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February 27, 2015 - 11:18am
8 min 49 sec ago

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Two industrial engineering students at the University at Buffalo have been working on a new NFL schedule to minimize competitive imbalance.

Kyle Cunningham and Niraj Pandy say they've developed an algorithm that comes close to matching — and in some cases improving — a schedule the NFL produces each year.

They say they've reduced the number of times that teams play more-rested opponents coming off a bye week or a Thursday night...

February 27, 2015 - 11:15am
8 min 49 sec ago

VICTOR, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a New York man suspected of using stolen credit cards to buy expensive jewelry tried to hide some of the evidence by swallowing a diamond ring.

The Ontario County Sheriff's Office says 33-year-old Rahkeim Scarlett of Troy used a stolen card on Feb. 11 to buy a Rolex watch and diamond earrings worth nearly $30,000 at a suburban Rochester jewelry store.

Deputies say that before he left the store, it was discovered...

February 27, 2015 - 11:00am
8 min 49 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is meeting with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to discuss the ongoing response to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa and Liberia's recovery from the deadly virus.

Sirleaf has urged the U.S. and other countries to sustain their assistance as Liberia turns its attention to responding to future outbreaks of disease.

She says needs include power projects to keep hospital equipment running, roads so the...

February 27, 2015 - 10:47am
8 min 49 sec ago

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronauts will venture back out for a spacewalk this weekend, despite a helmet water leak.

On Friday, NASA cleared astronaut Terry Virts' spacesuit for the last of three spacewalks, set for Sunday. Mission managers believe they understand the quirks with this suit, and insist it is safe to use.

A small bit of water leaked into Virts' helmet at the end of Wednesday's spacewalk. NASA says he was never in...

February 27, 2015 - 10:31am
8 min 49 sec ago

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts woman allowed her 2-year-old daughter to sip her margarita at a restaurant and poured some of it into the girl's sippy cup.

Forty-one-year-old Sheldy Nelson, of Lynn, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a child endangerment charge in Salem District court in connection with the August incident. She was held on $1,000 bond.

A waitress told police Nelson ignored two warnings from staff to stop giving her...

February 27, 2015 - 10:23am
8 min 49 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will host European Council President Donald Tusk at the White House next month.

The White House says the two will review a range of issues, including Ukraine, Russia, a pending trade deal between the U.S. and European countries, economic growth, energy security, climate change and countering violent extremism and terrorism.

Tusk's visit is scheduled for March 9.

The European Council sets...

February 27, 2015 - 10:18am
8 min 49 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have named economist Keith Hall to serve as Capitol Hill's budget referee as director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Hall has served most recently as the chief economist of the U.S. International Trade Commission and earlier was an economic adviser to former president George W. Bush.

The budget office provides cost estimates of legislation and other research to Congress to better inform their policy...

February 27, 2015 - 10:15am
8 min 49 sec ago

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the Islamic State group seizing territory in the Middle East represents the worst threat to freedom since communism.

The likely Republican presidential contender spoke Friday morning in front of an audience of conservative activists at the second day of the annual CPAC convention just outside of Washington.

The former governor has been studying up on foreign policy and trying to reintroduce...

February 27, 2015 - 10:13am
8 min 49 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harsh winter weather left U.S. consumers feeling a bit less confident this month, the University of Michigan says. But confidence levels still remain at the highest level in eight years.

The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment slid to 95.4 in February from an 11-year high of 98.1 in January.

Earlier this week, the Conference Board, a business research group, said that its consumer confidence index fell a bit...

February 27, 2015 - 10:13am
8 min 49 sec ago

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Sprint official is testifying about phone records the company turned over in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

The worker testified Friday that Sprint gave authorities records for phones used by Hernandez co-defendant Ernest Wallace and Hernandez's cousin Tanya Singleton.

Hernandez, Wallace and a third man, Carlos Ortiz, are charged with killing Odin Lloyd in 2013. All three have...

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