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Tony Stewart acquires national sprint car series tour

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart won’t be back in a sprint car, by his own estimation, for “a very, very long time.” But the three-time NASCAR champion can’t bear to be away from the grass-roots level of racing, and he has added another piece to his...
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VIDEO: Injury crash closes I-75

An injury crash on northbound Interstate 75 closed the highway near North Baltimore on Tuesday. The crash, which happened around 11:40 a.m., injured at least one person.
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Mental evaluation ordered for boxer Jermain Taylor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Champion middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor must undergo a mental evaluation, an Arkansas judge said Tuesday. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Leon Johnson granted a request from Taylor’s attorneys that Taylor be moved to a state hospital for a full...
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Williams sisters advance to quarterfinals at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Williams sisters are back in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam, and neither one is there just to watch. Venus Williams continued her impressive career resurgence at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 win over sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska...
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British official: Iraq forces not ready to face IS militants

LONDON (AP) — Iraqi forces are not ready to dislodge Islamic State militants from the country and the world must do more to starve the extremists of money and militants, Britain’s foreign minister said Thursday ahead of an anti-IS coalition meeting. Foreign Secretary Philip...
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Zimbabwe’s first lady seeks to control more land

MAZOWE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In 2000, Timon Shava was a hero of Zimbabwe’s land reform program when he joined hundreds of other landless peasants in a wave of land seizures and evictions of white farmers. Today, he is homeless after police, acting on behalf of President Robert...
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VIDEO: U.S. 68 injury crash near Arlington

One person was injured and traffic backed up for miles after a car and semi-trailer were involved in a crash on U.S. 68 near Hancock County 45, north of Arlington, on Tuesday morning.
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VIDEO: Arlington vs. Liberty-Benton

In a battle of BVC girls basketball unbeatens, Liberty-Benton defeated Arlington, 62-44, on Thursday night.
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IOC opens ‘invitation phase’ for potential 2024 Olympic bids

LONDON (AP) — The IOC is bracing for a possible “overwhelming wave” of interest from national Olympic committees in bidding for the 2024 Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee on Thursday launched a new “invitation phase” to work with potential...
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Budapest’ top Oscar nominations with 9 nods each

Two extravagant comedies, “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture. They were joined in best-picture nominations by “Boyhood,”...