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It’s unanimous: UConn No. 1 in preseason poll

8:34 AM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — UConn is in a familiar spot to start the season — No. 1 in the poll. The Huskies were a unanimous choice in the top spot of The Associated Press women’s basketball preseason poll on Thursday. It’s the 12th time in school history that UConn has been No. 1 in the preseason poll, matching Tennessee for the most all-time. “Being ranked number one in the AP preseason poll is something we certainly do not take for granted but I think those are the expectations, internally and externally, as it relates to this program,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “This is an honor and a testament to the hard work of our players, but we all know that what really matters is where you finish the season and not necessarily where you...

Cops: Man pulls gun in Ohio after failing to get McMuffin

Police in Ohio say they’re looking for a man who pulled out a gun after being told by a McDonald’s drive-thru worker there were no Egg McMuffin sandwiches available. Police say the incident occurred shortly after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at a McDonald’s in Warren, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland. The worker told police that two men inside the car appeared to be around 20 years old. She said the driver called her a vulgar name after pulling out the gun and then cursed at her again before driving away. Warren police hope to identify the men using surveillance video footage.

CIA release of bin Laden files renews interest in Iran links

The CIA’s release of documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has again raised questions about Iran’s support of the extremist network leading up to the Sept. 11 terror attacks. U.S. intelligence officials and prosecutors have long said Iran formed loose ties to the terror organization from 1991 on, something noted in a 19-page report in Arabic that was included in the release of some 47,000 other documents by the CIA. For its part, Iran has long denied any involvement with al-Qaida. However, the report included in the CIA document dump shows how bin Laden, a Sunni extremist from Iran’s archrival Saudi Arabia, could look across the Muslim world’s religious divide to partner with the Mideast’s Shiite power to target his ...

New Jersey’s first lady ticketed in statewide crackdown

New Jersey’s first lady has been ticketed in a statewide distracted driving crackdown that was ordered by her husband’s attorney general. NJ Advance Media reports Mary Pat Christie was stopped while driving with a cellphone in her hand on April 10 in Bernardsville by a police officer assigned to the grant-funded program that targeted texting and other distracted driving. She didn’t identify herself as Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s wife. But she did tell the officer she wasn’t making a call. The officer told her she could not have the phone in her hand while driving. The officer told her she was getting a ticket because he was on the distracting driving grant detail. The first lady pleaded guilty to driving with a cellphone and paid the $250 fine.

NFL Insiders predict: Upsets, flops, best young QB and more

Nov 1, 2017 ESPN NFL Insiders Our NFL Insiders predict Week 9‘s biggest upsets, fantasy flops and sleepers. Plus: Which young QB would our experts build a franchise around? Who’s the midseason pick for Defensive Player of the Year? And which team is primed for a second-half tear? What’s your top upset pick for Week 9? Domonique Foxworth, senior writer, The Undefeated: Broncos over the Eagles. Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ offense have had great moments in recent weeks, but they have not been consistently effective. I think they will struggle to score against the Broncos’ talented defense, and the game will be close. If the Broncos can force turnovers, creating a short field for their offense, I could see them pulling off a shocking upset. Mina Kimes, senior wri...

Biggest NFL injury questions

9:00 PM ET NFL Nation reporters assess the biggest injuries across the league for Week 9. NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC WestAFC East | AFC North| AFC South | AFC West NFC EAST All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith sat out of practice, but that has become a normal Wednesday occurrence lately because of back tightness. Rookie defensive back Chidobe Awuzie went through a limited practice for the first time in three weeks as he works back from a hamstring strain. The Cowboys will be cautious with him as this is something he has not been able to shake since the preseason. Once he is ready to go, then he could be a full-time safety. — Todd Archer This should be the week that wide receiver Sterling Shepard returns from an ankle injury after missing two games. Last week’s bye helped...

Why the Latino Victory Fund Ad Is So Damaging

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Will the US unleash revolutionary ‘LightingStrike’ drone on future enemies?

Artist’s concept of LightningStrike (Aurora Flight Sciences) A revolutionary new drone will fly faster and farther than ever before. The advances made with this electric aircraft hybrid – part helicopter and part airplane – could help pave the way to a future where every ground unit has a powerful drone at its disposal. LightningStrike has potential to make missions faster, travel more stealthy and quiet – and not to mention safer- for American warfighters. And this aircraft does not need a runway to land. The U.S. military would have the freedom to land it just about anywhere. The drone is designed to provide access to the most remote and extreme terrains. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) funded Aurora Flight Sciences to take part in the Vertical Take-Off and Landin...

Are Facebook, Twitter, & Google American Companies?

AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File On Tuesday’s technology-executive hearings before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a key tension at the heart of the internet emerged: Do American tech companies, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google, operate as American companies? Or are they in some other global realm, maybe in some place called cyberspace? Read Full Article »