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New Miss USA from DC to take a break from Army reserves

ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS (AP) — The newly crowned Miss USA is a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia who gave perhaps the strongest answer of the night when asked about women in combat. “As a woman in the United States Army, I think … we are just as ...

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at age 74

ASSOCIATED PRESS TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer He was fast of fist and foot — lip, too — a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above ...

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Former Clarksville pitcher Everett drowns while fishing

ASSOCIATED PRESS NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt freshman pitcher Donny Everett drowned while fishing in Tennessee a day before the Commodores were to open the NCAA Tournament on Friday. He was 19. The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement Friday that Everett was with two teammates and two ...

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2016: The Choice to Come

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — First there was the promise of political change in Barack Obama’s historic 2008 election. Then the pledge to upend Washington’s ways after the 2010 tea party wave. But for some Americans, the change and disruption have come too slowly, or failed altogether. On the eve ...

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‘Substantial’ need to expand $10M college program

NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is asking lawmakers to expand a $10 million grant program that paired employers with colleges to develop academic programs tailored to the needs of local job markets. According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1RayFb9 ), the commission said in a report released Wednesday that Labor Education ...

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New law will increase seat belt fines in Tennessee

NASHVILLE — Motorists who don’t buckle up in Tennessee will soon face a stiffer fine. A new law passed by state lawmakers and signed by the governor takes effect on Jan. 1. State law enforcement officials held a news conference on the steps of the state Capitol this week to ...

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