• AP News in Brief at 9:04 p.m. EST

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    Candidates sprint to NH finish, but brace for long campaign SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Eyeing their first wins in a capricious campaign, Republican Donald Trump lashed out at his opponents Monday while Democrat Bernie Sanders sought to play it safe on the eve of the nation's initial primary. GOP contenders vying for second and third saw fresh hopes for survival after New Hampshire as both parties settled in for a drawn-out slog to the nomination. As snowfall brought yet more uncertainty to the race's final hours, Hillary Clinton tried to move past talk of a shakeup in her campaign and controversy over comments by supporters that women should feel obliged to vote for her.

  • Review: Irreverent 'Deadpool' suffers from juvenile humor

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    "Deadpool" hates its audience, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Nothing is sacred to either this film or this character (played with "I'm so naughty" abandon by Ryan Reynolds), which pokes fun at superhero movie culture, Hollywood itself, Reynolds, director Tim Miller, love and human decency — and that's just in the opening credits. On the page, it sounds like a lot of fun, and it starts out strong with a cheeky, self-awareness. But that wears thin very quickly for the raunchy, irreverent, and very R-rated bad boy property of the Marvel comic book world, which also seems to have matured to only a fifth grade level in its humor, wit, and ideas about subversion. The pervasive, toxic juvenileness suffocates even the mor

  • Experts tell panel why gas is so expensive in California

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gouging by oil companies could be one reason California drivers pay about 76 cents more for a gallon of regular gas than motorists elsewhere in the nation, a state government panel was told Monday. Fuel experts and consumer advocates also told the Petroleum Market Advisory Committee that a high state gas tax and more rigorous regulations have kept prices relatively high as oil prices have plunged across the nation in recent months. Drivers in California pay more partly because of stiffer fuel blend standards to meet the state's unique air-quality rules, speakers said at the hearing. The panel, appointed by the California Energy Commission, is studying whether changes in state policies and law

  • Remaining occupiers release defiant videos mocking FBI

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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The last four occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge have posted a series of defiant videos in which one of them calls FBI agents losers, shows a defensive perimeter they have built and takes a joyride in a government vehicle. The videos were posted Sunday on a YouTube channel called Defend Your Base, which the armed group has been using to give live updates. The holdouts are among 16 people charged with conspiracy to interfere with federal workers in the armed standoff over federal land policy that has surpassed five weeks. In one of the new videos, occupier David Fry says the FBI told him he faces additional charges because of defensive barricades the four have built.

  • Indianapolis coach facing sex charge remaining in custody

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    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former boys basketball coach in Indianapolis who's charged with trying to entice a 15-year-old female student into a sexual relationship told other students after he was forced to resign that the girl was trying to slander him and that he would turn his head if someone were to "mess her up," prosecutors said Monday. During a court hearing on whether Kyle Cox should be released from jail pending trial, prosecutors presented text messages between Cox and some students at Park Tudor in Indianapolis, including an exchange in which a male student described grabbing the 15-year-old girl by the neck and pushing her to the ground. The messages were sent after Cox, 31, resigned from the school on Dec. 15 and before p

  • Idaho Legislature rejects new science standards

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    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers have rejected new K-12 science standards after receiving criticism over how the rules — which for the first time include global warming and evolution components— were finalized. "Was the spirit of the law followed? I don't know," said Tim Corder, special assistant to state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra, to the Senate panel. "Was the letter of the law followed? Likely. But sometimes it's the spirit, not just the letter, that counts." The Senate Education Committee spiked the proposed rules Monday after a House panel also rejected the same proposals earlier this session. The state's education department requested lawmakers kill the standards right before the panel voted to allow

  • Mayor of Super Bowl host city says he's retiring this week

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    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Mayor of Santa Clara says he is retiring as of Tuesday, just two days after his city hosted Super Bowl 50. Mayor Jamie Matthews says he is retiring because he wants to spend more time with his family and that health issues are not a factor in his decision. He says he wants to "take a breath and see what the next chapter is for me." Matthews made the announcement at a news conference Monday. The 53-year-old Matthews has two years remaining in his second term as mayor of the city of 120,000 people in the heart of Silicon Valley. He says he wants to slow down and that he held up during the planning for Super Bowl.

  • After 15 years, cleanup plan approved for contaminated town

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    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted final approval Monday to a costly cleanup program for a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos poisoning. The agency's action comes more than 15 years after it started emergency cleanup work in Libby following media reports that revealed rampant, asbestos-caused illnesses in the small town near the Idaho border. The price tag on the cleanup exceeded $540 million last year. It will cost an estimated $64 million and take at least four more years for the EPA to finish its work, according to documents released Monday.

  • Woman gets jail for group attack on gay Philadelphia couple

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A suburban police chief's daughter began serving five to 10 months in jail on Monday for a group attack on a gay couple that prompted Philadelphia to add sexual orientation to its hate crime laws. Common Pleas Judge Roxanne Covington questioned how then-hospital worker Kathryn Knott walked away from the victims as one lay badly injured in September 2014. She also ordered the 25-year-old Knott, whose online posts have insulted gays, non-English speakers, Middle Easterners and hospital patients alike, to get anger management treatment and stay out of Philadelphia during two years of probation.

  • Country legend Merle Haggard returns to stage after illness

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    NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Country legend Merle Haggard has returned to the stage after canceling several shows in February because of health issues caused by pneumonia. A statement from his publicist Monday says the 78-year-old singer performed in Las Vegas on Saturday as previously planned. The singer announced last Wednesday that he would be canceling his February tour dates because he was still feeling weak from his recent struggle with pneumonia in both lungs. The latest statement says Haggard was planning to perform at three scheduled shows in California this week, including a show with Kris Kristofferson on Thursday in Beverly Hills.

  • Apollo Education to go private in $1.1 billion deal

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Apollo Education is being taken private in a $1.1 billion deal by a consortium led by private investment firm The Vistria Group. Shares jumped 24 percent Monday. The announcement comes about a month after the owner of the University of Phoenix and Western International University among others signaled that it may be looking for a buyer. Apollo Education has had several lackluster quarters as enrollments at for-profit schools fell amid increased government scrutiny of the industry. Shareholders of Apollo Education Group Inc. will receive $9.50 per share, a 37 percent premium to the Phoenix-based company's $6.95 Friday closing price. Vistria is joined in the buyout by funds affiliated with Ap

  • Arizona panel OKs tax credit for concealed carry permit

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    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona residents are one step closer to getting a tax credit for attending a firearms safety class after Republican lawmakers passed a measure offering a dollar-for-dollar credit for concealed-carry permit holders Monday. A House panel passed the tax credit in what could become the first of its kind in the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro, R-Litchfield Park, sponsored the bill to create a tax credit up to $80 for people who get a concealed weapons permit. The measure would only affect those who get the permit after it is enacted. The Republican lawmaker said his measure encourages gun safety and education.

  • The Latest: Nevada lawmaker to support Oregon occupiers

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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local): 4:55 p.m. A Nevada state lawmaker says she will travel to Portland, Oregon, this week to protest the jailing of members of an armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge. Michelle Fiore, a Republican state Assembly member from Las Vegas and an outspoken gun rights advocate, told The Associated Press she plans to fly to Portland on Wednesday ahead of a Thursday meeting involving lawmakers from several states who are members of a group called the Coalition of Western States. The group opposes federal management of Western lands.

  • Inmate recaptured after mistaken release in Los Angeles

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A murder suspect who was mistakenly released from a Los Angeles jail last month was recaptured Monday in Nevada, authorities said. Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives learned earlier in the day that Steven Lawrence Wright might be hiding in a Boulder City hotel and asked for help from the FBI and local police departments. Wright was arrested without incident. The 37-year-old was unarmed and there was no indication that he committed any crimes while he was out, said sheriff's Cmdr. Keith Swensson. Swensson said a man and a woman also were arrested at the hotel on charges of aiding and abetting, but Swensson did not immediately have details about how they know Wright.

  • Correction: Child Abuse story

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    DENVER (AP) — On Feb. 8, The Associated Press erroneously published a story from 2012 about the Colorado Department of Human Services considering relaxing the requirements for social workers in child abuse cases. The Department of Human Services approved the change in April 2012.

  • The Latest: Paltrow's security guard testifies about letters

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a man accused of stalking Gwyneth Paltrow (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Gwyneth Paltrow's head of security says details he gave the actress about a letter from a man charged with stalking her clearly distressed her. Terry Abbott says after revealing the contents of the letter, he stopped giving Paltrow many details about the writings of Dante Soiu (Soy-YOU), who has pleaded not guilty to felony stalking. Abbott says he believes the letter was one that arrived in 2009 or 2010 but he doesn't remember the precise date. He says after the incident, he told Paltrow when Soiu sent her a letter or package, but didn't give her many details. He says news of Soiu's writing

  • Beyonce's Super Bowl show bringing both praise and criticism

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    A day after the Super Bowl, people are still parsing over each frame from Beyonce's halftime performance, trying to glean the messages, both subtle and overt, that made for a stunning display of unapologetic blackness and political activism during one of the most-watched events of the year. The halftime show — seen by an estimated 112 million people — is drawing praise from her fans and consternation from critics. While Beyonce hasn't commented on the specifics of the show, and her rep declined comment, the imagery speaks for itself. Beyonce's dancers donned berets, sported Afros and wore all black, similar to the style of the Black Panther party, founded 50 years ago by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in the Bay area —

  • MLB player Delmon Young charged with attacking attendant

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    MIAMI (AP) — Free agent outfielder Delmon Young was arrested after he choked and threatened a parking attendant at a Miami hotel Sunday night, police said. Young, a 30-year-old who appeared in 52 games for the Baltimore Orioles last year, grabbed the attendant's neck and called him a "stupid Cuban," according to an arrest report. The attendant told police he had refused to let Young on an elevator to a club at the Viceroy Miami because the club was closed. Young left the area for a short time, then returned and attacked the attendant again, the report said. The attendant got away and called police. Hotel security staff was familiar with Young and directed officers to his condominium, which is located in the hotel's rear tow

  • Manziel's ex-girlfriend says she lost some hearing in attack

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    DALLAS (AP) — Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend said in an affidavit the Cleveland Browns quarterback hit her so hard during a late-night confrontation she lost hearing in one ear. Colleen Crowley's affidavit, published online Monday, says Manziel dragged her into a car last month after she tried to get away from him. Crowley accused Manziel of striking her in her left ear. Crowley detailed the alleged attack as part of proceedings to obtain a protective order against Manziel, who is under criminal investigation on allegations of domestic violence. Manziel, a Heisman Trophy winner whose professional career has been marred by headlines about his drinking and other personal issues, is expected to be cut by the Browns next

  • Police: Off-duty Memphis officer shoots intruder at home

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    SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Police in Memphis, Tennessee, say one of their off-duty officers has shot a person at a home in the nearby Mississippi city of Southaven. Southaven police say in a news release that they answered a Monday afternoon call from a man who said he shot an intruder at a Southaven residence. Responding officers found a person on the driveway of the residence with a gunshot wound. Lt. Mark Little of Southaven police said the man was reported in stable condition at Regional One Medical Center in Memphis. Police did not immediately release the identities of anyone involved. Neighbors told Memphis television stations that the officer was in the house with two small children when the break-in occurre




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