted at the remains of the historic Whistling Post tavern in Skykomish, offering a reward for information about the Tuesday morning fire.
EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) -- Police say a man accused of six burglaries in Edmonds is a garbage truck driver who broke into homes along his route.
EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) -- Police say a man arrested at a home break-in early Monday in Edmonds is responsible for six burglaries in the city.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The son of Washington Lt. Governor Brad Owen, 39-year-old Mark Lee Owen, has pleaded not guilty in Olympia to forgery and theft charges arising from disability payments.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The company building a waste treatment plant at the Hanford nuclear reservation plans to cut another 200 to 300 positions by the end of the year.
SAO PAULO (AP) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter is trying to schedule a trip to Brazil to speak at a public hearing about a controversial World Cup bill FIFA wants approved as soon as possible.
DENVER (AP) -- Authorities are defending their attempts to warn residents about a Colorado wildfire blamed for killing three people.
SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) -- A woman who accused a Seattle man of raping her 50 years ago in a small Illinois town claims he also let two other men rape her.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (BRIZ-gah-lov) says the only things that scare him are bears in the woods.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- University of Connecticut sophomore guard Jeremy Lamb has declared for the NBA draft.
VIENNA (AP) -- In a heist that could fill the mother of all bottomless cups, thieves in Austria have made off with 2 tons of coffee.
MADRID (AP) -- Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will play an exhibition match at Real Madrid's football stadium, hoping for a crowd of 80,000 to watch tennis' top two players.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA summer league will return to Las Vegas in July after it was canceled last year because of the lockout.
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Doctors say former FIFA President Joao Havelange is improving after heart and breathing problems sent him back to intensive care at a Brazilian hospital.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA Development League had 50 players called up to NBA teams this season, 10 more than its previous high.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Two-time defending champion Caroline Wozniacki overcame Urszula Radwanska of Poland 7-6 (4), 6-2 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the e-Boks Open.
SEATTLE (AP) -- People who have been tardy about paying their tolls for crossing the State Route 520 and Tacoma Narrows bridges will be mailed civil penalty notices this week.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon farm sales grossed a record $5.2 billion last year, a 19 percent increase over 2010.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit accused extremist groups of using "scare-mongering tactics" in a bid to exaggerate the unrest which could force the cancellation of the Formula One race later this month.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will miss the Dodgers' home opener for the first time in 35 years because of a cold.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Al Michaels will receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth is uncertain whether he'll be able to play in the first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Wiedeman will be out 4-6 weeks after surgery to repair a sports hernia.
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Ajax says Johan Cruyff has resigned as a board member but will take on a new, unspecified position at the Amsterdam football club where he can carry out his vision for reforms.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- With its fast catamarans, the newfangled America's Cup is a perfect fit for young adrenaline junkie Nathan Outteridge.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- The Larch Corrections Center near Yacolt is testing how pet cats may soften the behavior of hardened criminals.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The Greek Olympic committee says English-born Greek swimmer Spyros Gianniotis will be the first torchbearer in its leg of the London torch relay.
GENEVA (AP) -- A Swiss aid organization has urged FIFA to speak out against human rights abuses in countries that host the World Cup.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Former major-leaguer Vladimir Guerrero says he has turned himself over to police in the Dominican Republic after reportedly being involved in a scuffle with a police officer in a disco.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles police are out in force for opening day at Dodger Stadium, a year after the brutal beating of a San Francisco Giants fan.
CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) -- Albert Ramos beat Pere Riba 6-2, 6-3 in an all-Spanish match in the first round at the Grand Prix Hassan II on Tuesday.
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgium will travel to Japan for the Fed Cup World Group playoffs without Kim Clijsters and Yanina Wickmayer.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Julia Goerges and Dominika Cibulkova were among the seeded players to reach the second round of the Barcelona Open on Tuesday.
GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say a former New York woman pretended to have terminal cancer so she could have a lavish wedding reception and honeymoon.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The final suspect in a Puyallup break-in where one intruder was killed is now in custody.
LONDON (AP) -- Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng is one of three NBA players who have agreed to play on Britain's Olympic team.
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (AP) -- Police using surveillance video have put the squeeze on a man suspected of trying to steal a shopping cart full of toothpaste from a western Massachusetts grocery store.