‘Homebrew’ email servers: Genius as well as sneaky?

WASHINGTON — No, it’s not always a room filled with wires and glowing blue lights. It’s probably not even the size of your furnace. The personal email server used by Hillary Rodham Clinton during her time as secretary of state was most likely about the size of your office desktop computer and could have been tucked quietly in a corner somewhere.

Rockets’ goals remain the same despite recent struggles

The Rockets went into Wednesday’s game with defensive goals built around forcing the Grizzlies to take jumpers and then clean up the boards. They did neither, but the plan did not change for the Pistons on Friday or versus the Nuggets on Saturday. The Pistons have made just 30.9 percent of their 3s since the trade deadline. The Nuggets have made just 31.3 percent of their 3-pointers this season, ranking last in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage. The Rockets lead the NBA in 3-point shooting defense, allowing 31.3 percent shooting. But they had trouble keeping the Mavericks, Clippers, Cavaliers and Grizzlies off the offensive boards. The Rockets are 23rd [...]

Rockets feel no relief even after NBA admits missed call

The Rockets didn’t get any kind of relief from the NBA admitting that referees in their game against Memphis on Wednesday night missed a crucial foul call in the final seconds. The call would have sent James Harden to the foul line when the game was tied at 100 with under 10 seconds to play. Without the call, the play was a Rockets’ turnover and Grizzlies forward Marc Gasol scored on the other end to win the game for Memphis. When asked if it meant anything that the league admitted their error, Harden said, “It’s still a loss.” Forward Trevor Ariza added that he and his teammates got “nothing” from [...]

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy says Rockets are using Josh Smith in the right way

Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy has been impressed with how well Josh Smith has fit in with the Rockets. Smith played the first part of the season with the Pistons before being waived from the team then picked up by the Rockets in late December. Smith is averaging 11.9 points and 5.2 rebounds off the bench for the Rockets. He has been praised for bringing an offensive spark to the team. “I think when they moved him to the bench, he has played very well in that role for them,” Van Gundy said. “Coming off the bench, he is helping them offensively and rebounding the ball. His shooting percentage has [...]

Scouting report: Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets

When/where: 8 p.m./Pepsi Center TV/radio: Root Sports/790-AM, 101.7-FM (Spanish) Nuggets 1. The Nuggets changed more than their coaches this week. When former Rockets assistant Melvin Hunt replaced Brian Shaw, he immediately had the Nuggets increase their already up—tempo pace, moved Danilo Gallinari into a role as a floor-spacing power forward and helped drive the Nuggets to wins against the Bucks and Timberwolves, winning as many games in his first two games as interim coach as the Nuggets had won in their previous 21 combined. 2. With the Nuggets trades of Timofey Mozgov and JaVale McGee and the injury to promising rookie Jusuf Nurkic, Kenneth Faried could start at center. J.J. [...]

Obama, Bush head to struggling city of Selma to commemorate march

President Barack Obama and his predecessor George W. Bush will be in Selma, Alabama this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march to Selma.

They'll arrive in a city that's one of Alabama's poorest. A recent Washington Post story highlights the problems Selma still endures a half-century after the march. There "more than 40 percent of the population lives in poverty and the unemployment rate is twice the state average."

Correa makes return as Astros fall to Cardinals in exhibition

JUPITER, Fla. – Top Astros prospect Carlos Correa returned to game action Friday, notching an RBI single in Houston’s 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Correa, the 2012 first overall pick who suffered a season-ending leg injury last June at high Class A Lancaster, went 1 for 2 with an RBI. He brought in Colin Moran in the Astros’ two-run seventh inning. Brett Oberholtzer started for the Astros and gave up one unearned run in two innings. The Cardinals struck for four runs in the sixth inning off reliever Alex White, who gave up three hits and walked two in one-third of an inning.

Gregg Popovich on longer NBA schedule: No thanks

The notion of the NBA season extending into July would be a godsend for players looking for extra rest and eliminating the back-to-back games players have long complained about. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, however, is no fan of that idea. “If there is a game in July, count me out,” Popovich told ESPN. “Count me out. Count me out. Life is too short.” The extension of the season into mid-summer would eliminate the between 16 and 20 back-to-back games that every NBA team typically has to deal with. Less physical stress could mean less injuries, and would not discount the usual number of games. “I think the season [...]