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A new chapter for a 300-year-old Torah scroll

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clapping and singing along to a klezmer duet, dozens of Jewish university students in Oakland and their guests welcomed the arrival of a 300-year-old Torah scroll last week. The scroll had served generations in a Polish Jewish community, survived the Holocaust hidden in a ...

Mass shooters use loopholes, lapses to get guns

By MICHAEL R. SISAK The Associated Press Nikolas Cruz is just the latest U.S. mass shooter to legally obtain and own weapons because of limited weapons laws, lapses in the background check process or law enforcement‘s failure to heed warnings of concerning behavior. The 19-year-old had ...

Battle trying to help keep Syracuse in tourney hunt

By JOHN KEKIS The Associated Press SYRACUSE — Tyus Battle has trained his focus on one thing since summer — a postseason experience different from the first he had last year as a freshman at Syracuse. In other words, playing in the NCAA Tournament, which is all that really matters ...

Can curling cure our troubled world?

By KRISTEN GELINEAU The Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The world, some fret, is falling apart. Politicians spar viciously on social media. Leaders lie. Former heroes fall like dominoes amid endless scandals. Cruelty has come to feel commonplace. But never fear: We have ...

Stars of the Olympics are changing sponsorship game

By MAE ANDERSON The Associated Press NEW YORK — A gold medal used to be the golden ticket for lucrative endorsements — think Mary Lou Retton on a Wheaties box. But in the age of social media, athletes are making a name for themselves well ahead of time. Even more so than in Rio in ...

NHL Roundup: Islanders beat Hurricanes, 3-0

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Thomas Greiss stopped 45 shots for his first shutout of the season, and the New York Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Friday night. Johnny Boychuk, Anthony Beauvillier and John Tavares scored to help the Islanders move past the Hurricanes into the second ...

Team Penske stakes claim as Daytona 500 favorites

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Roger Penske has a car capable of winning the Daytona 500. Maybe even three of them. Penske again went 1-2 at Daytona International Speedway for its second sweep of Speedweeks. This time, Ryan Blaney went to victory lane after ...

Hansdotter wins Olympic slalom title; Shiffrin finishes 4th

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Frida Hansdotter held off the conservative-skiing Mikaela Shiffrin and the rest of a tightly bunched field to win the Olympic slalom title today at the Pyeongchang Games. In second after the opening run, the Swedish skier powered through the sun-splashed ...

Halak stops 50 shots, Islanders beat Rangers, 3-0

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders invariably raise their game against the Rangers. This time they kept that trend — and a winning streak — against their crosstown rivals going with a shutout. Jaroslav Halak had a season-high 50 saves for his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 ...

Manfred promises pace changes by next week

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says proposed rules changes to speed pace of play will be in place by the start of big league exhibition games on Feb. 23. The commissioner has hoped for an agreement with the players’ association but has the right to implement ...

Denver Nuggets make 24 3-pointers, top Bucks 134-123

By The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Nikola Jokic had a triple-double wrapped up in the first half, and the Denver Nuggets put together one of the best 3-point shooting nights in NBA history in a 134-123 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. Denver matched a franchise record ...

Giants’ add veteran coordinators to staff

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Three experienced coordinators, including two with ties to new general manager Dave Gettleman, have been added to Pat Shurmur’s coaching staff with the New York Giants. The hirings were announced Thursday, although most had been widely known in recent ...

Did FBI miss warning signs

The Associated Press The massacre at a Florida high school is again raising concerns about whether the FBI missed signs that might have stopped a mass shooting. Last fall, a Mississippi bail bondsman and video blogger noticed a comment on one of his YouTube videos that said, "I'm going to ...

Lawyer: El Chapo is eager to go to trial

By TOM HAYS The Associated Press NEW YORK — Notorious Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is eager to go to trial, his lawyer said Thursday after a U.S. judge set Sept. 5 for jury selection in his drug-trafficking case. Defense attorney Eduardo Balarezo ...

State news in brief

Watchdog group to look at misconduct NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police watchdog group says it will start investigating allegations of sexual misconduct by officers. The Civilian Complaint Review Board said Thursday it was important to perform independent and impartial reviews of such ...

Officer who fatally shot woman found not guilty

NEW YORK (AP) — A police officer who fatally shot a mentally ill woman in her New York apartment in 2016 after she brandished scissors and a bat was acquitted by a judge Thursday. New York Police Department Sgt. Hugh Barry was found not guilty of murder, manslaughter and criminally ...

Denmark prepares for Prince’s funeral

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Draped in a Danish flag bearing the royal coat of arms, the casket of Denmark’s Prince Henrik — husband of Queen Margrethe — was taken on a stately procession through the streets of northern Copenhagen Thursday. Thousands of people lined the route as the ...

People in the news

Warner Wolf sues for age discrimination NEW YORK (AP) — The sportscaster who popularized the phrase “Let’s go to the videotape!“ has filed an age discrimination over his firing from shock jock Don Imus’ radio show. The now 80-year-old Warner Wolf charged in the lawsuit filed ...

A call to better protect kids

By DIANE DIMOND There is way too much killing in America. Murders, accidental shootings, executions, deadly domestic abuse, despondent people who kill themselves, and then there is filicide. That’s when parents kill their own child. We would like to think this sort of heinous crime ...

Spread the medical cost fairly

By BETSY MCCAUGHEY Americans are suffering pharmaceutical sticker shock. But the remedy Democrats are backing — price controls on prescription drugs — would inflict more harm by halting new discoveries and dooming patients waiting for cures. Since 1950, our increasing longevity — an ...