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On Thursday night at the NCAA Convention's annual "State of College Sports" plenary session, Mark Emmert, a president rallying his constituents at a time of crisis, delivered a message that was predictably light on detail but heavy on rhetoric meant to build consensus on a shared mission before the attendees returned to their respective campuses. With his association under fire from the ...

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WASHINGTON - The gender gap in President Donald Trump's approval rating is a massive 19 percentage points in a new poll. A 7 News/Emerson College poll of registered voters nationwide found 57% of men approved of the job he is doing as president, while only 38% of women approved. That is even higher than the 11 point gender gap in exit polls conducted in the 2016 election, which is tied with ...

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BEIJING - As Chinese officials take unprecedented measures to contain the spread of a new respiratory virus of unknown potency, 21 million people at the epicenter of the outbreak are under quarantine and Lunar New Year celebrations around the country have been canceled. Despite the health crisis, millions of people have traveled to their hometowns or abroad for the holiday and will eventually ...

Trump says Mideast peace plan to be unveiled before Tuesday WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said he plans to release the Middle East peace plan that he's been promising since his 2016 campaign, pledging to reveal it before Israeli leaders visit the White House on Tuesday. "Sometime prior to that," Trump told reporters Thursday aboard Air Force One when asked when the White House will put ...

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WASHINGTON - Sen. Bill Cassidy charted a course along the back corner of the Senate chamber Thursday during President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. The Louisiana Republican walked through an area usually reserved for staff seating, hands in pockets, retracing a short path over and over again for more than 15 minutes. When Georgia Republican David Perdue took to standing along his path, ...

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WASHINGTON - A lawyer for Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's socialite madam, said that Maxwell's private email server was hacked after her email address was inadvertently revealed in a cache of court documents unsealed last August by a New York federal court. Those documents, from a lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein's victims, shone a light on Epstein's alleged trafficking ...

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ON THE ROAD TO BUCARAMANGA, Colombia - The rich were the first to leave. They wired their savings abroad and hopped on international flights. The middle class departed next. They went on buses, sometimes riding for days across several countries. The poor remained. They stayed as the economy collapsed, food got scarcer, medicine shortages turned deadly and the electricity cut out for days at a ...

SEATTLE - The Mariners' pre-spring training luncheon traditionally is an opportunity to pump up the fan base with optimism and good vibes for the season to come. The Mariners took a slightly different approach Thursday. Oh, there was plenty of optimism, all right. The good vibes were flowing. But as the ballclub embarks on Year 2 of its ambitious yet risky "stepback" project, it was all ...

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DORAL, Fla. - Defense Secretary Mark Esper launched a review of U.S. Southern Command on Thursday as part of the Pentagon's worldwide look at where it can reallocate forces, raising the possibility that the already small Florida-based command could see additional cuts. The worldwide review of all combatant commands was directed by Esper to find areas from which forces can either return to the ...

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Fla. - On a June morning in 1985, a 30-year-old jail inmate named Jack Pearcy sat in an administrative room of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He agreed to be hooked up to a machine designed to detect lies. "Did you really see Jimmy Dailey stab Shelly Boggio?" "Yes." "Do you really believe Jimmy Dailey killed Shelly Boggio?" "Yes." Initial results suggested Pearcy was ...

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is again facing questions about his relationship with Mohammed bin Salman after the Saudi crown prince was accused of spying on Amazon.com Inc. chief Jeff Bezos. The alleged hacking of Bezos - the world's richest man and owner of The Washington Post - creates a new foreign policy headache for Trump, whose Middle East strategy has largely hinged on ...

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NEW YORK - The rich son of a crooked former New York congressman was sentenced to five years' probation Thursday for an insider trading scheme orchestrated by his dad. Cameron Collins, 27, sniffled as he apologized for trading off of the illegal stock tip he received in June 2017 from his powerful father, former Rep. Chris Collins. The elder Collins, a Republican who represented the suburbs of ...

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WASHINGTON - The Trump administration moved Thursday to impose restrictions on tourist visas for pregnant foreign women to prevent so-called birth tourism aimed at gaining U.S. citizenship for the child. "Birth tourism poses risks to national security," the State Department said in the new regulations. The rules, which take effect Friday, could make it more difficult for some women of ...

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LOS ANGELES - Evangeline Elmendorf Greene can go an entire day - sometimes more - without speaking to anyone in Santa Fe, N.M. When she wakes up in the cab of her truck and heads over to the Walmart to wash up, she sees families shopping together and feels alienated from their world of everyday errands and warm beds. "I feel like a shadow in the world," Greene said. But when she turns to the ...

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LOS ANGELES - The boy rocked back and forth as he searched every face at the airport, trying to find his father. Byron Xol blended with dozens of others waiting at Los Angeles International Airport to greet their loved ones. But then a man behind Xol asked how long it'd been seen the 9-year-old had seen his dad. "Over 600 days," said Holly Sewell, whose family has cared for Xol for the last ...

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WASHINGTON - Bill Taylor was driving home from work in New Hampshire last January when a chunk of ice the size of a shoebox broke off the top of a storage container hauled by a truck ahead of him, crashed through his windshield and hit him squarely in the forehead. A good Samaritan stopped and called 911. An ambulance took Taylor to the emergency room. He had a 3-inch gash on his forehead and ...

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SYDNEY - Three U.S. firefighters have died after their water-bombing plane crashed while battling a blaze near the Kosciuszko National Park, as Australia's wildfire crisis flares again. The three were working for Coulson Aviation, which bills itself as the global leader in aerial firefighting, and was contracted by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service to help fight the blazes. "A large air ...

BLACKSBURG, Va. - One day before North Carolina's game against Virginia Tech, Roy Williams got some news that has become all too familiar. Another one his players would not be available for its upcoming game. Seven players have missed at least one game this season with an injury, and senior guard Brandon Robinson was the latest Tar Heels to be out. Robinson was experiencing neck pain, the ...

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said he plans to release the Middle East peace plan that he's been promising since his 2016 campaign, pledging to reveal it before Israeli leaders visit the White House on Tuesday. "Sometime prior to that," Trump told reporters Thursday aboard Air Force One when asked when the White House will put forward the plan. "We'll probably release it a little bit ...

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WASHINGTON - The FBI has decided to restrict all information collected from surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in 2016 and 2017 after serious mistakes were uncovered in court applications for the wiretaps, according to a new court filing. Two of four court applications to conduct surveillance on Page weren't valid because they didn't have sufficient evidence to establish ...

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The trial of a lifetime. A constitutional crisis of historical proportions. A game-changer for American democracy. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial - only the third in American history, the second since the advent of television and the first of a first-term president - rolled into the Senate chamber this week with the promise of a made-for-TV spectacle. Drama! Conflict! Burisma Bada ...

Chandler Parsons, who was involved in an automobile accident last week that left him with a concussion and symptoms of whiplash and an associated cervical disc injury, remains in the first stage of concussion protocol, the Hawks announced Thursday. The forward is out indefinitely as a timetable for his return can't be set without first clearing concussion protocol. The at-fault driver whose ...

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SEATTLE - One of three suspects has been arrested and booked into jail following the shooting Wednesday in downtown Seattle that killed a woman and injured seven other people, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Thursday. At a news conference, Durkan expressed condolences to the people injured in the gunfire at a busy intersection, including a 9-year-old boy, and to the loved ones of the woman who ...

When he signed off from his long and excellent broadcasting career, Jim Lehrer was still the same sort of journalist that he started as. He was, as he put it, a newspaperman. The term is dated now, but Lehrer described in a common term then something important about the kind of journalism he did. It was a journalism that was sober and serious, more attached to reason than emotion, and in ...

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Its coastal cities are pricey, global hubs of talent and innovation The state of California seems to attract apocalyptic news coverage and the way things are going, it's unlikely to let up. You may have heard about an exodus of people fleeing lengthy commutes through gridlocked traffic, unaffordable housing, high taxes, wildfires, electricity outages and, always, the massive earthquake that ...

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WASHINGTON - No cellphones, no reading material, no talking. Not even coffee - just uncomfortable chairs to sit in, water or milk to drink and the monologues of the House impeachment managers and President Donald Trump's lawyers for eight or more hours per day. These are the rules imposed on 100 senators as they proceed through what could be 10 or more long days of Senate jury duty. Lawmakers ...

A satellite operated by AT&T Inc.'s DirecTV unit is in danger of exploding and needs to be moved away from an orbital zone occupied by other big communications satellites. There's "a significant risk" that battery cells aboard Spaceway-1 could burst, DirecTV said in a filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission seeking permission to conduct an emergency operation to reduce risks of ...

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WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders, quien ha hecho campaña durante años como el candidato a favor del "cambio radical" que encabezará una revolución, ahora habla más de que puede derrotar al presidente Donald Trump y tiene algo que ofrecer a cada votante. Sanders está disfrutando de un aumento en las encuestas y en la recaudación de fondos en Iowa y Nueva Hampshire. Con el Partido Demócrata enfocado ...

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MIAMI - University of Miami quarterback Jarren Williams is transferring. And after this week's arrival of Houston graduate transfer quarterback star D'Eriq King, it appears it will really happen. Williams, the soon-to-be redshirt sophomore who was a highly coveted four-star prospect out of Lawrenceville, Georgia's Central Gwinnett High School, "is putting his name in the transfer portal," ...

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As harsh criticism continues to roil Jeanine Cummins' buzzy immigrant novel, "American Dirt," publisher Flatiron Books stands by the divisive book but acknowledges the brewing backlash it has sparked. In a statement provided to the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, the imprint continued to defend the title, saying that it seeks to generate "empathy" for migrants. "We are carefully listening to ...