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Making sure Facebook works at the Super Bowl

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel NEW YORK (AP) — It’s the pain of crowds: Texts, photos and video streams take forever or just can’t get through. You might have run into this at a concert where everyone’s trying to post selfies with the headliners at once, or at...

Activists: Fire shelter chief for $1,000 purebred collie

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The executive director of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society is on leave over accusations by online activists that she paid a breeder $1,000 for a purebred collie puppy rather than adopt a rescue dog from the shelter. Animal activists who signed an...

Police: Cat burglar enters Vermont family’s home, takes pet

TROY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police have arrested a 54-year-old man in connection with taking a cat from a home. Mark Frady was charged with burglary and unlawful trespass. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday. A judge ordered a competency evaluation. Police say Frady stole a...

New Rutgers athletic director inherits program at low point

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers’ new athletic director is unsparing when asked how he plans to turn around a program after a series of embarrassing developments on and off the field. “The first rule is, when you’re digging yourself into a hole, stop...

The Strangelove Suite: Northern Ireland sells nuclear bunker

BALLYMENA, Northern Ireland (AP) — It has no windows — but offers unrestricted views of Armageddon. Northern Ireland is selling its Cold War-era nuclear bunker, an underground installation with room for 235 beds that sellers imagine could be transformed into a tourist...

Jack Riley, coach of 1st US hockey team to win gold, dies

AP Photo/Uncredited WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Riley, a former Army hockey coach who guided the U.S. team to its first Olympic gold medal in 1960, has died. He was 95. The U.S. Military Academy announced in a statement that Riley died Wednesday in Massachusetts. No cause...

Video shows only known US jaguar roaming Arizona mountains

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The only known wild jaguar in the United States is seen roaming around a creek and other parts of a mountain range in southern Arizona in the first publicly released video of the giant cat. “El Jefe” — Spanish for “the...

Froome finishes 2nd on 1st stage of Melbourne cycle tour

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome of England has made a strong start to a new season by finishing second on Thursday’s opening stage of the Herald-Sun cycle tour. Froome crossed the line just behind Sky teammate Peter Kennaugh...

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore?  –  Carole King Many folks, me included, do not care for dramatic changes. Sure, you can argue that changes make life more interesting, but that’s a tough sell in my opinion. Over recent weeks, three...

Western retirees at Thai resort busted for playing bridge

BANGKOK (AP) — Almost three dozen mostly elderly bridge-playing Westerners have found themselves the surprise targets of a vice crackdown under Thailand’s military government. Police in the resort city of Pattaya — a hive of prostitution and popular vacation...