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BOSTON — If you believe manager Alex Cora, it seems that the Red Sox are peaking at the perfect time. Boston blew out the Astros, 12-3, on Monday night, and took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven ALCS. After losing a close Game 1 on Friday night in Houston, the Sox have outscored the Astros 21-8 in the last two games, jumping out to early 9-0l leads in both games. In Game 3, the Sox got ...

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The Biden administration has been forced to make a lot of tough calls in contending with COVID, not all of them to widespread acclaim. From demanding a closer examination of the virus’ origins to pushing for a vaccine mandate for large private companies, we’ve supported his robust use of executive authority to deal with an extraordinary crisis. Yet there is one ostensible pandemic-response ...

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Seoul — North Korea's latest military provocation is said to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile, South Korea's general staff said on Tuesday. The South Korean military's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said one missile was fired from near Sinpo on North Korea's eastern coast into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan. The JCS said the launch was detected at 10:17 am (0117 GMT), South ...

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Paris — French food company Danone SA reported Tuesday that its third-quarter net sales were 6.16 billion euros, up 5.8 per cent from last year's 5.82 billion euros. Sales grew 3.8 per cent on a like-for-like or LFL basis.All categories contributed to sales growth with sustained strong momentum in EDP, continued recovery in Specialized Nutrition and Waters.EDP sales of 3.27 billion euros ...

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Munich — Officials at Munich airport have found 1.2 tons of khat, a plant that contains a stimulant banned in Germany, a customs spokesman reported on Tuesday.The khat leaves were found on Thursday last week in a consignment labelled "table decorations." It was loaded in Dubai for despatch to the United States."This is the largest quantity of khat found in the existence of Munich Airport," ...

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Brussels/Frankfurt/Paris — Delivery Hero has invested 235 million dollars in on-demand delivery startup Gorillas Technologies GmbH. Delivery Hero led Gorillas' series C funding round, and now holds approximately 8 per cent in Gorillas.Based in Berlin, Gorillas provides consumers instant access to essential grocery products. Gorillas operates in nine countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, ...

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In advocating for criminal justice reform, this newspaper has supported efforts to embrace an early intervention system that identifies police officers with problematic behaviors. We applaud the city of Dallas for making good on its commitment to adopt such a system. Dallas police officials said last week that the department had chosen First Sign, an early intervention system by Benchmark ...

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Portland Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said Monday that forward Tony Snell would likely miss up to two weeks of the regular season, which begins Wednesday at home against Sacramento. But others who missed preseason games could return to action. Snell, who missed the entire preseason season with a right foot sprain, had a small setback recently, Billups said, but nothing too serious. ...

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Police took an alleged tow truck thief into custody Monday night after a slow-speed pursuit from Pacific Beach to downtown San Diego, an officer said. The chase began around 7:45 p.m. when the man jumped into a tow truck on Garnet Avenue near Mission Bay Drive and drove off, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said. The pursuit last for more than an hour on surface streets and south ...

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Wellington — A determined bird trying to fly from Alaska to New Zealand is making a second attempt to return home.The adult kuaka (godwit) took off from tidal flats in Alaska's Yukon-Kuskokwim delta on September 11.However, it was forced to return back to Alaska en route due to strong winds, where it landed after 57 hours of constant flight.The bird departed Alaska again on September 24 and ...