Oldest living ex-MLB player dies in Cuba at 102

Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, has died, his grandson said. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.

Grandson Rogelio Marrero confirmed the death Wednesday afternoon.

"Connie" Marrero, as he was known in the States, was renowned for his control and for his presence on the mound despite standing just 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 158 pounds.

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Photos of the day - April 23, 2014

Palestinian farmers gather harvested green wheat outside the West Bank city of Jenin, fans take pictures of South Korean actor Kim Soo-hyun during a fan meeting in Hong Kong and police train their fire hose at protesters against next week’s visit of U.S. President Barack Obama in Manila are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Getty/Reuters)

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1964 World’s Fair


The 1964 World’s Fair was held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the borough of Queens, New York City, and opened on April 22, 1964. Organized by 20th Century builder Robert Moses, the The 1964 World’s Fair was dedicated to “Man’s Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe.” Fifty-eight countries participated in the 1964 World’s Fair as did many prominent businesses, including: Chrysler, Bell Telephone, U.S. Steel, General Electric, Ford, General Motors, I.B.M., Pepsi-Cola, Dupont, RCA, and Westinghouse.

The 1964 World’s Fair debuted during the United States’ Space Age era, a time period which is related to space exploration and technology. The World’s Fair is also remembered in part for the futuristic showcasing by American industrial groups, notably General Motors Corporation’s Futurama show.

The fair gave many visitors their first encounter with computer equipment such as Teletype machines, punch cards, and telephone modems, and computer terminals with keyboards and CRT displays. More than 51 million people attended the fair, although fair organizers had hoped for 71 million. The fair closed October 17, 1965.


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Photos of the day - April 22, 2014

South Korean rescue workers operate near floats where the capsized passenger ship Sewol sank during the search and rescue operation in the sea off Jindo, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, sits with acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine and Britain’s Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, speaks to people from the local aboriginal community near Uluru, Australia are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is best known for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves and biological diversity. Almost 95 percent of the park is designated wilderness, which is defined by the Wilderness Act of 1964 as, “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”

First protected in 1864, Yosemite was central to the development of the National Parks system.

During a quick springtime stop in the Yosemite Valley, Yahoo News photographer Gordon Donovan grabbed a few photos and discovered a place that requires several days to capture all of the park’s beauty. (Yahoo News)

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Beautiful Bulldog Contest

Lucey is a slobbering 18-month-old pooch whose human family dreams of making her a therapy dog. Winning a pageant before her second birthday should boost the Iowa bulldog’s hopes of joining owner Dr. Tiffany Torstenson, in the health care industry.

Lucey beat out 49 drooling competitors Monday to take this year’s “Beautiful Bulldog” pageant, a tongue-in-cheek event designed to kick off the weeklong Drake Relays, an internationally-renowned track and field meet in Des Moines. (AP)

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Easter Egg Roll at White House

First Lady Michelle Obama is applying a healthy-eating theme to this year’s Easter Egg Roll, as she and President Barack Obama lead the annual festivities on the South Lawn of the White House.

Under sunny skies with mere wisps of clouds overhead, the first lady said the emphasis of the 136th Easter Egg Roll would be keeping young people active and healthy. She spoke from the White House’s Truman Balcony, flanked by the president and an Easter bunny.

Moments later, the president read Maurice Sendak’s children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are” to a group of youngsters, growling and gnashing his teeth and at one point challenging them to a staring contest.

The White House was expecting 30,000 to take turns participating in the event on the South Lawn.

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Scenes from the 2014 Boston Marathon

A large police presence greeted runners and spectators filtering in Monday morning for the Boston Marathon, a year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

Despite heightened security, the mood was festive at the finish line on Boylston Street. Spontaneous applause broke out as a group of Boston police officers walked near the site of last year’s twin bombing and children danced as the Rolling Stones’ song “Start Me Up” blared over the loudspeakers.

About 36,000 runners registered for the race — the second-largest field in its history, many of them coming to show support for the event and the city that was shocked by the attack on its signature sporting event. (AP)

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Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter: 1937-2014

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. He had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native’s adopted home. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, said Carter died in his sleep.

Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976.

Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public advocacy. His ordeal and the alleged racial motivations behind it were publicized in Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane,” several books and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington, who received an Academy Award nomination for playing the boxer turned prisoner.

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