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Garden Gnome Fans Fret: SkyMall Files for Bankruptcy

January 23rd, 2015
by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Apparently, airline passengers aren't buying enough garden gnomes, superhero pajamas and heated cat shelters. SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy. The quirky in-flight shopping catalog...

As Belichick Talks Deflation, #Flexball Ad Appears

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January 22nd, 2015
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola) FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — While Patriots coach Bill Belichick defended himself to reporters on air pressure in footballs, stadium sponsor Gillette had an ad up behind him: #Flexball. The coincidental ad appeared...

Brady Says He Didn’t Touch Footballs After Choosing Them

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January 22nd, 2015
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WGGB/AP) — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he didn't touch or think about the footballs used to get his team into the Super Bowl after he picked out the ones he wanted to throw. Brady said Thursday that he didn't...

Mass. Man Buys Lottery Tickets to Break $100 Bill, Wins $10M

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January 22nd, 2015
(Richard Noll and his wife, Lisa / Photo Courtesy: Mass. Lottery) BOSTON (AP) -- A Revere man who bought two lottery tickets at a Boston grocery shop to break a $100 bill so he could buy lunch ended up winning $10 million. Lottery officials...

Martinez’s Hall of Fame Plaque to Have Red Sox Cap

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January 22nd, 2015
(Image Courtesy: Andrew Malone / MGN Online) COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Pedro Martinez's Hall of Fame plaque will have the cap of the Boston Red Sox and John Smoltz's will have the Atlanta Braves. The Hall of Fame made the announcement...

UMass Falcon, Campus Webcam Star, Dies

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January 22nd, 2015
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- The University of Massachusetts is mourning the death of the Amherst campus' most popular webcam star. A male peregrine falcon that has nested atop the 27-story W. E. B. Du Bois Library for 12 years and sired 34 chicks...

NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to Retire after 2015 Season

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January 22nd, 2015
(AP) Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon says he will retire as a full-time driver after 2015 season. The 43-year-old Gordon has 92 career Sprint Cup wins and won championships in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001. He's coming off one of his best...

Reports: Google Planning to Sell Wireless Phone Plans

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January 21st, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to customers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile. That's according to reports Wednesday in the technology news site The Information and The Wall Street...

Rainn Wilson Returns to TV in FOX Crime Series ‘Backstrom’

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January 21st, 2015
By ALICIA RANCILIO, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Rainn Wilson knows he'll be remembered as Dwight Schrute, the odd, overly confident character lacking social graces that he played on NBC's "The Office" for nine seasons. "I have no...

Volcanic Eruption Creates New Island in Tonga

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January 21st, 2015
(AP Photo/New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A volcanic eruption in Tonga has created a new island — although one scientist said Wednesday it could soon disappear. The volcano has been...

Report: Man Shot by Police was Wahlberg’s Hometown Friend

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January 20th, 2015
photo MGN/outnow.de BOSTON (AP) -- A newspaper reports that a Massachusetts man fatally shot this week in a confrontation with police was a hometown friend of actor Mark Wahlberg, who helped him get small movie roles. The Boston Globe...

US Ambassador: Ugandan Rebel Commander Arrested

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January 20th, 2015
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations says a commander from a fearsome Ugandan rebel group known for abducting and torturing children has been taken into custody at the International Criminal Court, where he faces...

Colorado Starting Over On Medical Marijuana Rules

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January 20th, 2015
photo MGN-Online By KRISTEN WYATT Associated Press DENVER (AP) -- A marijuana fight is headed back to the Colorado statehouse. A panel of state senators voted Tuesday to scrap most of the administration's plans to change Colorado's rules...

Google and Fidelity Invest in Elon Musk’s SpaceX

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January 20th, 2015
(AP) -- SpaceX says it has raised $1 billion and added Google Inc. and Fidelity as investors. The California company, founded by billionaire Elon Musk, says the Internet search giant and financial services company together will own just under 10...

Pats Brush Off Talk of Deflated Footballs as NFL Reviews

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January 20th, 2015
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) by HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots are brushing off and even finding humor in questions about whether they used under-inflated footballs in the game that put them...