• Love, Irving, Davis ready for the NBA playoff debuts

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    Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving are NBA veterans in every sense of the word. They are multi-time All-Stars, 3-point contest champions and both have played integral roles on Team USA, with Love winning Olympic gold in 2012 and Irving capturing the world championship last year in Spain. Come Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers teammates will be rookies all over again. For all they have experienced in their still-young careers, Love and Irving have never been in the playoffs. They will make their debuts in Game 1 against the Boston Celtics in Cleveland on Sunday, and a host of other young, up-and-coming stars will be joining them this weekend.

  • Son: Michigan billionaire philanthropist, shopping mall developer A. Alfred Taubman dies

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    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Son: Michigan billionaire philanthropist, shopping mall developer A. Alfred Taubman dies.

  • As Spurs know, international players can impact NBA playoffs

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    Kawhi Leonard was the MVP of last year's NBA Finals, though the San Antonio Spurs wouldn't have won without their incredible international presence. The victory celebration was a flag-waving party for players who came to San Antonio from around the globe. They had nine players born outside the U.S., all of whom are back this season as the Spurs try to win back-to-back titles for the first time. Tony Parker (France) and Manu Ginobili (Argentina) are stars, but key contributions from players such as Boris Diaw (France), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Marco Belinelli (Italy) and Patty Mills (Australia) made it easy for the Spurs to dominate Miami in five games.

  • Highway abuzz with millions of bees after big truck tips

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    LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A tractor-trailer carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, or about 13.7 million bees, Washington State Patrol Trooper Travis Shearer said. The driver, a 36-year-old man from Idaho, was not hurt. The company that owns the insects, Belleville Honey and Beekeeping Supply of Burlington, sent beekeepers to recover as many as possible, and bees covered their protective suits as they worked.

  • Gas-line blast closes major highway, injures at least 11

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    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, three of them critically, authorities said. It was not clear what caused the explosion at the Fresno County Sheriff's gun range that brought traffic in the area to a halt. But authorities say it occurred while a county equipment operator was building up a dirt berm on the range alongside heavily travelled Highway 99. The flames shot well over 100 feet into the air, witnesses said. Traffic heading north and south on Highway 99 in Fresno was halted by the explosion about 2:30 p.m. as flames towered over the roadway, the California

  • Amid growing migrant crisis, 20 burn victims rescued at sea

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    MILAN (AP) — The unabated flow of migrants fleeing instability in Libya brought a new horror on Friday: The discovery of 20 migrants adrift at sea who had suffered grave burn injuries in a cooking gas explosion before departing Libya, and then were forced onto a smuggler's boat without treatment. Italian ships have picked up 10,000 people, many of them refugees of war and persecution, over the past week, an unprecedented number in such a short period. The influx is putting pressure on Italy's shelter system and raising calls for a better response to the emergency.

  • NHL player Jarret Stoll arrested in Las Vegas

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll was arrested Friday for suspected cocaine possession at the MGM Grand Hotel's Wet Republic pool complex. Las Vegas police Lt. Michael Mauntel said Stoll is being held at the Clark County Detention Center. Stoll is the boyfriend of Erin Andrews, the "Dancing with the Stars" co-host and Fox Sports reporter. Stoll also was engaged to actress and model Rachel Hunter, singer Rod Stewart's former wife. The 32-year-old Stoll is an unrestricted free agent after struggling this season. He had six goals and 11 assists in 73 games, his seventh with Los Angeles after five with Edmonton. The center helped the Kings win Stanley Cup titles in 2012 and 2014. Los Angeles mis

  • Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 78. George, who retired as Chicago archbishop in the fall of 2014, a few months before announcing his treatment for kidney cancer had failed, died late Friday morning, according to the Archdiocese of Chicago. "Let us heed his example and be a little more brave, a little more steadfast and a lot more loving," Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich said during a news conference, describing his predecessor as "a man of great courage.

  • Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

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    ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. This "opt-out" movement remains scattered but is growing fast in some parts of the country. Some superintendents in New York are reporting that 60 percent or even 70 percent of their students are refusing to sit for the exams. Some lawmakers, sensing a tipping point, are backing the parents and teachers who complain about standardized testing. Resistance could be costly: If fewer than 95 percent of a district's students participate in tests aligned with Common Core standards, federal money could be withheld, although the U.S. Department of E

  • Shooting that wounded baby no longer considered road rage

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — A 1-year-old girl was shot in the head and critically wounded as she sat in a car with her parents in suburban Seattle. Detectives in Kent initially suggested road rage as a motive, but Cmdr. Jarod Kasner told The Seattle Times on Friday that police no longer think that's the case. "This does not appear to be a random incident" he said in an email Friday night, adding police were following all leads and consider the shooting a top priority. He declined to release any other details. The baby was shot in the head Thursday afternoon while sitting in a car seat in the back of a silver Chevrolet Impala, Kent police spokeswoman Melanie Robinson said.

  • Investigators say identity-theft suspect had 74 aliases

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman accused of stealing the identities of people working behind the scenes in Hollywood film production has lived under at least 74 aliases, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. Cathryn Parker, 72, was arrested last month after she gave a deputy a false name when she was pulled over for a traffic violation, said Lt. Slade Carrizosa. When detectives found out where she lived, they learned she was using a fake name there too. She also allegedly paid utilities under false names and acquired credit cards with other people's financial information, officials said. Parker is suspected of stealing the identities of seven people, most of them film production staffers like grips, Carrizosa said.

  • Storm diverts Oklahoma-bound Seattle elephants to San Diego

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    SEATTLE (AP) — Two aging female elephants that a Seattle zoo dispatched earlier this week on a 2,000-mile road trip to a new home at an Oklahoma zoo have been diverted by a storm — and are now resting at the San Diego Zoo, the Woodland Park Zoo said Friday. The elephant caravan had to change course in Salt Lake City because of a storm in Colorado and Wyoming that was expected to grow worse, the Seattle zoo said in an email. "Because the reroute would have extended the trip a day longer, a decision was made for veterinary precautions to go to San Diego Zoo and allow the elephants to rest," the Seattle zoo said. Bamboo, 48, and Chai, 36, arrived Friday afternoon at the California zoo, which has an elephant herd of its

  • Hawaii telescope builders again extend construction timeout

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — A nonprofit company planning to build one of the world's biggest telescopes on a mountain many Native Hawaiians consider sacred will continue to postpone construction, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Friday. This is the second time the Thirty Meter Telescope has extended a moratorium on building at the summit of Mauna Kea, the highest peak on the Big Island of Hawaii. Ige didn't say when construction would resume. Further announcements about the construction schedule would come from the Thirty Meter Telescope, he said. The company suspended building after law enforcement arrested protesters for blocking the road to the summit and refusing to leave the construction site.

  • Attorneys seek dismissal of charges in Islamic State case

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for a Chicago-area man charged with trying to join the Islamic State group in Syria are seeking the dismissal of the charges. Lawyers for 19-year-old Mohammed Hamzah Khan also filed a motion Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago seeking to suppress statements he made to law enforcement. In seeking to dismiss the charges, Khan's attorneys contend the desire he expressed to "emigrate" to an "Islamic state" was just an expression of his religious freedom. They say a letter to his parents is evidence of his intent to emigrate, not to supply material support to the group. Khan's lawyers also say his statements to investigators were made prior to his receiving a Miranda warning.

  • Volunteer deputy sold company, went back to police work

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    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — After he sold his insurance company for around $6 million, Robert Bates sought to return to a profession he tried for a year in his early 20s: law enforcement. Bates — the 73-year-old Tulsa County volunteer deputy accused of shooting an unarmed suspect to death while the man was being held down by others — began a law-enforcement career back in 1964, when he attended the Tulsa police academy. He served in the city police department only briefly, until the end of 1965, according to the agency. That's where Bates' path becomes clouded.

  • APNewsBreak: Video released of 'Suge' Knight running over 2

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Video of Marion "Suge" Knight plowing into two men with his pickup truck and other key evidence in the former rap music mogul's murder case was released Friday by a Los Angeles court. Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen reviewed the items before determining this week that Knight should stand trial. He authorized their release in response to a request from The Associated Press. Among the evidence made public was a recording of an hourlong interview with the man who survived being struck by Knight's pickup, and photos of the Death Row Records co-founder after his arrest. The video of Knight running over the two men in late January was shot by a surveillance camera monitoring the drive-thru at a burger st

  • Voter initiative to legalize marijuana in Arizona filed

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    PHOENIX (AP) — A group that hopes to get voters to legalize recreational use of marijuana filed an initiative with Friday with the Arizona Secretary of State's office and will start a signature-gathering campaign to get it on the ballot. The Marijuana Policy Project and several other activist groups that filed the initiative need to gather more than 150,000 valid signatures by July 7, 2016 to get the initiative on the November 2016 ballot. The initiative would allow people age 21 years and older to grow and consume small amounts of marijuana. It also would set up a regulatory system allowing licensed businesses to grow and sell marijuana and let local governments oversee or prohibit pot businesses.

  • Australia arrests 5 on charges of plotting ANZAC Day attack

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said. The suspects included two 18-year-olds who are alleged to have been preparing an attack at the ANZAC Day ceremony in Melbourne, Australian Federal Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan told reporters. Another 18-year-old was arrested on weapons charges and two other men, aged 18 and 19, were in custody and assisting police, police said. ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and commemorates the World War I battle in Turkey on April 25.

  • Defense asks for new venue in police shooting of unarmed man

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for a former North Carolina police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed former college football player want his trial held in another county. In motions filed by attorney George Laughrun in Mecklenburg County on Friday, they also asked for witnesses to be sequestered and for the jury to be brought to the shooting site. The attorneys say it's unlikely Randall Kerrick can get a fair trial in the county because of extensive media coverage that they said would prejudice jurors. Laughrun also filed a motion to allow the jury to see the site where investigators say Kerrick fatally shot 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player, on Sept. 14, 2013.

  • Man pleads not guilty in killing of missing girlfriend

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California man pleaded not guilty Friday to murder charges in the death of his girlfriend, whose skeletal remains were discovered in a jungle in Panama two years after she disappeared. Brian Karl Brimager, 37, entered his plea after he was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Diego, the U.S. Attorney's office said. Brimager has been in custody since June 2013 on charges including obstruction of justice and falsifying records related to the investigation into the killing of Yvonne Lee Baldelli. The 42-year-old woman from Laguna Niguel, California, was last seen in 2011 when she arrived in Panama with Brimager. The indictment alleges that Brimager murdered Baldelli, dismembered her body and d




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