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  • Roger Goodell speaks at a press conference in New York on Sept. 19, 2014.

    Goodell won’t resign, NFL players mock his domestic violence address

    NEW YORK — Making his first public comments since the NFL was plunged into a very public and highly embarrassing spate of off-field dilemmas centering around domestic violence, commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that the ongoing troubles have served as a wake-up call. Above all, Goodell stressed that he had not and would not think about resigning. “I’m focused on doing my job and doing it to the best of my abilities,” Goodell said. “We’ve been busy the last couple […]

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    WATCH: Passengers cry, pray as smoke-filled plane rattles to emergency landing

    LONG BEACH, Calif. — Many wept. Some prayed. But after their smoke-filled plane rattled to an emergency landing, passengers had a new lease on life, as they exited a JetBlue flight Thursday via inflatable chutes. “I’m just happy to be alive,” said passenger Jarrod West, who slid down holding his black Chihuahua. “I don’t think I’ll be mean to anybody ever again.” Four people were injured in the incident; one was taken to hospital, KCAL reported. A loud pop initiated […]

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    Scotland votes ‘no’ to independence, will stay in United Kingdom

    GLASGOW, Scotland — Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom — along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland — following a historic referendum vote. By 55 percent to 45 percent, a majority of voters rejected the possibility of Scotland breaking away and becoming an independent nation. UK Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed Scotland’s decision in a televised statement outside 10 Downing Street, saying it was a clear result. “Like millions of other people, I am delighted,” he said. Cameron […]

  • Don Spirit mugshot from 2001. Photo credit: Florida Dept of Corrections

    8 people, including 6 young children, killed in north Florida domestic shooting

    BELL, Fla. — A Florida man shot and killed his daughter and six grandchildren Thursday afternoon in the small north-central Florida town of Bell in what authorities called a murder-suicide. Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz identified the shooter as Don Spirit, 51. The sheriff told reporters the children ranged in age from 3 months to 10 years. He didn’t name the daughter or the grandchildren because not every relative had been notified of their deaths. The sheriff wouldn’t disclose what […]

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    It’s time to get your flu shot

    DENVER — The Centers for Disease Control predicts a tough flu season this year. The flu kills more than 30,000 people each year and lands more than 200,000 in the hospital.  The CDC strongly recommends that adults and children receive vaccinations. Medical experts say this year’s season is expected to hit a month earlier than usual. Registered Nurse Doreen Scarfino administers the vaccine.  She says now is the time to get your shot and explains, “It takes a couple of […]

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    Polls close as Scotland’s voters make their choice in independence referendum

    GLASGOW, Scotland — Voters in Scotland made their choice Thursday — remain part of the United Kingdom, or form their own independent nation. Now, the counting of the votes begins. Polls at more than 5,500 stations across 32 districts, from the remote highlands and islands to the big cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, closed at 10 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET). People still in line to vote at that time were allowed to cast ballots. More than 4.2 million […]

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    Royal & Ancient Golf Club votes to admit women members for first time in 260-year history

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Another landmark decision has been made on the day Scotland decides on independence from the United Kingdom and this vote is in favor of union. The Royal & Ancient Club of St Andrews abandoned its 260-year men-only membership policy Thursday and voted to allow women to join its ranks. More than three quarters of the club’s membership returned ballot papers, with 85% voting in favor of the change. A two thirds majority was required under the […]

  • Brendan Conroy proudly wore his Cosby sweater on Instagram, describing himself as "a goofy dude doing what I choose to do."

    30 years later, the Cosby sweater still rules

    It all started with a gift from a friend. In the 1980s, actress and singer Josephine Premice was well-aware of fashion designer Koos van den Akker’s eye-catching work and asked whether he could make a sweater for one of her friends, Bill Cosby. Van den Akker delivered a sweater to the studio where Cosby was working on his NBC sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” early on in its eight-season run. Cosby loved the sweater so much, he wore it when he […]

  • Prepare to be shamed if you lack airplane etiquette

    NEW YORK — Passengers, prepare for shaming. Especially if you’re not in the upright position and your feet are on your tray table. Former flight attendant Shawn Kathleen created the Facebook page Passenger Shaming, showcasing photos  of passengers behaving badly, leaving dirty diapers in seat pockets and going shirtless. How far we’ve flown from the elegant old days. Kathleen has seen passengers do worse than seeing a man sleeping with his hands shoved down his pants. One person caught his […]

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    Obama, Kerry: No U.S. troops will go into combat against ISIS in Iran, Syria

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. is not returning combat troops to Iraq, President Barack Obama insisted again Wednesday, despite the suggestion by his top general that option is something the Pentagon could consider. Speaking at U.S. Central Command in Florida, Obama said again that U.S. troops “do not and will not have a combat mission” in Iraq against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. “After a decade of massive ground deployments, it is more effective to use our unique capabilities […]

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    Columnist’s bad trip inspires pot edibles billboard in Denver

    DENVER — A distressed-looking woman sits on a bed in a dark hotel room. A caption reads, “Don’t let a candy bar ruin your vacation.” Prominently on display at a busy west Denver intersection, the billboard is a warning about the dangers of marijuana-infused edibles. “With edibles, start low and go slow,” it reads. It’s part of a public education campaign launched Wednesday by the marijuana advocacy group, Marijuana Policy Project, urging adults to consume pot responsibly in states where […]

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    Occupy Wall Street frees people from $3.8 million in student debt

    NEW YORK — After forgiving millions of dollars in medical debt, Occupy Wall Street is tackling a new beast: student loans. Marking the third anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the group’s Strike Debt initiative announced Wednesday it has abolished $3.8 million worth of private student loan debt since January. It said it has been buying the debts for pennies on the dollar from debt collectors, and then simply forgiving that money rather than trying to collect it. In […]