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Boston marks 100th anniversary of molasses flood

A century ago a tank containing 2.3 million gallons of molasses ruptured, sending out a massive wave that flattened Boston's North End neighborhood in what became known as the Great Molasses Flood of 1919.

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Woman drinking wine from Pringles can banned from Walmart

Police in northern Texas say a woman has been banned from a local Walmart after she spent several hours driving an electric shopping cart around the store’s parking lot while drinking wine from a Pringles can.

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Watch: Auto show kicks off in Detroit with vehicle debuts

2 top auto awards go to Hyundai, 1 to Ram 1500

As the North American International Auto show kicked off in Detroit, SUVs and a big pickup truck got top billing, but there were some surprise sports cars and electric vehicles on the agenda

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Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers strike

Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers are striking after contentious contract negotiations failed in the nation's second-largest school district.

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2020 Democratic primary set to intensify

After months of speculation and secrecy, the 2020 presidential primary season is about to explode.

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Giordano scores a pair, Flames rout Coyotes 7-1

NHL

CALGARY, Alberta — Mark Giordano had two goals and an assist in his 800th career game and the Calgary Flames defeated the Arizona Coyotes 7-1 Sunday night.

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Dave? Dave? Kansas City man gets tickets for helping Chief

A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief out of the snow.

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Watch: NBA arena demolished with explosives

Demolition experts blew the roof off the former home of the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday as part of a plan to tear down the old basketball arena.

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Friendly McDonald’s worker given car by regular customer

A friendly worker at a Hutchinson McDonald’s is riding high after one of her regular customers surprised her with a major gift.

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Smith, Carrington lead No. 6 Stanford rout of Arizona

College basketball

TUCSON — The Arizona women’s basketball program is in the midst of a resurgence. The Wildcats had beaten two ranked teams in a row at home. Then No. 6 Stanford came to town and restored the natural order of things in the Pac-12.

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Ibis, No. 19 Arizona St. women slip past No. 24 Cal, 62-61

College basketball

TEMPE — Kianna Ibis made 4 of 4 from 3-point range and finished with 26 points and Reili Richardson hit 1 of 2 free throws with five seconds left to help No. 19 Arizona State beat 24th-ranked California 62-61 on Sunday.

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Ruling limits extensions of traffic stop to ID a passenger

TUCSON — A court ruling in an Arizona case says law enforcement officers may not extend a lawful traffic stop because a passenger refuses to identify himself unless there's reasonable suspicion the passenger committed a crime.

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Grandfather: Wisconsin teen in 'good spirits' after rescue

BARRON, Wis. — The grandfather of a 13-year-old northwestern Wisconsin girl says she's in "exceptionally good spirits" after being found nearly three months after authorities say she was kidnapped during a home invasion that left her parents dead.

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Report: Center where comatose woman had baby probed in 2016

PHOENIX — State regulators reportedly wanted to remove developmentally disabled patients from a Phoenix long-term care facility years before a woman in a vegetative state gave birth.

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Austria avalanche kills 3; Ski patrollers killed in France

BERLIN — Three German skiers have been killed in an avalanche in Austria and a fourth is still missing, police said Sunday as snowfall set in again in the northern Alps.

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Man who killed officer said he was hit by ultrasonic waves

DAVIS, Calif. — The man who shot and killed a rookie California police officer left a letter on the bed in the home where he lived claiming police bombarded him with ultrasonic waves, officials said.

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Tempe plans interior renovations for eye-catching City Hall

TEMPE — Tempe treasures the inverted pyramid-shaped building that's served as City Hall for nearly 50 years and is regarded as an eye-catching landmark in the Phoenix suburb.

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Garland scores 2 power-play goals, lifts Coyotes past Oilers

NHL

EDMONTON, Alberta — Conor Garland scored a pair of power-play goals, including one that went in off his face and left him bloodied, as the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Saturday night.

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Rare 1943 bronze Lincoln penny sells for $204,000

A rare 1943 bronze Lincoln penny has sold for more than $200,000 at a Florida auction.

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Oubre, Ayton lead Suns past West-leading Nuggets 102-93

NBA

Kelly Oubre Jr. matched his career high with 26 points for the second time in three games and the Phoenix Suns beat

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Brewery launch is on target in former missile command center

A new brewery is set to launch in a Cold War-era missile command center near Pittsburgh.

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Shutdown puts strain on hundreds of Native American tribes

Fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting Native Americans as dwindling funds hamper access to health care and other services.

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Suspected shoplifter throws panties, bras from car window during dangerous high-speed chase

Panties, bras and other shoplifted items were tossed from a car being chased by police at speeds nearly reaching 100 mph in northwestern Indiana.

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Kuchar leads Sony Open by 2 shots

PGA Tour

HONOLULU — Matt Kuchar kept another clean card and shot a 4-under 66 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Sony Open as he goes for his second victory this season on the PGA Tour.

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Marin’s key plays lift Southern Utah over NAU

College Basketball

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Dre Marin gave Southern Utah the lead three times in the final minute, his jumper with two seconds left providing the final margin, and the Thunderbirds defeated Northern Arizona 84-82 on Saturday.

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US aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown

The partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job.

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How’s the US economy doing? Shutdown makes it harder to say

The partial shutdown of the U.S. government has begun to make it harder to assess the health of the economy by delaying or distorting key reports on growth, spending and hiring.

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Workers in Alps use break in weather to clear snow; 21 deaths reported

BERLIN — Workers in southern Germany are using a break in the weather to try and clear heavy loads of snow from roofs and roads.

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Man pleads guilty after kidnapping, assault case involving alligator threat

A man who police say placed a 3-foot alligator on top of another man in Connecticut as part of an extortion attempt has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

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Watch: Robot pet toy plays with Fido while you're away

A pet fitness robot, on display at this week's CES gadget show in Las Vegas, can be programmed to play with a pet while the owner is away from the house

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Faith-based shelter fights to keep out transgender women

A conservative Christian law firm that has pushed religious issues in multiple states will urge a U.S. judge on Friday to block Alaska’s largest city from requiring a faith-based women’s shelter to accept transgender women.

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D-backs avoid arbitration with Ray, Lamb, 4 others

MLB

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with six players, including starting pitcher Robbie Ray and third baseman Jake Lamb.

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Arrest leads to discovery of meth, heroin in Cottonwood home

COTTONWOOD — Authorities say a couple is facing multiple drug and child abuse charges after large amounts of heroin and meth were found in their Cottonwood home.

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NFL Playoffs: 4 intriguing divisional round matchups

NFL

This weekend's NFL playoff picks for the NFC and AFC divisional rounds.

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Detectives: Burglar breaks into police substation, eats officer's chicken dinner, leaves her ID

To identify the burglary suspect who broke into a closed Florida police substation and ate an officer’s chicken dinner, detectives didn’t need to lift fingerprints or get DNA from the discarded meal.

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Police: Woman breaks into police station, wanted to date cop

Police say a woman smashed her way into a closed Pennsylvania police station looking for an officer she’d been sexually harassing ever since he arrested her.

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Police: Dad doing doughnuts in parking lot crashes new car, he and kids hospitalized

Police say a man doing doughnuts in a car he had just bought struck a power pole in Ohio, sending him and his two children to the hospital.

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At the border, Trump moves closer to emergency declaration

McALLEN, Texas — Taking the shutdown fight to the Mexican border, President Donald Trump edged closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall.

Sports in Brief: Cardinals sign receiver Bryant Mitchell to future contract

NFL

TEMPE — The Arizona Cardinals signed former CFL wide receiver Bryant Mitchell to a future contract Thursday. Mitchell had 60 receptions for 867 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games last season for the Edmonton Eskimos.

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Baby monitor lets parents soothe child remotely

Motorola is touting a high-tech parenting solution at Las Vegas gadget show CES - a connected baby monitor that lets parents watch and even interact with their child through their smartphone.

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Tim Tebow announces engagement to former Miss Universe

MLB

MIAMI — Former Denver Broncos and University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is engaged.

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Michael Cohen to testify publicly before Congress next month

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before a House committee next month in a hearing that could serve as the opening salvo in a promised Democratic effort to greater scrutinize Trump, his conflicts of interest and his ties to Russia.

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MCSO: Deputy struck by pickup is in serious condition

QUEEN CREEK — Authorities say a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy is hospitalized in serious but stable condition after being struck by a pickup truck in Queen Creek.

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Strong economy does little to lift department store sales

NEW YORK — It was supposed to be a great holiday shopping season. Many investors had expected department stores to enjoy robust sales in light of a U.S. economy buoyed by low unemployment, higher wages, strong consumer confidence and cheap gas.

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Report: More than 100 Arizona charter schools could close

PHOENIX — More than 100 of the 544 charter schools in Arizona are in danger of closing because of excessive debt and other financial troubles, according to a recent report.

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Watch: Robots tug on the heartstrings at CES gadget show

At Las Vegas gadget show CES, robot makers are showcasing several pet-like sociable robots to win over consumer hearts.

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AP source: Broncos pick Vic Fangio as new head coach

NFL

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Forget RPOs. John Elway is going with AARP. The Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, 60, has accepted Elway's offer to become the Denver Broncos' next head coach, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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Trump walks out of shutdown talks with Democrats

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump walked out of his negotiating meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday as efforts to end the 19-day partial government shutdown fell into deeper disarray over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Basketball ref in Tucson fired over alleged racist remark

Prep Basketball

TUCSON — The Arizona Interscholastic Association has fired a high school basketball referee who reportedly made a racist remark before a freshman game in the Tucson area.

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Train nearly hits home after derailment in Texas

A Union Pacific cargo train traveling through north Texas narrowly missed a house Wednesday morning.