AP source: Verlander agrees to 2-year contract with Mets

SAN DIEGO — Justin Verlander agreed to an $86.7 million, two-year contract with the New York Mets on Monday, reuniting the AL Cy Young Award winner with Max Scherzer and giving the team a high-profile replacement for Jacob deGrom. The contract is worth $43,333,333 per season and includes a vesting player option for 2025 at … Read more

Red Stars owner to sell team after report of abuse in NWSL

Red Stars owner Arnim Whisler announced Monday he is selling his stake in the team following an investigation that found emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic in the National Women’s Soccer League. Whisler’s decision comes two months after the team’s board of directors voted to remove him as chairman and forbid him from participation … Read more

Unmarked graves, an ‘ugly history’: West Virginia weighs mine safety

HAVACO, W.Va. — Mayapple plants sprout in the sunken soil where the bodies lie, their leaves sheltering the unmarked graves like tiny umbrellas. The forgotten burial ground is overrun by four-wheel tire tracks near a path strewed with discarded bottles and other trash. More than a century of overgrowth on this West Virginia hillside has … Read more

Russia unleashes missiles but Ukraine says most shot down

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia on Monday unleashed what Ukrainian authorities called the latest “massive missile attack” across their country, striking homes and buildings, killing civilians, and disrupting electrical power and water supplies in areas — notably in the Black Sea port city of Odesa. Ukraine’s air force claimed it shot down more than 60 of … Read more

Ukraine reports new barrage of widespread Russian strikes

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian officials reported a new barrage of Russian missile strikes across the country Monday, an attack that was anticipated as Russia seeks to disable Ukraine’s energy supplies and infrastructure with the approach of winter. Media reports referred to explosions in several parts of the country, including the cities of Odesa, Cherkasy and … Read more

US police rarely deploy deadly robots to confront suspects

SAN FRANCISCO — The unabashedly liberal city of San Francisco became the unlikely proponent of weaponized police robots this week after supervisors approved limited use of the remote-controlled devices, addressing head-on an evolving technology that has become more widely available even if it is rarely deployed to confront suspects. The San Francisco board of supervisors … Read more

Fan buying famed ‘Goonies’ house in Oregon, listed for $1.7M

ASTORIA, Ore. — The listing agent for the Victorian home featured in the “The Goonies” film in Astoria, Oregon, said this week the likely new owner is a fan of the classic coming-of-age movie about friendships and treasure hunting, and he promises to preserve and protect the landmark. The 1896 home with sweeping views of … Read more

A haunting ghost story in ‘The Eternal Daughter’

A gentle and mournful spell is cast by Joanna Hogg’s “The Eternal Daughter,” a ghost story where memory is manifested — visited, intruded upon and, finally, made to glow. The film begins, enchantingly, with fog drifting through barren tree branches and a white taxi winding through a country road. The gothic mood is immediately cozily … Read more

‘George & Tammy’ pulls back the curtain on country icons

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In preparation for their upcoming series “George & Tammy,” Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain spent months learning the songs that George Jones and Tammy Wynette made famous, working with a vocal coach and making the pilgrimage to Nashville to record. “The studio we recorded at butted up against the cemetery where George … Read more