Iditarod: 5 things to know about standout finishes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, there’s always a heart-pounding thrill at the finish line in Nome, a rollicking frontier city on Alaska’s western coast. The city’s siren blares as the winning team trots along Front Street at...
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AP PHOTOS: Teams drive toward Iditarod finish line

Iditarod musher Michelle Phillips, from Tagish, YT, Canada, arrives at the Unalakleet checkpoint at sunrise during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen) Iditarod musher Michelle Phillips, from Tagish, YT,...
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NASCAR’s Chase changes lead to big finish in Vegas

AP Photo/Isaac Brekken LAS VEGAS (AP) — When Brad Keselowski blew past Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the backstretch of the final lap to win Sunday, many concerns about NASCAR’s new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship rules also got left in the dust. Earnhardt felt...
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Investigators chasing ‘every angle’ on missing jet

AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Dozens of ships and aircraft have failed to find any piece of the missing Boeing 777 jet that vanished more than two days ago above waters south of Vietnam as investigators pursued “every angle” to explain its...
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Construction crunch slows Japan tsunami rebuilding

AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa TANOHATA, Japan (AP) — Tens of thousands of people on Japan’s northeastern coast who were left homeless in the March 2011 tsunami are shivering their way through yet another winter in cramped temporary housing, with perhaps several more to go....

Big quake strikes off N. Calif., no tsunami threat

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Sunday night off the coast of Northern California, but there was no danger of a tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor struck at 9:18 p.m. PDT about four miles beneath the Pacific...

Security plans for Boston Marathon to be detailed

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Public safety officials are getting ready to release more details about enhanced security for this year’s Boston Marathon. Local, state and federal agencies, the Boston Athletic Association and leaders from the eight communities that make up...

No. 22 Spartans Go Cold At End In 69-67 Loss

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tom Izzo wasn’t happy with the officials, with his team — with anything. No. 22 Michigan State went scoreless over the last 4:30 and Ohio State scored the final four points to tag the Spartans with a troublesome 69-67 loss on Sunday night....
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2 dozen injured as California school stage falls

A firefighter assists an injured student after a stage collapsed during a student event at a high school in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Authorities said 30-40 people were taken to hospitals with mainly minor injuries. (AP Photo/Kevin Warn) A firefighter assists an...
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King leads super tight Iditarod race in Alaska

Aliy Zirkle drives her dog team across the portage from Kaltag to Unalakleet. Zirkle is the first musher to reach the Bering Sea in Unalakleet during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen) Aliy Zirkle...