• Miss Universe: New friends, countless dresses and 1 crown

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Contestants from 88 countries will vie for the title of Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida. The women arrived in Miami nearly two weeks ago ahead of the main event, in which Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, will pass on her crown. "Today Show" personality...

  • Gloves from infamous Ali-Liston rematch going to auction

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Just months before the 50th anniversary of the heavyweight rematch between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, boxing fans are getting a chance to own a piece of one of the most hotly debated title fights of all time. Both pairs of gloves from the May 25, 1965, bout in...

  • No-tip restaurant offers food for thought on pay, benefits

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Customers to Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie might be in for a surprise when they read the note attached to their bills: "Tipping is not necessary." That's food for thought in an industry where servers depend on gratuities for the bulk of their pay. Yet staff at...

  • Gasol brothers to start NBA All-Star game; Lowry gets spot

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Pau and Marc Gasol have been voted the first brothers to start in the NBA All-Star game, while Toronto's Kyle Lowry made a late surge in fan balloting and will start for the Eastern Conference. Lowry passed Dwyane Wade and will start alongside Washington's John Wall, the first time...

  • Colts' Jackson says he noticed nothing wrong with football

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Indianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson says he noticed nothing wrong with the football he intercepted against New England in last week's AFC championship game. Talking after his Pro Bowl team practiced at Luke Air Force Base on Thursday, he said he merely...

  • Man close to running 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco man is one race away from completing seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. Tim Durbin is the only American competing in the World Marathon Challenge that started last Saturday and ends in Sydney on Friday. So far, the 31-year-old has...

  • WATCH: Surprised by which restaurant's super-racy Super Bowl TV is only in the West?

    By Bruce Horovitz, USA Today
    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Perhaps one of the raciest Super Bowl spots, ever, will be seen on Super Bowl Sunday by less than half the country. The regional ad by regional burger chain Carl's Jr., which will mostly be seen by viewers in states in the West, features a model promoting its new All-Natural Burger...

  • Petition supporting dad arrested for giving daughter cannabis oil gains huge support

    By Jessica Best and Chris Richards, Daily Mirror
    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    A staggering 150,000 supporters have put their name to a petition in support of a father who gave his dying daughter cannabis oil to ease her pain. Adam Koessler was arrested and charged earlier this month after giving his two-year-old daughter Rumer a medicinal form of the...

  • Prince Andrew denies claims he had sex with underage girl

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Britain's Prince Andrew on Thursday publicly denied for the first time allegations that he had sex with an underage teenager. The 54-year-old royal, Queen Elizabeth II's second son and fifth in line to the British throne, has faced increasing pressure to...

  • 'Saved by the Bell' actor pleads not guilty in bar fight

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — The actor who played Screech in the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell" has pleaded not guilty to charges resulting from a bar fight in southeastern Wisconsin. Dustin Diamond and his fiancée, Amanda Schutz (SHUTS), appeared in Ozaukee County Circuit Court...

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