Update 3:10 p.m. (EST): MLB has released an official statement confirming the suspensions of the players listed below. As for Alex Rodriguez, he will be suspended for 211 games, a period starting Thursday, August 8, and extending through the remainder of this season, the 2013 postseason and the full 2014 regular season. Rodriguez will appeal the suspension.
Major League Baseball will reportedly suspend 12 players for 50 games each for violating the sport's performance-enhancing-drugs policy in connection to a Miami health clinic called Biogenesis. The biggest name in MLB's investigation, three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez, is the only player who plans to appeal his suspension, which is believed to be far larger than the 50 games given to the 12 players who accepted their punishments.
The Labor Department's monthly jobs survey had some mixed results for July. The economy added 162,000 new jobs, a bit below expectations, and the unemployment rate ticked down slightly, from 7.6 percent to 7.4.
Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private who leaked classified documents to the website Wikileaks in 2010, was acquitted Tuesday of aiding the enemy, the most serious of the many charges brought against him. He will still go to jail, though, likely for a very long time, because he was convicted of numerous lesser charges.
Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who abducted and imprisoned three women in his home for a decade, agreed to a plea deal on Friday that will ensure that he does not face the death penalty. He will be in jail, without chance for parole, for the rest of his life.
Exactly one year to the day after one of the most horrific mass shootings ever in America, two survivors of that awful tragedy got married. Eugene Han, 21, and Kirstin Davis, 22, tied the knot in that same town this past Saturday, in the presence of friends and family.
Two of the NHL's "original six" franchises will meet in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1979. The Boston Bruins, representing the Eastern Conference, will face the Western Conference-champs, the Chicago Blackhawks, with Game 1 starting at 8 p.m. EST Wednesday night.
Job growth in May beat economists' expectations, coming in at 175,000 new positions added, which aligns closely with the yearly average. The unemployment rate rose ever so slightly, from 7.5 percent to 7.6 percent, a result of more people entering the work force, according to the Labor Department.
Late Wednesday night, a 61-year-old woman was found alive amid the rubble of a collapsed building in Philadelphia and taken to a nearby hospital where she remains in critical condition. The search for other survivors has been halted as of Thursday morning.
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