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  • Notre Dame ends skid with 88-80 victory over Boilermakers

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Notre Dame finally played the way coach Mike Brey wanted. They worked hard, shot well and they demonstrated they could deliver a knockout punch, too. John Mooney scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds while D.J. Harvey matched his career-high with 19 points to lead Notre Dame past Purdue 88-80 in the first game of Saturday’s Crossroads Classic. “This is huge for us. We lost to two good teams away from our building. If we go 0-3 […]

  • Court says no bail as Bill Cosby appeals sex assault conviction

    PHILADELPHIA — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected a request from Bill Cosby to be released on bail while he appeals his sexual assault conviction. The order from the court issued Friday does not elaborate on the decision. Cosby filed an appeal earlier this month saying that Pennsylvania trial Judge Steven O’Neill had a feud with a key pretrial witness, the former county prosecutor who declined to arrest Cosby a decade earlier. And they say his decision to let five […]

  • Royals reveal their 2018 Christmas cards

    LONDON — British officials have released the photos chosen by members of the royal family for their Christmas cards. Prince William and his wife Kate are shown outside in casual clothes, their three young children in tow. Prince Harry and Meghan chose a black and white motif that shows the newlyweds admiring a fireworks display at their evening wedding reception in May. For ardent gardener Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the choice was a photo that showed them gazing […]

  • Jasper mayor resigning for post with Sen.-elect Braun

    JASPER, Ind. — A southern Indiana mayor is stepping down to take a senior post with the office of Republican U.S. Sen.-elect Mike Braun. Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz announced Thursday that he will resign Jan. 1 to take a staff post with Braun, who unseated incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in the Nov. 6 election. Braun is a multimillionaire businessman whose auto parts company is based in Jasper, about 40 miles northeast of Evansville. The (Jasper) Herald reports that Braun said in […]

  • Putin says rap music should be controlled in Russia, not banned

    MOSCOW — Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, popular music. Putin says “if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it.” But Putin said at a St. Petersburg meeting with cultural advisers Saturday that attempts to ban artists from performing will have an adverse effect and bolster their popularity. Putin noted that “rap is based on […]

  • Museum exhibit to tell story of Nassar abuse survivors

    EAST LANSING, Mich. — Hundreds of women who say they were sexually assaulted by now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar will be featured in a new exhibit at Michigan State University. The “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” exhibition will feature teal bows that were tied to trees around campus as a reminder of the survivors, WKAR-AM reported.Teal represents support for sexual assault survivors. Valerie von Frank, the mother of one of Nassar’s victims, began the teal ribbon initiative with the goal of […]

  • State falling short on education, workforce development goals

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration is falling short on two of the five goals he set at the beginning of the year to improve Indiana’s adult education and workforce skills, records show, but the Republican said he’s not dismayed by the results. Holcomb said he’s not disappointed to have fallen short because the state had “set high goals,” The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported . About 15,000 adults who began college but never finished had re-enrolled through September, which is short […]

  • Woman dies after being crushed at Indiana tollbooth

    HAMMOND, Ind. — A Michigan woman who was crushed by her own vehicle at a tollbooth along the Indiana Toll Road has died from her injuries. State Police say 40-year-old Luciana Ortiz of Otsego, Michigan, died Wednesday, four days after she was injured after dropping her debit card while trying to pay at a tollbooth in Hammond near the Indiana-Illinois state line. Police say that when Ortiz opened her door to pick up the card on Dec. 8, her sport-utility […]

  • Gov. Holcomb says passing hate crime law ‘long overdue’

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The spray-painting of a swastika outside a suburban Indianapolis synagogue this summer was the final straw for Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, who quickly called for Indiana to join the 45 states that have hate crime laws. “It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s long overdue” Holcomb said Friday during an interview with The Associated Press. “I’m convinced the overwhelming majority of Hoosiers feel the same way.” As the annual legislative session draws near, though, some […]

  • At 76, Joe Biden discusses age as he mulls 2020 run

    As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, he’s too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president. The discussions suggest Biden is aware that his age may be the biggest hurdle to launching another bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, especially in an era when many in the party yearn for a new generation of leadership. He […]