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  • AP Explains: National anthem is icon of patriotism, protest

    Thu, 01 Sep 2016 01:31:23 GMT

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's recent decision to not stand during the national anthem as a way of protesting police killings of unarmed black men has drawn support and scorn far beyond sports. The Associated Press explains how "The Star-Spangled Banner" became a ritual of American public life, its complicated racial origins and how the song has been used as a form of political resistance.

  • Late appeal moves NFL concussion case to Supreme Court

    Thu, 01 Sep 2016 01:08:31 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A last-minute appeal in the NFL concussion case, filed by the son of an all-star and civil rights activist, has sent the proposed settlement to the U.S. Supreme Court and delays payouts for at least several months.

  • Players cleared by NFL in PEDs investigation

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:59:55 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — NFL stars James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers can start the regular season without having the specter of a league investigation over whether they used performance-enhancing drugs hanging over their heads.

  • The Latest: Man freed after judge tosses murder conviction

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:45:50 GMT

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on North Carolina judge's order to throw out the double-murder conviction of a man who has spent 21 years in prison and immediately release him from prison. (all times local):

  • The Latest: Prosecutors won't contest order freeing man

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:04:30 GMT

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on North Carolina judge's order to throw out the double-murder conviction of a man who has spent 21 years in prison and immediately release him from prison. (all times local):

  • Ex-NFL player Rison pleads guilty to violating probation

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:31:44 GMT

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan State and NFL receiver Andre Rison has pleaded guilty to violating probation by failing to maintain child support payments and testing positive for marijuana.

  • Lawsuit pending, Bouchard out at US Open; Serena, Venus win

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 03:37:25 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard wrung her hands at her post-match news conference. She rubbed her lower lip. She squeezed her left arm.

  • 10 Things to Know for Wednesday

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 02:21:46 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

  • Senators want info on driver of bus that crashed, killing 2

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 01:50:09 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's U.S. senators and the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman are asking the Department of Homeland Security for information about the man identified as the driver of a bus that hit a firetruck and other vehicles in Louisiana, killing two people and injuring three dozen.

  • Concussion-related lawsuit pending, Bouchard out at US Open

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:15:29 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard wrung her hands at her post-match news conference. She rubbed her lower lip. She squeezed her left arm.

  • 3 convicted on charges in high school basketball rape case

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 22:30:19 GMT

    SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One Tennessee high school basketball player was found guilty of aggravated rape and two others were found guilty of aggravated assault against a freshman teammate, a person familiar with the juvenile court case said Tuesday.

  • Former Michigan State star Appling charged in new case

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:21:38 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling has been charged with another weapons violation and other crimes.

  • 11 freshmen victims in alleged Oregon hazing, coach charged

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:40:49 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A volunteer football coach and six players for a small town Oregon high school team face criminal charges for a hazing initiation in which 11 freshmen at a summer training camp had intimate parts of their bodies "aggressively targeted," a prosecutor said Tuesday.

  • Notre Dame likely to have 4 arrested players ready for Texas

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:55:02 GMT

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says he intends to make four of the five players arrested by state police on marijuana possession charges available to play when the 10th-ranked Fighting Irish open the season at Texas on Sunday.

  • Former Wesleyan football player gets probation in drug case

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:58:09 GMT

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Wesleyan University football player has been sentenced to six months of home confinement on federal charges that he supplied recreational hallucinogenic drugs to his teammates.

  • Lochte mum on Rio return, plugs 'Dancing with the Stars' gig

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:41:10 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Lochte isn't saying whether he'll return to Brazil to face a charge of filing a false police report over a gas station encounter during the Olympics.

  • Lochte mum on returning to Brazil, will compete on 'DWTS'

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:56:03 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Lochte isn't saying whether he'll return to Brazil to face a charge of filing a false police report over a gas station encounter during the Olympics.

  • Ryan Lochte mum on returning to Brazil to face charges

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:46:44 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Lochte isn't saying whether he'll return to Brazil to face a charge of filing a false police report over an incident at a gas station during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Judge weighs if N. Carolina man wrongly convicted of murders

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:36:35 GMT

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man was wrongly convicted of killing a woman and her daughter two decades ago in part because jurors didn't know about DNA evidence that implicated another man, defense attorneys said Monday.

  • First Southwest objects to deal over Schilling's 38 Studios

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:42:36 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The company that acted as financial adviser to the state of Rhode Island in its $75 million deal with video game company 38 Studios is objecting to a partial settlement in a lawsuit brought over the deal.

  • Former Michigan State star Appling arrested in Detroit

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:07:43 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling is in trouble again with police.

  • A look at Penn State scandal legal fallout after 5 years

    Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:06:24 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It's been nearly five years since retired Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges, and earlier this month he testified as he seeks to have his 45-count criminal conviction overturned. The scandal has produced new state laws regarding child abuse, millions in civil settlements to his victims and significant changes to Penn State's policies and procedures.

  • Transgender North Carolinians get restroom-access win

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 05:08:38 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that two students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses, and he said they have a strong chance of proving the state's bathroom-access measure violates federal law, a judicial rebuke that transgender rights advocates hailed as a victory.

  • Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress charged with DWI in Dallas

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:07:57 GMT

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress, twice suspended in the minor leagues for violating drug rules, was away from the team Friday following his overnight arrest in Dallas on a drunken driving charge.

  • Sharper files notice of appeal in federal rape case

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:37:20 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NFL star Darren Sharper filed a federal court notice Friday that he now plans to appeal his conviction and nearly two-decade sentence in a drug and sexual assault case — a case in which he pleaded guilty.

  • Kuwait dissolves Olympic committee, soccer association

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:01:19 GMT

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait has dissolved its Olympic committee and the country's national soccer association, further deepening an ongoing dispute over the direction of sports in the oil-rich country.

  • US swimmer Lochte's legal troubles mount in Brazil

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 03:08:50 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Judge won't dismiss Pierre-Paul privacy lawsuit against ESPN

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 01:14:48 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A Miami federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by New York Giants lineman Jason Pierre-Paul against ESPN over disclosure of his medical records from a 2015 fireworks accident.

  • Rio police: Irishmen say their top official handled tickets

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:58:28 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two Irish Olympic executives have told Rio police that the head of their national committee, who has been arrested in a Summer Games ticket-scalping probe, was in sole charge of ticketing matters, a chief investigator said Thursday.

  • Blatter says he will accept verdict as CAS appeal begins

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:04:32 GMT

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived for a marathon appeal hearing against a six-year ban from football on Thursday, pledging to accept the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport

  • A look at the rape allegations against ex-NFL star Sharper

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:34:20 GMT

    Former NFL star Darren Sharper is expected to spend at least the next 18 years in prison after he pleaded guilty or no contest to charges that he drugged as many as 16 women with the intention of raping them.

  • Rio police question top Irish Olympic executives in probe

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:20:21 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro police began questioning two of Ireland's top Olympic executives on Thursday in a Summer Games ticket-scalping probe that has already ensnared the highest official.

  • Harrison, Matthews, Peppers talk PEDs with NFL investigators

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:50:54 GMT

    Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and Green Bay Packers defensive players Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers met this week with NFL investigators looking into allegations linking them to performance-enhancing drugs, the players' union said Thursday.

  • 2 charged in death of 15-year-old boy who shielded others

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:53:35 GMT

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two men have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy who shielded two girls from the gunfire, a Tennessee prosecutor announced Thursday.

  • DOJ: Vet's Purple Heart lies cost government $752,000

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:06:22 GMT

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Federal prosecutors now say a former soldier who lied his way to a Purple Heart by faking injuries from the Iraq war cheated Washington state and the federal government out of more than $750,000 — about three times what investigators cited when they first charged him with fraud in 2014.

  • The Latest: After US sentence, Sharper goes to state court

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:47:00 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing in Louisiana of former NFL star Darren Sharper in a drug and rape case (all times local):

  • Spanish town under fire for killing calves at festival

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:20:05 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — A small Spanish town has come under fire for alleged cruelty to animals after a video showing young calves being taunted, stabbed and eventually killed in the town's festival was much criticized on social media.

  • Lottery scandal prosecutor seeks to subpoena Texas attorneys

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:31:10 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa prosecutor wants a judge to issue subpoenas for telephone and bank records of two Texas attorneys who he believes are connected to a former lottery computer security administrator who fixed lottery games in several states.

  • Daily fantasy sports sites aim to make Nevada comeback

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:24:23 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Daily fantasy sports websites are trying to get legal after a series of state-level setbacks that shut them down in some parts of the country, but officials who set policy in the gambling mecca of Nevada indicated they won't be bending too far backward for the companies.

  • Wife sentenced for killing 1984 Olympic bronze medalist

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:19:10 GMT

    VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The wife of a 1984 Olympic medalist was sentenced to a potential life sentence on Tuesday for shooting him in what she claimed was self-defense following years of abuse.

  • School athlete's sex assault case compared to Stanford case

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:30:27 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The case of a former Massachusetts high school star athlete sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two classmates is drawing parallels to that of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who got just six months in jail for a sexual assault conviction.