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NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Weiner, the plain-speaking, ever-positive labor lawyer who took over as head of the powerful baseball players' union four years ago and smoothed its perennially contentious relationship with management, died Thursday, 15 months after announcing he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 51.
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Despite strong warnings from the U.S. State Department, hundreds of Americans like the 85-year-old Korean War veteran apparently being detained in North Korea travel to the communist nation each year. Many go as part of humanitarian efforts or to find long-lost relatives. Some, like the war vet, simply want to see a closed society shrouded in mystery.
Arlington (United States) (AFP) - Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish will return to his native Japan with a clean bill of health after an MRI showed inflammation in his back has subsided. The Rangers said Thursday on their website that the 27-year-old right-hander had an appointment with spine consultant Drew Dossett about the nerve irritation that dogged him late in the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Darvish finished his second major league campaign with a 13-9 record, 2.83 ERA and a league-best 277 strikeouts in 209 2/3 innings over 32 starts. He finished second to Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer in the American League Cy Young Award race, but was hindered with nerve inflammation in his back over the last six weeks of the season.