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California student accused of making ‘Banana Plug’ drug app

A Northern California college freshman faces felony charges for allegedly creating an iPhone app he dubbed the Banana Plug to sell illicit drugs. Collin Howard on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges in San Jos

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Police: Man in gorilla suit breaks in home, hides under bed

Police say a man wearing a gorilla suit broke into a Louisiana home and hid under a mattress before officers arrested him.

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Police: Stolen rare coins ended up in change machines

Authorities say a Florida man stole collectible coins worth tens of thousands of dollars, then ran them through grocery store change machines that returned just a fraction of their value.

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A dog's life: Fitness trackers help put pets on a diet

Fido getting too plump? There's an app for that. Ever more complex pet fitness trackers are part of the steadily growing pet product market.

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Royals’ Gordon eager to play alongside new CF Hamilton

MLB

SURPRISE — With six-time Gold Glove winner Alex Gordon in left and speedy Lorenzo Cain in center, the Kansas City Royals’ outfield defense ranked among the best in the majors for the six years they were together.

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Kershaw shut down by Dodgers after ace not feeling right

MLB

GLENDALE — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been shut down indefinitely after telling manager Dave Roberts that he "didn't feel right" after two discouraging outings on the mound.

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Idaho teen says he made $35k in 4 days plowing Seattle

A northern Idaho teen says he made $35,000 in four days by charging as much as $750 an hour to plow during the early-February snowstorms in Seattle.

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Watch: 4-year-old inspires with trampoline act in his wheelchair

A North Dakota charity event turned into worldwide inspiration when a 4-year-old boy performed his favorite trampoline act in his wheelchair. Wyatt Burggraff bounces at a gym with programs for kids with disabilities

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Searing testimony heard at Vatican sex abuse summit

The day began with an African woman telling an extraordinary gathering of Catholic leaders that her priestly rapist forced her to have three abortions over a dozen years after he started violating her at age 15. It ended with a Colombian cardinal warning them they could all face prison if they let such crimes go unpunished.

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United Methodists confront possible split over LGBT issues

The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly convenes Sunday for a high-stakes, three-day meeting likely to determine whether America’s second-largest Protestant denomination will fracture due to divisions over same-sex marriage and the ordination of gay clergy.

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Cardinals, Patriots, Redskins get 4 compensatory draft picks

NFL

NEW YORK — Arizona, New England and Washington each will get four of the 32 compensatory draft picks the NFL awarded on Friday.

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12-year-old reporter says Arizona marshal threatened her with jail

A young reporter is receiving praise after writing about her encounter with a southern Arizona marshal who allegedly threatened to put her in jail.

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Police: Patriots owner Robert Kraft solicited prostitute

JUPITER, Fla. — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution after police said Friday he was twice videotaped paying for and receiving sex at an illicit massage parlor.

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Watch: Miss Universe receives a grand homecoming in the Philippines

Thousands took to the streets of Manila to welcome home Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. The 25-year-old beauty queen was crowned Miss Universe in December.

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Snowman builders aim for big money in video contest

Building a snowman isn’t always just a way to while away a long winter. For some people in Russia and Ukraine, it’s a way to possibly earn some significant money.

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Movie review: A sweet swan song for 'How to Train Your Dragon'

Born in the 3-D land rush, "How to Train Your Dragon" has never quite shrugged off the bland corporate sheen attached to it from the start.

Other football leagues seek boost from legal betting

Sports Gambling

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The National Football League is king when it comes to legal sports bets, but other professional gridiron leagues are looking to embrace and profit from it, too.

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Some favorite garden vegetables attract pollinators, too

Planting clumps of bright, successively bloo ming flowers is a popular method for attracting foraging pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Compostable ‘bioplastics’ make inroads with consumers

Looking for an eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastics — especially single-use items like bags, straws and picnic tableware — many supermarkets and vendors are offering an array of compostable alternatives made from plant fibers or starches.

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4 dolphins moved from Arizona facility to Caribbean park

Four remaining dolphins at an Arizona facility where four other dolphins have died have been moved to a new home in the Caribbean.

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Syracuse coach Boeheim strikes, kills pedestrian on highway

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a man walking on an interstate late Wednesday night as he tried to avoid hitting the man's disabled vehicle, police say.

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Police: Man says he stole Pepsi truck to get to the airport

Authorities say an Oklahoma man stole a Pepsi truck as the driver was unloading soda in the back.

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McCutchen ready to boost Phillies in all sorts of ways

MLB

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Andrew McCutchen is ready to boost the Philadelphia Phillies with his bat, glove and brain.

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Northern Arizona children using superstition to guarantee school canceled in upcoming snowstorm

Children in northern Arizona are turning to superstition to try to guarantee school is canceled amid a major snowstorm.

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Dems’ measure blocking Trump emergency will come Friday

House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border, teeing up a clash over billions of dollars, immigration policy and the Constitution’s separation of powers.

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Napkin, genealogy site leads to arrest in 1993 murder case

A businessman has been charged with fatally stabbing a Minneapolis woman in 1993 after investigators ran DNA evidence from the murder scene through a genealogy website and obtained his DNA from a discarded napkin.

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Authorities remove cougar from tree outside California home

Firefighters have rescued a very big cat — a mountain lion — from a tree outside a home in the Southern California desert.

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Flintstones Bedrock City sold, will become 'Raptor Ranch' bird park

A theme park near the Grand Canyon designed around the "Flintstones" cartoon will now be strictly for the birds.

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Grand Canyon looking into possible radiation exposure after discovery of uranium ore buckets

Grand Canyon National Park officials say they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to radiation at unsafe levels while samples of uranium ore sat in plastic buckets in a park research building.

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Former Brooklyn Dodgers great Don Newcombe dies at 92

MLB

LOS ANGELES — Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92.

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Moustakas has unfinished business in Milwaukee

MLB

PHOENIX — Mike Moustakas fell one win shy of reaching the World Series with the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Hiker stuck in quicksand at Utah park feared he would die

A man who was stranded for hours in frigid weather with his leg sunk up to the knee in quicksand at a creek in Utah's Zion National Park said Tuesday that he feared he would lose his leg and might die because the quicksand's water was so cold.

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US agents: 103 Central Americans surrender at Arizona border

LUKEVILLE — The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have detained 103 Central American migrants in Arizona just north of the border with Mexico.

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Former top Arpaio aide says he'll run for sheriff in 2020

PHOENIX — The former top aide to ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he will challenge incumbent Paul Penzone in Maricopa County's 2020 sheriff's race.

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Dog reunited with family 101 days after California wildfire

A dog named Kingston is back with his family 101 days after he jumped out of their truck as they fled a devastating Northern California wildfire.

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Dog shoots man: German court rules owner not fit for license

A German court has ruled that a dog owner isn’t fit to carry a firearms license after his dog shot him with a rifle.

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Watch: Trapped people rescued from SeaWorld ride

Police say more than a dozen people trapped on a ride at SeaWorld in San Diego have been rescued.

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Watch: Burglar crashes car into Oklahoma adult novelty store

Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, are searching for a man who crashed his car into the glass doors of an adult novelty shop, then ran inside and stole lingerie and sex toys.

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Spokeswoman says aquatic facility isn't permanently closed

SCOTTSDALE — An aquatic facility in the metro Phoenix where four dolphins have died since opening more than two years ago says it's not permanently closed, even though signs at the business have been taken down.

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Arizona officer in stun gun video has disciplinary history

GLENDALE — One of the suburban Phoenix police officers seen on video repeatedly using a stun gun on a handcuffed man has a history of suspensions and reprimands, according to disciplinary records.

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16 states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Chanel: Iconic couturier Karl Lagerfeld has died

Chanel's iconic couturier, Karl Lagerfeld, whose accomplished designs as well as trademark white ponytail, high starched collars and dark enigmatic glasses dominated high fashion for the past 50 years, has died.

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Dolly still working 9 to 5 with hit show "9 to 5 The Musical"

Dolly Parton graces London's West End for the premiere of hit show "9 to 5 The Musical."

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West Virginia teachers’ unions call for strike over education bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia teachers’ unions on Monday called a statewide strike over an education bill that they view as lacking their input and as retaliation for a walkout last year.

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Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95.

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Trump lashes out at key officials involved in Russia probe

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump is lashing out at key officials involved in the Russia probe, namely former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the current deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.

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Hines leads NAU over Sacramento State 78-66

Men's College Basketball

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Carlos Hines had 17 points and 10 assists to carry Northern Arizona to a 78-66 win over Sacramento State on Saturday night.

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Helicopters haul logs for Flagstaff forest thinning project

FLAGSTAFF — Helicopter flights over Flagstaff are common, particularly with the local hospital being northern Arizona's only top-tier trauma center, but the cargo of some of the helicopters buzzing over Flagstaff these days consists of logs, not people.

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Edwards, Cheatham help Arizona St. beat Utah, 98-87

College Basketball

SALT LAKE CITY — Rob Edwards scored a season high 28 points while Zylan Cheatham chipped in 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead Arizona State to a 98-87 victory over Utah on Saturday night.

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Beer from 1886 shipwreck may yield new brew

Ahoy, beer lovers: A bottle from a 133-year-old shipwreck may yield yeast for a new brew in upstate New York.

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