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Dec 10, 2017

NFC playoff outlook undergoes serious shake-up in Week 14
The conference appeared to be developing a clear pecking order - until Sunday.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Seahawks' Quinton Jefferson tries to climb into stands after fans throw drink
Quinton Jefferson was ejected in the fourth quarter, leading to a heated confrontation with Jaguars fans.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Turkey president calls Israel ‘terrorist state,’ slams Trump move
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdongan criticized President Trump’s decision of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and called the country a “terrorist” state” and a “killer of children”. Veuer''s Maria Mercedes Galuppo (@mairmagaluppo) has the story.        

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Dec 10, 2017

For Tigers stars Jack Morris and Allen Trammell, Hall of Fame call extra special
Alan Trammell and Jack Morris were members of the Tigers'' last championship team, the powerful 1984 squad.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Carson Wentz suffers knee injury as Eagles beat Rams, clinch NFC East
Wentz went to the locker room in the third quarter and was later ruled out.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Roy Moore is the last straw, you can now call me a Democrat
The GOP would rather elect a sexual predator who preys on teenagers than a prosecutor who''s a Democrat. That''s it, I''m switching parties.        

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Dec 10, 2017

NFL must fix way it handles head trauma before some player pays ultimate price
Texans quarterback Tom Savage allowed to stay in game despite obvious signs of head trauma. He was later taken out of the game.        

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Dec 10, 2017

PAOK thrashes Panathinaikos 4-0 in Greek league
Dimitris Pelkas scored twice as PAOK thrashed Panathinaikos 4-0 in the Greek league Sunday        

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Dec 10, 2017

Jack Morris, Alan Trammell elected to Baseball Hall of Fame by Modern Era committee
Alan Trammell and Jack Morris were members of the Tigers'' last championship team, the powerful 1984 squad.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Quiet New Mexico town tries to make sense of violence after school shooting
Shootings don''t happen in places like Aztec, N.M., everyone said. Except when it does.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Reports: Comedian Hannibal Buress' arrest caught on video
The comedian, who''s known for his stand-up routine and roles on ''Broad City,'' is seen repeatedly asking police, 'What am I detained for?'        

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Dec 10, 2017

Hot new trailer: Steven Spielberg gets back to the future in 'Ready Player One'
You''ll love how painfully ''80s everything is in this new ''Ready Player One'' footage.        

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Dec 10, 2017

16 Netflix holiday family specials to watch
2017 content includes the new ''Trolls Holiday Special'' and seasonal favorites like ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas''        

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Dec 10, 2017

Remembering Otis Redding and family, 50 years after his untimely death
'Big O.' continues to have a huge influence on music and on the lives of those who knew him.        

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Dec 10, 2017

AP source: Gregerson, Cardinals agree to $11M, 2-year deal
A person familiar with the negotiations says reliever Luke Gregerson and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to an $11 million, 2-year contract        

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Dec 10, 2017

Tax cuts the GOP will regret
Republicans know how unpopular the tax plan is, yet they talk up the bill as if in a dramatic reading of ''The Emperor’s New Clothes'': Our view        

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Dec 10, 2017

William and Harry chose sculptor for Princess Diana statue at Kensington Palace
The statue, which marks the 20th anniversary of Diana''s death, will be placed on the grounds of Kensington Palace.        

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Dec 10, 2017

On International Human Rights Day, freedom is still elusive in much of the world and U.S.
Sixty-nine years ago, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a Universal  Declaration of Human Rights, which sought to cement basic rights for people worldwide.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Santa Barbara firefighters struggle to contain massive blaze with no rain in sight
Elevated temperatures, dry spell make battle against Thomas fire ''troublesome.''        

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Dec 10, 2017

New snowfall expected to hit Northeast, Midwest, following weekend storm
Localized snow accumulations of up to a foot are expected from Monday to Wednesday in parts of the Northeast.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Shelters swell with more than 1,000 animals displaced by wildfire
The Ventura County community is donating food and helping the shelters find homes for the animals.        

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Dec 10, 2017

No. 17 Arizona State deals No. 2 Kansas its second loss at home this week
For the second time in a week, No. 2 Kansas fell to a Pac-12 team at home. No. 17 Arizona State beat the Jayhawks led by 29 points from Tra Holder.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Texans' Tom Savage shakes after scary hit, briefly returns before being ruled out
Savage was allowed to return for one series before being ruled out with a concussion.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Ask the Captain: Safety risks from lithium ion batteries
The proliferation of these powerful batteries in so many devices means airlines and safety regulators must remain vigilant.        

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Dec 10, 2017

What does Flynn's indictment mean for Vice President Pence?
Will Vice President Pence pay a legal or political price for his entanglement with former national security adviser Mike Flynn?        

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Dec 10, 2017

Evacuations keep expanding in fast-moving Santa Barbara area fire
The swiftly moving Thomas fire expanded overnight and threatened two coastal towns Sunday.        

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Dec 10, 2017

These are the 4 best tech deals on Amazon right now
Day 8 of Amazon''s 12 Days of Deals features great sales on Philips Hue smart lights, Kindles, Fire tablets, Sonos speakers, and more.        

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Dec 10, 2017

MLB winter meetings preview: Five furious days ahead in Orlando
With Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton finding new homes, action will be intense at MLB''s annual transaction bazaar.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Sporting KC sends Oliveira, Pasher to Atlanta for Jones, GK
Sporting Kansas City has traded midfielder Kevin Oliveira and defender Tyler Pasher to Atlanta United FC for forward Kenwyne Jones and goalkeeper Alexander Tambakis        

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Dec 10, 2017

Nobel Peace laureates: Nuclear war is 'one tantrum away'
Head of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons described nuclear bombs as 'a madman''s gun held permanently to our temple.'        

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Dec 10, 2017

Alabama race a no-win proposition for Republicans
The GOP either gets a Democrat or a Republican accused of sexually abusing several teenagers in his 30s.        

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Dec 10, 2017

'Coco' three-peats at No. 1 with $18.3M at the weekend box office
Latest Pixar movie held tight to the top spot, but it won''t happen again: ''Star Wars: The Last Jedi'' arrives Thursday.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Producer Judd Apatow reconnects with his first love, standup comedy, in Netflix special
The producer of ''Trainwreck'' and ''Girls'' is also busy with HBO''s ''Crashing,'' Avett Brothers film and Garry Shandling documentary.        

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Dec 10, 2017

British celebrity publicist Max Clifford dies while imprisoned for sexual assault
The confidant to the stars, whose clients included Simon Cowell and ex-Harrods owner Mohamed al-Fayed, was 74.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Why the overwhelming majority of North Korean defectors are women
Women make up the overwhelming majority of people who defect from North Korea, and the numbers are growing in recent years.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Backlash, protests continue over Trump's Jerusalem decision
Violence flares in Beirut; security guard stabbed in Jerusalem.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Lindsey Vonn shares hopeful message after injury
'Thank you for the well wishes'        

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Dec 10, 2017

A wiser Mark Hamill is still having galactic fun as old Luke in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
The original star remembers being competitive for Carrie Fisher''s affections and sees parts of his character in the new crew.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Poll: Most Americans doubt GOP bill will cut their taxes or boost the economy
In a new USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll, most Americans doubt the GOP bill before Congress will cut their taxes or boost the economy        

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Dec 10, 2017

Winless Cologne wastes 3-goal lead to lose 4-3 to Freiburg
Nils Petersen scored two late penalties as Freiburg came from three goals down to beat Cologne 4-3 in the Bundesliga        

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Dec 10, 2017

Serial killer Todd Kohlhepp says there are more victims
South Carolina man convicted of killing seven people says he has more victims who have not been discovered.        

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Dec 10, 2017

This gorgeous laptop from HP is a work of art
HP Spectre 13 (2017) Laptop Review        

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Dec 10, 2017

Lions' Jim Caldwell on hot seat; extension reportedly only 1 year
If the Lions decide to fire Caldwell after the season, Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia are top replacement candidates.        

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Dec 10, 2017

‘SNL’ Santa puts Franken, Moore, Trump on ‘naughty list’
Kids put Santa in an uncomfortable situation when they ask questions about sexual misconduct allegations during the opening skit of Saturday Night Live.        

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Dec 10, 2017

The Latest: Security guard stabbed in Jerusalem; violent protests in Beirut
Attack near central bus station appears to be the first since Trump''s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel''s capital.        

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Dec 10, 2017

John Boyega escapes a snowstorm to make a grand entrance at 'The Last Jedi' premiere
Director Rian Johnson says he never had any doubt that the actor he loves to torture would make it.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Read this before you give your kid his or her first smartphone
When should I buy them one? How do I limit their activity? We''ve got the answers.        

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Dec 10, 2017

3 steps to tame your debt in an hour or less
Find some relief from too much debt.        

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Dec 10, 2017

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premiere kicks off with cheers for Luke Skywalker's return
Mark Hamill and Luke Skywalker are back in force for the ''Star Wars'' franchise with Saturday''s world premiere of ''The Last Jedi.''        

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Dec 10, 2017

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi': Raves dominate in first Twitter reactions
Critics weighed in on Twitter following the world premiere of ''Star Wars: The Last Jedi.''        

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Dec 10, 2017

5 new books you won't want to miss this week
Look for a new bio on Charles Darwin, a collection of new stories inspired by ''Alice in Wonderland,'' and a new murder mystery set in a library.        

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Dec 10, 2017

The Latest: Protest near U.S. Embassy in Beirut sparks clashes
Lebanese and Palestinian demonstrators have clashed with security forces in Beirut over Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Thousands of Indonesians rally at U.S. Embassy over Jerusalem
About 10,000 rallied Sunday outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta to denounce President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Mooring scores 27 to lead UNLV past Illinois, 89-82
Jovan Mooring shot 50 percent from the field and scored 27 points to lead UNLV to an 89-82 victory over Illinois at the MGM Grand Garden        

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Dec 10, 2017

2 dead after small plane crashes into house in San Diego
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the pilot and a passenger were taken to a hospital with burns, and two passengers died at the scene.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Bennett scores late in third, Flames beat Canucks 4-2
Sam Bennett scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:10 left in regulation and the Calgary Flames rallied for a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks        

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Dec 10, 2017

NYC Ballet names interim leadership during sexual harassment probe
Jonathan Stafford will oversee artistic management of the company during an investigation into a sexual harassment accusation against Peter Martins.        

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Dec 10, 2017

L.A. Kings get eighth straight win in OT vs. Carolina Hurricanes
The Kings own the longest winning streak in the NHL this season.        

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Dec 10, 2017

'SNL': Mall Santa peppered with kids' questions about Al Franken, Roy Moore, Matt Lauer
If this year''s mall Santas are drinking, this is probably why.        

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Dec 10, 2017

'SNL': Mall Santa peppered with kids' questions about Al Franken, Roy Moore, Donald Trump
If mall Santas drink, this is probably why.        

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Dec 10, 2017

'Saturday Night Live': Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Steve Martin show up to heckle James Franco
Did you know only one stoner can host per season? Apparently, that''s a thing, according to Franco.        

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Dec 10, 2017

Retirement’s revolving door: Why some workers can’t call it quits
Baby Boomers are deciding to return to the workplace because they miss the challenges, the accomplishments — and, most important, the people.        

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Dec 09, 2017

As California fires rage, people unite to save horses from dying in blazes
As firefighters continue their push against the wildfires engulfing southern California, volunteers across the region        

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Dec 09, 2017

Fake Botox doctor sentenced to prison in Arizona
Craig Allen Scherf misrepresented himself to his victims as a doctor licensed to perform cosmetic injections and laser treatments, prosecutors say.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Faces of the fire: Victims in California endure tragedy and push forward
They lost homes. They helped others. They worry about their future. They are the faces of the Thomas Fire.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Krebs, Landale lead Saint Mary's to 97-73 win over Seattle
Tanner Krebs hit five 3-pointers and finished with 23 points _ both career highs _ and Jock Landale had a double-double to help Saint Mary''s beat Seattle 97-73        

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Dec 09, 2017

2 off-duty officers killed in interstate crash in Maryland
As FBI Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff and Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Sander Cohen stood on the shoulder of I-270, a car swerved and struck both men.        

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Dec 09, 2017

10 leading candidates to win Heisman in 2018
High-profile quarterbacks and running backs from the nation''s top teams lead the list to follow Baker Mayfield.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Marshall slips past Toledo with late rally for 93-87 win
Jon Elmore scored 25 points, Ajdin Penava added 24 more and Marshall rallied late in the second half to slip past Toledo for a 93-87 win        

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Dec 09, 2017

Missouri woman wins lottery twice in one day
After winning $1,000 from a scratch-off ticket, Veronica Buchanan bought another ticket and won $100,000.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Priest who used to be KKK member apologizes 40 years later
The Rev. William Aitcheson told Philip and Barbara Butler he was “blinded by hate and ignorance” when he targeted them in 1977 at their home.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield wins 2017 Heisman Trophy
Mayfield is the sixth Sooner to win the award overall and the third Oklahoma signal caller since 2003 to claim the trophy.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Pablo Escobar’s hit man Popeye accused of violating parole
Colombian authorities are seeking to re-arrest a former hit man for the late drug lord Pablo Escobar.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Where's Roy? Days before Alabama election, Moore disappears from campaign trail
In the last few days before the Dec. 12 election for Alabama’s junior U.S. Senate seat, the Republican candidate has all but vanished from the public.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Brown, Auburn hold off UAB 85-80 for 6th straight win
Bryce Brown finished with 27 points and Jared Harper made 3 of 4 free throws over the final 27 seconds to lead Auburn to an 85-80 win over UAB        

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Dec 09, 2017

8 awesome photos of Army celebrating win over Navy
Army won for the second year in a row.        

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Dec 09, 2017

'He does not deserve to be in Jackson': Trump's visit to civil rights museum met with protests
Some activists were left in a quandary over Trump''s appearance at the civil rights museum.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Jozy Altidore's goal lifts Toronto FC to MLS Cup win over Seattle Sounders
Jozy Altidore''s goal in the 67th minute helped Toronto knock off the defending MLS champion Seattle Sounders.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Strus with 24 points leads DePaul over UIC 65-55
Max Strus scored a career-best 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds as DePaul beat Illinois-Chicago 65-55        

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Dec 09, 2017

Navy misses field goal on final play, Army wins for second year in a row
The Black Knights (9-3) ground out a 14-13 victory against Navy (6-6) on Saturday at snowy Lincoln Financial Field.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Civil rights veteran on Mississippi museums: 'I felt the bullets. I felt the tears'
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a Freedom Rider, called the new civil rights museum “amazing. Never did I dream that I would see a Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.”        

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Dec 09, 2017

Syracuse dominates inside for 72-58 win over Colgate
Tyus Battle scored 24 points, Oshae Brissett added a career-high 20 and Syracuse defeated Colgate 72-58        

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Dec 09, 2017

Tom Brady apologizes for berating Patriots coach
Tom Brady says he has 'been feeling bad all week.'        

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Dec 09, 2017

The trailer for the animated Miles Morales film 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ is here
The 80-second trailer, out Saturday, shows us that more than one person wears ' the mask' in the Marvel universe.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Reserved Trump praises 'true American heroes' at Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
Trump took a brief tour of the facility then spoke to an invite-only crowd of civil rights veterans, museum patrons and elected officials.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Wolverines overcome 15-point deficit, beat UCLA 78-69 in OT
Moritz Wagner scored 23 points and Charles Matthews added 20 to help Michigan overcome a 15-point second-half deficit to beat UCLA 78-69 in overtime        

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Dec 09, 2017

Yankees' Evil Empire is in full force with trade for Giancarlo Stanton
With their trade for Giancarlo Stanton, the New York Yankees brought the Evil Empire back to the Bronx. And this time it''s in full force.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Duke's stunning loss to Boston College exposes shaky defense that needs a fix
Coach Mike Krzyzewski has fixes to make. And they start with a youth-laden roster that is playing to its age defensively.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Trump tours new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
       

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Dec 09, 2017

Bryan Singer tells 'TMZ' he's open to working with Kevin Spacey: 'It depends on the project'
The director is facing his own sexual assault allegation from Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who says he was 17 years old when Singer raped him.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Archaeologists in Egypt make an 'exceptional' find
Archaeologists in Luxor, Egypt have discovered two small ancient tombs dating back about 3,500 years. The tombs were likely part of a cemetery for noblemen and top officials.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Boston College shoots down No. 1 Duke; first loss for the Blue Devils
Boston College used red-hot shooting to hand the No. 1-ranked Duke Blue Devils their first loss of the season.        

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Dec 09, 2017

These are the 5 best deals for home cooks on Amazon right now
Day 7 of Amazon''s 12 Days of Deals is all about cooking, and there are fantastic deals on gifts perfect for any home chef, from knives to herb gardens, to cookware sets, and more.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Trump pays tribute to MLK, others at Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opening
Trump took a brief tour of the facility then spoke for about nine minutes to an invite-only crowd of civil rights veterans, museum patrons and elected officials.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Edmunds recommends 10 car features to help survive winter driving
Modern cars offer a variety of features that make them both safer and more accommodating when the temperature plunges. Here are 10 of the most helpful.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Navy's Blue Angel uniforms include fighter jet helmets
The Army-Navy game is Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.        

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Dec 09, 2017

Best and worst U.S. cities for driving: Annual Waze rankings
Everyone likes to kvetch about traffic and driving conditions, but drivers in some cities have far fewer complaints.        

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Dec 09, 2017

'Exceptional day': 2 ancient tombs discovered in Egypt’s Luxor
The tombs, located in a cemetery for noblemen and top officials, are the latest discovery in the city famed for its temples and tombs.        

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Dec 09, 2017

'Alligators and water moccasins everywhere': Lost Everglades hikers rescued by helicopter
The men were out of food and water.        

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Dec 09, 2017

As health premiums rise, small businesses seek alternatives
As small business owners learn what their 2018 health insurance costs will be, some are considering providing different types of coverage for their employees.        

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