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  • New Jersey Assembly votes to regulate daily fantasy sports

    Mon, 22 May 2017 21:47:25 GMT

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Democrat-led Assembly on Monday approved legislation to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports.

  • New York City steakhouse sues Pennsylvania eatery over name

    Mon, 22 May 2017 20:15:15 GMT

    SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A New York City steakhouse is suing a Pennsylvania eatery for trademark infringement.

  • Students sexually abused at school face lengthy legal fights

    Mon, 22 May 2017 16:17:04 GMT

    When children sexually assault other children at school, sometimes the only measure of justice comes through the courts.

  • Students sexually abused by peers face struggles in court

    Mon, 22 May 2017 13:11:22 GMT

    When children sexually assault other children at school, sometimes the only measure of justice comes through the courts.

  • A look at student-on-student sex abuse verdicts, settlements

    Mon, 22 May 2017 04:24:21 GMT

    The Associated Press reviewed verdicts and settlements across the country in lawsuits brought against schools over student-on-student sexual abuse . Here are some notable recent cases:

  • Braves hit 3 homers to beat Max Scherzer, Nationals 5-2

    Sun, 21 May 2017 03:55:45 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's lineup hasn't looked power-deprived without injured star Freddie Freeman in two wins over the NL East-leading Nationals.

  • Harsh sentences for IS sympathizers in Brazil test new law

    Sat, 20 May 2017 21:47:43 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After months of trading messages on social media praising violence by the Islamic State militant group, Leonid El Kadre de Melo said it was time to act.

  • Iowa to pay $6.5M to settle landmark sports bias lawsuits

    Fri, 19 May 2017 21:39:35 GMT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, according to settlements their attorneys called historic Friday.

  • Top dollar: Browns sign Myles Garrett, 1st overall pick

    Fri, 19 May 2017 19:50:08 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett's first sack as a pro is filled with money.

  • Family of football player who died after head injury sues

    Fri, 19 May 2017 16:18:54 GMT

    ROLESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The family of a North Carolina high school football player who died after sustaining a head injury during practice is suing the Wake County school system and members of the athletic staff.

  • Correction: Russia-Navalny story

    Fri, 19 May 2017 15:02:53 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — In a story May 18 about Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov launching a video attack on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Usmanov says he is not a tax resident of Russia. Usmanov was quoted in April by the business newspaper Vedomosti as saying he is a tax resident of Russia and "I pay personal taxes here."

  • Judge denies release of 38 Studios grand jury records

    Thu, 18 May 2017 21:09:01 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island judge on Thursday denied a request to release secret grand jury records from the criminal investigation into the state's $75 million deal with 38 Studios, the video game company started by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

  • Police: Mixed martial arts chokehold used on man who died

    Thu, 18 May 2017 17:29:40 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas police officer used a stun gun seven times and a mixed martial arts chokehold to subdue an unarmed man who died after a foot chase through a casino, authorities said.

  • Russian tycoon challenges opposition leader in YouTube video

    Thu, 18 May 2017 14:06:35 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov on Thursday launched a video attack on opposition leader Alexei Navalny, shortly before the trial in Usmanov vs. Navalny defamation case was to begin.

  • Vegas police: Unapproved chokehold used in fatal foot chase

    Thu, 18 May 2017 11:06:46 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas police officer used a stun gun seven times and an unapproved mixed martial arts chokehold to subdue an unarmed man who died after a foot chase through a casino, authorities said.

  • Court upholds suspended sentence for Pirates' Kang over DUI

    Thu, 18 May 2017 07:23:52 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Thursday upheld a suspended prison sentence for Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang over a drunken driving conviction, a ruling that may complicate his plans to rejoin the National League baseball team this season.

  • Vegas police: Martial arts chokehold used in deadly chase

    Thu, 18 May 2017 02:57:58 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas police officer used a stun gun seven times and a mixed martial arts chokehold to subdue an unarmed man who died after a foot chase through a casino over the weekend, authorities said Wednesday.

  • Vegas police: Martial arts neck hold used in deadly chase

    Thu, 18 May 2017 00:43:56 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas police officer used a stun gun seven times and a mixed martial arts neck hold to subdue an unarmed man who died after a foot chase through a casino over the weekend, authorities said Wednesday.

  • Battery complaint dropped against Browns draftee Brantley

    Wed, 17 May 2017 21:12:12 GMT

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors dismissed a misdemeanor battery complaint against Cleveland Browns sixth-round pick Caleb Brantley, a defensive tackle from Florida, citing insufficient evidence.

  • Man gets prison in drug-selling scheme with ex-NHL player

    Wed, 17 May 2017 20:33:06 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who authorities say conspired with a former NHL player in a scheme to illegally sell prescription painkillers is headed to federal prison.

  • Lawsuit: Baylor football players recorded gang rapes

    Wed, 17 May 2017 18:05:51 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A new federal lawsuit against Baylor University alleges football players routinely recorded gang rapes and staged dog fights during hazing parties in a program that fostered sexual violence.

  • Cracker Barrel settles federal suit over handicapped parking

    Wed, 17 May 2017 16:12:20 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has settled a class-action lawsuit brought by a basketball star who claimed handicapped parking spaces at some restaurants are too steep or otherwise violate federal law.

  • New Baylor lawsuit alleges rape video, dog fighting

    Wed, 17 May 2017 16:07:47 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A new federal lawsuit against Baylor University alleges football players routinely recorded gang rapes and staged dogfights in a program that fostered sexual violence.

  • Cincinnati Bengals' 'Pacman' Jones pleads guilty to 1 charge

    Tue, 16 May 2017 21:05:32 GMT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single misdemeanor charge from an altercation earlier this year, the latest in a history of off-the-field legal issues for the NFL veteran.

  • Banged-up Penguins march on vs Senators as injuries mount

    Tue, 16 May 2017 20:46:39 GMT

    Seeing a top-line forward and your most indispensable defenseman walking slowly down the tunnel and out of sight during a game would be startling if the Pittsburgh Penguins haven't grown so used to it.

  • Cincinnati Bengals' 'Pacman' Jones pleads guilty to 1 count

    Tue, 16 May 2017 14:59:16 GMT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single misdemeanor charge from an altercation this year, the latest in a history of off-the-field legal issues for the NFL veteran.

  • Pretrial hearing set for Cincinnati Bengals' 'Pacman' Jones

    Tue, 16 May 2017 11:01:14 GMT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge in Cincinnati plans a pretrial hearing in the case of veteran Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, who faces three misdemeanor charges.

  • Conan jokes may have killed, but he stands accused of theft

    Tue, 16 May 2017 07:28:10 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — What do Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the Washington Monument have in common?

  • School sex complaints to federal agency rise _ and languish

    Tue, 16 May 2017 02:18:58 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — Hector and Itza Ayala sat in a conference room at Houston's prestigious high school for the performing arts, clutching a document they hoped would force administrators to investigate their 15-year-old daughter's claim of a classroom sex assault.

  • Schools face vexing test: Which kids will sexually attack?

    Tue, 16 May 2017 02:16:20 GMT

    The children who sexually assault other children may be the popular jocks, the loners or anyone in between. There is no typical attacker, no way for schools to predict who might inflict that kind of torment on a classmate.

  • No laughing matter: Writer claims Conan O'Brien stole jokes

    Tue, 16 May 2017 01:07:11 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — If the best jokes are stolen, the best comedians don't think it's funny when they're accused of ripping off material.

  • No laughing matter: writer claims Conan O'Brien stole jokes

    Tue, 16 May 2017 00:11:16 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — If the best jokes are stolen, the best comedians don't think it's a laughing matter when they're accused of ripping off material.

  • Sheriff: Chiefs top draft pick Mahomes unharmed in robbery

    Mon, 15 May 2017 20:42:48 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rookie Kansas Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes escaped injury after being robbed outside a Texas home after attending a college baseball game, authorities said Monday in describing the holdup as random.

  • Who are the lawyers and judges debating Trump travel ban?

    Mon, 15 May 2017 19:07:59 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Two lawyers with broad experience before the U.S. Supreme Court argued for and against President Donald Trump's travel ban Monday before a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Three judges appointed by President Bill Clinton heard the case over the executive order that targets six predominantly Muslim countries.

  • Who are the 3 judges hearing arguments on Trump travel ban?

    Mon, 15 May 2017 08:14:41 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three judges appointed by President Bill Clinton will hear the appeal of Hawaii's challenge to President Trump's travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries.

  • The Latest: Ex-baseball star guilty of 14 counts of trading

    Sat, 13 May 2017 01:20:18 GMT

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the insider trading conviction of ex-baseball star Doug DeCinces (all times local):

  • A blast from the past: Vijay Singh in the hunt

    Sat, 13 May 2017 00:28:26 GMT

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The last time Vijay Singh started this well in The Players Championship was in 2006, when he was No. 2 in the world and still adding to his record of most PGA Tour victories in his 40s.

  • Ex-baseball star Doug DeCinces guilty of insider trading

    Sat, 13 May 2017 00:09:01 GMT

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Former baseball star Doug DeCinces was convicted Friday of insider trading for a stock buy that earned him more than $1 million.

  • Ex-gymnast: Sex assault by Michigan doctor was 'humiliating'

    Fri, 12 May 2017 23:57:14 GMT

    MASON, Mich. (AP) — A former gymnast testified Friday that she turned to a prominent Michigan sports doctor for treatment of back problems as a teenager, but instead was repeatedly molested. The woman said the assaults have haunted her for nearly two decades and had a lasting impact on every aspect of her life.

  • With scoring up, only tweaks proposed to college basketball

    Fri, 12 May 2017 22:39:25 GMT

    Pleased with recent changes that have boosted offense, the NCAA basketball rules committee chose not to propose any drastic moves for next season such as breaking the men's game into four quarters, pushing back the 3-point line or widening the lane.

  • Undefeated '72 Dolphins player cites concussions in assault

    Fri, 12 May 2017 21:22:23 GMT

    MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A player on the Miami Dolphins' undefeated 1972 team cited neurological problems he says he has from concussions during his career as he pleaded guilty Friday to punching a man in the face in New Jersey.