News archive from 5 September 2015

Texas State is a 'good test' for young FSU squad in season opener

Texas State is a 'good test' for young FSU squad in season opener

TALLAHASSEE - FSU coach Jimbo Fisher has an idea of what his young yet talented team could evolve into during the course of the 2015 season. Figuring out the squad's current capabilities, however, is a different matter. Last week, Fisher left FSU's...

 
Orlando firefighters get pies in the face to raise awareness of childhood cancers

Orlando firefighters get pies in the face to raise awareness of childhood cancers

Six-year-old Logan Finney giggled as she smashed a paper plate piled high with shaving cream into the face of Orlando Fire Department Engineer Manny Washington. "Ahh!" Washington exclaimed, grabbing a handful of shaving cream off his mouth...

 

911 call: Dispatcher alerts police about father who made threat to harm him, daughter

Instead of taking the emergency call, an Orange County Sheriff's 911 dispatcher was making the call. Bobby Merritt, 49, allegedly set his Betty Street home on fire with him and his daughter inside, but they were rescued by a team of Orlando police...

 
Magic can relate to Lions' first-year blues

Magic can relate to Lions' first-year blues

Orlando City and its hearty, rain-logged, goal-starved fans should take the advice from the town's other major pro team - the Orlando Magic. They know how to get through the expansion blues. "Be patient, be patient, be patient," said Magic...

 
Professor Pigskin predictions: Tebow leap of faith will lead Eagles over Dolphins in Super Bowl

Professor Pigskin predictions: Tebow leap of faith will lead Eagles over Dolphins in Super Bowl

Running off at the typewriter ... With college football season upon us and the NFL kicking off next week, you know what that means? It means it's time once again for the "Oracle of Oblong" - better known as the proficient, profound,...

 

Jay Ajayi cracked a rib in Dolphins' preseason finale

Dolphins rookie tailback Jay Ajayi cracked a rib during the second half of Thursday night's 22-17 preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source. Ajayi, a fifth-round pick out of Boise State, missed part of the exhibition season...

 

One dead in crash near UCF campus

One person is dead in a vehicle crash on Alafaya Trail near University of Central Florida's campus, according to Florida Highway Patrol. The person was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. There was a dog in the...

 

Online petition to rename Ohio peak for Palin emerges

The Ohio vs. Alaska mountain name change game continued Friday -- only this time Denali wasn’t actually involved, but instead Ohio’s tallest peak.  A White House petition was filed Thursday by a person from Texas only identified by the initials “M.R.”...

 
USA TODAY 'Change Agents' goes live in San Francisco

USA TODAY 'Change Agents' goes live in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO —Tech world veterans and newcomers alike will get access to some of the industry's brightest minds in a new USA TODAY event launching Sept. 29. The first "Change Agents Live" gathering, hosted by "Change Agents"...

 
Burning Man organizers explore sites for permanent home

Burning Man organizers explore sites for permanent home

BLACK ROCK CITY, Nev. — Burning Man organizers say they're actively exploring creating additional sites for a permanent home, but they have no immediate plans to halt or move their annual weeklong festival staged in the remote desert. The entire...

 
'Spoon' on Mars? You're seeing things

'Spoon' on Mars? You're seeing things

Remember the nursery rhyme in which the cow jumped over the moon and dish ran away with the spoon? It appears the spoon wound up on Mars, according to a curious recent photo snapped by the Curiosity rover. In yet another optical illusion that's...

 
Jeff Gordon on Darlington: 'I loved it right away'

Jeff Gordon on Darlington: 'I loved it right away'

USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Gluck discusses the race and predicts the winner. DARLINGTON, S.C. — Jeff Gordon’s latest retirement tour gift was unveiled Friday at Darlington Raceway: A painting depicting scenes from each of his seven victories. It was a...

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Incident report reveals details of Lawrence Phillips' alleged murder of cellmate

Incident report reveals details of Lawrence Phillips' alleged murder of cellmate

On the night Lawrence Phillips allegedly murdered his former cellmate, correctional officers at Kern Valley (Calif.) State Prison were unaware of the incident until shortly after midnight when they heard an inmate yell, “Man down.’’ The person who...

Usa Today, 22:23 in Sport
 
Serena Williams comes back to beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands at U.S. Open

Serena Williams comes back to beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — At 10:21 a.m. on Friday, Serena Williams tweeted “Keep it going. #onamission.” Almost 11 hours and three emotional sets later, it was, finally, mission accomplished. Serena Williams won her third-round match against 30-year-old fellow...

Usa Today, 22:23 in Sport
 
International attention on changing Arctic presents opportunity to thrive, if we act now

International attention on changing Arctic presents opportunity to thrive, if we act now

The United States has been an Arctic nation since it purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, yet no sitting president had ever ventured to the Alaskan Arctic. That changed when President Barack Obama arrived here this week to address a conference on...

 
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