• 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

  • Academy luncheon is time for reflection in high stakes year

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The annual Oscar nominees luncheon is generally a time of low-stakes celebration, but this year amid discussions of Oscar diversity and a boycott, as well as dramatic changes to academy membership, the Monday gathering was also one for reflection. Those at the luncheon did their best to keep things focused on the nominees and not the controversy swirling around the industry. Producers Reginald Hudlin and David Hill also announced a big change for the show on Feb. 28. Winners will still have a tight 45 seconds for their acceptance speeches, but now, thanks to a scroll of key names that will appear on the screen, the speech doesn't just have to be a list of people.

  • Judge again denies Texas' efforts to block Syrian refugees

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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Monday again ruled against Texas in its efforts to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees, saying that while it would be "foolish" to deny there are risks following the Paris attacks, state officials have never shown an imminent danger to the public. The decision by U.S. District Judge David Godbey is another setback for Republican leaders in Texas, which was the first state that sued the Obama administration over resettling families from the war-torn country but has failed to halt or even slow the arrival of any new refugees.

  • Firefighters battling grass fires across central Oklahoma

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    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters are battling wind-blown grass fires across central Oklahoma, including a fire that has forced partial closure of a busy turnpike. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the westbound lanes of the Turner Turnpike were closed Monday afternoon from Chandler to Stroud due to a large grass fire and multiple collisions along the roadway. Other fires were reported in Spencer, between Mustang and Union City, and between Stillwater and Glencoe in Payne County. Forecasters say warm temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds of up to 50 mph are helping to make dangerous wildfires likely in the region.

  • Lead contamination of Flint water draws multiple lawsuits

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    DETROIT (AP) — One lawsuit seeks to replace lead-leaching water lines at no cost to customers. Another seeks money for thousands of Flint residents who unwittingly drank toxic water. A third complaint has been filed on behalf of people with Legionnaires' disease. While government officials scramble to rid Flint's tap water of lead, victims are suing Gov. Rick Snyder, the former mayor, rank-and-file public employees and almost anyone else who may have had a role in supplying the troubled city with corrosive river water for 18 months. The lawsuits accuse them of violating civil rights, wrecking property values and enriching themselves by selling a contaminated product.

  • Oklahomans criticize Obama's proposed $10 per barrel fee on crude

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    President Barack Obama's budget request for fiscal year 2017 is set to be released Tuesday, and the plan is expected to include a proposal for an environmentally friendly transportation system that would be paid for with  a $10 per barrel fee on crude oil . According to an announcement from the White House, the president’s plan would increase U.S. investment in clean transportation infrastructure by around 50 percent while reforming the investments that the country already makes to help reduce carbon pollution, cut oil consumption and create new jobs. The new fee on oil will also encourage innovation and leadership in clean technologies to help reshape the transportation landscape, according to the announcement.

  • Reality star named Florida's 1st female football head coach

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    MIAMI (AP) — A reality TV star has been hired as the first female high school football head coach in Florida history. The Miami Herald (http://goo.gl/UBTSKh) reports that Miami Jackson announced Lakatriona Brunson as the Generals' new coach Monday. Brunson has gained notoriety in recent years on the reality series "South Beach Tow." The physical education teacher attended Miami Northwestern in the early 1990s. She was a track and field athlete and basketball standout, and went on to play basketball for Tennessee State. Brunson also played for the Miami Fury women's football team more than a decade ago. Also Monday, Miami Jackson named recording artist Luke Campbell as the football team's defensive coordina

  • Inmate death being investigated as homicide

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    LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Officials at a Los Angeles County state prison say they are investigating the death of an inmate found unresponsive in his cell as a homicide and that his cellmate is a suspect. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Monday 39-year-old Rashell Clarke was found unresponsive Saturday at the prison in Lancaster. It says prison staff immediately began lifesaving measures and called an ambulance. Clarke died 38 minutes later. Clarke was serving a 22-year sentence after being convicted in 2010 for endangering the health of a child. Officials say his cellmate, 33-year-old Leron Morris, is considered a suspect. Morris was convicted of first-degree murder in 2005 and is

  • Stronger regional coordination can counter Africa extremism

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    THIES, Senegal (AP) — Violent extremist groups and their affiliates are collaborating more in northern Africa, and regional forces must be built up and supported with deeper intelligence sharing to counter the increasing threat of attacks, the head of the U.S. military's Special Operations Command Africa said Monday. Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc spoke on the sidelines of Flintlock, the U.S. military's annual counter-extremism training exercise based this year in Senegal. Monday marked the opening of training of African forces as ambassadors, generals and troops gathered on an airfield in Thies, Senegal, holding flags that represented the some 1,700 participants from about 30 countries across Africa, and other Western countries.

  • Prosecutors and defense attorneys rest in Adnan Syed hearing

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    BALTIMORE (AP) — Both the prosecution and defense rested after four days of testimony in a hearing to determine whether a man convicted of a killing at the center of popular podcast "Serial" deserves a new trial. Adnan Syed, now 35, is asking a Baltimore judge for a new trial on the grounds that his lawyer made a critical mistake by not contacting an alibi witness who said she saw him in the public library at the same time prosecutors say his high school girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, was killed. Syed was convicted of murder in 2000 and sentenced to life in prison. Syed's attorneys have also argued that cell tower data presented to jurors was misleading because it was missing a cover sheet warning that information about incoming

  • Feds: Army deserter who supported IS faces gun charges

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    SEATTLE (AP) — An Army deserter from Washington state who called Osama bin Laden "a beautiful man," made statements supporting the Islamic State group and called for the death of American troops has been charged with illegally possessing firearms, including machine guns, federal prosecutors said Monday. Daniel Seth Franey, 33, of Montesano was banned from having guns because he was subject to a protection order taken out by his former partner in 2014, but he nevertheless joined an undercover agent in making what he believed were black-market gun deliveries, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. At one point, he fired an AK-47 at a remote campground with the agent, the complaint says.

  • Citing huge patient load, NY nurses seek rules on staffing

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    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — When the emergency room fills up — whether it's a big accident, flu season or a stroke of misfortune — Brooklyn nurse Rose Green says she can find herself sprinting from room to room, trying to keep ahead of the whims of calamity. She and other nurses from around New York state are urging state lawmakers to pass legislation that would set minimum staffing levels for hospitals and nursing homes, a rule that they said would improve patient outcomes by addressing a chronic staffing problem. "There are times when you wind up with 16, 17 patients," she said. "You cannot provide appropriate care to that many people." California already has such a law, and the proposal has been debated in New York for

  • Photography business set up under Casey Anthony's name

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    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A photography business has been set up in South Florida under Casey Anthony's name, and an address listed for the business belongs to a private investigator with ties to the mother acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter. Documents filed with the Florida Division of Corporations show that Case Photography, LLC was established last November. The story was first reported by the U.K. Daily Mail (http://dailym.ai/1K8bvQm ). An address listed for the business is the West Palm Beach home of Patrick McKenna, a private investigator with ties to Anthony. McKenna refused to talk to a reporter outside his home on Monday.

  • Gwyneth Paltrow tearfully testifies against accused stalker

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow testified Monday in the trial of a man accused of stalking her, saying he wrote upsetting letters discussing her death and his intention to marry her and also sent her pornography and unsolicited gifts. Dante Soiu is accused of stalking the Oscar-winning actress for 17 years, but the case focuses on the most recent batch of 66 messages he's sent her between 2009 and 2015. Several of those messages referenced Paltrow's death, Soiu's desire to marry her and unsolicited gifts, including clothes, a pair of earrings and a Weight Watchers cookbook.

  • US peacekeeping expert to coordinate sexual abuse response

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jane Holl Lute, a U.S. security expert who has held top posts in U.N. peacekeeping, was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to coordinate improvements in the United Nations' response to allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers. Lute's appointment as special coordinator follows reports of dozens of cases of sexual abuse and exploitation by U.N. peacekeeping troops and police, including against children. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Lute's appointment, saying the secretary-general is committed to ensuring that issues identified by a high-level independent panel reviewing allegations of abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic "are fully addr

  • Winter storm could dump over a foot of snow on Cape Cod

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    BOSTON (AP) — A wind-driven winter storm brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and threatened to drop more than a foot of snow on southeastern Massachusetts on Monday. Motorists in New England were warned to be vigilant after a charter bus heading to a casino skidded off a Connecticut highway, injuring at least 30 people. In New Hampshire, the storm could last into early Tuesday, when the state's first-in-the-nation presidential primary is held. Police in Hampstead on Monday turned away people from a full coffee shop where Republican candidate Chris Christie was making a campaign stop.

  • TV producers may start making you wait for new shows online

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The Golden Age of Online Television may be in peril. Streaming TV has gotten popular as several online services such as Netflix make past seasons of TV shows available for binge-watching, while Hulu offers episodes from the current season. Now, some television companies are balking at giving them timely access to shows. The big worry: Making streaming TV too pleasant might encourage viewers to cut back or drop their cable service. Cable and satellite companies now pay TV networks billions of dollars a year to carry their channels. In turn, TV production companies make a lot from licensing fees paid by the networks.




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