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How many cherries in frozen pie? FDA may soon drop rules

NEW YORK (AP) - President Donald Trump may soon be able to claim a sweet victory for his deregulation push, with officials preparing to get rid of the decades-old rules for frozen cherry pies. Emails show the Food and Drug Administration planned to start the process for revoking the standard for frozen cherry pies this week, followed by a similar revocation of the standard for French dressing. Plans to get rid of the obscure rules had been tucked into the Trump's administration's deregulation agenda . Standards for an array of foods including cottage cheese and canned peas were put in place decades ago partly to ensure a level of quality. They spell out how products with specific names can be made, including ingredients that are required or not allowed. The rules for frozen cherry pies say they must be 25% cherries by weight with no more than 15% of the cherries being blemished. It's not always clear why some food terms have standards and others don't. The rules are seen as arcane by many and are a sore spot in the food industry, with companies saying they prevent innovation or prompt lawsuits. The FDA under Trump has said it plans to update the standards. Lee Sanders of the American Bakers Association said she's hopeful the cherry pie standard will finally be revoked, but that it would not make a big difference for the industry. "I feel confident our members are producing cherry pies with more than enough cherries," she said. The FDA also plans to take another look at milk, which federal regulations define as coming from a cow. The dairy industry has called for a crackdown on soy, rice and almond drinks makers that use the term. While any changes to the milk rule are likely to be contested, getting rid of the standard for frozen cherry pie is unlikely to be...

Passover holiday brings matzah — and more measles vaccine fears

NEW YORK - In the days leading up to Passover, ultra-Orthodox Jewish families maneuvered strollers through kosher markets in Brooklyn's Borough Park neighborhood to prepare for the holiday by buying unleavened bread and wine for the Seder. New York City officials also had Passover on their minds. A wave of measles cases has been traced to unvaccinated ultra-Orthodox children, who usually live in insular communities. When extended families get together during Passover, which begins Friday night, the chance for the disease to spread increases. And during the holiday, many families that usually keep the modern world at a distance go on public excursions. "People will be out and about in spaces where they interact from people from the outside world," said Meyer Labin, a writer for the Jewish publication JP News, who works down the street from the markets in Borough Park. "We're fearful it's going to spread." For ultra-Orthodox Jews, Passover is an eight-day holiday book-ended by festival days during which they do not use electricity or drive cars. Those restrictions lift during Chol Hamoed, the four days in between, making it a popular time for families to visit parks and museums. Only a small subset of Orthodox Jews avoid vaccinating their children. Most sects of Orthodoxy - a denomination which itself includes only 10 percent of American Jews - strongly endorse vaccination to protect public health. In many Orthodox synagogues, including Washington's Kesher Israel and Ohev Shalom, the recent measles outbreak has prompted new policies even barring those who are unvaccinated from visiting synagogues. Jonathan Leener, an Orthodox rabbi, said many members of his community who live in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, where 228 measles cases have been confirmed, are embarrassed by the attention drawn to the smaller...

Yankees, Flyers drop Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ amid questions of possible racism

The New York Yankees reportedly confirmed Thursday that they were no longer playing a Kate Smith version of "God Bless America" during the seventh inning of home games, after the team learned of a Depression-era song she'd recorded that raised questions of possible racism. Two songs cited by the New York Daily News, which broke the story, included "That's Why Darkies Were Born," a 1931 hit for Smith, and "Pickaninny Heaven." Smith's 1939 version of "God Bless America" had been in the rotation at Yankee Stadium since the team began regularly playing the song following the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. "The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information," a club spokesman told the Daily News. "The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. "And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity." Smith and her rendition of "God Bless America" have been most closely associated in the sports world with the Philadelphia Flyers, who had a decades-long stretch of remarkable success in games preceded by her version. She performed it at the team's former arena, the Spectrum, before the Flyers won the first of their two Stanley Cup titles in 1974, and a statue of her was later placed outside the arena. The Daily News reported that the Yankees "are investigating" Smith's legacy of potentially objectionable music and noted that some have described "That's Why Darkies Were Born" as meant to satirize white supremacists. The song, which was also recorded by Paul Robeson, the son of a runaway slave who would go on to become a civil rights activist, includes these lyrics: "Someone had to pick the cotton/Someone had to...

Hurricanes top Capitals to even East series

The Carolina Hurricanes lost another forward - and won another playoff game. "'Next guy up' has been the memo lately," rookie Warren Foegele said. Enough of them have stepped up to even the Eastern Conference series with the Washington Capitals. Host Carolina beat the defending Stanley Cup champions 2-1 on Thursday night to square the series at two games apiece, with Teuvo Teravainen scoring the go-ahead goal with 27.9 seconds left in the second period. Foegele scored 17 seconds in, giving him three goals in two home games, and Petr Mrazek made 30 saves for Hurricanes. Already without two forwards - rookie Andrei Svechnikov (concussion protocol) and Micheal Ferland (upper-body injury) were hurt earlier in the series - because of injuries, Carolina lost another when Jordan Martinook appeared to sustain a right knee injury in the first period. It didn't matter, as Carolina won its second in a row. "All we've done," Carolina captain Justin Williams said, "is hold serve." Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal and Braden Holtby finished with 22 saves for the Capitals, who hadn't lost consecutive games in regulation since late January. The team also lost forward T.J. Oshie after he was hit by Foegele. Foegele received a boarding minor for his hit with 5:08 remaining that left Oshie doubled over in pain as he skated to the dressing room. "It was a defenseless player that was quite a distance from the boards," Washington head coach Todd Reirden said. "It's an extremely dangerous play, and he will not be with our team for a while." Blues 3, Jets 2: Jaden Schwartz scored with 15 seconds remaining to cap St. Louis' three-goal third period as the visiting Blues beat Winnipeg to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference series. Ryan...

Schwartz caps Blues' rally in 3-2 win over Jets 1 in Games 5

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Jaden Schwartz scored with 15 seconds remaining in the third period to cap St. Louis' three-goal third period in a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night, giving the Blues a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference playoff series. Ryan O'Reilly and Brayden Schenn scored earlier in the final period for the Blues, who host Game 6 of the best-of-seven series on Saturday. Jordan Binnington stopped 29 shots. On the winning goal, Tyler Bozak sent a pass over to Schwartz, who redirected it out of the air past Hellebuyck. Winnipeg was up 2-0 after the first period on goals by Adam Lowry and Kevin Hayes. Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves as the Jets lost their sixth straight at home, including the regular season. The Blues' win marked the first time in 15 years, and fourth time overall, the road team has won each of the first five games in a seven-game series. According to a league stat, when a best-of-seven NHL playoff series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 takes the series 78.8 per cent all time (205-55). St. Louis went on its first power play with 21 seconds remaining in the second period when Jacob Trouba was called for roughing. The period ended with Winnipeg holding the 22-21 edge in shots on goal. O'Reilly scored with 11 seconds remaining in the power play, off a rebound in a crowd in front of the net at 1:29 of the third to pull St. Louis to 2-1. Schenn tied it with 6:09 remaining following a review. Oskar Sundqvist passed the puck over to Schenn and then slid into the net and knocked it off, but it was ruled Schenn had shot the puck in before a defensive player caused the net to come off. Winnipeg mounted a 2-0 lead after the first period, even though the Blues had the 15-12 advantage for shots on goal. Lowry got the crowd fired up...

Brameier wins 600th career game

WILTON - Jeff Brameier has had a multitude of memorable victories as the head coach of the Darien boys lacrosse team. So, how was he going to celebrate hitting the 600-win milestone Thursday night in Wilton? "Go home and take a nap," Brameier said with a smile. It'll certainly be a well-earned rest. The Blue Wave delivered a masterpiece performance as they rolled to an eight-goal lead in the first half and dismantled Wilton, 18-6, at Fujitani Field Thursday night. The score was tied 2-2 midway through the first quarter when Darien went on a run of nine unanswered goals to make it a rout. The game even moved to running time late in the fourth quarter with the Wave up by 12. At that point, it was all over but the celebrating, as the Darien players donned t-shirts commemorating Coach B's 600th career victory. Brameier, who has coached the Blue Wave since 1984, has a record of 600-134 for a winning percentage of .817. He became Connecticut's all-time winningest boys lacrosse coach in 2017 when he passed New Canaan's Howard Benedict, who had 551 victories. "It's been a great run," Brameier said. "The program started from nothing in 1984 and there's been a lot of people who've contributed, athletes and the town's youth program, which got us to where we are. This is certainly an award for the program more than it is just me." "It means a lot," said Darien senior co-captain Hudson Pokorny. "We're so fortunate to be in a town like this with such a great coach. He started the program from nothing to where it is today - a lot of FCIACs and State championships. It's awesome to be a part of." Darien (6-1) was battling back from...

Yankees' streak halted at two

New York Homer Bailey won consecutive starts for the first time since July 2017, holding the New York Yankees to three hits over six innings and leading the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 victory Thursday night. Jorge Soler and Ryan O'Hearn hit solo home runs off Domingo German (3-1), and the Royals won their second straight after starting the season 5-12, including 0-5 on the road. Bailey (2-1), a right-hander who turns 33 next month, has been among baseball's biggest busts since signing a $100 million, six-year contract with Cincinnati before the 2014 season. He went 18-32 for the Reds after the big deal, missing more than 14 months following Tommy John surgery in May 2015. He was 1-14 last season, then was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in December and released with $28 million still due. He signed a minor league contract with the Royals, made the team and after opening with a no decision and a loss, allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings to beat Cleveland last Saturday for his first win since May 12. He allowed a tying run to the Yankees on Gleyber Torres' first-inning sacrifice fly following singles by Aaron Judge and Luke Voit, then gave up only one more hit. Bailey, who struck out six and walked one, had not won back-to-back starts since July 4, 2017, at Colorado and five days later at Arizona. Richard Lovelady got five outs, and former Yankee Ian Kennedy finished. New York was limited to four singles, including a pair by Clint Frazier in the fourth and ninth innings. Playing on the 96th anniversary of the opening of the original Yankee Stadium across the street, New York stumbled following its two-game sweep of Boston and dropped to 8-10. German gave up three runs and six hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and no walks. He fell behind on...

Nets trail series after losing two in row

New York Ben Simmons scored a career playoff-high 31 points, Tobias Harris added 29 points and 16 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers shook off the absence of Joel Embiid to beat the Brooklyn Nets 131-115 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. Without their All-Star man in the middle, the 76ers relied on Simmons slashing to the basket, and Harris and JJ Redick shooting from the perimeter. Simmons was 11-for-13 from the field, repeatedly getting to the rim even with the Nets sagging well off him in hopes he would shoot a jumper. He added nine assists and eventually quieted a crowd that loudly booed him every time he touched the ball early. Harris had his playoff highs in both points and rebounds, and was 6-for-6 from 3-point range. Redick was 5-for-9 from behind the arc and finished with 26 points. "Listen, I think their big players came to play," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. "Ben had a great game, I thought JJ was great, Tobias also hit some big 3s." Embiid warmed up before the game but the 76ers announced shortly before the start that the All-Star center wouldn't be available because of a sore left knee. Greg Monroe started in his place and had nine points and 13 rebounds. D'Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert each scored 26 points for the Nets, who have dropped the last two games after surprising the No. 3 seed in the opener in Philadelphia. Energized by a lively Brooklyn crowd seeing playoff basketball for the first time since 2015 and perhaps by the absence of Embiid, who averaged 22.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in the first two games, the Nets started well but then stalled. They went about 41/2 minutes without a basket and Philadelphia took advantage to lead 32-24 after one. The lead quickly went into double digits in the second before LeVert...

Simmons scores 31 points, 76ers beat Nets without Embiid

NEW YORK (AP) - Ben Simmons scored a career playoff-high 31 points, Tobias Harris added 29 points and 16 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers shook off the absence of Joel Embiid to beat the Brooklyn Nets 131-115 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. Without their All-Star man in the middle, the 76ers relied on Simmons slashing to the basket, and Harris and JJ Redick shooting from the perimeter. Simmons was 11 for 13 from the field, repeatedly getting to the rim even with the Nets sagging well off him in hopes he would shoot a jumper. He added nine assists and eventually quieted a crowd that loudly booed him every time he touched the ball early. Harris had his playoff highs in both points and rebounds, and was 6 for 6 from 3-point range. Redick was 5 of 9 behind the arc and finished with 26 points. Embiid warmed up before the game but the 76ers announced shortly before the start that the All-Star center wouldn't be available because of a sore left knee. Greg Monroe started in his place and had nine points and 13 rebounds. D'Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert each scored 26 points for the Nets, who have dropped the last two games after surprising the No. 3 seed in the opener in Philadelphia. Energized by a lively Brooklyn crowd seeing playoff basketball for the first time since 2015 and perhaps by the absence of Embiid, who averaged 22.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in the first two games, the Nets started well but then stalled. They went about 4 1/2 minutes without a basket and Philadelphia took advantage to lead 32-24 after one. The lead quickly went into double digits in the second before LeVert got going. He scored six straight points and had Brooklyn's first 14 of the period to tie it at 38. The 76ers regained control and opened an 11-point lead...

High School golf top performers, matches to watch

FINE PERFORMANCES Will Mallek, Fairfield Prep, and Alex Gu and Calvin Smith, Darien: Mallek was the medalist, firing an even-par 36, but Gu and Smith both posted 37 to help the Blue Wave defeat the Jesuits in a match held at Country Club of Fairfield. Jackson Fretty, Greenwich: Shot a 2-under-par 34 at Sterling Farms GC to earn medalist laurels in the Cardinals' victory over Trinity Catholic. Ben James, Hamden Hall: Freshman shot a pair of 37s this week - at New Haven CC in a win over Hopkins and at the Apawamis Club in Rye, New York, in a one-point loss to Rye. Nate Schmidt, Cromwell: Posted a 1-over 36 on the front nine at TPC River Highlands to help the Panthers defeat Portland. GET OUT AND GO Notre Dame-West Haven vs. Hamden at Race Brook CC, Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.: The two SCC powers meet twice inside a week, the rematch coming at the Inner Nine at Race Brook CC. New Canaan vs. Ridgefield at Silver Spring CC, Tuesday, 3:15 p.m.: Ridgefield hosts the early-season battle of FCIAC unbeatens. New Canaan vs. Greenwich girls at CC of New Canaan, Tuesday, 3:45 p.m.: These two FCIAC programs have finished either first or second in the CIAC state tournament each of the last six seasons. Greenwich vs. Fairfield Prep at CC of Fairfield, Wednesday, 1 p.m.: Greenwich, the reigning FCIAC and Division I state champion, comes to Fairfield for a nonconference showdown against one of the SCC's best. Avon Invitational at Blue Fox Run GC, Friday, 1 p.m.: Simsbury, Berlin, Glastonbury and Cromwell among the schools coming to tee it up at Blue Fox Run. - Joe Morelli

Barkley's focused on getting better, not OBJ or draft

East Rutherford, N.J. With a week to go before the NFL draft, Saquon Barkley hasn't gotten a lot of calls from the top prospects wanting to know what to expect next week. A few former Penn State teammates have reached out to the Giants running back, and the only message the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year gave them was to be ready when the season starts. It's the attitude he took last year, and nothing has changed, even with the recent trade of star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. Speaking after an organized team activity on Thursday, Barkley said he's looking for new things to challenge him. He wants to improve his pass blocking and catching the ball and being more of a leader in his second season. "My competitive nature would love to be the best player in the league and the best running back in the league, but I think you could make an argument that I was one of the best running backs in the league last year and we went 5-11 to account for it," Barkley said. "My mindset is whatever it takes to take this team to another level and compete for a championship, whether that is 2,000 yards, 1,500 yards or 800 yards." General manager Dave Gettleman didn't shed much light on who the Giants would take with the sixth and 17th overall picks in the first round next Thursday. The Giants need pass rushers, an offensive tackle, defensive backs and a quarterback to replace 38-year-old Eli Manning. Gettleman insists there is no pressure to take a quarterback. "I am just saying I won't force a pick," Gettleman said. "You can't draft for need. You will get screwed every time and make a mistake." P atriots: Attorneys for two of the women charged in a Florida prostitution sting are asking a judge to hold police and prosecutors in contempt of court following...

Bailey wins consecutive starts, Royals beat Yankees 6-1

NEW YORK (AP) - Homer Bailey won consecutive starts for the first time since July 2017, holding the New York Yankees to three hits over six innings and leading the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 victory Thursday night. Jorge Soler and Ryan O'Hearn hit solo home runs off Domingo Germán (3-1), and the Royals won their second straight after starting the season 5-12, including 0-5 on the road. Bailey (2-1), a right-hander who turns 33 next month, has been among baseball's biggest busts since signing a $100 million, six-year contract with Cincinnati before the 2014 season. He went 18-32 for the Reds after the big deal, missing more than 14 months following Tommy John surgery in May 2015. He was 1-14 last season, then was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in December and released with $28 million still due. He signed a minor league contract with the Royals, made the team and after opening with a no decision and a loss, allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings to beat Cleveland last Saturday for his first win since May 12. He allowed a tying run to the Yankees on Gleyber Torres' first-inning sacrifice fly following singles by Aaron Judge and Luke Voit, then gave up just one more hit. Bailey, who struck out six and walked one, had not won back-to-back starts since July 4, 2017, at Colorado and five days later at Arizona. Richard Lovelady got five outs, and former Yankee Ian Kennedy finished. New York was limited to four singles, including a pair by Clint Frazier in the fourth and ninth innings. Playing on the 96th anniversary of the opening of the original Yankee Stadium across the street, New York stumbled following its two-game sweep of Boston and dropped back to 8-10. Germán gave up three runs and six hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and no walks. He fell behind on consecutive doubles in the first by...

Ai Weiwei remembers disappearance of 43 Mexican students

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's interest in studying human rights around the world led to his meeting with relatives of the 43 college students who disappeared in southern Mexico in 2014. That encounter led, in turn, to his new exhibit in Mexico's capital. Ai has lived under house arrest in China and faced censorship because of his activism, even as his fame led to major exhibits in leading international museums, including the Tate Gallery in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In Mexico, Ai chose a university museum to mount his exhibit dedicated to the case of the students from the teachers' college at Ayotzinapa in Guerrero state. He used students to assemble Legos into big, colorful portraits of the 43 missing young people. "He wanted it to be a university structure," said Cuauhtémoc Medina, one of the curators of "Ai Weiwei: Re-establish memories," the show at the contemporary art museum of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. The idea began in 2016 when Medina took Ai to the Miguel Agustin Pro Human Rights Center, where the artist talked with some of the students' relatives. "At some point he told them that he had also been a political prisoner, that when one is disappeared in a completely isolated situation, the only thing that keeps you alive is being totally convinced that your loved ones must be fighting by any means possible to get you back," Medina said. Ai was confined to his home in China as a result of his outspoken criticisms following the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan province that killed some 90,000 people, including thousands of children in poorly constructed schools. The 43 Mexican students disappeared Sept. 14, 2014, in the Guerrero city of Iguala after local police allegedly turned them over to a local drug...

Pastore helps Ridgefield walk off against Greenwich

In Thursday's 3-2 victory over Greenwich, the Ridgefield High baseball team had two players come through in the clutch - one far more likelier than the other. Senior rightfielder Joey Pastore, the Tigers' cleanup hitter, provided the walk-off hit, lining a two-out single to left that scored Nick Cullinan with the winning run. More unexpected was the performance from another senior, seldom-used relief pitcher Jack Costello. Costello entered the game with no outs and two Greenwich runners on base in the top of the seventh. After allowing a bunt single that loaded the bases, Costello retired the next three batters - all on plays at home - to keep the game tied. "I'm thrilled for a guy like that, a real program guy," Ridgefield coach Paul Fabbri said about Costello, who was making just his second varsity appearance. "He was on JV last year and kept working and got better. That was a huge spot for him today and he didn't get rattled." Ridgefield's comeback - the Tigers (8-2) scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game - overshadowed an impressive effort from Greenwich right-hander Ian Colalucci. Colalucci kept Ridgefield hitless through five innings, stranding three runners in the third and two more in the fifth. "He got ahead of hitters today," Greenwich coach Mike Mora said about Colalucci. "That allowed him to throw his breaking stuff for outs." Ridgefield starter Keenan Briggs held the Cardinals (2-7) scoreless in the first five innings, but the visitors broke through with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. Sean Pratley and Henry Jonokuchi reached on infield singles and advanced on Jackson Blanchard's sacrifice bunt. Matt Colucci relieved Briggs and...

Juez aprueba demanda de tráfico sexual contra Weinstein

NUEVA YORK (AP) - Una demanda que buscaba representar a cualquier mujer con una acusación contra Harvey Weinstein podrá proceder bajo cargos de tráfico sexual, dictó un juez el jueves, pero se redujo dramáticamente el espectro de acción para enjuiciar al desacreditado productor de cine y no se podrá tratar a sus empresas asociadas como una organización mafiosa. El juez federal de distrito Alvin K. Hellerstein eliminó 17 demandas contra el alguna vez poderoso empresario quien ha sido acusado por mujeres en varios casos por tratar de usar su influencia en Hollywood a cambio de favores sexuales. Weinstein también enfrenta un juicio en una corte estatal por cargos de agresión sexual. El juez también redujo el número de demandantes de 10 a 4 y desestimó a todos los demás demandantes. Las mujeres afirman haber sido atacadas entre 1993 y 2011. Weinstein niega haber incurrido en cualquier acto sexual no consensual. Elior Shiloh, abogado de Weinstein, dijo en un comunicado que los abogados están de acuerdo con la decisión de Hellerstein para rechazar la mayoría de las acusaciones y explorarán "todas las opciones" para lograr que la última acusación también sea desestimada. La abogada Elizabeth Fegan, quien representa a las mujeres, dijo que el juez dictó correctamente que Weinstein debería enfrentar la acusación de tráfico sexual "por usar su poder para engañar y manipular mujeres, sabiendo que tenía la intención de abusar sexualmente de ellas". "Nos desilusiona que algunas acusaciones fueron retiradas y planeamos presentar una apelación", dijo. La demanda presentada a finales de 2017 buscaba representar a "decenas, si no es que cientos" de mujeres que afirman haber sido aisladas y atacadas por Weinstein. No se especificaba la...