April 30, 2016

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College football: Big Ten shining during bowl season

The Big Ten is starting the new year with a new sense of pride. The first week of January typically is when the conference absorbs insults and jeers following a run of disappointing bowl performances. Not this year. Not after Ohio State took down top-seeded Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinals. Not after Wisconsin Read More…

College football: Houston caps improbable comeback to win Armed Forces Bowl

In Fort Worth, Texas, Greg Ward threw three touchdowns in the final 3:41 of the Armed Forces Bowl, two after Houston recovered onside kicks, and completed a game-winning 2-point conversion as the Cougars beat Pittsburgh 35-34 with an improbable comeback Friday. Pitt (6-7) led 31-6 when ACC offensive player of the year James Conner had his Read More…

Multistate crime spree leaves 2 dead, 3 wounded

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A multistate crime spree left a North Carolina couple dead and their home torched before two suspects were caught in a New Year’s Day shootout that wounded two West Virginia police officers, authorities said Friday. Investigators began piecing together the crime Thursday around 4 p.m. when two Lewisburg, West Virginia, officers Read More…

10 Things to Know, Friday, Jan. 2

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Mario Cuomo dies at 82 Obama praises the former New York governor as “an unflinching voice for tolerance, inclusiveness, fairness, dignity, and opportunity.” 2. “Living hell” for slaves in remote South Korea  The disabled and homeless are Read More…

Families of Shanghai victims grieve, seek answers

SHANGHAI (AP) — Like tens of thousands of other revelers, 24-year-old Pan Haiqin decided to ring in the New Year on Shanghai’s famed waterfront, as the skyscrapers across the Huangpu River flashed and sparkled. But as the crowd grew and then turned into an out-of-control crush of bodies, the real estate professional never made it Read More…

Fake bar part of research into anti-drinking drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s no skunky bar odor amid the beer taps. Instead of booze, colored water fills the bottles. The real alcohol is locked away but still close enough for the extra temptation of smell — and to test the safety of a new drug designed to help heavy drinkers say “when” sooner than usual. The Read More…

Piano stores closing as fewer children taking up instrument

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — When Jim Foster opened his piano store 30 years ago, he had 10 competitors selling just pianos. When he closed Foster Family Music in late December, not one was still selling pianos in the Quad-Cities area of Iowa and Illinois. “We did try hard to find a buyer,” Foster said. There were no takers. Stores dedicated Read More…

Who would benefit if Clinton decides not to run?

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s hard to imagine Hillary Rodham Clinton not running for president again — and easy to image the result of such a decision: political chaos. “It would be shocking,” says Tad Devine, a Democratic strategist who is advising Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Democrat who is considering a presidential campaign himself. Early Read More…

Iraq’s birds of mercy take flight from din of war

SAEBERAN, Iraq (AP) — Khalil Ibrahim watches from his tent as the orange light of dusk is darkened by a flock of European starlings arriving on their annual migration to northern Iraq. He prepares to trigger his nets as they circle the field, but at the last minute a child throws a stone in the distance and the Read More…

Medical marijuana a challenge for legal pot states

SEATTLE (AP) — A year into the nation’s experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales. In Washington, the black market has exploded since voters legalized marijuana in 2012, with scores of Read More…