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Even procrastinators can find deals on holiday travel

The Associated Press DALLAS — So you polished off the pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, watched Black Friday and Cyber Monday come and go, and now — just now — you’re thinking that it might be time to make your Christmas travel reservations. Well, procrastinators, you may have already ...

Woods shoots solid 3-under 69 in return, is three shots back

The Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas — Tiger Woods looked a lot better in his return to golf than he did when he left. Playing for the first time since his fourth back surgery, Woods returned from a 10-month layoff with a 3-under 69 on a breezy Thursday in the Bahamas that left him three ...

Thanksgiving is over; Mueller and team remain hard at work

In August, when President Donald Trump’s lawyers persuaded him to refrain from attacking independent counsel Robert Mueller publicly — he had many times called Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt” — they also told him that the investigation was not aimed at him and not to worry ...

New drugs cut frequency of migraine headaches

The Associated Press New, long-acting drugs may hold hope for millions of people who often suffer migraines. Studies of two of these medicines, given as shots every month or so, found they cut the frequency of the painful and disabling headaches. The drugs are the first preventive ...

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 ...