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National Spelling Bee win could be footnote to hoops career

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The biographical blurbs about competitors in the Scripps National Spelling Bee include a litany of other interests, from sports to musical instruments to science competitions to Indian classical dance. Scripps'...

 
 By Ben Nuckols    Regional    June 1, 2018

Texas takes it: Dallas-area kids are tops at spelling bee

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The end of the biggest Scripps National Spelling Bee in history came abruptly, and it wasn't the conclusion that many expected. Naysa Modi, a poised and charismatic four-time participant whose long spelling career seemed to...

 
 By BEN NUCKOLS    Sports    March 21, 2018

Leagues, casinos lobby states for cut of legal sports bets

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Supreme Court poised to rule on a case that could end the federal ban on sports gambling, more than a third of U.S. states are considering legislation to get in on the action, and professional leagues and casino...

 
 By BEN NUCKOLS    Sports    October 13, 2017

Former player: Parents should be warned of football's risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents should be informed before they sign up their kids to play football that the sport can cause long-term neurological damage, even to players who don't have obvious concussion symptoms, NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson told a c...

 
 By BEN NUCKOLS    Sports    October 6, 2017

Football's decline has some high schools disbanding teams

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — On a cool and rainy afternoon during the first week of classes at Centennial High School in this well-to-do Baltimore suburb, about 50 members of the boys' cross-country team sauntered across the parking lot for their...

 

Famed astronaut John Glenn laid to rest at Arlington

WASHINGTON (AP) — The flag-draped casket of John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, was covered in plastic to protect it from a steady rain as it was carried on a horse-drawn caisson to his final resting place at Arlington National...

 

Report warns of state money fallout from health law repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of...

 

Conspiracy theorists: 'Pizzagate' shooting just a false flag

WASHINGTON (AP) — For conspiracy theorists, the bizarre rumors of "pizzagate" didn't end when a man brought a gun to a Washington restaurant this week in a misguided attempt to rescue nonexistent child sex slaves. Instead, the shooting sparked...

 

ACLU bills would require transparency on police surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP, posted Sept. 21, 2016) — Bills being introduced in nearly a dozen cities will aim to force police departments to disclose the surveillance technologies they use, the American Civil Liberties Union and other transparency advocates...

 

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