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DUNEDIN, Fla. — Justin Morneau is finding his hitting touch early in preparation for the World Baseball Classic. Morneau had two hits, including an RBI double, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 on Tuesday. Morneau and teammate Joe Mauer, both taking part in next month’s WBC, made the 2½-hour trip from Fort Myers. “Just to get my legs underneath me,” Morneau said. “There’s a big difference between playing five innings and playing nine. Knowing we’re going to start earlier with the WBC, crank it up a little bit earlier.”
PHOENIX — Marcin Gortat hit big shots at the end of regulation and overtime, helping the Phoenix Suns end a three-game losing streak with an 84-83 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Gortat hit a runner with 13 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime and scored on a hard drive with 45 seconds left in the extra period.
By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS — Trevor Mbakwe stood at center court as Gopher fans stormed the Williams Arena court, an impossibly large smile on his face as he was swarmed by the delirious crowd. This was why he came back for a sixth season. This was why he rehabbed a torn ACL in college rather than trying to turn pro. This is why he didn’t give up after sitting out a full season because of off-the-court trouble. For this moment.
Pour on the olive oil, preferably over fish and vegetables: One of the longest and most scientific tests of a Mediterranean diet suggests this style of eating can cut the chance of suffering heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older people at high risk of them. The study lasted five years and involved about 7,500 people in Spain.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has voted to confirm Chuck Hagel to be the nation's next defense secretary. By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has voted to confirm Chuck Hagel to be the nation's next defense secretary.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- For the second time in a week, a major winter storm paralyzed parts of the nation's midsection Tuesday, dumping a fresh layer of heavy, wet snow atop cities still choked with piles from the previous system and making travel perilous from the Oklahoma panhandle to the Great Lakes. By BILL DRAPER Associated Press
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- No progress to report in negotiations with Congress, President Barack Obama on Tuesday singled out for praise the few Republicans who say they're open to aspects of his approach to averting looming government-wide spending cuts, seeking to turn up the heat on GOP leaders ahead of Friday's deadline.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans seem to be more confident in the economy than they have been in the past few months. But that doesn't mean they're willing to spend more money. By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate cleared the way Tuesday for confirmation of Chuck Hagel to be the nation's next defense secretary after Republicans dropped their unprecedented delay of President Barack Obama's choice to head the Pentagon. By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. new-home sales jumped in January from the previous month to the highest level since July 2008, a sign that the housing recovery is accelerating. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer