News archive from 5 March 2016

Joey Feek dies after long cancer battle

Joey Feek dies after long cancer battle

FullscreenJoey and Rory Feek File / The TennesseanFullscreenJoey + Rory perform with Zac Brown Band on the main stage during the 2010 CMA Music Festival at LP Field on June 12, 2010. Shelley Mays / The TennesseanFullscreenRory Feek kisses his wife,...

 
The Mothership: On 'Zootopia' and 'Ghostbusters'

The Mothership: On 'Zootopia' and 'Ghostbusters'

There's something about talking animals that keeps us coming back for more. In this week's of The Mothership, USA TODAY's weekly nerdy podcast, Kelly Lawler (@klawls), Brett Molina (@brettmolina23) and Brian Truitt (@briantruitt) talk the latest entry...

 
Deemed illegal in Texas, FanDuel to pull out of state

Deemed illegal in Texas, FanDuel to pull out of state

FanDuel has reached a settlement with the state of Texas to wind down its operations and suspend its paid contests there after the state’s attorney general determined in January that the company was running an illegal gambling business. The company...

Usa Today, 20:03 in Sport
 
Sean Penn is nostalgic for George W. Bush

Sean Penn is nostalgic for George W. Bush

SAN FRANCISCO — Actor and activist Sean Penn told an audience of security geeks Friday that "the defecation on America that is the Republican debate" is making him nostalgic for President George W. Bush, something he finds amazing. Penn...

 
Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz need to be separated at UFC 196 weigh-in

Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz need to be separated at UFC 196 weigh-in

USA TODAY Sports' Martin Rogers breaks down the matchup between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz in UFC 196. LAS VEGAS – Conor McGregor recorded the heaviest pre-fight weight of his career on Friday, tipping the scales at 168lbs before his main event...

Usa Today, 20:52 in Sport
 
Woman found dead in closet amid bloody Detroit house

Woman found dead in closet amid bloody Detroit house

DETROIT — Police found a bloody scene at a home on Detroit’s east side Friday then discovered a 21-year-old woman dead in a bedroom closet. Officers responded to the home around 7:30 a.m., Detroit Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Moreno said....

 
Bang and blame: Dad Rock on R.E.M.s 2nd phase

Bang and blame: Dad Rock on R.E.M.s 2nd phase

Twenty-five years ago this month, R.E.M. released what would become it's biggest breakthrough album. Though the Georgia band has already graduated from college-rock darlings to major-label stars with the release of Green three years earlier, it's 1991...

 
Kurt Busch wins Sprint Cup pole at Las Vegas

Kurt Busch wins Sprint Cup pole at Las Vegas

USA TODAY Sports' Brant James on what everybody is talking about, what to watch for, and who will win in the Kobalt 400. LAS VEGAS — When it comes to poles, Kurt Busch is on a roll. Busch won his second straight pole position Friday, this time at his...

Usa Today, 21:29 in Sport
 
Arizona Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke sharp in Cactus League debut

Arizona Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke sharp in Cactus League debut

CACTUS LEAGUE 2016 VIDEO PLAYLISTGreinke on his spring-training debut | 01:42Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke makes his spring-training debut against the Oakland A's in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday, March 4, 2016. Video by Rob Schumacher Robbie Ray...

Usa Today, 21:29 in Sport
 
Michigan heiress swindled out of $16 million

Michigan heiress swindled out of $16 million

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The president of a Michigan investment company has agreed to plead guilty to stealing about $16 million from Elsa Prince-Broekhuizen, a prominent western Michigan philanthropist. Prince-Broekhuizen, the widow of billionaire...

 
Rhetoric spurs Tenn. immigrants to register to vote

Rhetoric spurs Tenn. immigrants to register to vote

NASHVILLE — Unhappy with the anti-immigrant campaign messages this year, Abraham Said signed up to vote Friday during a voter registration drive at the Islamic Center of Tennessee. The 50-year-old immigrant from Ethiopia said he felt he needs to vote...

 

Repeat champions Best, Johnston impress in Iditarod Trail Invitational

The Iditarod Trail Invitational welcomed its first runner to McGrath on Friday morning, and it was no surprise who it was. Dave Johnston of Talkeetna, one of Alaska’s best ultra-runners, captured his fourth straight title in the 350-mile race from...

 
Immigration arrest moves gay wedding to detention center

Immigration arrest moves gay wedding to detention center

PALM SPRIINGS, Calif. — Tom Swann planned to marry Guillermo Hernandez at a Palm Springs golf course on Valentine’s Day. But when immigration agents arrested Hernandez, an undocumented immigrant, the venue changed to the federal Calexico detention...

 
Engineer in fatal Metro-North crash awarded pension

Engineer in fatal Metro-North crash awarded pension

Metro-North engineer William Rockefeller has been awarded a federal railroad retirement pension a little more than two years after he fell asleep at the controls of a speeding commuter train, causing a derailment that killed four passengers. WHITE...

 
Alaska shouldn't turn to higher taxes on oil industry to square budget

Alaska shouldn't turn to higher taxes on oil industry to square budget

It was just 18 months ago that Alaskans voted for more oil production when they soundly rejected Ballot Measure 1, which sought to repeal SB 21, the More Alaska Production Act. That vote has paid big dividends to Alaska, with forecasts projecting an...

 

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