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What is wrong with Florida?

By Cal Thomas Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had the best line when it comes to the latest Florida election in which contests for governor and the U.S. Senate are still undecided. Rubio tweeted: “Bay County was hit by a Cat 4 Hurricane just 4 weeks ago, yet managed to count votes & submit ...

Relief is yet to come

By KATHLEEN PARKER It wasn’t a blue trickle, but nor was it a tsunami. Rather, the midterm elections brought a gentle, purplish wave of mostly center-leaning Democrats whose profiles suggest a welcome infusion of professionalism and balance to a disorderly House. Unlike the tea party ...

Barkley, Bills light up listless Jets, 41-10

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Matt Barkley had just put the finishing touches on a stunning victory when he jogged over to the sideline, found his mother in the stands and handed her his well-deserved game ball. It was quite a moment for the Buffalo ...

Kyle Busch sets up showdown with Harvick for the title

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press AVONDALE, Ariz. — The three most dominant drivers of this NASCAR season will fittingly race each other for the championship, a chance for Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. to settle which team is truly the best. It was Busch who claimed ...

Louisville fires head coach Bobby Petrino

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has fired coach Bobby Petrino with two games left in a spiraling season that includes five blowout losses in which the Cardinals allowed at least 50 points. The school announced Petrino’s dismissal Sunday morning with statement from athletic director ...

Kuchar ends long victory drought

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Matt Kuchar ended more than four years without a PGA Tour victory Sunday by closing with a 2-under 69 and holding up through a few nervous moments down the stretch to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Kuchar had a four-shot lead going into the final round. ...

Singh, Langer winners in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — Vijay Singh rallied from six shots behind with his career-best round on the PGA Tour Champions, a 10-under 61 that gave him a four-shot victory in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and gave Bernhard Langer the season title and $1 million annuity. Langer won the Schwab Cup ...

Elliott, Prescott lead Cowboys past Eagles, 27-20

By ROB MAADDI The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott left the defending Super Bowl champions wondering how their season went wrong. Elliott had 151 yards rushing and his go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped the Dallas Cowboys beat the ...

Titans sack Brady, upset Patriots 34-10

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tom Brady added another big chunk of NFL history to his resume. The Tennessee Titans made sure the Patriots quarterback didn’t finish his 300th game. The Titans sacked Brady three times and hit him repeatedly as they beat New England 34-10 Sunday, snapping a ...

James nets 26, dunks for winner as Lakers edge Hawks, 107-106

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — LeBron James scored 26 points and dunked for the winning basket in the final seconds, lifting the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-106 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night. Kyle Kuzma added 18 points for the Lakers’ fifth win in six ...

Coyotes power past Capitals, 4-1

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Richard Panik and Alex Galchenyuk each had a goal and an assist, and the Arizona Coyotes became the latest team to take advantage of Washington’s penalty-killing struggles in a 4-1 win over the Capitals on Sunday. Galchenyuk and Vinnie Hinostroza ...

Devastation as deadly Calif. blaze tallies up grim new stats

PARADISE, Calif. — As wildfires continued to rage on both ends of California, officials released another grim statistic: six more dead in a swath of Northern California wiped out by fire, raising the death toll there to 29. It matched California’s record for deaths in a single ...

Reward upped in search for kidnapped girl

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — A total reward of $20,000 is being offered in the case of a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park. News outlets report Lumberton police announced Friday that Gov. Roy Cooper’s office is offering $5,000 for information that leads to Hania ...

Medicare expands access to in-home support for seniors

WASHINGTON — Medicare is experimenting with a new direction in health care. Starting next year, seniors in many states will be able to get additional services such as help with chores and respite for caregivers through private Medicare Advantage insurance plans. There’s a growing ...

Florida vote recount sees mishaps, protests

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Mishaps, protests and litigation are overshadowing the vote recount in Florida’s pivotal races for governor and Senate, reviving memories of the 2000 presidential fiasco in the premier political battleground state. All 67 counties are facing a state-ordered ...

Strange definition of loyalty

The day after the midterm elections, President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, replacing him at least temporarily with a more pliable loyalist. When Sessions got the news on Wednesday, he asked if he could finish the week. Nope. Close of business the other day was the answer. Now, ...

Kavanaugh debacle cost Dems

Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats’ campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder. It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost Democrats their chance to regain control of the Senate. And ...

Americans don’t like mobs

The midterm elections proved one thing definitively: We are a deeply divided country. Though the Democrats’ victory in flipping the House of Representatives was significant, it might have been even bigger had President Donald Trump not been able to use the caravan of Central American migrants ...

1st legal pot shops on East Coast to open

By BOB SALSBERG, The Associated Press NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — With its youthful vibe and eclectic mix of culture, a small Massachusetts city seems a logical site for the nation’s first legal recreational marijuana sales east of Colorado. An existing medical marijuana dispensary in ...

Magic 8 Ball, Uno, pinball inducted into Toy Hall of Fame

By CAROLYN THOMPSON The Associated Press ROCHESTER — Magic 8 Ball and Uno fans can count on infinitely more fun, along with pinball players whose quarters have powered the arcade classic through the rise of gaming apps. The three make up the National Toy Hall of Fame’s class of ...