• New NCAA legislation on academic misconduct in works

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    A group of 20 university presidents and college athletics administrators is crafting a proposal to better define when the NCAA should investigate cases of academic cheating by student athletes. Ohio University President Rod McDavis, the chairman of the NCAA's Committee of Academics,...

  • Play ball! Quickly! Baseball tries to speed game this spring

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Tick, tock, baseball is on the clock. Major League Baseball's new pace of play rules have begun with Tuesday's exhibition games in Arizona and Florida. The subtle changes are designed to speed a game long embraced for its leisurely pace. Hitters must now keep...

  • Thunder's Durant still out; Westbrook could return Wednesday

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant will be out at least another week for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Russell Westbrook could return Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Thunder coach Scott Brooks made the announcements Tuesday at practice. Durant had surgery on Feb. 22 to...

  • Denver Nuggets fire coach Brian Shaw with team in slide

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — The Nuggets fired coach Brian Shaw after 1½ seasons on Tuesday, with the team at 20-39 and on a six-game losing streak. Assistant coach Melvin Hunt will be the interim coach. The timing of the dismissal was somewhat surprising given that just last week general manager...

  • Scott highlights Florida's history as he talks of its future

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott gave a State of the State speech Tuesday that was as much a Florida history lesson as it was a vision for the state's future — telling lawmakers he wants more tax cuts, more money for education and more affordable college tuition. Scott...

  • Ciao Milan, it's Bonjour for Paris Fashion Week

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — Bye, New York! Ciao, Milan! Bonjour, Paris! The world's largest traveling circus of fashion editors, models, buyers and journalists has descended on the French capital, clutching their metro maps and city guides, to cap the ready-to-wear fashion season. For fall-winter...

  • Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile, thousands flee

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    PUCON, Chile (AP) — One of South America's most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people. The Villarrica volcano erupted around 3 a.m. local time,...

  • Norway's Nobel Peace Prize committee replaces chairman

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize awarding Norwegian Nobel Committee on Tuesday elected a new chairman to replace Thorbjoern Jagland, whose six-year tenure has been lined with controversies. Jagland will remain a member of the voting panel but was a contentious leader,...

  • Mexico upset by presidential appointments for key posts

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena faced criticism Tuesday for having a possible conflict of interest in his nominations for attorney general and Mexico's highest court. The accusation struck a raw nerve because they involve the top two posts in a criminal justice system widely...

  • US commander: arming Ukraine would boost pressure on Putin

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — The commander of U.S. Army Europe says there's no expectation Ukraine could defeat Russia militarily if given American weapons, but that they would add "muscle" to diplomatic efforts. Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said Tuesday in Berlin that helping Ukraine with weapons would...

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