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NFL’s Goodell seeks to look to future

As if wishing made it so, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell described his league — and himself — as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on.

US pay and benefits rose at slightly faster pace last year

Wages and benefits rose at a slightly healthier rate last year, a sign strong job gains could be forcing companies to pay a bit more for workers.

Huot scores 42 to lead Comets to Homecoming win

Nolan Huot exploded for a career-high 42 points to lead Fatima to a 76-43 defeat of Vienna in the Comets’ Homecoming game.

US judge: No asylum for Afghan soldier who fled training

An immigration judge denied asylum Friday for an Afghan military officer who sneaked away from a U.S. training exercise in Massachusetts to avoid returning to Afghanistan, where he said he had been threatened by the Taliban.

Teen killed by police previously cited for resisting arrest

A 17-year-old girl who was shot to death by Denver police while driving a stolen car was accused in a separate incident of eluding a police officer and resisting arrest just three weeks before her death, court records obtained Friday show.

Smoking in Big Easy bars, gambling halls to end in April

In three months it will no longer be legal to smoke in bars and while gambling in the Big Easy.

Thumb bones in pre-humans make them more like us, study says

Some of our tree-swinging pre-human ancestors may have been a bit more like us than previously thought, thanks to a tiny section of their thumbs.

Parts of Iowa, Missouri nearing drought status

Parts of Iowa, Missouri and other Midwest states are teetering close to drought status.

A sneaky snake: Teams hunt for rock pythons in Everglades

For all the danger posed to Florida’s Everglades by invasive Burmese pythons, there’s one thing researchers don’t want to know: how they would interact with another python species that threatens to move into the same territory.

IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique

The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases.

Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline

The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.

Girls Basketball: Owensville 62, Chamois 36

Paige Nolte scored 15 points for Chamois, but the Lady Pirates couldn’t keep up with Owensville on Friday, falling 62-36 in the championship of the Hermann Tournament.

Girls Basketball: California 68, Versailles 31

The California Lady Pintos rolled to a 68-31 victory Friday against the Versailles Lady Tigers in the semifinals of the Russellville Tournament.

Boys Basketball: Russellville 51, Stover 40

Russellville jumped out to a 19-7 lead after one quarter Friday on its way to a 51-40 victory against Stover.

Boys Basketball: Wellsville 61, Calvary 43

Wellsville and Calvary Lutheran were tied at 12 after one quarter, but Wellsville sped away to a 12-point lead by half en route to a 61-43 defeat of the Lions.

Boys Basketball: California 63, Hallsville 62

Jaden Barr hit a putback basket with three seconds left to give California a 63-62 win against Hallsville on Friday.

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Africans open new front in war on terror to fight Boko Haram

Schoolgirls torn from their families in a mass kidnapping and forced into sexual slavery. Bombs that ripped through bus stations. The slaughter of hundreds of villagers, many with their throats cut.

Man accused of throwing brick at police during protest

A St. Louis man is facing felony assault charges for allegedly throwing the brick that struck a police officer during a protest that followed the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson officer.

Romney not running: Former GOP nominee out of 2016 race

Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics on Friday, declaring his party would be better served by the “next generation of Republican leaders” and concluding his unlikely comeback as suddenly as it began.

Friday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Jan. 30, 2015

NBA ROUNDUP: The Atlanta Hawks overcame 37 points by Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games with a 105-99 victory over the Trail Blazers on Friday night.

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