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France to try former IAAF boss Diack and his son

France to try former IAAF boss Diack and his son

PARIS — Lamine Diack, once one of the most influential men in Olympic sport, has been ordered to stand trial in France for his alleged role in a system of corruption, extortion and doping coverups during his reign at the top of athletics.

Historical marker commemorates reported alien abduction

PASCAGOULA, Miss. — A historical marker has been placed near the river where two men in southern Mississippi said they were abducted by aliens in 1973. News outlets report the city of Pascagoula dedicated the marker Saturday at Lighthouse Park.
Italy's Milan-Cortina wins vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics

Italy's Milan-Cortina wins vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Riding a wave of widespread Italian enthusiasm to be an Olympic host, Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo won the vote Monday to stage the 2026 Winter Games.

Snake on a mailbox halts mail delivery until it's relocated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Postal Service Creed covers rain, snow, heat and gloom of night, but it says nothing about snakes on a mailbox.
High rollers: Eldorado buys Caesars in deal valued at $17B

High rollers: Eldorado buys Caesars in deal valued at $17B

A casino juggernaut was formed Monday when Eldorado Resorts announced it is buying Caesars in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $17.3 billion.
Woodstock 50 may be back on at new venue

Woodstock 50 may be back on at new venue

VERNON, N.Y. — A smaller Woodstock 50 festival could possibly be held at an upstate New York harness track and casino.

Canadian man dies after falling from California cliff

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Authorities say a 34-year-old Canadian man died after falling from a 30-foot (9-meter) cliff in Southern California.
Legal feud still simmers in 'Melrose Place' fatal crash case

Legal feud still simmers in 'Melrose Place' fatal crash case

NEWARK, N.J. — A bitter legal feud is showing no signs of abating in the case of a former "Melrose Place" actress who's already served prison time for a fatal drunken driving crash nine years ago but could wind up back behind bars.
Screenwriters can play key role in gender parity, actors say

Screenwriters can play key role in gender parity, actors say

LOS ANGELES — Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis says achieving gender parity on screen is simple, and it could happen overnight. "Just go through (the script) and cross out a bunch of male first names and put female first names.

Nik Wallenda says he 'freaked' when pole slipped

NEW YORK — Nik Wallenda says he "freaked" out when his balancing pole slipped during a high-wire walk with his sister above New York's Times Square.