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Column: Time to dump conference tournaments

AP Photo/John Bazemore ATLANTA (AP) — Looking around at all the empty seats at the Georgia Dome, one can’t help but wonder if conference tournaments have outlived their usefulness. Sure, the Southeastern Conference’s postseason shindig is a bit of an anomaly...

Friday’s Scores

Versailles 67, Proctorville Fairland 60

Obama says health care program stable

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a disastrous start and relentless Republican opposition, President Barack Obama said Friday that enrollment in his signature health care program is high enough to make it stable for the millions who have signed up. “We look forward to seeing...
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No. 16 Iowa State beats No. 10 Kansas, 94-83

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Georges Niang scored 25 points before leaving with a bloody gash to his forehead in the closing minutes, and No. 16 Iowa State held on to beat No. 10 Kansas 94-83 Friday night and reach its first Big 12 tournament title game...

New insurance rights for same-sex couples

WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing gay and lesbian concerns, the Obama administration Friday moved to expand health insurance access for same-sex couples and close a loophole that threatened to leave some HIV/AIDS patients without coverage. In separate announcements, the Health...
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Missing plane: Piracy theory gains more credence

Officer Lang Van Ngan of the Vietnam Air Force looks out the window onboard a flying AN-26 Soviet made aircraft during a search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane over the southern sea between Vietnam and Malaysia Friday, March 14, 2014. Vietnam says...
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Pistorius photographed in bloodied prosthetics

An image taken from the court pool TV via AP showing on screen a police photograph of Oscar Pistorius standing on his blood-stained prosthetic legs and wearing shorts covered in blood, taken shortly after the athlete fatally shot his girlfriend, which was shown to the court in...
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US, West brace for Crimea vote to leave Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks at a press conference at the Russian Ambassador’s residence in London, Friday, March 14, 2014. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke following a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry. (AP Photo/Kirsty...
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Missing jet’s pilots had firm community ties

Muslim men leave a mosque after Friday prayers, just down the road of the home of Fariq Abdul Hamid, co-pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370, center, Friday, March 14, 2014 in Shah Alam, Malaysia. The pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet were a...

How many “have to’s” will gay marriage require?

Michael Peppard is an assistant professor of theology at Fordham University. In not too long, our entire country will probably sanction marriage equality. To same-sex partners, equal-protection laws say, “Let them eat cake.” The civil rights side of the issue appears settled. But...