Friday, February 23, 2018

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey announces support for gay marriage

Senator backs gay marriage

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey announced Monday that he favors gay marriage, the latest of several lawmakers to change positions on the issue now before the U.S. Supreme Court. He said he made the shift after reviewing the legal, public policy and civil rights questions involved and letters from Pennsylvania families. "If two people of the same sex fall in love and want to marry, why would our government stand in the way?" Casey said. In November, as Casey sought a second term, he said he favored same-sex civil unions but did not take a position on same-sex marriage.

Suit: Teen was bullied, injured

A teenager is suing his southwest Iowa school district, several administrators and his former high school football coach, claiming they didn't do enough to protect him from bullying that culminated in an attack during a fall practice that left him with severe brain injuries and permanent disabilities. The boy and his grandmother, who is his guardian, say in their lawsuit filed Friday in Des Moines federal court that he repeatedly told officials at his Bedford high school that he was being bullied by other students but that they ignored him.

Jackpot winner pays up in court

The New Jersey man who won last week's $338 million Powerball jackpot paid $30,000 in unpaid child support Monday in advance of a court appearance to satisfy an outstanding warrant. A Passaic County Superior Court judge had put a stay on a child support warrant for Pedro Quezada, 44, and ordered him to appear in court Monday. Quezada, a father of five, owed about $29,000 in child support, authorities said. But the payments were for only three of those children.

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Rasmus says he ditched Rays to spend time with family

Rasmus says he ditched Rays to spend time with family

SARASOTA — Colby Rasmus is making a new start with the Baltimore Orioles after taking an eight-month break from baseball.Rasmus signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles this week, after abruptly leaving the Rays in midseason. The contrac...
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Can the Lightning win the Stanley Cup?

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AP Top News at 11:20 p.m. EST

AP Top News at 11:20 p.m. EST
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High school scoreboard for Feb. 23

Friday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 2, Crystal River 0BaseballCalvary Christian 9, Countryside 2Northeast 15, Tarpon Springs 1
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US gymnasts tell AP sport rife with verbal, emotional abuse

US gymnasts tell AP sport rife with verbal, emotional abuse

Romanian gymnasts who trained under former U.S. Olympic coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi tell the AP that the duo starved and beat them in pursuit of an ideal athlete
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US gymnasts tell AP sport rife with verbal, emotional abuse

US gymnasts tell AP sport rife with verbal, emotional abuse

Romanian gymnasts who trained under former U.S. Olympic coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi tell the AP that the duo starved and beat them in pursuit of an ideal athlete
Updated: 17 minutes ago
US gymnasts tell AP sport rife with verbal, emotional abuse

US gymnasts tell AP sport rife with verbal, emotional abuse

Romanian gymnasts who trained under former U.S. Olympic coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi tell the AP that the duo starved and beat them in pursuit of an ideal athlete
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Erik Karlsson-to-Lightning talk won’t die down until deadline is over

Erik Karlsson-to-Lightning talk won’t die down until deadline is over

MONTREAL — Senators star defenseman Erik Karlsson sure seemed chatty with his Lightning friends as he left the Canadian Tire Center on Thursday night.Karlsson, 27, took his time talking up several members of Tampa Bay's staff in the hallway out...
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AP News in Brief at 11:04 p.m. EST

AP News in Brief at 11:04 p.m. EST
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Girls basketball: Rematch doesn’t go as planned for Tampa Catholic

Girls basketball: Rematch doesn’t go as planned for Tampa Catholic

TAMPA — Tampa Catholic thought about playing in Friday night's game — the Class 5A region girls basketball final — for an entire year. The Crusaders never forgot how much it hurt to lose in the same game to Oxbridge Academy in 2017....
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