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Consumer Protection Bureau chief clash over protecting average folk

A circle in hell has been set aside for financiers who fleece ordinary folks. This hot place has long rung with demands of death to the agency that protects working Americans from their pillage. President Trump is on the case as he tries to kill the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by ...

Mara acknowledges mistakes made with Manning’s benching

The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have been making mistakes all season. They might have made their biggest one in how they handled the benching of two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning after 13 seasons. Giants co-owner John Mara on Wednesday admitted there had ...

Curry leads Warriors past Lakers in OT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After struggling from long range all night, Stephen Curry hit two quick 3-pointers to open overtime and the Golden State Warriors outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers 127-123 on Wednesday. The victory prevented the Warriors from losing two straight games for the first time ...

N. Korea launches ICBM in long-range test

The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — After 2 1/2 months of relative peace, North Korea launched its most powerful weapon yet early today, claiming a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could put Washington and the entire eastern U.S. seaboard ...

Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma, Wisconsin top CFP rankings

The Associated Press Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin will enter championship weekend positioned to earn a playoff spot with just one more victory. But a potential Alabama-Ohio State controversy looms. Clemson moved up to No. 1 in the final College Football Playoff rankings before ...

Manning benched, Giants to start Smith

The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Eli Manning era with the New York Giants may be coming to an end. And if it is, it is ending ugly. The Giants announced Tuesday that the two-time Super Bowl MVP was being benched for the first time in more than 13 years so they could ...

Pain-free Woods says he’s on ‘other side’ and ‘loving life now’

The Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas — Tiger Woods says he is on the “other side” of too many years relying on pain medication to cope with his back surgeries, which led to his arrest on a DUI charge six months ago that he attributed to a bad mix of prescription drugs. “I’m loving ...

CBO: Senate tax plan makes bills higher for poor, lower for wealthy

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congressional analysts find that many low- and middle-income Americans would be left worse off by the Republican tax bill now before the Senate, while the wealthy would get big benefits. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says in a new report ...

Dictionary.com chooses ‘complicit’ as its word of 2017

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Russian election influence, the ever-widening sexual harassment scandal, mass shootings and the opioid epidemic helped elevate the word “complicit” as Dictionary.com’s word of the year for 2017. Look-ups of the word increased nearly 300 percent over ...

Defense gets it done for Ravens

The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Take the ball away from the other guys, hold onto it yourself and make sure nothing happens to Justin Tucker. That, apparently, is the formula the Baltimore Ravens intend to use to reach the playoffs. Terrell Suggs led an aggressive defense that kept ...

James’ 30 points lead Cavs to rout of 76ers for eighth straight victory

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — LeBron James showed the up-and-coming Philadelphia 76ers just how high the bar is to compete with the Eastern Conference’s best. James had 30 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers over the 76ers 113-91 on Monday. The ...

Woods drawing good reviews ahead of long-awaited return

The Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas — All eyes are on Tiger Woods and his return to golf, even the players he has to beat. Especially the players. Woods was on the back end of the practice range Monday at Albany Golf Club, hitting balls with Patrick Reed, when he looked up at a drone ...

Veterans are key as surge of states OK medical pot for PTSD

The Associated Press NEW YORK — It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana. Against the backdrop of the nation’s largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this month he’d sign ...

FBI failed to warn most of Russian hackers’ targets

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The FBI failed to notify scores of U.S. officials that Russian hackers were trying to break into their personal Gmail accounts despite having evidence for at least a year that the targets were in the Kremlin’s crosshairs, The Associated Press has ...

Rams slow down Saints

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Rams methodically drove downfield on their opening possession, and Sammy Watkins caught a precise slant from Jared Goff for a touchdown. Drew Brees then got the ball for New Orleans’ first drive, and the Rams sacked him on back-to-back ...

Clemson takes over top spot in AP poll

The Associated Press Clemson is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, taking a close vote with Oklahoma after the top two teams in the rankings lost in the same weekend for the first time since 2012. The Tigers jumped from fourth to No. 1 after blowing out South ...

Blue Devils rally from 17-point deficit to beat Gators

The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Marvin Bagley III had a simple explanation for No. 1 Duke’s incredible late rally against No. 7 Florida. “We just have heart,” the 6-foot-11 freshman sensation said. “That’s pretty much all it is.” Bagley had 30 points and 15 rebounds, ...

Does secretive cellphone-sweeping ‘StingRay’ technology go too far?

NEW YORK — New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas are among scores of police departments across the country quietly using a highly secretive technology developed for the military that can track the whereabouts of suspects by using the signals constantly emitted by their ...

Stidham, No. 6 Auburn knock off No. 1 ’Bama

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn fans blanketed the field from end zone to end zone just like the last time they got to celebrate a stirring Iron Bowl win. This time, Jarrett Stidham, Kerryon Johnson and No. 6 Auburn didn’t need a miraculous final play to unleash the celebration. It was a build up ...

Democrats currently have a clear path to a Senate majority in 2018

Until recently, it looked like Republicans were almost certain to retain control of the U.S. Senate following the 2018 mid-term elections. Many commentators noted that Nancy Pelosi’s team might have a shot at winning control of the House. But the Senate was different. Only a third of the ...