All-Star Reserves Named; Moustakas On Final Vote Ballot

allstar gameNEW YORK (AP) — Rookie sluggers Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson have been picked for the All-Star Game, while Alex Rodriguez has been left out.

Major League Baseball announced the reserves and pitchers for the American League and National League on Monday. The game is July 14 in Cincinnati.

Angels slugger Albert Pujols will start for injured Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen will start in place of Miami’s injured Giancarlo Stanton.

Bryant made the NL team at third base with the Chicago Cubs. Pederson plays center field for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fans can vote through Friday for the final player on each roster. The five AL candidates are Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts, Detroit outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier, Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner and Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas.

The five NL candidates are Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto, Mets closer Jeurys Familia, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez and Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

The Kansas City Royals added to their franchise record with six all-stars. Relief pitchers Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera will join Alex Gordon, Alcides Escober, Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez on the AL All-Star roster. Mike Moustakas will try to become the seventh Royal in the game in the final vote by the fans on Friday.

Nuggets Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay turning heads in practice

Denver_NuggetsDENVER (AP) — One practice in and Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is already talking titles.

An NBA Summer League crown, anyway. Got to love rookies.

New coach Michael Malone certainly does — especially this one. Mudiay, the seventh overall pick in the draft last month, already is forming quite a bond with his coach, who flat-out told Mudiay that this was his team.

This summer in Las Vegas, he meant, when the younger players on the Nuggets gain some experience. Who knows? Maybe that extends into the regular season as well. By taking Mudiay, the Nuggets created a log jam at point guard, which only increases the speculation that Ty Lawson may soon be moved.

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Officials in Crete Close 911 Center to Consolidate

911-ServicesCRETE, Neb. (AP) — Officials in the small Nebraska city of Crete have closed their 911 dispatch center and switched those services to nearby Beatrice.

Crete Police Chief Steve Hensel says all law enforcement and fire and rescue calls from the city have been switched to a regional 911 center at the Beatrice Police Department as of Monday morning. Remaining operations at the old location in Crete will end Wednesday afternoon.

City officials chose to consolidate to save money. Hensel says Crete will save $80,000 to $100,000 annually, mostly through personnel costs. Five dispatcher positions in Crete were eliminated.

Rays-Royals game postponed, tornado warnings in Kansas City

kc-royalsKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Royals scheduled for Monday night has been postponed with tornado warnings in the Kansas City area.

The game was called off about an hour before it was set to begin as heavy rain fell.

The Royals and Rays will play a day-night doubleheader Tuesday, with games at 1:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m.

South Carolina Senate Votes to Remove Confederate Flag

south-carolina-state-buildiCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has voted to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on Statehouse grounds.

The 37-3 vote Monday allows the state to remove the flag and the flagpole where it flies as soon as it passes the House and is signed by Gov. Nikki Haley.

The bill must pass a two-thirds vote, which is likely to be held Tuesday.

Monday’s vote comes less than a week after the 15th anniversary of South Carolina taking the flag off the Capitol dome where it flew since the early 1960s and moving it to beside a monument honoring Confederate soldiers.

Lawmakers had largely ignored the flag until the killing of nine black people during a Bible study at a historic African-American church on June 17.

Starbucks: Prices for Some Drinks to Go Up 5 to 20 Cents

starbucks-coffeeNEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks says it’s hiking prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks.

The Seattle-based company also raised prices nationally about a year ago.

A small and large brewed coffee will each go up by 10 cents in most areas of the country, Starbucks says. That would bring the price of a large coffee to $2.45 in most U.S. stores.

Some other coffee sellers are cutting prices. Last week, The J.M. Smucker Co. said it would cut prices for most of its coffee products because of declines in future prices for unroasted coffee beans. In an emailed statement Monday, Starbucks Corp. said coffee costs are only part of its expenses, which also include rent, labor, marketing and equipment.

2 Teens Arrested in Fatal Omaha Shooting, 12-Year-Old Sought

omaha-policeOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police have arrested two teenagers in connection with a fatal shooting last week, and they are still looking for a 12-year-old suspect.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says the two suspects in custody in connection with the June 29 shooting are 15- and 17-years-old.

Thirty-one-year-old Jamymell Ray died after the shooting that took place, and a 30-year-old man was wounded but he was released from the hospital the following day.

The two men were driving near a northeast Omaha park when they were shot.

Lincoln Police Investigate Death of Man Whose Body Was on Bike Path

lincoln-policeLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found on a bike path under a bridge in Lincoln.

A jogger found the body of a man in his mid-50s early Monday morning on the Salt Creek Levee Trail, a few blocks west of downtown. Police have identified the dead man but have not released his name. Jeff Tyson is chief financial officer of the People’s City Mission, and he says the man was a frequent guest at the mission, which provides housing and other services for the poor and homeless.

Tyson says police are treating the death as a possible homicide. Police say there was swelling on the left side of the man’s face and a cut on his left hand.

Buffett Makes Planned Stock Gifts Worth $2.8B to 5 charities

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett has given more than $2.8 billion worth of Berkshire Hathaway stock to five charities as part of his plan to gradually give away his fortune.

Buffett, who is Berkshire’s chairman and CEO, said in a news release Monday that he made his annual gifts last week.

Buffett has been giving away blocks of Berkshire stock since 2006 with the biggest share going to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

He also gave Class B Berkshire shares to his own foundation and to the foundations run by each of his three children.

In addition to these major gifts that Buffett makes each summer, he also gives smaller blocks of stock to several unnamed charities each year.

9-Year-Old Loses Hand While Playing with Fireworks in Boston

ambulance-lightsBOSTON (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy has lost a hand while playing with fireworks in Boston.

Police say a 5-year-old boy was also injured in the accident Sunday in the Dorchester neighborhood.

The 9-year-old’s family says he is being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Investigators are trying to determine where the illegal fireworks came from.

The state fire marshal’s office says a man was hospitalized with serious injuries to his hand while igniting fireworks Saturday in the backyard of a home in Saugus. Investigators found a large cache of fireworks in a bedroom of the home.

Authorities also reported large seizures of fireworks over the weekend in Pembroke, Hyannis and Dennis.