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Air Force Academy investigating athletic programs

Buy AP Photo Reprints COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Air Force Academy said Sunday it has launched an investigation of its athletic department and is demanding more accountability from coaches after the Colorado Springs Gazette reported allegations of lax oversight...
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Marvel’s ‘Guardians’ rockets to top of box office

This image released by Disney – Marvel shows, from left, Zoe Saldana, the character Rocket Racoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, the character Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista in a scene from "Guardians of the Galaxy." The movie releases on...
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Ohio State band director’s firing sets off clash

FILE – In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters leads the band in “Carmen Ohio” following a NCAA football game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. OSU on Thursday, July 24, 2014 fired Waters...
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Back pain knocks Woods out of Bridgestone

Tiger Woods hits from the lip of a fairway trap on the second hole during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) Tiger Woods hits from the lip of a fairway trap on the...
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D-backs’ Goldschmidt out for year with broken hand

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt watches the baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a cast on his hand, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski) Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt watches...
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Earnhardt win completes season sweep at Pocono

Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race...
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Israel withdraws most troops from Gaza

Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic) Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic) Palestinian mourners weep as they identify the lifeless body of 9-year-old Rajab...
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Strong quake kills 367 in southern China

In this photo taken by cellphone and released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, men at rubbles of buildings look for survivors after an earthquake in Ludian County of Zhaotong City in southwest China’s Yunnan Province Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. A strong earthquake rattled...

Sunni insurgents seize small towns in Iraq’s north

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Militants with the Islamic State extremist group on Sunday seized two small towns in northern Iraq after driving out Kurdish security forces, further expanding the territories under their control, officials and residents said. The fresh gains by the...
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Syrian rebels kill 10, capture others in Lebanon

Lebanese soldiers ride in the back of an army vehicle with detained suspected militants in the Lebanese town of Arsal, a primarily Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon, Sunday, Aug 3, 2014. At least 10 Lebanese Army soldiers were killed and over a dozen...