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Democratic governors nervous about health plan

August 3, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, right, shakes hands with a Harley Davidson rider at the museum Friday, August, 2, 2013 in Milwaukee. The National Governors Association is meeting in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democratic governors say they are nervous about getting the new federal health care law implemented but add they will be...

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Fort Hood and the rarity of military executions

August 3, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE- In this Nov. 5, 2009, file photo, Sgt. Anthony Sills, right, comforts his wife as they wait outside the Fort Hood, Texas, army base where their young son was in daycare. Nidal Hasan is charged in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 dead...

FDA links stomach bug in 2 states to Mexican farm

August 2, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

In this image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a photomicrograph of a fresh stool sample, which had been prepared using a 10% formalin solution, and stained with modified acid-fast stain, reveals the presence of four Cyclospora...

High court won’t delay release of Calif. inmates

August 2, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this undated file photo released by the California Department of Corrections, inmates sit in crowded conditions at the California Institute for Men in Chino, Calif. The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 paved the way for the early...

A-Rod homers with drug penalties likely Monday

August 2, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez autographs a ticket stub for a fan before the start of a Class AA baseball game with the Trenton Thunder against the Reading Phillies, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek) NEW YORK (AP) — Alex...

Global travel warning: US cites al-Qaida threat

August 2, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

Secretary of State John Kerry gives policy address on same-sex spouses applying for U.S. visas, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at the U.S. Embassy in London. The U.S. will immediately begin considering visa applications of gay and lesbian spouses in the same manner as...

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Inbee Park caught the bad end of the draw at St. Andrews, made worse by not having her best golf. Before she can think about a chance to make history as the first golfer to win four professional majors in the same season, Park faced a more immediate concern Friday afternoon in the Women’s British Open — how to make up an eight-shot deficit against Na Yeon Choi. “I’m so far back,” Park said after a birdie on the final hole to salvage a 1-over 73. “We need some tough conditions.” The last time there was talk about a Grand Slam in this area of Scotland was 11 years ago, across the Firth of Forth at Muirfield, where Tiger Woods was going for the third leg of the slam. A nasty storm that arrived without warning blew him off course to an 81 in the third round and that was the end of it. This wind at St. Andrews was the strongest of the week, though nothing out of the ordinary. Choi played four groups behind Park and turned in a command performance, making six birdies for a 5-under 67 that gave her a one-shot lead over Miki Saiki of Japan going into the weekend. Saiki set the Old Course record for the Women’s British Open with a 66 in the morning, where the only nuisance was a few bursts of showers. Choi’s 67 was 8.4 shots better than the average score of those who played in the afternoon, and one of only three rounds in the 60s. Conditions were so demanding that when Choi was asked to give details of her six birdies, the South Korean couldn’t recall much further back than the 17th hole. “Five hours out there, this kind of weather, it’s hard to remember,” she said. It’s a round Park would like to forget, one that will make her quest even more difficult to add to her trio of majors this year. “A little bit of everything wasn’t working well out there today,” Park said. “I don’t feel like I played horrible today. A little bit unlucky with the draw, not playing in the morning when it’s lovely. But that’s the way it is.” Her problems started on the opening hole, when her approach over the Swilcan Burn rode the wind and bounced beyond the green some 50 feet from the flag. Her chip only got halfway there, and she two-putted for bogey. Park was never under par at any point in her round. A birdie on the sixth was offset by a three-putt bogey on the 10th. A birdie on the 12th was followed by a bogey on the 13th, in part due to a bad break. On the toughest driving hole on the back nine, Park hit her best tee shot — only for it to roll into a sand-filled divot. Her approach came up just short of the green, and she hit putter down the slope and 10 feet past the cup. Her approach to the 17th ran up the left side of the Road Hole Bunker and left her about 60 feet, and she hit another poor lag — short and 8 feet to the right — leading to her second three-putt of the round, and fourth of the tournament. At least she still had 36 holes — and plenty of hope — remaining to get back in the race. It was tough for everyone in the afternoon — except for Choi, who had a score that looked as if she were on the New Course — and Park isn’t ruling herself out. Neither is anyone else. “The tough, gritty players can win this,” Stacy Lewis said after a hard-fought 72 left her five shots behind. “Anybody under par is not out of this.” Morgan Pressel took another step toward locking up a spot on the Solheim Cup team with a 70 in the morning, leaving her two shots out of the lead. She now can think squarely about the Women’s British Open, and perhaps adding a second major to the Kraft Nabisco Championship she won in 2007 as an 18-year-old. Nicole Castrale, also making a last-ditch effort to make the Solheim Cup team, shot 34 on the tough back nine for a 70 and was in the group at 7-under 137 that included Jee Young Lee and Suzann Pettersen. Choi is a former U.S. Women’s Open champion, so she has proved she can handle difficult conditions. What helped was having her entire team with her this week — notably her Irish coach, Robin Symes, and his friend, who is working as a caddie. Her game management coaches, Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott, also are at St. Andrews. She had to handle the blustery wind by herself. “I had a daily goal, so I just tried to stick with the goal,” Choi said. “It could be like par is 74 or 75 today. But I didn’t care — par 3, par 4, par 5, doesn’t matter to me. I just try to play one shot at a time, and I think that’s why I had great results.” Even as the second round was finishing, it was clear this was a special round. Birdies were mainly available on the outward nine, and it was all about hanging on from the 12th through the 17th holes. Choi hit a 3-hybrid off the tee on the 16th and a 3-wood into the green, and she hit driver and 3-wood to finish just short of the 17th green in two. From about 45 yards, she putted the ball to 3 feet for a tough par. Park spoke about having nerves before she teed off Thursday. She conceded after the second round she felt the pressure of this historic chance when she first arrived at St. Andrews. She didn’t see it as a burden, but an opportunity, saying that no matter what happens this week, it would teach her to handle any situation the rest of her career. “When you experience something big like this, some kind of big pressure like this, you’re just really not afraid of any kind of pressure,” Park said. “How can it get bigger than this? Anything is going to be less than this.” After making birdie on the 18th, she did an interview with ESPN and then Golf Channel. After that, she stopped for a group of Korean TV reporters, who shouted instructions on where she should stand and to the two employees holding microphones. When she spoke to 10 reporters afterward, someone asked if she imagined having so much media gathered around her to ask so many questions. “Well, this is pretty much the only week I’m going to get that much, so I should enjoy this moment,” Park said.

August 2, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

South Korea’s Inbee Park, gestures on the 16th green during the second round of the Women’s British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland, Friday Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell) ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) —...

Judge blocks planned horse slaughter at 2 plants

August 2, 2013 • National News, State NewsComments (0)

FILE – This April 15, 2013 file photo shows Valley Meat Co., which has been sitting idle for more than a year, waiting for the Department of Agriculture to approve its plans to slaughter horses. A federal judge in Albuquerque is expected to decide...

APNewsBreak: Sikhs added to hate crime stats

August 2, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

FOR USE AS DESIRED WITH SIKH TEMPLE SHOOTING ANNIVERSARY STORIES – FILE – In this Aug. 6, 2012, file photo worshipers from the Sikh community gather for a candle light vigil after prayer services in Brookfield, Wis. Twelve months ago, a white...

Surveillance critics face Obama in Oval Office

August 1, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this June 10, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Struggling to salvage a massive surveillance program, Obama faced congressional critics of the National Security Agency’s...