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Clemson’s freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence arrived in Santa Clara, Calif., as a wild card dealt into a familiar championship hand. Alabama, carrying the glow of its array of championship trophies, hoped the 19-year-old Lawrence might be rattled under pressure, from both the Crimson Tide’s pass rushers and the weight of the moment. But Lawrence, statuesque and uncomm…

Bills

You might recall in the aftermath of the Bills' loss to the Jets on Thursday Night Football this season, guard Richie Incognito referred to the Thursday games as "absolutely ridiculous." "As physical as this game is and as much preparation that goes into this, to force us to play games on four-day weeks, it's completely unfair and bull----. Whatever. The league makes mo…

The Americans who raided Osama bin Laden's lair met far less resistance than the Obama administration described in the aftermath. The commandos encountered gunshots from only one man, whom they quickly killed, before sweeping the house and shooting others, who were unarmed, a senior defense official said in the latest account.In Thursday's revised telling, the Na…

Francisco Liriano was running low on energy in the ninth inning. A no-hitter within reach but his pitch count climbing, he relied on teammates to help him complete the best game of his career.When shortstop Matt Tolbert grabbed Adam Dunn's liner for the final out, completing the Minnesota Twins' 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox, Liriano was mobbed on the mound.…

U.S.-led NATO forces killed a top al-Qaida member, Abu Hafs al-Najdi, also known as Abdul Ghani, in an airstrike April 13 in the eastern province of Kunar, according to a statement the International Security Assistance Force issued Tuesday."The International Security Assistance Force confirmed their number two overall targeted insurgent in Afghanistan was killed du…

President Obama bluntly criticized congressional Republicans and candidly assessed his own policies and the performance of federal workers in a meeting with campaign donors late Thursday in Chicago.Apparently unaware that a microphone was still on, Obama said he essentially dared Republicans to try to repeal his health-care law during the recent budget negotiations…

NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi had hoped to get seven innings from a healthier A.J. Burnett on Thursday.The Yankees manager didn't quite get that, but he got enough from his starter to ensure victory. Burnett, who battled a head cold in his first start Saturday, allowed just two runs, struck out five and walked two in six innings as the Yankees defeated the Minnesota…

President Obama's job approval has reached its lowest level, and nearly half of Americans surveyed opposed the U.S. military intervention in Libya, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.Also, 50 percent of the registered voters surveyed by the Hamden, Conn.-based university's polling institute said Obama didn't deserve re-election in 2012, …

CHICAGO -- There are times when a lower-seeded NCAA Tournament team needs a little magic to win the kind of game Florida State did here on Sunday night. A shot that just beats the final buzzer. A ball that bounces one way instead of the other.The Seminoles, seeded 10th in the Southwest region, needed no such magic. From start to finish during their 71-57 victo…

Challenged by a congressman to "be honest" about how long American troops might have to fight in Afghanistan, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus revealed that he has a personal stake in ensuring that the U.S. war objectives are met -- his son, Stephen, whose recent combat tour was kept "very quiet."In an emotional exchange with Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., Petraeus sai…

Japan's northeastern coast was a swampy wasteland of damaged houses, overturned cars, sludge and dirty water today as the nation awoke to the devastating aftermath of one of its greatest disasters, a powerful tsunami created by one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded.The death toll from Friday's massive magnitude 8.9 quake stood at more than 400 but was ex…

North Carolina finished off its fiercest rival and the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season race with one strong performance.Harrison Barnes scored 18 points to help No. 13 North Carolina beat No. 4 Duke, 81-67, on Saturday night, clinching the ACC championship and the top seed in next week's league tournament.Kendall Marshall had 15 points and 11 assists…

Bankrupt Blockbuster Inc. has agreed to be sold for $290 million to a group of investors in a deal that requires 609 of its video rental stores to begin liquidating by the end of the month.It was not known if any of Blockbuster's 26 Erie County stores are slated for closure, but the purchase agreement refers to the 609 as "initial liquidation stores," suggesting th…

Putting his own stamp on a long-standing Republican priority, President Obama is launching a drive to overhaul state medical malpractice laws and cut down on wasteful tests doctors perform because they fear lawsuits.Obama's budget calls for $250 million in Justice Department grants to help states rewrite their malpractice laws in line with recommendations that hi…