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Bucs use goal-line stand to beat Panthers, 20-14

By STEVE REED The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Cam Newton left the shotgun and began creeping toward the line of scrimmage, Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves knew exactly what was coming. The Bucs sniffed out a fourth-and-1 play from the 2-yard line with Hargreaves ...

Analysis: Biden looks like a front-runner, until he doesn’t

By JULIE PACE The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Joe Biden is the Democratic front-runner. And there were moments in Thursday night’s debate when he looked the part. Standing between a pair of liberal senators offering radical change, he unabashedly embraced his more moderate position ...

Pope Francis set to visit Thailand, Japan Nov. 19 through 26

By NANNAPAT PUROD The Associated Press BANGKOK — Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November for a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in each country. The Vatican confirmed the Nov. 19 to 26 ...

Bahamians look for loved ones as 1,300 missing after Dorian

By DANICA COTO The Associated Press MCLEAN’S TOWN, Bahamas — They scan social media, peer under rubble, or try to follow the smell of death in an attempt to find family and friends. They search amid alarming reports that 1,300 people remain listed as missing nearly two weeks after ...

Judgment day for Felicity Huffman

By COLLIN BINKLEY The Associated Press BOSTON — Actress Felicity Huffman is returning to court to be sentenced for her role in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal. The “Desperate Housewives” star is scheduled to appear in Boston’s federal court today after pleading ...

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Robbie ‘lucky’ to be face of perfume LOS ANGELES (AP) — Margot Robbie feels lucky to build upon the Chanel legacy as the face for the brand’s newest perfume. The “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” star said she is ready to lead the campaign for the new Chanel Gabrielle Chanel ...

State should write own laws, not rely on commissions

The Post-Journal Sept. 10 When New York’s elected officials don’t want to deal with a difficult issue, they create a special commission to decide the issue for them. The last such commission — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Committee on Legislative and Executive Compensation — has now had ...

Taliban invite a shameful moment

By MARC A. THIESSEN Imagine if, back in 2011, President Barack Obama had not only withdrawn all U.S. forces from Iraq, facilitating the rise of the Islamic State, but also invited Islamic State leaders to Camp David to sign an agreement cementing his withdrawal plan. Obama’s decision to ...

Another mass shooting, a nation on tenterhooks

By LEONARD PITTS JR. In 1879, on the road leading into Dodge City, there stood a sign. “The Carrying of Fire Arms Strictly Prohibited,” it said. As recounted in the book “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America” by Adam Winkler, the gun control ordinance was the ...

Mint, menthol: Vape industry has dug heels in on flavor bans

AUGUSTA, Maine — Efforts to ban flavored e-cigarettes and reduce their appeal to youngsters have sputtered under industry pressure in over a half-dozen states this year even as one state, Michigan, moves ahead with its own restrictions and President Donald Trump promises federal ones. In ...

Divers recover body of last missing victim of California boat fire

LOS ANGELES — Divers on Wednesday recovered the body of the last missing victim of a boat fire off the California coast that killed 34 people. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office announced the end of the search on Twitter, saying it was “relieved to report” the final victim had ...

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Prison release for ‘Situation’ soon NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — “Jersey Shore” cast member Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is about to regain his freedom. The Federal Bureau of Prison’s website says the reality television star is scheduled to be released from prison in Otisville, ...

Tornado hits S.D. hospital: ‘All are safe and sound’

When the warning sounded shortly before midnight that a tornado could be approaching, the clock turned into a stopwatch for staff members working the night shift at a behavioral health center at a Sioux Falls hospital. “We had 10 minutes to wake up 102 residents, get them to the center of ...

Nebraska county OKs sales tax to pay wrongfully convicted

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska county that owes more than $30 million to six people wrongfully convicted of murder approved a new half-cent sales tax Wednesday to help pay the legal judgment, but the former prisoners still will have to wait at least six years to collect the full amount ...

Some states say they will keep fighting Purdue Pharma in court

HARTFORD, Conn. — Courtroom showdowns still face OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and the family that owns it, the Sacklers. But after a tentative settlement reached Wednesday with thousands of local governments and more than 20 states, the fight will be less about the damage done by the ...

Some states say they will keep fighting Purdue Pharma in court

By GEOFF MULVIHILL and DAVE COLLINS The Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. — Courtroom showdowns still face OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and the family that owns it, the Sacklers. But after a tentative settlement reached Wednesday with thousands of local governments and more than 20 ...

Nebraska county OKs sales tax to pay wrongfully convicted

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska county that owes more than $30 million to six people wrongfully convicted of murder approved a new half-cent sales tax Wednesday to help pay the legal judgment, but the former prisoners still will have to wait at least six years to collect the full amount ...

Tornado hits S.D. hospital: ‘All are safe and sound’

By DAVE KOLPACK The Associated Press When the warning sounded shortly before midnight that a tornado could be approaching, the clock turned into a stopwatch for staff members working the night shift at a behavioral health center at a Sioux Falls hospital. “We had 10 minutes to wake up ...

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Prison release for ‘Situation’ soon NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — “Jersey Shore” cast member Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is about to regain his freedom. The Federal Bureau of Prison’s website says the reality television star is scheduled to be released from prison in Otisville, ...

Summer of heroic dissent

By GEORGE F. WILL The masked men who recently tossed firebombs at Jimmy Lai’s home targeted one of this city’s foremost democracy advocates. Lai, a 71-year-old media billionaire, calls this summer’s ongoing protest “a martyrdom movement” and “a last-straw movement.” It has an ...