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Protesters march towards the off-duty officer's home in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. A Los Angeles policeman is under investigation after a video appears to show him firing a single round during an off-duty tussle with a 13-year-old boy. No one was injured but two teenagers were arrested after the incident, which spurred dozens of people to protest against police Wednesday night in the streets of Anaheim, where the officer lives and the confrontation occurred.  (Joshua Sudock/The Orange County Register via AP)

Off-duty officer's fight with teens sets off protests

An off-duty California officer who didn't want teens walking across his lawn fired his gun during a struggle with a 13-year-old boy and other youths, igniting unruly protests after video of the fight surfaced and two boys were arrested. No one was hurt during the struggle, but hundreds of people ...

A fire set by protesters burns in the background as opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline leave their main protest camp Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, near Cannon Ball, N.D. Most of the pipeline opponents abandoned their protest camp Wednesday ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land, and authorities moved to arrest some who defied the order in a final show of dissent. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

Dakota Access oil pipeline camp cleared of protesters

Authorities on Thursday cleared a protest camp where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline had gathered for the better part of a year, searching tents and huts and arresting three dozen holdouts who had defied a government order to leave. It took 3 ½ hours for about 220 officers ...

MLB players union head says 2020 Olympics difficult

The head of the Major League Baseball Players Association says it will be difficult for big leaguers to participate at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Baseball returns to Olympics after a 12-year absence for the Tokyo Games, which are scheduled for July 24-Aug. 9 — in the middle of baseball's season. ...

Florida begins process of issuing medical marijuana ID cards

Florida health officials who oversee the medical marijuana program have started processing identification card applications for patients and caregivers. The cards, which are issued through the Office of Compassionate Use, are part of regulations passed by the Florida Legislature last year. Department of Health spokeswoman Mara Gambinieri says the rule ...

Buccaneers cut CB Verner, save $6.5 million against cap

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released cornerback Alterraun Verner on Thursday. Verner, 28, played for the Bucs from 2014-16, appearing in 46 games with 23 starts, totaling 141 tackles, 20 passes defensed, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and a half sack. He was a high-priced free agent in 2014, leaving Tennessee ...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2017 file photo, then-Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Attorney General Sessions has signaled his support for the federal government's use of private prisons, rescinding a memo meant to phase out their use. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Sessions: US to continue use of privately run prisons

Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government's continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stocks of major private prison companies rose at the news. Sessions issued a memo replacing one issued last August by Sally Yates, ...

FILE -In this Tuesday, March 3, 2015 file photo, a billboard erected to draw visitors to Civil War history sites in Selma, Ala, is seen. Organizers of an annual Civil War re-enactment and a civil rights commemoration are upset by the mayor's plan to charge them thousands of dollars for police, fire and cleanup services. Organizers of the annual Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee say they won't pay, and the battle re-enactment was canceled for this year. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

Blacks and whites join in opposition to fees in Alabama city

Blacks who celebrate the civil rights movement and whites who commemorate the Civil War are suddenly finding themselves fighting on the same side in historic Selma, Alabama: against City Hall. Both groups say the city is squeezing them with demands for thousands of dollars in up-front payments to stage annual ...

Former Jets player Mersereau charged with attacking teen

Authorities say former New York Jets defensive lineman Scott Mersereau has been charged with punching a 15-year-old boy after accusing the teen of egging his South Florida home. The Palm Beach Post (https://goo.gl/rz8M9p ) reports that Mersereau was arrested and charged with child cruelty after a confrontation Saturday. Boca Raton ...

Atlanta Braves outfielder Matt Kemp takes batting practice during baseball spring training Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Revamped lineup gives Braves plenty of hope heading into '17

After two dismal seasons, there's hope for the Atlanta Braves. It starts with offense. A lineup that was downright embarrassing at the beginning of last season looks a whole lot more imposing, bolstered by slugger Matt Kemp, top prospect Danby Swanson and three-time All-Star Brandon Phillips. "It's going to be ...

NAFTA in Trump era is focus at US-Mexico trade forum

Mexican and U.S. business leaders attending a large trade conference in the border town of El Paso said Thursday that their sectors will survive despite threats by President Donald Trump to dismantle or renegotiate the North American Free Trade Act — which he has labeled the worst deal in U.S. ...

Sam Querrey, Donald Young reach Delray Beach quarterfinals

Defending champion Sam Querrey reached the Delray Beach Open quarterfinals by hitting 13 aces and winning 24 of 25 first-serve points in a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Jared Donaldson on Thursday. Querrey, ranked 35th and seeded No. 4, saved both break points he faced and took exactly an hour to ...

David Kenny stands beneath the Super-Test awning after the announcement Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, of the winning Powerball ticket being sold at his store on Sagamore Parkway in Lafayette, Ind. Kenny, co-owner of the Super-Test chain, said when he woke up this morning and heard the winning ticket was sold in Lafayette, he never dreamed it would be at one of his five family-owned stores.  (Jillian Ellison/Journal & Courier via AP)

Indiana store sells winning $435 million Powerball ticket

The sole winning ticket for an estimated $435.3 million Powerball jackpot — the 10th largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history — was sold at a northern Indiana convenience store where a store official said Thursday she hopes the winner is someone local. The Hoosier Lottery said the ticket was sold ...

FILE – In this April 16, 2013 file photo, a "bathtub ring" marks the high water mark as a recreational boat approaches Hoover Dam along Black Canyon on Lake Mead, the largest Colorado River reservoir, near Boulder City, Nev. Scientists say global warming may already be shrinking the Colorado River and could reduce its flow by more than a third by the end of the century. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Study: Global warming is shrinking river vital to 40M people

Global warming is already shrinking the Colorado River, the most important waterway in the American Southwest, and it could reduce the flow by more than a third by the end of the century, two scientists say. The river's volume has dropped more than 19 percent during a drought gripping the ...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, the Archer Daniels Midland Company plant is seen in Decatur, Ill. In 2014, Decatur, Ill., lost Archer Daniels Midland to Chicago after 40 years in the town. Many midsize communities are looking to redefine themselves as more companies trade longtime hometowns for major cities with easier access to global markets and the lifestyle that talented young workers want, with nightlife and public transit. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Plight of company towns: finding a new identity

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis planned to open this year's State of the City speech by thanking Caterpillar Inc. for its longtime commitment to the central Illinois town, declaring "We wouldn't be Peoria without Caterpillar." It's been that way for decades in Peoria and in other company towns across the United ...

FILE -  In this Nov. 1 2005 file photo Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Comverse Technology Inc., attends a fundraising dinner in New York. Alexander, who dodged securities fraud charges by spending a decade in Africa with a $50 million nest egg, was sentenced Thursday, Feb. 23, 3017, to 30 months in prison by a judge in New York City who blasted him as "foolish" for hatching his scheme and fleeing justice for so long. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

Former tech CEO gets prison in US after self-exile in Africa

A wealthy former CEO who dodged securities fraud charges by spending a decade in Africa with a $50 million nest egg was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison by a judge in New York City who blasted him as "foolish" for hatching his scheme and fleeing justice for so ...

CORRECTS LAST NAME TO PURINTON - This undated photo provided by the Henry County Sheriff's Office in Clinton, Mo., shows Adam Purinton, of Olathe, Kan., who was arrested early Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in connection with a shooting at a bar in Olathe that left one person dead and and wounding two others. Purinton waived extradition during a brief court hearing in Henry County in Missouri and will be returned to Kansas. (Henry County (Mo.) Sheriff's Office via AP)

Kansas man charged with murder in bar shooting

Prosecutors on Thursday charged a 51-year-old man with murder and attempted murder after he allegedly opened fire in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, killing one man and injuring two others, but authorities declined to say if the attack was racially-motivated. A bartender at Austins Bar and Grill in Oathe, ...

Gusty winds whip up snow during a winter storm Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 in Casper, Wyo. (Dan Cepeda /The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

Storm system that hit California moving into the Midwest

More than 50 million people are being warned to watch for high winds or even tornadoes as a storm system that pummeled California this week moves into the Midwest. After the system clears, snow and cold could replace the spring-like conditions much of the region has enjoyed for the better ...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2017, file photo, Brad Kent, chief sales and services officer for Visit Dallas, holds a sign at a news conference at the state capitol in Austin, Texas, to oppose a Texas "bathroom bill." Bills to curtail transgender people's access to public restrooms are pending in a dozen states, but even in conservative bastions such as Texas and Arkansas they may be doomed by high-powered opposition. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

Bills targeting transgender bathroom access are floundering

Bills to curtail transgender people's access to public restrooms are pending in about a dozen states, but even in conservative bastions such as Texas and Arkansas they may be doomed by high-powered opposition. The bills have taken on a new significance this week following the decision by President Donald Trump's ...

Cody Gribble tees off on the 12th tee during the first round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Wesley Bryan, Cody Gribble share early lead at Honda

Cody Gribble and Wesley Bryan returned to PGA National on Thursday under far different circumstances. They are rookies on the PGA Tour, not trying to get through the grind of Web.com Tour qualifying. And they both shot 6-under 64 to share the early lead at the Honda Classic. Bryan is ...

Orioles' Jones wants to do more than just get to playoffs

Adam Jones and the Baltimore Orioles have been to the postseason three times in the past five years. That's not enough anymore for the talented center fielder. Only once, in 2014 have the Orioles reached the American League Championship Series, and they were swept in four games by the Kansas ...

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