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Column: Olympic champion Schmitt struggles away from pool

AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza Allison Schmitt seemed like the happiest person at the pool. Always laughing. Always telling a corny joke. Ask anyone about the five-time Olympic medalist, they’ll quickly rattle off some offbeat thing she said or did, something that got...
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Houston star Harden’s unique game hard to stop _ and to like

AP Photo/James Nielsen HOUSTON (AP) — Whether he’s stirring the pot after a big shot or flailing his arms to draw contact en route to the basket James Harden evokes strong reactions from fans and players alike. The internet abounds with people complaining that his...
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UNC receives NCAA notice of allegations in academic case

AP Photo/Gerry Broome North Carolina has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA connected to the school’s academic fraud scandal. In a statement Friday, Chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham said UNC is reviewing the “lengthy”...

APNewsBreak: Casey Kasem’s widow won’t face criminal charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday they will not file elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem’s widow. A charge evaluation sheet released by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said there was insufficient evidence to charge Jean...

Gov. Kasich Rescinds Union Rights For Ohio Care Workers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has rescinded a pair of directives issued by his predecessor that allowed independent home health care and child-care workers doing business with the state to unionize. In an executive order signed Friday,...

Pirates star McCutchen laughs off leaked pay stub

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Good thing Andrew McCutchen has direct deposit. The Pittsburgh Pirates star centerfielder laughed off a leaked photo of his pay stub Friday, joking he can handle the attention so long as he still gets paid. McCutchen’s two-week stub was left behind...
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AP sources: Goodell will not recuse self from Brady appeal

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal. The NFL told the players’ union on Friday that Goodell will not recuse himself from what the commissioner...

US Oil And Natural Gas Rig Count Drops By 3 To 885

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 885. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 659 rigs were seeking oil and 222 explored for natural gas. Four were...

Naked Florida man rescued after getting stuck on drawbridge

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge. The South Florida Sun Sentinel quoted witnesses as saying the unidentified man was walking across the Florida East Coast Railway railroad bridge in Fort Lauderdale...

APNewsBreak: Kasich Nixes Union Option For Ohio Care Workers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has rescinded a pair of directives issued by his predecessor that allowed independent home health care and child-care workers doing business with the state to unionize. In an executive order signed Friday,...