• Jazz add to Heat woes, top Miami 105-87

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    MIAMI (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 29 points, Enes Kanter added 18 and the Utah Jazz overcame 42 points from Dwyane Wade to beat the Miami Heat 105-87 on Wednesday night. Alec Burks scored 12, Derrick Favors added 11 and Dante Exum had 10 for Utah, which won for just the second time in its last 14 games. Those two wins have come against last year's NBA finalists, San Antonio and now the Heat — who are simply reeling at home. Wade shot 12 of 19 for Miami, which has lost seven of its last eight home games and has dropped four straight on its floor for the first time since 2011. The Heat trailed by 17 in the first quarter and never recovered.

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  • Flames, coach Hartley agree to contract extension

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    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley reached an agreement with the team on a multiyear contract extension on Wednesday, a clear signal he and new general manager Brad Treliving can work together. The deal, made in Hartley's third season, could make him one of the longest-serving head coaches in Flames history. Bob Johnson was behind Calgary's bench for five seasons from 1982-83 to 1986-87. Hartley was hired by former general manager Jay Feaster, who was fired Dec. 12, 2012. Calgary's president of hockey operations Brian Burke served as interim GM until appointing Treliving as his replacement in April. "I look at it a bit like a marriage," Treliving said Wednesday.

  • Parsons scores 32, Mavs beat Pistons 117-106

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    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Chandler Parsons scored a season-high 32 points and Monta Ellis added 25 as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 117-106 Wednesday night. Parsons fell two points short of a career high as he helped the Mavericks win a second road game in two nights. Dirk Nowitzki contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds, including seven points to help stem a late Detroit rally. Andre Drummond had 19 points and 24 rebounds, but couldn't help the Pistons end an 11-game losing streak at home. Detroit's last win at the Palace came on Nov. 7 against Milwaukee. Drummond dominated the first half with 11 points and 13 rebounds, although he missed five of his six free-throw attempts. His teammates only shot 40.

  • Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought

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    BRUCEVILLE-EDDY, Texas (AP) — Authorities from multiple law enforcement agencies are combing the area around a remote Central Texas television studio where a morning meteorologist was shot in a parking lot after an argument. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the shooting occurred around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday outside KCEN-TV's rural studio on Interstate 35 near Bruceville-Eddy, 75 miles north of Austin. The station website reports the victim, on-air meteorologist Patrick Crawford, backed his car away from the shooter and drove up to a highway construction crew that called 911. Jim Hice, the station's news director, says Crawford was wounded in the shoulder and the abdomen. Crawford underwent surgery at a Temple

  • AP source: Rays send Myers to Padres in big deal

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    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the deal said. Myers was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2013, when he hit .293 with 13 homers with 53 RBIs with Tampa Bay. But he was limited to 87 games last season due to a right wrist injury, and he hit .222 with six homers and 35 RBIs. There were multiple reports that Washington also was involved in the deal, but the person would not confirm the Nationals' involvement to The Associated Press. San Diego also receives catcher Ryan Hanigan and minor league pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes in the trade, with catcher Rene Rivera moving from the Padres to Tampa Bay.

  • Mack leads surging Hawks to blowout in Cleveland

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    CLEVELAND (AP) — Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-98 Wednesday night for their 11th victory in 12 games. Mack, a reserve guard who came in averaging 3.8 points, made all six of his 3-pointers as the Hawks went 16 for 28 from behind the arc. Trailing 50-38 midway through the second quarter, Atlanta outscored Cleveland 89-48 the rest of the way and sent the Cavaliers to their largest loss of the season. The Hawks, playing without leading scorer Jeff Teague, avenged a 127-94 loss in Cleveland on Nov. 15, when the Cavaliers were 9 for 9 on 3s in the first quarter and made their first 11 from beyond the arc. LeBron James scored 21 points but didn't p

  • Australian leader: Siege may have been preventable

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    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder. Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old Iranian-born, self-styled cleric with a lengthy criminal history, burst into a downtown Sydney cafe on Monday wielding a shotgun, taking 17 people inside hostage. The siege ended 16 hours later when police stormed into the cafe to free the captives, two of whom were killed in a barrage of gunfire, along with Monis. "This has been a horrific wake-up call," Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Macquarie Radio.

  • Obama on Hanukkah says small acts can make miracles

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Hanukkah teaches that one act of faith can make a miracle. Obama reflected on Hanukkah's meaning Wednesday during a White House reception marking the second day of the eight-day Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights. Obama said the light of hope must outlast the fires of hate. With faith, he said, one's light can shine brighter than anyone could imagine, but it's up to individuals to spark the fire. Obama tied the themes of Hanukkah to the return of Alan Gross, a Jewish-American released by Cuba after five years in captivity. Obama said that in prison, Gross never gave up. For the first time, the president's annual Hanukkah bash was split into two to ac

  • US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement in Washington — seconded by Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana — was accompanied by a quiet exchange of imprisoned spies and the celebratory release of American Alan Gross, a government contract worker who had been held in Cuba for five years. The shift in U.S.-Cuba policy was the culmination of 18 months of secret talks between the longtime foes that included a series of meetings in Canada and the personal i

  • BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

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    NEW YORK (AP) — BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens. With the Classic, BlackBerry is courting its core customer, the business user. The physical keyboard is something traditional BlackBerry users prefer because they find it easier than touch screens to type with. The company is also emphasizing battery life and security. "A lot of people say the Classic is aiming for loyal customers. And that is true," CEO John Chen said at the gadget's launch event, tellingly held in New York City's Financial District.

  • Video of Albuquerque police shooting released

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police have released video showing what happened when an Albuquerque police officer accidentally shot a man during a burglary investigation. The video from a lapel camera shows an officer climbing through a broken window of a second-floor apartment Sunday when a gunshot is heard. The officer then tells a superior he fell after his leg got caught on the window sill and the gun went off. "I came in and this leg got caught up here, and because we clear houses my gun was right here and I fell down," the officer is heard saying. The video then shows a man on the first floor with a gunshot wound in his back near his neck. Blood pours down his bare back as he tries to rest on a couch. "I have o

  • Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview." The cancellation announced Wednesday was a startling blow to the Hollywood studio that has been shaken by hacker leaks and intimidations over the last several weeks by an anonymous group calling itself Guardians of Peace. A U.S. official said Wednesday that federal investigators have now connected the Sony hacking to North Korea and may make an announcement in the near future.

  • Michigan road funds deal in doubt this session

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    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders failed Wednesday to negotiate a potential tax increase to improve Michigan's deteriorating roads, as chances of a $1.2 billion deal dwindled before lawmakers adjourn for the year. Thursday is the last voting day of the two-year session, and time is running out to pitch a compromise proposal to rank-and-file members of the Republican-led Legislature. The Senate and House approved vastly different plans after the November election. The Republican governor and legislative leaders ended a night meeting in the Capitol with plans to resume talks in the morning. "There was positive progress moving things forward," Snyder told reporters, declining to give specific

  • A look at 'Cuban 5' agents who were jailed in US

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    HAVANA (AP) — The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents. Cuba insists they were not acting against U.S. sovereignty, only keeping tabs on militant exile groups that Havana blames for terror attacks on the island, including a string of hotel bombings. However, prosecutors argued they also tried to penetrate military bases, including the U.S. Southern Command and facilities in the Florida Keys. The three who remained imprisoned in the United States arrived to a heroes' welcome in Cuba on Wednesday.

  • Reports: Bears benching Cutler

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    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Multiple reports say the Chicago Bears are benching quarterback Jay Cutler and going with Jimmy Clausen. ESPN first reported Wednesday that the Bears were switching quarterbacks, with Clausen getting the nod over Cutler for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, citing sources, also reported the switch. The Bears would not confirm the move. Coach Marc Trestman said earlier Wednesday he was not getting the most out of Cutler, but he did not mention benching the quarterback. He did not reveal the switch when asked about "Monday Night Football" analyst Jon Gruden calling for Clausen to relieve Cutler during Chicago's loss to New Orleans. ___ <

  • Suns forward Morris ejected against Hornets

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris has been ejected for arguing with officials. Morris was thrown out midway through the third quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Charlotte Hornets after jawing at officials for several minutes over plays he thought should have been called fouls. An agitated Morris left the game with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He had eight rebounds. The Suns were trailing the Hornets 78-71 at the time of his ejection.

  • Gunfire damages BPA insulators, reward offered

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    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Bonneville Power Administration says people shooting at its high-voltage power line near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the Tacoma, Washington, area have damaged power line insulators. The agency is offering a maximum $25,000 reward for tips leading to those involved. BPA said Wednesday that over the past 90 days, there have been four incidents of damaged insulators on its Olympia-Grand Coulee transmission line between the towns of Spanaway and Graham. Damaged insulators can put people nearby at risk of electric shock, serious injury or death. The Pierce County sheriff's office is investigating. The federal utility sells power produced at 31 dams and a nuclear power plant, largely to public

  • Nevada regulators reject tribal solar plant again

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada regulators on Wednesday refused a second request to waive competitive bids for utility company NV Energy to buy solar power from a proposed solar generation station on the Moapa River Paiute Indian Reservation outside Las Vegas. Proponents said they hope the company will try again, while state Bureau of Consumer Protection chief Eric Witkowski called the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada decision a win for consumers because it'll help ensure customers don't overpay. NV Energy issued a statement saying it remains committed to shutting down the four-unit coal-fired Reid Gardner power plant by the end of 2017. The plant, which started operating in 1965, produces up to 557 megawatts of electricity.

  • AP-NV--Nevada News Coverage Advisory - 6 pm, NV

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    Good evening. Here's an updated look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Nevada. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Las Vegas bureau at 702-382-7440 or aplasvegas@ap.org. Michelle Rindels is on the desk and can be reached at mrindels@ap.org. AP Nevada News Editor Tom Tait can be reached at ttait@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Pacific. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories be