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By Olivia Hitchcock The Palm Beach Post JUPITER, Fla. – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is one of 25 people charged with soliciting prostitutes as part of a series of human trafficking and prostitution arrests in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said Friday. The crackdown was announced Tuesday. Thus far, authoritie…

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By Matt Schneidman, San Jose Mercury News ALAMEDA, Calif. — Jon Gruden wants to make sure you understand Nathan Peterman is just a practice-squad quarterback. The Raiders mainly signed him because Derek Carr’s backup, A.J. McCarron, is in Alabama with his wife, who gave birth to Cash McCarron on Tuesday. In McCarron’s place, Peterman will run scout team as the Raider…

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By Katherine Peralta The Charlotte Observer Lowe’s is closing 51 underperforming stores across the U.S. and Canada. The Mooresville, N.C.-based home improvement retailer announced early Monday that it will shut down 20 stores in the U.S. and 31 in Canada in an effort to “focus on its most profitable stores and improve the overall health of its store portfolio.” …

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Federal agents are involved in investigating allegations of clergy sex abuse in Buffalo, The Buffalo News has confirmed. CBS News on Thursday reported that the U.S. attorney in Buffalo has subpoenaed the Diocese of Buffalo. The news outlet said the focus involves the "alleged trafficking of minors across state lines for the purpose of sex abuse." FBI agents recently in…

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By Jason Green The Mercury News Didn’t get FEMA’s “Presidential Alert” on Wednesday? Try not to worry. After all, it was only a test. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s first nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert, or WEA, system reached an estimated 225 million cellphones, or 75 percent of all such devices. The message wasn’t expected to reach …

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Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen began draft day with an apology. On a day he hoped would be a celebration, Allen instead started Thursday with an early morning apology for years-old Twitter activity unearthed on the eve of the 2018 NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. Allen, who made no official comment on the matter, is attending the event live in Frisco,…

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And another one bites the dust. Four days after the Browns dropped out of the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes by trading for Tyrod Taylor, the Broncos appear to have followed suit. Free-agent quarterback Case Keenum “intends” to sign with the Broncos, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Appearing on ESPN early Tuesday morning, Schefter said, “barring some last-minute setb…

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The question of service time will not block Teddy Bridgewater from becoming an unrestricted free agent in March. According to multiple reports, Bridgewater is likely to be declared a free agent even after missing the entire 2016 season with the Minnesota Vikings while recovering from a major knee injury. Bridgewater also spent the first 10 weeks of the 2017 season on th…

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By Kyra Gurney, David Smiley and Connie Ogle Miami Herald PARKLAND, Fla. — An American nightmare unfolded Wednesday afternoon at a high school in Broward County after a former student came onto campus and opened fire, killing 17. Details are beginning to emerge amid a flurry of police activity at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where students puz…

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By Matt Gelb Philadelphia Inquirer Roy Halladay, the ace pitcher who authored a Phillies perfect game and postseason no-hitter and could manipulate a baseball unlike few in his generation, died Tuesday when his small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. The Pasco County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office confirmed Halladay’s death in a news conference. Authorities said Halla…

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By Evan Halper and William Yardley LOS ANGELES TIMES WASHINGTON – The hotly contested Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects that President Trump brought back to life with the stroke of a pen Tuesday may still never get built – but for Trump, that isn’t necessarily the point. The projects have become among the country’s most potent symbols of the clash be…

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Sun, Aug 21, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO – West Seneca’s Matt Anderson has his Olympic medal, and he and his United States men’s volleyball teammates made a big comeback to get it.The U.S. beat Russia, the defending Olympic champions, in a titanic five-set battle for the bronze medal on Sunday.The U.S. lost the first two sets but came back to win 23-25 21-25 25-19 25-19 15-13, with an ace in the ti…

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Sun, Jun 12, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. – A gunman who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State opened fire in a crowded gay nightclub here early Sunday in a shooting that left 50 dead and another 53 wounded. The gunman, identified as Omar Mateen, had been investigated twice by the FBI for possible connections to terrorism, the bureau said, but no ties could be confirmed. Mateen, 29, a U.S. citizen …

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Wed, Jun 1, 2016

Niagara County Community College’s second loss Tuesday ended its bid for the National Junior College Division III baseball title. The Thunder Wolves (45-7) dropped a 9-1 game to Rowan-Gloucester County of New Jersey on Tuesday at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, N.C. Two Rowan Gloucester pitchers shut down the Thunder Wolves on just four hits in the game. NCCC’s only run came…

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The world’s No. 1 player and the other who was trying to complete the career grand slam could get nothing going in their pursuit of the leaders in Sunday’s final round of the 80th Masters.Rory McIlroy, winner of the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship, started the day 2-over, five shots behind third-round leader Jordan Spieth but within range of a c…