GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — No threat has been found at a U.S. Air Force base in North Dakota that was locked down for two hours while base officials investigated a domestic violence report from local police.
By Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - Reaction to the sanctions handed out on Monday by the National Football League to the New England Patriots and their star quarterback Tom Brady varied sharply from "absolutely ridiculous" to "a good thing." The league fined the Patriots $1 million and said the team would also forfeit their first-round selection in the 2016 draft and a fourth-round pick in 2017 for their role in 'Deflategate' while Brady was suspended four games.. The sanctions followed the release last week of a 243-page report by Ted Wells, an attorney hired by the NFL to probe allegations that the Patriots purposely deflated the balls used in their 45-7 AFC title game win over the Indianapolis Colts. "THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!! SMH #PATSNATION STAND UP!!!!!" Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount said on Twitter. Cleveland Browns safety Donte Whitner expressed sympathy for the Patriots quarterback, tweeting: "I honestly feel bad for Tom Brady!! I know first hand the type of competitor he is & how much work he puts in... Came down too hard on him!" Patriots owner Robert Kraft described the punishment as far exceeding "any reasonable expectation," saying in a statement: "It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence.
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — A bus from New York City has caught fire in the outskirts of Boston, snarling traffic on the Massachusetts Turnpike.
(Reuters) - New England Patriots Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Kraft said on Monday the National Football League's punishment of the team and quarterback Tom Brady in the "Deflategate" controversy "far exceeded any reasonable expectation." "It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence," Kraft said in a statement, adding that the team has "unconditional support" for Brady, who was suspended for four games. Brady's agent has already said the quarterback will appeal the punishment, which was handed down by the league earlier in the day.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The lines separating government powers have been blurred among Ferguson's court staff, police and prosecutor, raising concerns about potential conflicts of interest, according to a report released Monday by Missouri's judiciary.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona correctional officers union said Monday that they're worried the sexual assault of a guard shows that prison understaffing has created a safety threat.
HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — The former president of a national right-to-die group on trial for allegedly assisting in the suicide of a Minnesota woman testified Monday that members of Final Exit Network do not assist in suicides and the group agrees to support someone during a "self deliverance" only when that person is suffering from unbearable pain and meets other criteria.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A real estate broker representing the owners of the Hooters Casino Hotel said the property near the Las Vegas Strip has sold for about $70 million to a New York-based hotel investment company.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google Inc. revealed Monday that its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman said Monday she intends to sue United Airlines after her flight home made an emergency landing, and authorities removed her family from the plane after she and the flight crew had problems finding her autistic 15-year-old daughter something to eat.
GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Hours before two would-be terrorists attacked a provocative Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest, the FBI sent local authorities the license plate number and photo of one of the shooters, who had a prior terrorism-related conviction, but police said Monday they didn't see the intelligence bulletin in time.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman convicted of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death as punishment for lying about candy was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Derrick Dewayne Charles was a convicted burglar wanted by authorities for ignoring mandatory meetings with his parole officer when he was arrested for killing his 15-year-old girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather at their home in Houston 13 years ago.
Washington state, which already lost an exemption from some requirements of U.S. education law, is asking not to be penalized for lower test scores this year as districts switch to a standardized exam tethered to tougher standards, an official said on Monday. "The test is more rigorous than previous tests we've had," said Nathan Olson, a spokesman for state Superintendent Randy Dorn. "We shouldn't have to continue with penalties during this transition period." Washington state public schools are required to give the tests to meet federal education requirements under No Child Left Behind, a law signed in 2002 requiring annual standardized tests in American schools. If Dorn's March 31 accountability waiver request is granted, the state would still report its test results from the 2014-2015 school year but be free from the federal law's increasingly punitive sanction scheme if students fail to meet yearly performance targets, Olson said.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who stored images of himself sexually abusing a girl on a computer tablet and then sold it at a flea market has been sentenced to more than 27 years in prison.
A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179 million on Monday night.
LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has had a series of run-ins with girlfriends, his ex-wife and random strangers since killing an unarmed black teenager, narrowly missed getting shot Monday after a mysterious dispute.
(Reuters) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, suspended on Monday for four games by the National Football League for his role in "Deflategate," will appeal the penalty, his agent said. Don Yee, Brady's agent, said in announcing the appeal that the probe into the deflated football scandal will "be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic." Ted Wells, an attorney hired by the NFL to investigate the allegations, said in his report that it was likely that Brady and Patriots personnel circumvented league rules by using deflated footballs in the team's 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game.
The National Football League came down hard on the New England Patriots on Monday for their role in Deflategate, suspending star quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of next season and fining the franchise $1 million. The NFL also said the Patriots will forfeit their first-round selection in the 2016 draft and a fourth-round pick in 2017 for using under-inflated footballs in last season's AFC Championship game. Ted Wells, an attorney hired by the NFL to investigate the allegations, said in a 243-page report that it was "more probable than not" that Patriots personnel "were involved in a deliberate effort" to circumvent rules by using deflated footballs in the team's 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game.