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For the first time, the NCAA Tournament bracket reveal will be delivered in stages on Selection Sunday. First, we’ll see who is in and who isn’t. All 68 teams will be announced. But where are the games and what are the regional assignments? After the teams are identified, the bracket, matchups and sites will be revealed. It’s a different approach by TBS, which …

Winter Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – The U.S. men’s hockey team did just about everything right for the first 40 minutes of its Olympic opener Wednesday night. Team USA skated fast, forechecked aggressively, got rock-solid goaltending and scored twice. Coach Tony Granato couldn’t have asked for more from his team after having only five days of practice together as a group. The…

Sports

GLENDALE, Ariz. – North Carolina, one shot short of the national championship a year ago, made sure a potential heart-breaker did not even get to the rim this time. The Tar Heels won their sixth national title, beating Gonzaga, 71-65, in the NCAA Tournament finals at University of Phoenix Stadium on Monday night, with the key play being a late-game block by center Kenne…

By Tamar Hallerman The Atlanta Journal-Constitution WASHINGTON _ The nonprofit journalism outlet ProPublica reported Friday that former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was investigating the stock trades of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price when the White House fired him last week. An excerpt from the ProPublica report said: “The investigation of Price’s trad…

Nation and World

WASHINGTON – Two of the biggest tax cuts in Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act would deliver roughly $157 billion over the coming decade to those with incomes of $1 million or more, according to a congressional analysis. The assessment was made by the Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan panel that provides research on tax issues. It is not …

President Obama on Monday voiced support for the mass firings of educators at a failing Rhode Island school, drawing an immediate rebuke from teachers union officials whose members have chafed at some of his education policies.Speaking at an event intended to highlight his strategy for turning around struggling schools by offering an increase in federal funding for loca…

The NBA threw a Texas-sized party and more than 108,000 people showed up to watch Sunday's All-Star Game, held at the NFL's Cowboy Stadium.The annual midseason game, co-hosted by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, took on record proportions, with big screens, big crowds, a big comeback and big performances from some of basketball's biggest stars.…

A prolonged blizzard covered Washington, D.C., and the mid-Atlantic states in a smothering canvas of snow Saturday, grounding planes and triggering widespread power outages as people across the region turned to skis and sleds to traverse icy roads."Snowmageddon," President Obama called it.From Pennsylvania to New Jersey, south to Virginia, the region was under at least…

Sarah Palin on Saturday predicted a good year for conservative candidates for public office, saying the policies of President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress will be short-lived.The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee told the national "Tea Party" convention that a string of recent Republican victories at the polls, including Scott Brown's longshot win in last …

The U.S. military is evacuating Haitian earthquake victims to northern portions of Florida to make sure Miami emergency rooms are ready for the Super Bowl.In addition, Gov. Charlie Crist formally asked the federal government this week to have other states' hospitals receive future Haitian evacuees.More than 450 victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake have been treated in Flo…

Winslow Homer painted a pretty picture at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. Saturday afternoon. One that could land the gray colt in the landscape of the Kentucky Derby."It's awful early, but we kept our place in line," said winning trainer Anthony Dutrow after Winslow Homer, ridden by Ramon Dominguez, won the $150,000 Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes by three-quarters of a …

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Nick Saban cracked a few jokes and even some smiles, deadpanning about the players' poor execution of his celebratory Gatorade bath. And it didn't take long for him to start looking ahead to the challenges Alabama faces.This is what the Crimson Tide coach is like the morning after winning a national championship -- a tad more relaxed but no less fo…

For retailers and holiday shoppers alike, this is a season of lowered expectations.With memories of last year's tough Christmas still fresh in their minds, merchants again are slashing prices and cutting inventory. Some nervous retailers aren't waiting for the day after Thanksgiving to offer their best deals.Retailers also are trying to extend their annual Cyber Monday hol…

The White House said Wednesday that President Obama doesn't believe he's being criticized because of his race.Spokesman Robert L. Gibbs said Obama, the nation's first black president, doesn't think that criticism of his policies is "based on the color of his skin."Gibbs was asked about the topic after comments Tuesday by former President Jimmy Carter.Carter said the outbur…

Kim Clijsters cradled the baby in one hand, the trophy in the other.The joy of motherhood. The joy of winning the U.S. Open.Clijsters made history Sunday night, capping a comeback from two years out of tennis to become the first unseeded woman to win the Open -- and the first mom to win a major since 1980 -- with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki.When it was…