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Dems ready for long, pricey primary between Clinton, Sanders

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush with campaign cash. Clinton has overwhelming support among Democratic Party leaders, but Sanders […]

Adele might not like it, but Donald Trump can use her music

NEW YORK — While waiting for Donald Trump to take the stage this week at a campaign rally in Exeter, New Hampshire, fans listened to a few hit songs by Adele, “Skyfall” and “Rolling in the Deep.” That has apparently hit all the wrong notes with the British superstar: She has said she’d like Trump […]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets some roast with his Hasty Pudding

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Joseph Gordon-Levitt is getting a little roast along with his pudding. In keeping with tradition, “The Walk” actor is set to be feted — and roasted — as Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals Man of the Year on Friday evening. The collegiate theatrical organization says it selected the 34-year-old Gordon-Levitt as its […]

Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal’ on TBS ready to cause a buzz

LOS ANGELES — After a day of dutifully answering reporters’ questions about her new TBS show, “Full Frontal,” Samantha Bee confesses to an urgent desire. “I want a ponytail so badly. I want my hair out of my face. I want my jeans on and flat shoes,” says Bee, glammed up at the moment in […]

Cruz’s 2016 strategy focuses on turning out white voters

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Ted Cruz has mapped out a path to the White House that all but ignores the explosion of minority voters in America. The Texas senator’s general election strategy depends almost wholly upon maximizing turnout among millions of conservative white voters — mostly evangelical Christians and the white working class — who didn’t […]

Drought’s hardest-hit sectors may need years of support

SAN FRANCISCO — Dying native fish, rural communities with dry wells and some other sectors hardest-hit by California’s drought may still need extra support long after the current dry spell ends, an analysis of the state’s drought response said Friday. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office also urged officials to study the effectiveness of the state’s […]

Airline CEO: Explosive residue found in Somalia incident

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The head of the airline whose jetliner was damaged in an explosion shortly after takeoff from Somalia said Thursday that investigators have found what appears to be residue from explosives, though he cautioned that the findings were inconclusive. Still, the preliminary discovery lends weight to the possibility that a bomb […]

Teen gang members charged in Los Angeles park killings

LOS ANGELES — Two teenage gang members were charged Thursday with murdering a 19-year-old woman and her 17-year-old friend last fall in a Los Angeles park and leaving their bodies just off a popular hiking trail where a woman walking her dog found them. Jose Antonio Echeverria, 18, known as Klepto, and Dallas Stone Pineda, […]

Officials warned of water, Legionnaires’ link

LANSING, Mich. — High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires’ disease potentially linked to Flint’s water long before the governor reported the increase to the public last month, internal emails show. When he disclosed the spike in Legionnaires’ cases on Jan. 13, Snyder said he had learned […]

Latin America scrambles to squash Zika-spreading mosquito

RIO DE JANEIRO — With no hope for a vaccine to prevent Zika in the near future, authorities are focusing on the most effective way to combat the virus: killing the mosquito that carries it. Fumigation is one method; another is seeking out and draining standing water where the insect lays its eggs. Other strategies […]

Chicago cameraman covering Super Bowl 50 robbed at gunpoint

SAN FRANCISCO — A Chicago television cameraman in San Francisco to cover Super Bowl 50 was robbed of his camera at gunpoint earlier this week, the latest in a string of robberies targeting journalists and their pricey equipment in the San Francisco Bay Area. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Wednesday that Marcus Richardson was taking […]

US struggling to build anti-Islamic State strategy in Libya

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is struggling to find the right mix of military and diplomatic moves to stop the Islamic State in Libya, where the extremist group has taken advantage of the political chaos in the country to gain a foothold with worrying implications for the U.S. and Europe — particularly Italy, just 300 […]

Covered California adds 425,000 under Obama health law

SACRAMENTO — More than 425,000 people in California signed up for private health insurance coverage during the third enrollment period under President Barack Obama’s health care law, the state’s health insurance exchange announced Thursday. Covered California, the state-run health-insurance exchange created under the federal Affordable Care Act, said young adults are making up a growing […]

General says troop cuts constrain Afghan training mission

WASHINGTON — The ability to train and advise the still green Afghan security forces will be constrained if the U.S. troop level is cut to 5,500 as President Barack Obama has proposed, the senior American commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday. Army Gen. John F. Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee that “very little” […]

Today in History : Feb. 5

Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2016. There are 330 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 1811, George, the Prince of Wales, was named Prince Regent due to the mental illness of his father, Britain’s King George III. On this date: In 1631, […]

Review: ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’ is a silly muddle

Lindsey Bahr “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is as silly as it sounds, and not nearly as fun as it should be. In this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s bestselling genre mashup of Jane Austen’s classic and, well, zombies, the Bennet sisters don’t just have marriage and love and class obstacles to fret about, there’s also […]

Jack Riley, US hockey coach at 1960 Olympics, dies at 95

  Jack Riley, the Army coach who in 1960 guided the U.S. to its first Olympic gold medal in hockey, has died. He was 95. Riley died Wednesday on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the U.S. Military Academy said Thursday. He regularly attended Army home games into his early 90s. “He lived a great life, and although he […]

Texas Western celebrating historic title 50 years later

EL PASO, Texas — David Lattin says something happens every day to remind him of Texas Western’s historic NCAA championship in 1966, when the Miners won with the first all-black starting lineup in a title game against all-white Kentucky. The center from that team and eight of his teammates have gathered in El Paso for a weekend […]

Making sure Facebook works at the Super Bowl

  NEW YORK — It’s the pain of crowds: Texts, photos and video streams take forever or just can’t get through. You might have run into this at a concert where everyone’s trying to post selfies with the headliners at once, or at big conferences and sporting events. Fans at Sunday’s Super Bowl in Santa […]

Goodell to require teams to interview women for exec jobs

  SAN FRANCISCO — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will implement a “Rooney Rule” requiring that women be interviewed for executive positions with teams around the league and in his own office, too. Goodell made the announcement Thursday in his opening remarks at the first NFL Women’s Summit, part of Super Bowl 50. “We believe in […]

Denver (NC) is backing Panthers, not Broncos in Super Bowl

  There are hardly any Broncos fans these days in Denver — not Denver, North Carolina, that is. Instead, this unincorporated town about a half-hour from Charlotte is full of Carolina Panthers fans. And with the Panthers facing the Denver Broncos in Sunday’s Super Bowl, the town is enjoying some extra attention as the self-described […]

Curry to defend 3-point title, big men in Skills Challenge

NEW YORK — Stephen Curry will defend his title in the 3-point contest, Zach LaVine will try for another dunk championship and some All-Star big men will compete for the Skills Challenge crown. Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Golden State’s Draymond Green and Minnesota rookie Karl-Anthony Towns will take part in that event, […]

From Riggins to Allen to Elway, the best Super Bowl runs

  Last year’s Super Bowl is best remembered for a team’s unsuccessful decision to throw on what appeared to be an obvious running down near the goal line, the sort of thing that maybe shouldn’t surprise anyone, given the emphasis on passing in today’s NFL. Instead of handing the football to Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle […]

Some of NFL’s biggest stars never played in Super Bowl

  Some of the NFL’s biggest all-time stars have a gaping hole on their playing resumes. Sure, they’ve got Pro Bowl selections, All-Pro honors and even bronze busts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But they never got a chance to play in the Super Bowl.’ The first game, of course, was played in […]

CBS aims to strike balance with added Super Bowl cameras

  SAN FRANCISCO — With some 70 cameras located from the pylons in the end zone to those isolated on single players, the ability to show plays from a 360-degree perspective and tracking technology that determines how fast and far players run, almost no aspect of the Super Bowl will be out of reach for […]

Union: Raiders, Jaguars far under spending minimum

  SAN FRANCISCO — The Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars are the only two NFL teams below the 89 percent cash spending required by next year, and they are significantly under the minimum, the players’ union said Thursday. NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith singled out the Oakland Raiders as being $41 million below […]

Cam, Kuechly aside, Panthers loaded with veterans

  SAN JOSE — The Carolina Panthers are older than you think. Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly, the team’s cornerstone players, are young and still on the rise. But the surrounding cast is a bit older and the roster is filled with veterans. The Panthers had the NFL’s second-oldest team to start the season with […]

Broncos’ Smith preparing to play Super Bowl with heavy heart

  SANTA CLARA — At first, Antonio Smith thought about running out of the team hotel and catching the first flight home after his mother awakened him with news of his father’s death following heart surgery. “But I know I got a greater purpose and a greater responsibility here on this stage,” Smith said Thursday, […]

Denver’s Marshall and Trevathan bounce back from injuries

  SANTA CLARA — The Super Bowl linebackers getting all the attention this week are Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. This talented and tenacious twosome is the heart and soul of the Carolina Panthers’ stingy defense. Kuechly is the first player at his position with pick-6s in back-to-back playoff games and Davis is playing with […]

Recruiting continues, several top 2017 QBs already committed

  Signing day 2016 is in the books, and the race for top 2017 quarterback prospects began long before it ended. In fact, any programs that didn’t get their quarterback of the future Wednesday better act soon because many of the top high school signal-callers in the class of 2017 have already made their college […]

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