• Teaming up: Could fantasy football benefit charities

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Forty million people spend $2 billion in fantasy leagues. What if some of that went to charity?

  • 'Guardians' tops box office for the summer, year

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Guardians of the Galaxy" closed out the summer movie season with a first-place finish. Marvel's Disney-distributed space adventure — the top-grossing film of the year so far in North America — added another $22.9 million to its coffers over Labor Day weekend. Paramount's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and the Warner Bros. tear-jerker "If I Stay" claimed the second and third spots, just as they did the weekend prior. The new offerings, including the horror tale "As Above, So Below" and the thriller starring Pierce Brosnan, "The November Man," debuted in fifth and sixth, place respectively. The top 20 movies at U.S.

  • Attorney: Detroit needs debt plan to survive

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    DETROIT (AP) — The plan to restructure billions of dollars in debt is the vehicle the Motor City needs to free up funds to provide services to residents and allow the city to survive, one of Detroit's attorneys told the federal judge at the helm of the historic bankruptcy trial, which started Tuesday. Bruce Bennett said during his opening statement before federal Judge Steven Rhodes that Detroit has operated in distressed conditions for so long that it requires vast amounts of investment. "Detroit won't survive or recover until this is done," said Bennett, an attorney with the Jones Day law firm that was hired to help the city through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

  • It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings in the past eight days after passengers got into fights over the ability to recline their seats. Disputes over a tiny bit of personal space might seem petty, but for passengers whose knees are already banging into tray tables, every inch counts. "Seats are getting closer together," says Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents 60,000 flight attendants at 19 airlines. "We have to de-escalate conflict all the time." There are fights over overhead bin space, legroom and where to put winter co

  • Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO's security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border. Ahead of a high-stakes NATO summit that begins Thursday, Obama will also make a symbolic show of solidarity with Eastern Europe when he visits Estonia for meetings with Baltic leaders. He was due to arrive in the Estonian capital of Tallinn Wednesday morning. Russia's monthslong conflict with Ukraine comes at a time when members of the NATO defense alliance have been cutting military spending and reassessing the o

  • Former Va. governor's corruption case goes to jury

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption case that could send former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife to federal prison was in the hands Tuesday of jurors who must decide whether the couple sold the influence of the office to a wealthy vitamin executive seeking legitimacy for his company's signature product. U.S. District Judge James S. Spencer spent nearly two hours reading instructions to jurors before they filed out of the courtroom to decide the fate of a onetime rising Republican star who was widely considered a potential running mate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012, just before the scandal broke. Jurors deliberated for more than five hours before calling it a day. They will return Wednesday morning.

  • Princeton worker put on leave over medical pot

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    PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — A Princeton University employee and marijuana legalization activist who said he was told to choose between his job and using medical marijuana is on paid leave as the university works to figure out accommodations for his disability. Don DeZarn, 48, of East Windsor, said Tuesday that Princeton officials told him he could not work in his job as senior operations manager of campus dining and use medical marijuana. DeZarn said he hasn't used medical marijuana while working, but had let university officials know about it if he ever needed to use it for an "emergency situation." Princeton officials, however, said he was not cornered into a decision between his health and his job.

  • McCrory praises eastern NC natural gas pipeline

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    PEMBROKE, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says a proposed natural gas pipeline traveling through eastern North Carolina will serve as a tool to attract more jobs and industries to the state. McCrory visited Pembroke on Tuesday to highlight the announced construction of a 550-mile pipeline from West Virginia through Virginia and North Carolina, ending at current Piedmont Natural Gas facilities in Robeson County. The Robesonian of Lumberton reported (http://bit.ly/1pFENK ) McCrory told 150 local business leaders the North Carolina section will help areas where economic recruitment has been hindered by a lack of natural gas. McCrory's office says the $4.

  • Sotomayor to receive Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr

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    BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be honored by Bryn Mawr College for her trailblazing legal career. The women's liberal arts school near Philadelphia announced Tuesday that Sotomayor will receive the 2015 Katharine Hepburn Medal, given to women who embody "the intelligence, drive and independence" of the Oscar-winning actress. Hepburn was a 1928 graduate of Bryn Mawr. School officials say Sotomayor shows "an unflinching commitment to justice and a fundamental dedication to real equality in our diverse society." Sotomayor is the first Hispanic on the nation's highest court. She'll receive the Hepburn Medal on April 17. The medal is also named for the actress' mother, Katharine Houg

  • Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer told The Associated Press Tuesday that it is working with both banks and law enforcement to investigate "unusual activity" that would point to a hack. "Protecting our customers' information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers," said Paula Drake, a spokeswoman at Home Depot, declining to elaborate. She said the retailer would notify customers immediately if it confirms a breach. Shares of Home Depot Inc. fell $1.88, or 2 percent, to close at $91.15.

  • Preschools latest to take on green movement

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new Oklahoma City preschool is staying away from plastic toys, serving only vegan and gluten-free food, and focusing on teaching children early about living a healthy lifestyle. The idea behind The Green House appears to be catching on: Dozens of preschools are popping up nationwide that have a specific eco-friendly focus. Christy Merrick is director of the Natural Start Alliance, which is part of the North American Association for Environmental Education. She said there are now about 80 nature-based preschools nationwide, up from 19 in 2009. She said the schools range from taking simple approaches to basing their entire curriculum around nature and having students spend time every day in natura

  • Mom of autistic girl pleads guilty to child abuse

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    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan woman accused of trying to kill her autistic 14-year-old daughter after describing in an online blog the family's struggles to raise her pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree child abuse. Kelli Stapleton, 46, entered the plea the day before she was scheduled for trial in Benzie County Circuit Court on a charge of attempted murder — a year after police said she drove daughter Isabelle to an isolated spot, gave her sleep-inducing medication and ignited charcoal in two grills inside a van, intending to kill both of them. Isabelle has recovered after suffering carbon-monoxide poisoning that left her in a coma for several days, county prosecutor Sara Swanson said.

  • US court hears debate in NSA phone records case

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer defending the government's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records found himself facing tough questions Tuesday from appeals judges wanting to know whether the program will inevitably lead to, as one judge put it, the government's study of "every American's everything." Questions about the scope of the program arose frequently during arguments before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. After nearly two hours of arguments, the court reserved decision on the American Civil Liberty Union's appeal of a December ruling giving a green light to the National Security Agency program on the grounds that it was necessary extension to security measures taken after the Sept. 1

  • Revel casino follows Showboat, closes its doors

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    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's newest casino — and its biggest, costliest flop — went out with barely a whimper. Revel Casino Hotel opened a little more than two years ago amid high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market. But the $2.4 billion resort shut down Tuesday as its casino closed one day after the hotel checked out its last guest. The property that debuted at sunrise on April 2, 2012, with its then-president joining New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in a blueberry smoothie toast, quietly ended operations in the early morning darkness as the last handful of gamblers, who never turned out in great enough numbers to keep Revel alive, filed out of the sleek glass tower.

  • NFL suspends Irsay 6 games, fines him $500,000

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    NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The NFL suspended Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard on the Indianapolis Colts owner Tuesday just hours after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from an embarrassing March traffic stop. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Irsay is barred from team facilities, practices and games and cannot represent the Colts at NFL meetings or events. The fine is the maximum allowed under league rules. "I have stated on numerous occasions that owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players," Goodell told Irsay in a letter released by the NFL.

  • Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet

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    LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points. Now the team calling itself LulzSecPeru has created a national political uproar. Emails the hackers stole from the Peruvian Council of Ministers' network and dumped online last month fueled accusations that top Cabinet ministers have acted more like industry lobbyists than public servants. That helped precipitate a no-confidence vote last week that the Cabinet barely survived. The hackers, who describe themselves as two young men, are a homegrown version of

  • Ill UK boy's parents freed from custody in Spain

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    SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) — The British parents who took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent were released from custody in Spain on Tuesday after authorities in the United Kingdom dropped charges of child cruelty against them. The National Court in Madrid said in a statement that a judge ordered the couple's immediate release after receiving official notification from Britain that authorities there were no longer seeking their extradition to answer charges. Their 5-year-old son Ashya, who has a severe brain tumor, has been cared for in a hospital in Malaga, 500 kilometers (310 miles) from Madrid while they were incarcerated.

  • Russia investment fund hides US advisers' names

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — A $10 billion investment fund backed by the Russian government that has avoided being targeted by U.S. economic sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine redesigned its website Tuesday and made it more difficult to find names of prominent U.S. and European executives on its international advisory board. The Russian Direct Investment Fund had touted the names and biographical profiles of three prominent American businessmen and other executives on its website, which The Associated Press cited in a story last week about the fund and its operations. Web links to information about the fund's advisers have since been removed.

  • Utility, firm form partnership on energy projects

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    ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest electric utility is teaming up with a national renewable energy business to implement a series of state-of-the-art energy saving projects, including a new local electrical system in the Rutland area that will eventually be spread across the state. While Green Mountain Power is Vermont's largest electric utility, it is still small and nimble enough to implement new energy saving ideas that could be proposed by NRG Energy, Green Mountain President Mary Powell said Tuesday in Essex, where she announced the partnership. "We can get stuff done, we're partnering on the big picture," Powell said.

  • Ex-Mamtek CEO pleads guilty to theft, fraud

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    ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A man who persuaded a rural Missouri town and the state to invest millions in bonds and incentives for an artificial sweetener plant that never materialized pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felony charges. Bruce Cole is set to be sentenced Nov. 3 after pleading guilty to two counts of securities fraud and one count of theft; prosecutors dropped two of the four fraud counts originally filed in 2012. His trial had been scheduled to start in December in St. Charles County on a change-of-venue request. Under the plea agreement, Cole faces five to seven years in prison. Cole, 67, was the chief executive officer of Mamtek U.S. Inc., a company Cole formed to produce artificial sweetener.