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US News
Next Battleground? Arkansas House OKs Religious Freedom Bill
The governor of Arkansas says he'll sign the law despite protests.

Man, Woman Dead in Fresno Murder-Suicide
A man shot and killed his estranged partner Tuesday at a medical building in Fresno, California, and then committed suicide, police said.

Alleged Rape Victim Dies in Fire Before Suspect's Trial
Two of the people who died in the fire were identified as William E. Schmidt, 63, and his granddaughter, the 10-year-old suspected rape victim.

No Reduced Bond for Suspect in Ferguson Cop Shootings
Williams, 20, has admitted firing a gun earlier this month during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, but claims he did not mean to hit the officers.

Men in NSA Shooting Came From 'Party': Cops
The FBI said the driver, Ricky Shawatza Hall, 27, died at the scene, and his passenger remained hospitalized.

Sports News
Saban unapologetic about signing Taylor despite his past

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban steadfastly defended his signing of defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, who has now been kicked off his second Southeastern Conference team for domestic violence arrests.

Taylor, who some say should never had been on the team, was one of two Crimson Tide players arrested over the weekend. Defensive back Geno Smith was charged with the second DUI, including the second DUI of his Alabama career.

A defiant Saban was unapologetic Monday about choosing to sign Taylor, who was also dismissed from Georgia before signing with Alabama for similar allegations of domestic violence.

"I'm not sorry for giving him an opportunity," Saban said. "I'm sorry for the way things worked out.

"I'm not apologizing for the opportunity that we gave him. I wanted to try to help the guy make it work. It didn't work. We're sorry that it didn't work and we're sorry that there was an incident and we're sorry for the people that were involved in the incident. But we're not apologizing for what we did, and we're going to continue to try to create opportunities in the future."

Kathy Redmond Brown, founder of the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes, said when Alabama signed Taylor in January, she thought it was "a huge mistake" for the message it sent to teammates and to Taylor and because it opens the school up to a Title IX claim.

Saban said on national signing day in February that the lineman "was the kind of guy that deserved a second chance." He said he had spoken to Taylor's high school and junior college coaches, but Georgia's Mark Richt and Athens-Clarke County district attorney Ken Mauldin have indicated that Saban didn't contact them.

"When anybody says, we think this guy deserves a second chance, what qualifies him to say that?" Brown said. "If you're not talking to the prosecutor and you're not talking to the coach, what qualifies him to say what this guy deserves or not?

"And what qualifies as a mistake? If he beat up (Saban's) daughter and grabbed her by the throat, would that be a mistake? That is the crux of the issue."

Saban stopped short Monday of saying he wouldn't recruit another player who had been previously involved in a domestic abuse case. But he added, "We would certainly be very cautious about any player that had any kind of character problem, but especially something like this."

Taylor signed with the Tide months after his dismissal from Georgia and was arrested Saturday. The case in Georgia is still pending.

Saban said Taylor knew he was signed under a "zero tolerance policy." His case has been referred to the university's judicial affairs, according to school spokeswoman Deborah Lane.

The coach said Taylor had been undergoing counseling without missing a session.

"He was in those programs, and it didn't work," Saban said.

Tiffany Carr, interim director of the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, praised Saban for taking swift action in removing Taylor for the team but said it's not typically a crime committed only once.

"Domestic violence is a learned behavior, it's a cycle of violence and control," Carr said. "In 21 years, I've never known it to happen just one time."

Taylor has been charged with domestic violence third-degree assault and domestic violence third-degree criminal mischief, Tuscaloosa police said.

The 6-foot-4, 335-pound lineman was dismissed from Georgia in July 2014 following his arrest on aggravated assault and family violence charges for allegedly punching and choking his girlfriend.

It is unclear if the incidents involved the same woman.

Taylor also was among four Georgia football players arrested in March 2014 for receiving double payments for checks of $71.50 issued by the school's athletic department.

He played last season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi.

Saban addressed the team before Monday's practice, talking about Taylor's dismissal and domestic violence.

Though Taylor was signed with a history of domestic violence, center Ryan Kelly said: "There's a standard that coach Saban and this university hold us to, and that's just something that we don't stand for here."

Alabama athletic director Bill Battle said in a statement Sunday that Taylor had received "extensive efforts to assist him."

"All of us hope that Jonathan and the young lady involved can deal constructively with the issues that led to this situation, and their aftermath, so that both of them can have productive, healthy futures," he said.

A spokesman said Battle was not immediately available for further comment on Monday.

Smith, meanwhile, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol Saturday for the second time in his career. Saban said he would be subject to unspecified disciplinary action but that he didn't consider dismissing him from the team, and he never has for a second offense with drugs or alcohol.

Smith hasn't been allowed to practice this week.

Alabama had also re-signed defensive lineman D.J. Pettway out of a junior college last year, 10 months after the school dismissed him. Pettway was kicked off the team after he and three other Crimson Tide players were charged with robbery in Tuscaloosa, but he apparently has steered clear of further trouble since returning from junior college.


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Blackhawks get big 4-1 victory over Kings

CHICAGO (AP) Defensemen Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson scored 1:04 apart in the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Monday.

Marian Hossa added a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks won their second straight game in as many nights and pulled within a point of the second-place Blues in the Central Division. Chicago plays St. Louis twice in its final six games.

Jake Muzzin scored for the defending champion Kings, who dropped their second straight in the finale of a five-game road trip. They also lost ground to Calgary in their bid for the final playoff berth in the West.

Lightning clinch playoff berth with 5-3 win at Montreal

MONTREAL (AP) Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop had two assists, Vladislav Namestnikov scored two goals, and the Lightning clinched an Eastern Conference playoff berth with a 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.

Bishop started plays that set up breakaway goals by Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin in the second period. Nikita Kucherov and Anton Stralman also scored for Tampa Bay, which trails Atlantic Division-leading Montreal by one point.

The Lightning won all five games this season against the Canadiens, outscoring them 21-8. Montreal swept Tampa Bay in the first round of last year's playoffs.

Bishop, who made 25 saves, is the first goalie with two assists in a game since Buffalo's Ryan Miller did it on Feb. 25, 2014.

Max Pacioretty, Jeff Petry and P.K. Subban scored for Montreal, which was outshot 31-13 through two one-sided periods and 44-28 overall.

Rose takes contact in practice

CHICAGO (AP) Bulls star Derrick Rose took contact in practice Monday for the first time since undergoing right knee surgery late last month.

The Bulls hope to get the former MVP point guard back for a playoff run. He had a minor procedure on Feb. 27 and was expected to miss four to six weeks.

Rose sat out most of last season because of a torn meniscus in his right knee. He also tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the 2012 playoff opener and missed the entire following season.

Source: Mullin to replace Lavin at St. John's

NEW YORK (AP) St. John's has decided its basketball future rests with the best of its past.

Chris Mullin, St. John's all-time leading scorer and still the face of its basketball program three decades after his career ended, has agreed to coach the Red Storm, a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on Monday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no formal announcement.

Mullin, who led St. John's to the Final Four in 1985, has never coached at any level. He replaces Steve Lavin who agreed to leave last week, after five seasons during which the Red Storm reached the NCAA Tournament twice.

Lavin had an 81-55 record at St. John's and the Red Storm went to the NCAA Tournament in his first and last seasons. His teams compiled a 2-9 postseason record in the Big East Tournament, NCAA and NIT. Lavin had one year left on his original six-year contract.

Mullin, a New York native, was a five-time All-Star with Golden State, a member of the USA's gold-medal winning "Dream Team" in 1992 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. He was presented for induction by his coach at St. John's, Hall of Famer Lou Carnesecca.

"This is a great day for St. John's, the whole university," Carnesecca said Monday. "He has always represented St. John's well and I'm sure he'll do a fine job as coach. People seem to be worried about his lack of coaching experience but how many people have had the basketball education he has?"

It was during Mullin's years at St. John's that the program enjoyed its greatest days. Mullin and Georgetown's Patrick Ewing were the key parts of the early domination of the Big East Conference. In 1985 the Big East had three Final Four teams, St. John's, Georgetown and national champion Villanova. The Redmen and Hoyas were both ranked No. 1 during the season.

Mullin and his sweet left-handed jumper became part of the lore of New York City basketball.

The agreement was first reported by CBS Sports Network.

Health and Wellness News
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Scientists say a 3-D analysis of wrinkles and other signs of aging can reveal a person's physiological age based only on an image of his or her face.

Patient Considers Fighting Cancer With Polio
An Oregon man considers Polio injection to treat terminal cancer. Pat Dooris reports.

Why Do Older People Have Big Ears?
As we age, our ears continue to grow.

Teens Who 'Sip' Alcohol as Kids More Apt to Binge: Study
Those early tastes of beer or wine may leave a troubling legacy as young sippers are more prone than peers to binge drink in high school, researchers say.

Boys and Girls Balance Out at Conception, Study Says
Scientists have known for centuries that more boys than girls are born, but newly published research suggests the numbers are equal at conception.

New York Times Homepage
Defying Criticism, Arkansas Legislature Passes Bill on Religious Freedom
The measure now goes to the stateís Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, who says he plans to sign the bill.

Obama Rejects Republican Bid to Overturn New Union Rules
The president defied efforts by Congress to block new regulations that would streamline union elections.

Defying Criticism, Arkansas Legislature Passes Bill on Religious Freedom
The measure now goes to the stateís Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, who says he plans to sign the bill.

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended to Wednesday, Negotiators Say
With a deadline just hours away, negotiators appeared to be struggling to move closer to a preliminary accord to limit Tehranís nuclear program.

Obama Lifts Arms Freeze Against Egypt
The move is an attempt to improve relations with a longtime ally in the Middle East at a time of unrest in the region.

Quote of the Day
Bertrand Russell
"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge."
Arthur C. Clarke
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Winston Churchill
"The price of greatness is responsibility."
Ernest Hemingway
"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen."

How to of the Day
How to Water Orchids
Orchids are becoming popular as houseplants, and many wonderful varieties can be found in nurseries and garden centers. In the wild, orchids often grow on trees, and their roots are exposed to sun and air as well as water. Potted orchids require a special watering technique that mimics their natural environment. Water orchids only sparingly, when their potting mix is almost dry.
How to Be a Role Model
Role models are meant to inspire, instruct, and to set a good example. Whether you're trying to teach your children core values or showing your students the proper way to conduct themselves in a learning environment, the most important thing you can do is to be honest, thoughtful, and consistent. Role models don't have to be perfect, but they do have to show that everyone makes mistakes and that it's important to be accountable for them. You can be an inspiring and instructive role model as long as you are about the people who look up to you.
How to Swim Butterfly Stroke
The butterfly stroke is one of the most difficult swimming strokes, as it requires a very exact technique, in addition to strength and a good sense of rhythm. The butterfly stroke is often simply referred to by swimmers as the fly. It does requires a lot of practice to perfect it, but when you have it down it is one of the most rewarding, respected and aesthetically pleasing swimming styles currently used in competition.
How to Be Honourable
To be honourable is to be kind, genuine and empathetic without expecting a reward for your behaviour. Itís a rare combination of virtues, but with practice anyone can be honourable. Do you want to be the type of person who stands up for your beliefs instead of cowering, who rescues your friends when they need you, and whoís known for being an upstanding citizen? Start by doing little things, like showing up when you say you will or asking someone if they need a hand. When you practice living honestly in everyday ways, and letting people know you have their backs, being honourable will start to feel like second nature.
How to Make Chili
It seems as though every region of the United States has its own spin on how to make chili. As is evidenced by the popularity of chili cook-offs around the states, home cooks have strong feelings about what kind of chili is best. This article provides recipes for three popular types of chili: chili con carne, Texas chili, and chili con queso.

Healthy Recipes
Healthy Desserts: Coffee Jelly

4.65 / 5 Stars | 20 Reviews

by Sarah

"A refreshing Japanese summertime treat! Serve it with frozen whipped cream and chocolate sauce, although it's also delicious with ice cream, regular whipped cream, or flavored coffee cream! It can be served solid in glasses, or cubed in bowls."

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Healthy Soups and Stews: Justin's Hoosier Daddy Chili

4.55 / 5 Stars | 184 Reviews

by BOOMAN101 aka Justin Swarens

"This is a wonderful chili recipe that I have used to win chili cook-offs in Indiana. It's hearty and spicy award winning chili that is sure to hit the spot on a cold winter's night. The key is in using name brand tomato soup, I have tried it with others but haven't gotten the same results. Your friends will never guess the secret ingredient. Enjoy!"

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Healthy Main Dishes: Italian Style Flounder

4.06 / 5 Stars | 141 Reviews

by SUE416

"In this simple preparation, baked flounder fillets take on a delicious Italian-inspired flavor."

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Healthy Makeover Recipes: Healthier Sloppy Joes II

4.56 / 5 Stars | 11 Reviews

by MakeItHealthy

"With more vegetables and real garlic, these sloppy joes just got a little healthier. Try serving this dish on whole wheat buns for added health benefits."

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Healthy Side Dishes: Beets

4 / 5 Stars | 22 Reviews

by Michele O'Sullivan

"Sliced beets and a tart green apple simmered in lemon juice and brown sugar."

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World News

Turkey siege: Hostage, gunmen killed in shootout
Two gunmen who took a prosecutor hostage in Istanbul on Tuesday were killed in a shootout with police after a standoff that lasted for hours.
Economy boost for Cameron?
New economic figures showed that the British economy grew faster than expected in 2014, boosting the election campaign for PM David Cameron's Conservative Party. Max Foster reports.
Saudi-led forces tighten grip on Yemen

Houthi officials: 12 provinces hit
Houthi officials say that the Saudi led coalition has struck in 12 Yemen provinces over the past 24 hours. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.
Reports: Phone video 'reveals final chaos'
Video found in the wreckage shows the last moments of Flight 9525, reports say. Lufthansa, meanwhile, says the co-pilot informed its training school of a previous episode of severe depression.