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Native American says he sought to quell tension

A Native American organizer of a march in Washington, D.C., says he felt compelled to get between a group of black religious activists and largely white students with his ceremonial drum to defuse a potentially dangerous situation.

Federal prisons feel the effects of the shutdown

Conditions behind the walls of the nation's federal prisons are degrading under the government shutdown, where some correctional officers are being forced to work extended shifts, inmate programs are being canceled, and medical and maintenance workers are being asked to fill in for guards.

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Curtain rising Sunday night on total lunar eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The celestial curtain will be rising soon on a lunar extravaganza. Sunday night, the Earth will slide directly between the moon and the sun, creating a total lunar eclipse. There won't be another until 2021. It will also be the year's first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer position. The entire eclipse will exceed three hours. Totality — when the moon's completely bathed in Earth's shadow — will last an hour. Expect the eclipsed, or blood moon, to turn red from sunlight scattering off Earth's

Super Bowl: Pats vs Rams in a meeting of Past vs Future

It's never been so clear: This year's Super Bowl matchup between the Patriots and Rams is a showdown between the NFL's past and its future. Led by 24-year-old quarterback Jared Goff, the Rams and their 21st-century offense will take on 41-year-old Tom Brady and the Patriots, who are in search of a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title. At 32, Sean McVay of the Rams (15-3) will be the youngest Super Bowl coach. He'll be going against 66-year-old Bill Belichick, who is taking the Patriots (13-5) to their third straight title game, fourth in the last five years and ninth since 2002. That streak

Amtrak train hits unoccupied vehicle on track in Indiana

CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — An Amtrak train from Chicago to Grand Rapids, Michigan, hit an unoccupied vehicle on the track in Indiana, but no passengers or crew were injured. Amtrak says in a statement that the accident happened about 7:30 p.m. central time Sunday as the train carrying 163 passengers reached Chesterton, Indiana, 46 miles (74 kilometers) southeast of Chicago. Amtrak spokeswoman Beth Toll says it was not clear why the vehicle was obstructing the track with no driver inside. She says there was only cosmetic damage to the train. She says the train continued on its route after a

Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 OT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The New England Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, once more thanks to Tom Brady's brilliance. The five-time NFL champion guided the Patriots 75 yards after winning the overtime coin toss, and backup Rex Burkhead's 2-yard TD lifted New England past Kansas City 37-31 for the AFC championship Sunday night. The drive against an exhausted defense was reminiscent of when the Patriots beat Atlanta in the only Super Bowl to go to OT two years ago. New England (13-5) benefited from two critical replay reviews and made its ninth Super Bowl with Brady at

The Latest: Teen in video says he sought to calm tension

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on videos showing Kentucky students in a confronation at a Native American at a rally in Washington (all times local): 8:45 p.m. A teen at the center of a video confrontation with a Native American organizer of a march in Washington, D.C., says he did nothing to provoke anyone and sought to calm the situation. The student identified himself in an email Sunday evening as junior Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky. An official working with the family confirmed Sandmann's identity, speaking on condition of anonymity because the source

The Latest: Teen in video says he sought to calm tension

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on videos showing Kentucky students in a confronation at a Native American at a rally in Washington (all times local): 8:45 p.m. A teen at the center of a video confrontation with a Native American organizer of a march in Washington, D.C., says he did nothing to provoke anyone and sought to calm the situation. The student identified himself in an email Sunday evening as junior Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky. An official working with the family confirmed Sandmann's identity, speaking on condition of anonymity because the source

School where fans displayed Trump flag pulls out of MLK game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota high school where fans displayed a President Donald Trump re-election flag has pulled out of a basketball invitational hosted by a Minneapolis school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day The Jordan High School boys' basketball team was scheduled to play Minneapolis Patrick Henry High School on Monday in the MLK Showcase at Minneapolis Roosevelt. Some Jordan fans displayed a Trump banner when Roosevelt visited Jordan last week. Jordan is a rural, overwhelmingly white community. Roosevelt's coach says his team is predominantly black. Henry coach Jamil Jackson says

The Latest: Shutdown proposal unlikely to break logjam

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Democrats and Republicans appear no closer to ending the dispute that led to a partial government shutdown 30 days ago. On Sunday, President Donald Trump criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for turning down his offer of a compromise, saying she is acting "irrationally." Pelosi has called Trump's proposal a non-starter. Among other things, the president has offered to temporarily extend protections for the so-called Dreamers, young immigrant brought to the U.S. illegally as children. He has also