News archive from 1 February 2014

Europe's big clubs keep quiet on deadline day

Europe's big clubs keep quiet on deadline day

The much-hyped deadline day in Europe's January transfer window passed with a flurry of late deals but few signings of note on Friday, with the richest teams opting to sit tight ahead of the last few months of the season. The likes of Barcelona, Real...

 

Jets' Smith: 'Rex knows how to push my buttons'

NEW YORK -- Geno Smith is unfazed by the New York Jets not committing to him as their starting quarterback for next season, adding that Rex Ryan "knows how to push my buttons." Smith's up-and-down rookie season ended with four solid games as...

 

Anniston pushing to remove certain city employees from civil service system

Anniston wants to change its system of hiring and disciplining city workers to improve government flexibility and possibly increase minority employment, city officials said Friday. The proposed change is part of a bill soon to be introduced in the...

 

Wellborn man charged with having sex with 13-year-old girl

An 18-year-old Wellborn man was arrested Thursday on charges that he had sex with a 13-year-old girl, police said Friday. The suspect faces one charge of second-degree rape and one charge of second-degree sodomy, both felonies, according to police...

 
Local officials open some roads, warn drivers to stay off others

Local officials open some roads, warn drivers to stay off others

slideshow Now comes the thawing. Most roads throughout Calhoun County remained officially closed Thursday, but motorists began to take to the main streets again, trying to get to work or the grocery store after being snowed in for most of the previous...

 
5 ways to start conversations online to gain and retain customers

5 ways to start conversations online to gain and retain customers

For years, people have been socializing online. Whether it's on dating sites to find a potential mate or visiting a retail store online in search of the perfect product, consumers spend a considerable amount of time expressing their opinions, making...

 

Ind. jury acquits music hall manager in 2009 fire

NASHVILLE, Ind. -- The former manager of a southern Indiana concert hall has been found not guilty on charges that he set a 2009 fire that destroyed the venue. The Herald-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1be57Qr ) a Brown County jury on Friday acquitted...

 

Pair of Astros pitchers have surgery

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros announced Friday that pitchers Mark Appel and Raul Valdes have undergone successful surgeries. Appel had an appendectomy and Valdes is coming off arthroscopic procedure on his left knee. The former...

 

Hertha Berlin gets cash from US investment group

BERLIN -- Hertha Berlin says that American investment group Kohlberg Kravis Roberts is putting 61.2 million euros ($82.5 million) into the Bundesliga club in a move that will solve its financial problems "in one blow." Hertha says on its...

 

SC's US Senate incumbents have millions on hand

COLUMBIA, S.C. South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has $7.6 million in campaign funds while fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has $3.1 million on hand for next fall's campaigns, giving them a formidable money advantage over their opponents....

 

Man gets life for stabbing woman

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing a woman he met at a strip club and later had sex with. A Pinellas County judge sentenced 25-year-old Thomas Frederick on Friday after a jury found him...

 

First-time unemployment insurance claims fall

BATON ROUGE, La. -- First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 25 decreased from the previous week's total. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims fell to 2,220 from the previous...

 

Vegas reports nearly 40 million visitors in 2013

LAS VEGAS -- Tourism officials say Las Vegas conventions, casinos and clubs drew 39.67 million visitors in 2013, just under the record 39.73 million set the year before. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said Friday that the year-end...

 

FBI director: 2 dozen agents will be in Sochi

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- FBI Director James Comey says at least two dozen agents are going to Sochi in case they are needed during the Winter Games. Comey told reporters in Albuquerque, N.M., that he spoke to Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Russian...

 

Scrapped Tarantino script featured Wyo. opening

JACKSON, Wyo. -- Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who is known for rampantly killing off characters in his movies, decided this time to kill his script, much to the disappointment of Wyoming film officials. He did so after a link to his latest screenplay,...

 

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