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Olympic champion Shawn Johnson gets engaged at Wrigley Field

AP Photo/DAVID BANKS CHICAGO (AP) — Olympic champion gymnast Shawn Johnson threw out a ceremonial first ball at Wrigley Field – and wound up with quite a catch. Johnson was walking off the field Friday before the Chicago Cubs hosted Philadelphia when she was surprised...
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Shelton, Lambert tweet playfully after announcing divorce

AP Photo/Jordan Strauss LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just because Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are getting divorced doesn’t mean they can’t have some fun on social media. The country stars, who announced the end of their marriage earlier this week, shared friendly...

Spelman College discontinues its Bill Cosby professorship

ATLANTA (AP) — A historically black college is discontinuing its endowed professorship with Bill Cosby after recent details emerged of his testimony in a sexual-assault lawsuit. Spelman told The Associated Press in a statement Friday that the college has parted ways with...
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Some moviegoers rattled by shootings, but theaters stay busy

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez BOSTON (AP) — A day after the country’s second major theater shooting in recent history, some rattled observers shunned future movie outings, but others on Friday kept lining up at box offices around the country and vowed not to be kept away by...
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Convicted spy Pollard could be freed from prison soon

AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker WASHINGTON (AP) — Jonathan Pollard, an American who was convicted of spying for Israel in a sensational espionage case that inflamed public sentiment, could be released from federal prison within months, his lawyer and the Justice Department said...
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NASCAR drivers adjusting to new rules package at Brickyard

AP Photo/R Brent Smith INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new rules package for Indianapolis Motor Speedway provided visibility issues for drivers on Friday. It was even harder to see after nearly five hours of practice Friday if the new rules package will produce better racing. NASCAR...

Hall of Fame bars Seau’s daughter from comments

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Citing previous policies on posthumous inductions, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has barred Junior Seau’s daughter from commenting during his presentation on Aug. 8. Seau, who committed suicide in 2012, is one of seven men being inducted this year....
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NCAA: Southern Miss, Tyndall committed multiple violations

AP Photo/Wade Payne The NCAA says Southern Mississippi’s men’s basketball program and former coach Donnie Tyndall have committed multiple violations, including arranging fraudulent academic credit, impermissible financial aid and obstructing the governing body’s...
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Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors to end US production

AP Photo/Koji Sasahara NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors confirmed Friday that it plans to stop production at its only U.S. factory and sell the plant in central Illinois that has more than 1,200 workers. The Japanese automaker reviewed its global supply chain and...
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Theater gunman known as angry man with radical views

AP Photo For decades before he opened fire in a Louisiana movie theater and killed two people, John Russell Houser was known as a man prone to anger, a loudmouth provocateur never afraid to share his opinion. His family said they feared him so much they hid his guns and had him...