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By acquring Justin Upton, Padres make intentions clear: Contend now

Washington Post

We can draw three irrefutable conclusion from Friday's news that the San Diego Padres – last in the majors in runs scored, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage in 2014 – have traded for Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton: San Diego ...

Turkey court issues warrant for Erdogan foe Gulen

Bangkok Post

ISTANBUL - An Istanbul court issued an arrest warrant for US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen who President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regards as his top enemy, in a controversial case that has strained ties with the EU. Workers of the Zaman newspaper ...

Oklahoma judge dismisses suit on execution access

Fox News

OKLAHOMA CITY – A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by media organizations seeking greater access to the execution of Oklahoma death row inmates, ruling that the state's death penalty protocols do not violate the First Amendment.

Padres obtain 3B Will Middlebrooks from Red Sox

New York Daily News

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In yet another move for the retooling Padres, San Diego obtained third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan on Friday night. Hanigan was acquired by San Diego from Tampa Bay earlier in the ...

China's Commitment to One Country, Two Systems Unshaken, Xi Says

Bloomberg

China's commitment to the “one country, two systems” policy remains unshaken in the face of challenges and is in the interests of prosperity, stability and international investors, President Xi Jinping said. The basic state policy is an integral part of the China ...

Gordie Howe's condition improves after stem-cell treatment

Chicago Tribune

Hockey legend Gordie Howe watches practice for the NHL All-Star hockey game in Dallas in 2007. Hockey legend Gordie Howe watches practice for the NHL All-Star hockey game in Dallas in 2007. (JESSICA RINALDI / Reuters Photo). By Sports Xchange.

US markets gain for the third straight session

Livemint

The US markets closed higher on Friday; with stocks rising for third straight session in the wake of the Federal Reserve's reassurance that the rate increases would be methodical, while the central bank stated that it would be patient on the timing of the initial ...

Giants deal for Soquel's Casey McGehee

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Soquel High alum Casey McGehee rounds fist base on a single against the Giants last May at AT&T Park. The Giants are in talks with McGehee to fill Pablo Sandoval's spot at third base. (Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel file). By Alex Pavlovic, Bay Area ...

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