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Payton: Missed call cost Saints Super Bowl berth

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sean Payton was glassy-eyed, calm and shrugged his shoulders at times, seemingly resigned to New Orleans’ bitter fate — as unfair as he thought it was. And the Saints coach said NFL executives he spoke with by phone after a 26-23 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Rams ...

Pats vs Rams in a meeting of Past vs Future

(AP) — It began in 2002, back when the Rams were in St. Louis and the Patriots were a plucky underdog standing in the way of a potential dynasty. So much has changed. This hasn’t: Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. The duo, every bit as formidable now as when they won that first title, ...

Chiefs head into offseason full of optimism

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs came within a heartbeat of returning to the Super Bowl for the first time in 49 years, taking the greatest dynasty in NFL history to overtime in the AFC title game. Instead, they are stuck with more heartache for an entire offseason. Yet with ...

Williams ousts No. 1 Halep at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — As Serena Williams made her way out to the Australian Open’s main court during pre-match introductions, the voice booming over the stadium’s speakers implored spectators to welcome “the world’s No. 1 player — from Romania, Simona ...

Meeting Memos

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Meeting Memos column is reserved for nonprofit, civic organizations. TUESDAYS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS will meet from 8-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Grace Episcopal Church. ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP will meet at 5 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month at Colonial Place, 301 Wilson ...

Brooklyn Nets minority owner agrees to buy WNBA’s Liberty

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Liberty are finally about to have a new owner. An investment group led by Brooklyn Nets minority owner Joseph Tsai has agreed to buy the New York Liberty, pending approval by the NBA Board of Governors, two people familiar with the purchase told The Associated ...

Datebook

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Datebook is reserved for nonprofit, civic organizations. Unless otherwise noted, events listed should be considered free and open to the public. Due to numerous entries, items may appear for only one week. Entries appear in chronological order and as there is space. The ...

Hints From Heloise

This sale is a GOOB? Dear Readers: Consumer sales tend to slip in January, and retailers may be looking for ways to entice you back into the store. One tactic to be aware of: the “GOING OUT OF BUSINESS” (GOOB) sale. According to the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov), if a store is ...

Horoscope

The anecdotes, wives tales and opinions that used to be passed by family members are now plastered over every inch of the internet. Whatever the problem, there are millions of answers a click away. It’s apparent, with Mars and Jupiter conjunct, that the right answer is more of a question of ...

What to do when coffee becomes an addiction

Dear Annie: Just recently, I started drinking coffee most mornings. I’d say that over the past four months, I’ve had coffee an average of four days a week. In the past month or so, I’ve noticed that I get headaches when I skip coffee for a day. I’m guessing these headaches are a result ...

TSA screener sick-outs hit 10 percent over weekend

(AP) — The percentage of TSA airport screeners missing work has hit 10 percent as the partial government shutdown stretches into its fifth week. The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that Sunday’s absence rate compared to 3.1 percent on the comparable Sunday a year ...

Continued trade concerns still dominate talk on the farm

(TNS) —Even with a tumultuous 2018 growing season behind them — a year characterized by trade disputes that affected major agricultural products nationwide — many farmers have not been able to rest easy over the winter. That’s because key trade disputes are still very much alive, with ...

Sen. Kamala Harris opens presidential bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris, a first-term senator and former California attorney general known for her rigorous questioning of President Donald Trump’s nominees, entered the Democratic presidential race on Monday. Vowing to “bring our voices together,” Harris would be the first ...

Small business optimism showing early signs of slippage

NEW YORK (AP) — The fears of a slowing economy that sent stocks falling the past few months may be spreading to small business owners who have been quite optimistic in recent years. The problem for businesses is consumer spending that, while strong now, is showing signs of slippage. ...

Trump’s shutdown solution hangs in limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s proposal to break through the budget deadlock appeared to be gaining little traction Monday, as another missed paycheck loomed for hundreds of thousands of workers and the partial federal shutdown stretched into its fifth week. Despite the ...

Abnormal times

In normal times, the killing of four Americans and wounding of three others on foreign soil would prompt a quick response by the president of the United States. A normal president would publicly express his sincere condolences to the families of the killed and wounded and vow that the attack ...

Retired special education teachers volunteer storytime

PRINCETON (AP) — Some people work a job their whole lives and it is nothing more than a job. When it is time to retire, they spend that time focusing on passion projects or hobbies. Other people have the privilege of finding a job that is their passion. Carole and Russ Cassidy, retired ...

Frigid air, high winds sweep the Northeast

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Falling temperatures replaced the weekend’s falling snow Monday as bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern United States. The National Weather Service had forecast that temperatures would be more than 20 degrees below normal across the Northeast, with ...

Trump marks MLK day with memorial visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump paid a brief visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington on the holiday honoring the civil rights leader. Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence on a frigid and windy day. The two laid a wreath at the foot of the memorial, then ...

Teacher gave alcohol to teens

WILLIAMSON (AP) — A teacher is accused of giving alcohol and the keys to her vehicle to two West Virginia students who were later involved in a crash. News outlets report 31-year-old Kandace Dick is accused of providing alcohol Wednesday to a 17-year-old and 15-year-old while at her job at ...