April 18, 2014

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Heroin addicts face barriers to treatment

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NEW YORK (AP) — As the ranks of heroin users rise, increasing numbers of addicts are looking for help but are failing to find it — because there are no beds in packed facilities, treatment is hugely expensive and insurance companies won’t pay for inpatient rehab. Some users overcome their addictions in spite of the obstacles. But Read More…

NCAA Tournament: UConn, Kentucky meet for title tonight as unlikely finalists

Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright celebrates Saturday vs. Florida. The seventh-seeded Huskies will play eighth-seeded Kentucky tonight for the national title. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

ARLINGTON, Texas — Connecticut and Kentucky couldn’t have met in last year’s championship game and few people gave them a chance to be in this year’s. Seventh-seeded Connecticut and eighth-seeded Kentucky meet tonight in one of the unlikeliest NCAA championship games ever. Neither was around in last year’s postseason — Connecticut because of a tournament Read More…

NASCAR: Race at Texas Motor Speedway postponed by rain until noon Monday

A dryer runs on the track before a rain delayed start to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer )

FORT WORTH, Texas — On a day when the weather was more suitable for ducks than racing, the Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway became NASCAR’s first rainout of the season. The Robertson family from “Duck Dynasty” had prominent roles at Sunday’s race, called the Duck Commander 500, but Uncle Si never got to Read More…

‘We’re all paying:’ Heroin spreads misery in US

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  On a beautiful Sunday last October, Detective Dan Douglas stood in a suburban Minnesota home and looked down at a lifeless 20-year-old — a needle mark in his arm, a syringe in his pocket. It didn’t take long for Douglas to realize that the man, fresh out of treatment, was his second heroin overdose Read More…

The Final Four: Aaron Harrison does it again, sinks late 3-pointer to carry Kentucky past Wisconsin and into final

Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison makes a three-point basket in the final seconds over Wisconsin guard Josh Gasser to win the game 74-73. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

ARLINGTON, Texas — No, this was not an instant replay, though it certainly is turning into a highlight loop Aaron Harrison and his Kentucky teammates could get used to watching. Harrison took a pass from his twin brother, Andrew, spotted up from NBA range and watched the ball rattle in for the lead with 5.7 Read More…

The Final Four: UConn proves it’s no fluke, charges into championship game with second win over top-ranked Florida

Connecticut players including Terrence Samuel celebrate after beating Florida 63-53 during their NCAA Final Four tournament semifinal Saturday in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

ARLINGTON, Texas — Shabazz Napier looked up toward the Connecticut fans in the crowd at AT&T Stadium and held up one finger. The Huskies had just beaten overall No. 1 seed Florida 63-53 on Saturday in the Final Four. But Napier’s gesture had another meaning. “One more to go,” the first-team All-American said. The victory Read More…

Cavaliers’ playoff hopes in trouble after loss to Hawks

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack shoots as he falls down with the ball against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA — A hot-shooting night put the Atlanta Hawks back in sole possession of a playoff spot. Poor shooting cost the Cleveland Cavaliers in a game they desperately needed. Mike Scott ended a scoring slump with 26 points and the Hawks beat Cleveland 117-98 Friday night in a costly setback for the Cavaliers’ late-season playoff Read More…

The Final Four: Florida’s Billy Donovan wins his way … a lot

Florida head coach Billy Donovan (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

ARLINGTON, Texas — He was “Billy the Kid” as a college player, then “Billy the Recruiter” as a young coach. Now, with his fourth team in the Final Four and in the midst of the longest winning streak in school history, maybe Florida coach Billy Donovan should be dubbed “Billy the Builder.” With no surefire Read More…

Judge to end Ohio ban on recognizing gay marriage

Attorney Al Gerhardstein, left, stands with several same-sex couples at a news conference April 4 in Cincinnati.  (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge said Friday that he will strike down Ohio’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage, a move that stops short of forcing Ohio to perform same-sex weddings but will make the state recognize gay couples legally wed elsewhere. Judge Timothy Black announced his intentions in federal court in Cincinnati following final Read More…

Student charged after shot fired at Kent State

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KENT, Ohio (AP) — The Kent State University freshman who prompted a campus lockdown when he shot himself in the hand during a domestic dispute remained jailed Thursday on a concealed weapon charge, campus police said. The man fired only once Wednesday night during some sort of dispute with two female students, Police Chief John Read More…