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First lady: Gay football player is ‘inspiration’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says a gay University of Missouri football player is “an inspiration to all of us.” The first lady took to Twitter on Monday to comment on Michael Sam, the all-American college player who announced Sunday that he is gay. Mrs. Obama says she “couldn’t be ...

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Drone use highlights questions for journalists

MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As police responded to a deadly car crash, they noticed an increasingly familiar sight: a remote-controlled aircraft, equipped with a video camera, hovering over the wreckage. The Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation of the drone, which was used by an ...

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NEHS grad among 7 Vols cited for alcohol

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Seven more Tennessee football players, including one Clarksville native,  have received citations in connection with a party that led to the arrests of two current players and one former Volunteer. A police report filed by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office states that linebackers Curt Maggitt, Jakob ...

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Alaska voters could legalize pot this summer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska voters will decide this summer whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the state. The Alaska Division of Elections tells The Associated Press in an email Tuesday that a citizens’ initiative has met all thresholds needed to appear on the Aug. 19 ballot. More ...

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Forecasters warn of ice for Tennessee and neighboring states

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Storm Prediction Center says freezing rain could accumulate at rates of up to one-tenth of an inch per hour in a corridor from northeastern Arkansas to southwestern Indiana for a time Tuesday afternoon. An ice storm warning is already in effect for central and northern ...

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How Super Bowl ads are born

MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In the world of advertising, any publicity can be good publicity. The goal is get people talking, and there’s no bigger stage in advertising than the Super Bowl. Companies spend millions to create Super Bowl ads that they hope will have ...

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