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Connecticut restaurant owner fined over no dog pee sign

A sarcastic sign in the window of a Connecticut restaurant asking people not to let their dogs pee on the eatery’s outside flower pot has earned the owner a $250 fine.

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Nebraska prison cell doors suddenly open, sparking fracas

The doors on 16 cells at a prison that has a history of riots unexpectedly opened Friday, leading to one inmate being attacked and seriously injured and a fire set inside the prison, Nebraska prison officials said.

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Man fined $124 for kicking seagull that ate cheeseburger

A man accused of kicking a seagull that tried to eat his cheeseburger at a New Hampshire beach has been fined $124.

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Trial date set in 2014 killing of 8-year-old Bullhead City girl

A judge has set a trial date for a man charged with killing a Bullhead City girl four years ago.

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Houston spoils Sumlin return, pounds Arizona 45-18

College Football

HOUSTON — Houston quarterback D'Eriq King and the rest of the Cougars' offense made it a miserable homecoming for Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin.

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Williams loses game for arguing during US Open loss to Osaka

U.S. Open

NEW YORK — The events and the arguing and the booing that would make this a U.S. Open final unlike any other began when Serena Williams’ coach made what she insisted was an innocent thumbs-up, but the chair umpire interpreted as a helpful signal.

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No team wants to distance itself from 2017 more than Cleveland Browns

NFL

No team wants to distance itself from last season — or even the previous year — more than the Cleveland Browns.

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Rose leads by 1 shot with clear shot at No. 1 in world

PGA Tour

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Justin Rose could sense the sky getting a little darker, the wind a little cooler and more brisk. Every shot means so much this time of the year, and the last two holes Saturday at the BMW Championship might mean even more.

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Jimmie Johnson rides 48-race losing streak into Brickyard

NASCAR

INDIANAPOLIS — Jimmie Johnson doesn't have a playoff spot locked in as the seven-time NASCAR champion prepared for rain-drenched Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the final race of the regular season.

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Echoes of Watergate in Trump tumult

The White House seethes with intrigue and backstabbing as aides hunt for the anonymous Deep (state) Throat among them.

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McCain had complicated relationship with Indian Country

John McCain hadn’t been elected to the U.S. Senate when a fellow veteran and friend spotted him at the annual Navajo Nation Fair.

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US hiring picked up in August as pay surged most in 9 years

The pace of hiring in the United States quickened in August, and wages grew at their fastest pace in nine years — evidence that employers remain confident despite the administration’s ongoing conflicts with its trading partners.

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Another day at Tesla: Execs depart, Musk invites controversy

Another executive departure, another controversy over the CEO's behavior, another stock drop.

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Powerful hurricane could be headed to US

What to expect?

MIAMI — The U.S. East Coast could be hit with a powerful hurricane next week as Tropical Storm Florence continues to strengthen as it moves toward the mainland, forecasters said Saturday.

$3M cattle fraud puts 2 Arizona families on financial brink

About $3 million worth of cattle was stolen from an Arizona family by a man they once considered a friend, prosecutors said in court documents.

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Woods calls Nike Kaepernick ad a ‘beautiful spot’

Sports in Brief

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Tiger Woods endorsed Nike’s latest “Just Do It” ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick with a message nearly as succinct. “It’s a beautiful spot ,” Woods said.

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A traffic stop, and a proposal: She said yes in Miami Beach

A woman was in for a huge surprise when Miami Beach police pulled her over.

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Preview: No. 17 USC at No. 10 Stanford highlights week in Pac-12

College Football

A few things to watch in Week 2 of the Pac-12 Conference football season:

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Texas animal control seizes hundreds of snakes, rodents

Animal control officials have removed more than 100 snakes and more than 400 rodents from a San Antonio home following concerns about the animals’ living conditions.

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Personalize space when creating cozy place to read

We decorate our homes in order to enjoy them. For book lovers, adding a cozy and well-lit space dedicated to reading can be the perfect finishing touch.

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Low-tech gear for intrepid young explorers

The world is full of high-tech children’s toys. But there’s a movement afoot to bring back some simpler playthings — ones that invite kids to explore the outdoors, and tap into their ingenuity, creativity and sense of play in ways that don’t involve an app or a download.

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When to plant bulbs in the fall? Science, nature offer clues

To ensure that bulbs planted in the fall will bloom in early spring, timing is important.

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Gubernatorial debates set for Phoenix, Tucson this month

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will take part in two televised debates this month as part of his re-election campaign.

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Arizona woman accused of smuggling 2 Mexican men into US

Authorities say a Hereford, Arizona woman has been arrested for allegedly smuggling two immigrants into the country near Bisbee.

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Arizona DPS director bashes Nike campaign with Kaepernick

The head of the Arizona Department of Public Safety is weighing in on Nike's endorsement deal with Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk).

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Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV and tabloids, dead at 82

Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in "Deliverance" and "Boogie Nights" and for an active off-screen life which included relationships with Loni Anderson, Sally Field and Dinah Shore, has died at age 82.

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Abandoned trucks litter California highway as wildfire rages

Fire triples in size

An explosive wildfire that closed down dozens of miles of a major California freeway nearly tripled in size overnight, just weeks after a nearby blaze that left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people, officials said Thursday.

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North's media say Kim vows nuclear-free Korea amid standoff

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean media have released a declaration from leader Kim Jong Un that reaffirms his commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula amid a growing standoff with the United States.

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Border agents find 163 immigrants in Arizona desert, some previously deported

Ajo agents say this is 2nd large group of immigrants in 3 weeks

For the second time in three weeks, Border Patrol agents have found a large group of immigrants in a remote desert area of southern Arizona.

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Watch: Click your heels, FBI recovers ruby slippers

A pair of ruby slippers used in "The Wizard of Oz" and later stolen from a Minnesota museum were recovered in a sting operation after a man approached the shoes' insurer and said he could help get them back, the FBI said Tuesday. (Sept. 4)

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10 passengers fall ill on flight; plane quarantined at JFK

A plane has been quarantined at New York's Kennedy Airport when about 10 passengers became ill aboard a flight from Dubai.

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State Farm reaches naming rights deal for Cardinals stadium

NFL

GLENDALE — The Arizona Cardinals' home field is changing its name to State Farm Stadium. The team announced Tuesday that it has reached an 18-year naming rights deal with the insurance giant.

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IndyCar releases 2019 schedule, drops Phoenix from rotation

IndyCar

INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar will make its debut at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas and return to Laguna Seca, California, as part of its 2019 schedule.

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Rancorous, partisan start for Kavanaugh high court hearing

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh declared fervently at his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday the court "must never, never be viewed as a partisan institution." But that was at the end of a marathon day marked by rancorous exchanges between Democrats and Republicans, including dire Democratic fears that he would be President Donald Trump's advocate on the high court.

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Mohave County Sheriff's Office conducts 'operation' at jail

KINGMAN — The Mohave County Sheriff's Office says it has lifted a lockdown at the county jail with the conclusion of a "special operation" conducted over part of the Labor Day holiday weekend but the office isn't saying what the operation involved or what prompted it.

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Arizona AG: Lawmakers must pass charter school reforms

PHOENIX — Arizona's attorney general is calling for legislation to lend more oversight to the state's charter schools in response to a recent investigation by The Arizona Republic into financial dealings at a major online school.

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Navajo presidential candidates to pick running mates

WINDOW ROCK — The candidates for Navajo Nation president are expected to announce their picks for running mate.

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St. Louis apartment with kitchen-bathroom combo creates stir

A St. Louis man is the new tenant of a tiny apartment with a unique layout — the kitchen and bathroom are in the same place.

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Seattle's Bird expected to wear protective mask for Game 5

WNBA Playoffs

SEATTLE — Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird is expected to play in Game 5 of the WNBA semifinals on Tuesday night against Phoenix wearing a protective mask after suffering a broken nose in Game 4.

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Father of slain pregnant woman says her partner was violent

PHOENIX — The father of a pregnant woman who was killed in Phoenix and whose two young sons are missing said her partner had a history of domestic violence involving her.

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Arizona National Guard unit to deploy to Afghanistan

PHOENIX — More than two dozen members of the Arizona Army National Guard are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

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Water levels continue to drop at Lake Mead, Lake Powell

PHOENIX — Water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell are dropping to dangerous levels, reflecting the Colorado River's worsening "structural deficit," scientists said.

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Body of 1 person found after boats crash on Colorado River

The body of a California woman who was among four people missing after two boats collided on the Colorado River was found Monday, authorities said.

Maricopa police: Home invasion suspect dies while in custody

MARICOPA (AP) — Maricopa police say a home invasion suspect died in their custody after police used a stun gun on him while he was fighting with officers.

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Thief in Mexico tries to steal hearse, with body inside

Police in central Mexico they’ve caught a man who made off with a hearse — complete with a corpse inside.

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Wisconsin pilot flees officers, later crashes plane into cornfield

Authorities say they were trying to arrest a Wisconsin man on a domestic abuse-related charge when he fled in an airplane before crashing into a cornfield.

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Butler, Campbell, Little among those cut by Cardinals

NFL

TEMPE — Wide receiver Brice Butler and cornerback Chris Campbell, a sixth-round pick out of Penn State, were among the players cut by the Arizona Cardinals to reach their 53-man roster limit Saturday.

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Volunteers help make travel up treacherous road safer

KINGMAN — Volunteers help workers, tourists and walkers climbing the hill to Union Pass from Bullhead City toward Kingman fight the desert heat by providing jugs of water along the treacherous road.

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College Football in Brief: Saturday's best

College Football

From TCU's Shawn Robinson scoring five TDs to Gage Gubrud of Eastern Washington throwing for 337 yards and five TDs...

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Cookus-Butler combine to lead NAU to win over UTEP, 30-10

College Football

EL PASO, Texas — Case Cookus and Emmanuel Butler combined on two touchdowns as Northern Arizona continued UTEP’s winless streak from last season with a 30-10 victory on Saturday night.