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  • Vols defense deals with lack of experience, size

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    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After years of playing catch-up with the rest of the Southeastern Conference, Tennessee's defense finally is getting up to speed. A variety of position switches and the infusion of a talented recruiting class have given Tennessee a faster defense, addressing what had been a major weakness and perhaps making the Volunteers less susceptible to the big play. Now the chief worries are a lack of experience and size. The inexperience is most apparent. Defensive coordinator John Jancek said Thursday that the defense could end up playing 11-13 newcomers. But the Vols also lack size up front as they attempt to replace all four starting linemen from last season.

  • Feds weigh moving grizzlies into Washington

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    SEATTLE (AP) — The National Park Service said Thursday it will consider moving grizzly bears into the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state to aid their recovery. The agency is launching a three-year process to study a variety of options for helping their population. Director Jonathan B. Jarvis stressed that the process is required under federal law but no decision had been made. Native American tribes and conservation groups have pressed for years for the federal government to do more to bring back the bears. "It marks the potential turning point in the decades-long decline of the last grizzly bears remaining on the U.S. West Coast," Joe Scott, international conservation director of Conservation Northwest, said

  • Health officials warn against using unapproved med

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    BALTIMORE (AP) — Public health officials in Maryland are warning residents against using an unapproved medication to treat children's colds that is being sold in some convenience stores in Latino communities. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in an email on Thursday that Baczol contains an antibiotic that would ordinarily require a prescription. The unapproved medicine, which is produced outside the United States, is marketed for children under the names Baczol, Pediatric Baczol, or Baczol Antigripal. Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Maryland's health secretary, says Baczol is not safe for young children.

  • Head of medical transport firm sentenced for fraud

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    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A judge has sentenced the owner of a medical transportation company in Webster to serve 18 months in jail for defrauding the state's Medicaid program. Attorney General Martha Coakley's office said in a statement that 51-year-old Cynthia Keegan bilked MassHealth out of more than $470,000 over a 5-year period by claiming to provide transportation services for people who had dead, or for other services that were never provided. Keegan pleaded guilty last week to charges of larceny over $250, and making false Medicaid claims. She was sentenced on Thursday in Worcester Superior Court to two and a half years in prison, with 18 months to serve. She was also ordered to pay restitution to MassHeal

  • California permits outdoor dining with dogs

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Fido can feast with you now when you go out to eat. Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday announced signing a bill permitting pet dogs at restaurants with outdoor spaces. It does not force restaurants to allow dogs, but rather implements guidelines for how they can accommodate pets. Some local public health departments have allowed dogs in outdoor dining areas for years, but the state has banned the practice. Local jurisdictions can still ban it if they choose. The bill requires a separate entrance for outdoor dining areas and says pets are not allowed on chairs, seats or benches. They also must be on a leash or in a pet carrier under control of the owner. Owners also must clean up after their p

  • Mexico nabs suspects with 10,000 sea turtle eggs

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    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmental prosecutors in Mexico say three suspects have been detained in the southern Pacific coast state of Oaxaca with more than 10,000 illegally harvested eggs from protected sea turtles. The Attorney General for Environmental Protection says in a statement Thursday that police found two women and a man with 10,375 olive ridley turtle eggs during a passenger bus inspection in the town of Santo Domingo Tehuantepec. The suspects told authorities they were traveling to the coastal city of Salina Cruz. Olive ridley turtles nest on the Mexican coast and are protected under the country's law. Conviction for harvesting their eggs is punishable by prison terms of one to nine years.

  • List of coaches' preseason All-SEC teams

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A list of coaches' preseason All-SEC teams: 2014 Preseason Coaches All-SEC Football Teams ((asterisk) - ties) First Team Preseason All-SEC OFFENSE TE - O.J. Howard, Alabama OL - La'el Collins, LSU Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M Arie Kouandjio, Alabama Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss C - Reese Dismukes, Auburn WR - Amari Cooper, Alabama Sammie Coates, Auburn QB - Nick Marshall, Auburn RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia Mike Davis, South Carolina AP - Christion Jones, Alabama DEFENSE DL - Dante Fowler, Jr., Florida Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss Trey Flowers, Arkansas A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama LB - Trey D

  • Connecticut toddler's death in hot car a homicide

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    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The death of a 15-month-old boy who was left in a hot car in July has been ruled a homicide, the office of the state medical examiner said Thursday. The medical examiner determined that Benjamin Seitz died of hyperthermia due to environmental exposure. The toddler's father, Kyle Seitz of Ridgefield, was supposed to take him to day care July 7. Police say he instead went to work and left the boy inside the car for an "extended period of time" as temperatures climbed into the upper 80s. He took the boy to the hospital after finding him in the car. Ridgefield police Capt. Jeff Kreitz told WTNH-TV on Thursday that detectives plan to meet with prosecutors to discuss the medical examiner's findings.

  • Pitt names QB Chad Voytik starter for opener

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chad Voytik will be the starting quarterback for Pitt when opens the season on Aug. 30 against Delaware. Coach Paul Chryst officially announced Voytik as the starter on Thursday after watching Voytik separate himself from Trey Anderson during the two-plus weeks of training camp. Voytik took all the snaps with the first string during camp and impressed Chryst with Voytik's preparation. "I think he's proud, and he should be, of the work he's done," Chryst said of Voytik. The sophomore played in three games for Pitt last fall, including the entire second half in a 30-27 victory over Bowling Green in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl.

  • Europe, US mull UN resolution on Gaza truce

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With Egyptian efforts to end the Gaza war collapsing, the United States, Britain, France and Germany are discussing a possible Security Council resolution calling for a sustainable cease-fire and an international monitoring mission to ensure its implementation, U.N. diplomats said Thursday. Diplomats said the U.S., Israel's main ally, had joined the European effort to produce a resolution that would call for a ceasefire and advance the goal of a durable peace. "This is not a competition," said an American diplomat in Washington. "We share with other Security Council members a concern over the return to hostilities following the breach of the Egyptian-brokered humanitarian ceasefire.

  • Russian student worker missing at Grand Teton

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    MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities searched Thursday for a Russian college student reported missing after failing to turn up at his summer job in Grand Teton National Park. Aleksandr Sagiev, 23, was expected back at his job in the deli of the grocery store at Dornan's resort on Monday. He was last seen using his cellphone at the bar of the resort's pizza restaurant the day before, park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said. "It's concerning because he's a very responsible person," Skaggs said. Searchers have few clues to go on. Sagiev has spent a lot of time walking and hiking in the park since arriving in June, and rangers are talking to his friends to find out what his routes and habits were, Skaggs said.

  • Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert

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    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds. The commission said in a statement Thursday that it took the action because Cyrus often "undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law." Tickets ranging from $27 to $370 for the concert in the capital have been on sale since July. Some critics have declared Cyrus' onstage antics, including twerking and crotch-grabbing, as vulgar. A representative for Cyrus did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Concert organizers in the Dominican Republic did not comment on the ban.

  • UA's Trey Flowers named preseason All-SEC

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    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers has been named to the preseason All-Southeastern Conference team in a vote of conference coaches. UA announced the selection Thursday. Flowers was previously named to the watch lists for the Nagurski, Bednarik, Hendricks and Lombardi Awards. Arkansas opens the season on Aug. 30 with an SEC game at Auburn. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

  • Alabama, LSU lead coaches' preseason All-SEC teams

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama and LSU both placed 11 players on the coaches' preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams. The SEC teams released on Thursday had representatives from all 14 teams and half of them had seven or more selections. The Crimson Tide placed eight on the first-team, including Christion Jones as both an all-purpose player and return specialist. Coaches aren't allowed to vote for their own players. Auburn's Nick Marshall was the first-team quarterback, followed by Mississippi's Bo Wallace and Mississippi State's Dak Prescott. Georgia's Todd Gurley and South Carolina's Mike Davis outpolled T.J. Yeldon of Alabama at running back. The SEC season opens Thursday, Aug. 28 with No.

  • Police tear gas, water cannons at Chilean protest

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    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Student protesters fled a tear gas truck and police water cannons used during a march through the Chilean capital Thursday, but no injuries or arrests were reported. Thousands of young people unhappy with the pace of education reform under President Michelle Bachelet participated peacefully in the protest. But dozens of unidentified people wearing masks interrupted the march, damaging traffic lights and signs, starting fires in trash containers and throwing sticks and stones at police. Protest organizers said about 80,000 people took part in the march. Interior Undersecretary Mahmud estimated the number of participants at 25,000. The demonstration created major traffic jams around Santiago

  • DT Brockers ready to return for Rams

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Brockers doesn't know all the technical jargon for what kept him out of much of training camp. He just knows he's ready to go. The third-year defensive tackle suffered a high right ankle sprain in early August just prior to the St. Louis Rams first scrimmage Aug. 2. He missed the team's first two preseason games and didn't get much practice in until Tuesday. He has shown few signs of the injury bothering him and expects to play Saturday when St. Louis travels to Cleveland for its third preseason game. "Oh yeah, for sure I'm going to play against Cleveland," Brockers said.

  • State confirms 2 cases of TB at 2 Tunica casinos

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State health regulators confirm they're investigating two cases of tuberculosis affecting two casinos in Tunica County. The Mississippi State Department of Health, in a news release Thursday, said the two cases involve at least one employee at each casino. Tuberculosis is an airborne infectious disease that's curable and preventable. Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state's epidemiologist, says there's no evidence to suggest that any casino patrons were exposed. "No individuals from the general public have been identified as close contacts, and we have absolutely no reason to believe there has been transmission to any of the casino patrons.

  • Lawyer: Utah restaurant had other chemical burn

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The attorney for a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking tea laced with a chemical cleaning compound at a Utah restaurant said Thursday an employee at the eatery burned herself a month earlier on the same substance. Family lawyer Paxton Guymon's comments came at a news conference that also was attended by the burned woman's husband, who said she is recovering but suffering from nightmares as she relives the incident. Guymon said he learned about the previous burn during his investigation into what led to the tea incident at Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan, a Salt Lake City suburb. He said the Dickey's employee burned her tongue July 5 after she stuck her finger in a sugar container t

  • Saints looking for more production from Toon

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    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Nick Toon are not on the same page yet, and time is running short for Toon to get it right. "Obviously, I'm still learning," Toon said after Thursday's practice. "The learning process never stops, so having an open line of communication with the quarterback and the coaches is always good." There was a lot of communication Thursday — with Brees doing most of the talking. Brees didn't look pleased after Toon slowed his stride and reached down by his knees to snag what appeared to be an underthrown pass. But Brees had in fact put the ball where he wanted. The quarterback waved Toon over immediately for a few words while coach Sean Payton paced o

  • Woman pays fine for climbing into giraffe pen

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    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A California woman who got kicked in the face after trying to climb into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo has paid a fine and apologized. Police say 24-year-old Amanda Hall, of San Luis Obispo, California, tried to get into the pen at the Henry Vilas Zoo late Saturday afternoon. Hall tells WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/1p0WspT ) the 2-year-old, 12-foot-tall giraffe named Wally ate some grass from her hand, licked her, then kicked her in the chin. Police ticketed Hall for harassment of zoo animals, which carries a fine of $686. Hall tells WISN-TV she's paid the fine. She says getting kicked in the face seemed like punishment enough. The police report says Hall told officers she climbed into the exhi