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Kings To Buyout Jimmer Fredette's Contract

Feb 26, 2014

In the NBA, the Sacramento Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette are working on a buyout of his contract.

The Kings drafted Fredette with the 10th pick in 2011 after being named The Associated Press player of the year in his senior season at BYU. But he hasn't lived up to expectations with the Kings.

Elsewhere, New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton appeared in court on Tuesday and was formally charged with one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and one count of criminal possession of a firearm. Each is considered a felony in New York state.

Michael Sam Comes Out, Mancuso Takes Bronze

Feb 10, 2014

The NFL could soon have its first openly gay player.

Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end is eligible for the NFL draft in May.

Sam says he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August.

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The 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last month after leading the SEC with 11 1/2 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. He is projected to be a mid-round NFL draft pick.

French President Angry Over Report On Love Life

Jan 10, 2014

French President Francois Hollande is threatening legal action over a magazine report saying he is having a secret affair with a French actress.

Hollande, in a statement obtained by The Associated Press, says he "deeply deplores the attacks on respect for privacy, to which each citizen has a right."

It says he is weighing possible action, including via the courts. He did not address the alleged affair.

SAfrica: 'Mistake' Made Hiring Mandela Interpreter

Dec 12, 2013

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African deputy Cabinet minister says "a mistake happened" in the hiring of a sign language interpreter for the Nelson Mandela memorial service who experts say was signing gibberish on stage next to world leaders.

The Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities (Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu) said Thursday that government officials have tried to track down the company that provided Thamsanqa Jantjie  but that they "have vanished into thin air."

Audit Targets Safety On NY State Railroad Bridges

Dec 10, 2013
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A New York state audit has found the Department of Transportation lacked records showing adequate safety plans and inspections for many railroad bridges statewide.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli tells The Associated Press some safety records required by state law were late and others apparently didn't exist.

Ex-NFL Player's Trashed NY House Sold At Auction

Oct 30, 2013
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TROY, N.Y. (AP) — The upstate New York home of former NFL player Brian Holloway that was trashed during a party attended by hundreds of young people has been sold at a foreclosure auction.

Holloway tells The Associated Press that his 200-acre property in rural Stephentown sold for $400,000 during Tuesday morning's auction.

The only bidder was Berkshire Bank, which bought the lien on the house. Local media has reported that Holloway owed more than $1 million to the bank.

Bill Would Expand NY Gambling Without Voter OK

Jun 17, 2013

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirms he is proposing a back-up plan to expand gambling even if voters turn down his casino gambling referendum this fall.

Cuomo spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa says the governor proposes video slot machine centers if his proposal for four Las Vegas-type casinos is defeated. He says he wants to make sure there is an option to produce revenue for local governments and schools if casinos are rejected.

NY Air Guard Unit Being Investigated

Jun 14, 2013

The officer who handled sexual assault claims for a New York Air National Guard airlift wing says the unit has promoted abusers instead of punishing them.

Retired Lt. Col. Sharon Dwyer Stepp's claims are made in a letter she sent to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy. Stepp was the Scotia-based unit's sexual assault prevention and response coordinator from 2006 to 2010. She told The Associated Press she acted because she's "fed up" by the spate of sex scandals roiling the U.S. military.

Schumer Proposes Senators Look At Media Protection

May 27, 2013
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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is proposing legislation that would set additional rules for how leaks about government secrets are investigated.

Schumer said yesterday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that when the government is going to ask a news organization to divulge information it first must go to a judge. He says that judge would "impose a balancing test" to determine which is more important, the government's desire to find the information or the robust freedom of the press.