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February 14, 2016 - 2:11am
3 hours 30 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar contenders "Spotlight" and "The Big Short" won the top awards for screenwriting from the Writers Guild of America at a ceremony Saturday that was held in Los Angeles and New York.

"Spotlight," about the Boston Globe's effort to uncover a priest sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, won for best original screenplay. The writers were Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy.

"The Big Short," about the 2008 financial crisis, won for...

February 14, 2016 - 12:45am
3 hours 10 min ago

OBIT-SCALIA

Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

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 South Texas.

The service's spokeswoman, Donna Sellers, says Scalia had retired for the evening and was found dead...

February 13, 2016 - 10:37pm
14 hours 40 min ago

NASCAR-SPEED WEEK

Hamlin gets win for Joe Gibbs Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has given Joe Gibbs Racing yet another victory to open Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.

Hamlin won exhibition Sprint Unlimited for the third time in his career. JGR drivers have won this short sprint for three consecutive years and four of the last five.

Winning this exhibition race doesn't always...

February 13, 2016 - 10:25pm
4 hours 40 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A high-leaping Australian shepherd named Holster scrambled and sprang to take the Westminster Kennel Club agility title Saturday, seeming undaunted by anything the obstacle course could throw at him.

Then he jumped up and merrily pawed his owned and handler, Wendy Cerilli of Greenwich, New York.

"He's a very loyal and hardworking dog," she said.

Meanwhile, a 10-year-old Boston terrier-beagle mix named Hailey won a...

February 13, 2016 - 10:18pm
15 hours 31 min ago

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's monk seal population is improving slowly, though researchers warn it'll take many more good years to reverse a decline that's been ongoing since the 1950s.

The lead monk seal researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported during a State of the Seal address Friday that more seal pups were born across the archipelago, and the survival rates are among the highest in decades.

A population...

February 13, 2016 - 10:11pm
15 hours 31 min ago

LODI, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a skydiver has died after crashing against a wall next a road near the Lodi Airport.

San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office Lt. Steve Pease tells KCRA-TV (http://bit.ly/1mzmeYA ) deputies were called to the scene at the parachute jump center at Lodi Airport Saturday.

Pease says deputies do not know if the accident was caused by a malfunctioning parachute or the operator.

He says the person hit a...

February 13, 2016 - 8:26pm
16 hours 10 min 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
16 hours 10 min 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
17 hours 20 min 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
17 hours 20 min 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...

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