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Islanders top Lightning, 5-2

UNIONDALE (AP) — Anders Lee had a goal and two assists in New York’s three-goal third period and the Islanders beat the Tampa Lightning 5-2 Friday night for their eighth straight victory. Mathew Barzal and Ryan Pulock scored in the second period, Josh Bailey and Derick Brassard had goals ...

Ravens take on undefeated Patriots in Week 9

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. The Associated Press Lamar Jackson is off to a sensational start with his arm and his legs, putting up eye-popping numbers in his second NFL season. The Baltimore quarterback knows he has a long way to go, though, to become great. He’ll see Exhibit A across from him ...

Fire-ravaged forests get help from pine cone collectors

ALONG THE BURNT MESA TRAIL, N.M. — With snow ready to fall, the scramble was on to collect as many ponderosa pine cones as possible. A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled hefty tree trunks and used long clippers to snip branches loaded with the prickly orbs. The cones ...

Giants GM Gettleman hoping to re-sign Leonard Williams

By TOM CANAVAN The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants want to sign recently acquired defensive lineman Leonard Williams to a multiyear deal before his contract runs out at the end of the season. General manager Dave Gettleman disclosed the plans in a letter ...

Bringing the world’s buried wetlands back from the dead

By MATTHEW BROWN and JAMES BROOKS The Associated Press HINDOLVESTON, England — The ghosts are all around the gently rolling farmlands of eastern England. But you have to know where to look. These are not the kind of phantoms that scare or haunt — they are ghost ponds. Over the ...

Syracuse teetering on the brink as BC comes to town

By JOHN KEKIS The Associated Press SYRACUSE — Dino Babers figures he knows what’s wrong in what has become a tough season for Syracuse, and he needs a quick fix. “We need to reel it back in,” Babers said. “We talked about eliminating mental mistakes, playing physical. I think ...

Hiding in plain sight

Things are seldom what they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream... —Gilbert and Sullivan, “HMS Pinafore” Last week found Republicans in Congress complaining loud and long that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, along with the House Oversight and Foreign Affairs ...

Second-tier contenders in spotlight before first CFP rankings

RALPH D. RUSSO The Associated Press Before the first College Football Playoff rankings come out next week the spotlight is on the second-tier contenders trying to stay in the race with most of the top undefeated teams taking a break. The selection committee reveals what it believes are ...

World-famous bakery shares secrets in a new book

PARIS — If there is such a thing as baking royalty, Apollonia Poilane might be its queen. The 35-year-old is a third-generation baker for the world famous Poilane in Paris. It was founded in 1932 by Apollonia’s grandfather Pierre and has inspired chefs, musicians, poets, and artists ...

More severely obese kids should get surgery, group says

Even some severely obese preteens should be considered for weight loss surgery, according to new recommendations. The guidance issued Sunday by the American Academy of Pediatrics is based on a review of medical evidence, including several studies showing that surgery in teens can result in ...

Vaccine shows promise for preventing active TB disease

An experimental vaccine proved 50 percent effective at preventing latent tuberculosis infection from turning into active disease in a three-year study of adults in Africa. Doctors were encouraged because protection declined only a little after two years, and even a partially effective vaccine ...

‘Grim’ oyster season brings new tactics for New Orleans oyster bars

BY IAN MCNULTY The Times-Picayune/ The New Orleans Advocate NEW ORLEANS — People queued up as usual outside Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter one recent day, while inside the aroma of oysters bubbling on the grill filled the dining room and servers whisked past with trays ...

Thai entrepreneur pushing insects as the snack of the future

BANGKOK (AP) — They are sold in bags like salted peanuts, or tubes like stacked potato chips, but these crunchy morsels on the shelves of Thai convenience stores and supermarkets stand apart from the snack food crowd. The bugs — baked, not fried — could be the next big thing in tasty ...

Flowers looking tired? Extend their vase life

Fresh cut flower arrangements are fleeting, but you can keep them lively longer by taking a few simple steps in selection, conditioning and nourishment. “Cut flowers generally last five to seven days after the time they get to the consumer,“ said Lisa Mason Ziegler, a cut flower grower ...

Salvage shops offer sustainable decor with its own special backstory

Two of the hottest trends in home decor are sustainability and authenticity. No wonder architectural salvage shops are busy. Homeowners love features that come with a story, says Rich Ellis, publisher of Architectural Salvage and Antique Lumber News. “When you can point to your floor and ...

Right at Home: Design and décor with a British flair

Britain’s political climate may be gloomy, but on the decor front the sun is shining. Young designers and established firms are crafting furniture, lighting and accessory collections that celebrate vintage patterns, tweak the traditional and offer a new take on British history. There are ...

Wildlife refuge celebrates centennial

CAMERON, La. (AP) — What used to be Louisiana’s largest state wildlife refuge is celebrating its centennial. The Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in southwest Louisiana was 86,000 acres when the land was bought in 1914 and donated to Louisiana in December 1919. Officials say it’s now down ...

Illegal logging drops in Monarch butterfly wintering grounds 25%

MEXICO CITY — Tree loss in the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly in central Mexico is down by about 25 percent this year compared to last year as a sharp drop in Illegal logging more than made up from an increase in tree deaths due to lack of water or disease, experts said ...

At-large python found in W. Va. by letter carrier

RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — An 11-foot python that was on the loose in West Virginia was found Tuesday, about a month after it got out of its tank, broke through a window screen and slithered outside. Richwood Police Chief Charles Burkhamer says a letter carrier saw the snake laying out in the ...

Malawi fights tsetse flies, disease after wildlife relocated

NKHOTAKOTA, Malawi — The relocation of hundreds of elephants to Malawi’s largest wildlife reserve was meant to be a sign of hope and renewal in this southern African nation. Then nearby residents began falling ill. The cause of the headaches, weakness and pain were trypanosomes, tiny ...