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February 17, 2016 - 12:00am
5 days 8 hours ago

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2016. There are 318 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 17, 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue," winning a six-game match in Philadelphia (however, Kasparov lost to Deep Blue in a rematch in 1997).

On this date:

In 1815, the United States and Britain exchanged...

February 16, 2016 - 12:00am
5 days 8 hours ago

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2016. There are 319 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 16, 1968, the nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama.

On this date:

In 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into...

February 13, 2016 - 8:26pm
7 min 17 sec ago

GOLF-PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM

Phil in front

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Phil Mickelson is 18 holes away from his first victory since the 2013 British Open at Muirfield.

Mickelson handled a strong ocean breeze and firm greens for a 6-under 66 to take the lead going into Sunday's final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It's the first time Mickelson has had the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour since the 2013 U.S. Open. He...

February 13, 2016 - 8:23pm
7 min 17 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Antonin Scalia's death is already sparking a heated election-year fight over whether President Barack Obama should try to fill the court vacancy. Republicans on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail insist the choice should fall to the next president.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice." As he puts it, "this vacancy should not be filled until...

February 13, 2016 - 7:36pm
7 min 17 sec ago

NORCO, La. (AP) — The Latest on a railroad trestle fire west of New Orleans (all times local):

6 p.m.

A train trestle fire west of New Orleans has been extinguished.

St. Charles Parish spokesman Tristin Babin says a few hot spots are still being monitored, but are expected to be clear by Sunday morning. Firefighters Saturday used helicopters and airboats to douse the blaze in a swampy area west of New Orleans.

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February 13, 2016 - 7:11pm
7 min 17 sec ago

RINDGE, N.H. (AP) — Officials at a New Hampshire college say they are suspending the rest of the men's hockey season over hazing allegations.

Franklin Pierce University Athletic Director Bruce Kirsh notified the Northeast-10 Conference of the school's decision on Thursday, after the school wrapped up an internal investigation on the allegations.

WMUR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1odXSFF ) that no details of the allegations or any actions against...

February 13, 2016 - 6:48pm
7 min 17 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (all times local):

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8:55 p.m.:

President Barack Obama says he plans to fulfill his constitutional responsibility and nominate a successor to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

In a direct rebuttal to Senate Republicans, Obama says there is plenty of time for the Senate to confirm his choice. Some...

February 13, 2016 - 6:29pm
7 min 17 sec ago

Influential conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in West Texas, the U.S. Marshals Service said on Saturday. He was 79. Reaction to his death follows:

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SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS:

"He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues. His passing is a great loss to the Court and the country he so loyally served. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife...

February 13, 2016 - 5:58pm
2 hours 7 min ago

MIAMI (AP) — A state-sanctioned hunt on public lands for invasive Burmese pythons is about to end.

The monthlong Python Challenge ends Sunday at 7 p.m. As of Friday, 102 pythons had been caught since the competition began Jan. 16.

Researchers believe tens of thousands of pythons may be slithering through the Everglades, decimating native mammal populations.

The first public python hunt in 2013 netted 68 snakes. Cool temperatures...

February 13, 2016 - 5:35pm
1 hour 37 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died. He was 79.

The U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed Scalia's death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of West Texas.

The service's spokeswoman, Donna Sellers, says Scalia had retired for the evening and was found dead Saturday morning when he did not appear for breakfast.

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