A Montgomery woman who helps young prisoners get their GED certificates said she didn't want her two children to end up that way. That's why she pulled them out of a public school with discipline problems and sent them to a private school using scholarships from the new Alabama Accountability Act.

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Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger has displayed power and speed this season, bull-rushing and running around offensive tackles.

Nourishing the hockey beast in Canada wasn't easy in the days leading up to the start of NHL training camps. But the cable network TSN did its best and rolled out a single-elimination bracket style to answer one simple question.

Dan Bailey paused only for a minute.

On the other end of the phone line from Indianapolis, Micah Johnson was taking a 20-minute break from remodeling a kitchen. It was ugly before, he said, so he was replacing the cabinets, floors and counters, learning how to do the work as he went along.

During the first Carnegie Mellon University football practice of the 2013 season, three players received concussions, one of which eventually ended a player's career on the gridiron.

The Pentagon's top leadership has approved an ambitious target list for U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Thursday, but President Barack Obama has not signed off on the plan, adding a level of uncertainty to the military strategy.

The risk of dying from a gunshot wound is twice as high for African-Americans as it is for white Americans, according to a new study based on 11 years' worth of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Larry Ellison, among the last of the old lions who transformed a fruit-and-nut-growing backwater into Silicon Valley, is stepping down as chief executive of the company he founded, Oracle Corp.

When shares of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding begins trading Friday on the New York Stock Exchange, 23-year-old express delivery man Diao Binghui will be wrapping up his typical 131/2-hour workday half a world away in Beijing's eastern suburbs.

HOUSTON-Mike Zunino had a job to do and he was going to do it properly.

LOS ANGELES-After years of skirmishing over a rock star's proposal to build a secluded compound on a rugged Malibu ridge, the California Coastal Commission staff recommended Friday that the project move forward - with modifications.

OAKLAND, Calif.- Jon Lester guided the Oakland A's back into the lead in the American League wild-card chase Friday with seven strong innings in Oakland's 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

CANADENSIS, Pa. - For the second night in a row Friday, police shut down roads and told people to stay in their homes near a house that Eric Frein, suspected of killing one state trooper and wounding another in an ambush last week, shared with his parents.

ANAHEIM, Calif.-The Angels do not open the playoffs for another 12 days, but they already are concerned about how to configure an injury-depleted starting rotation for postseason use.

WASHINGTON-Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, near Fort Hood, was arrested and charged with unlawful entry to the White House complex. He was taken to George Washington Medical Center after complaining of chest pain during his arrest, according to a late-night statement from the Secret Service.

In a summer of destructive blazes across Central and Northern California, the King fire - burning out of control in the forest east of Sacramento - has officials particularly alarmed.

An unarmed man who scaled the fence of the White House was able to make it inside doors to the building's North Portico on Friday, the Secret Service told the Los Angeles Times.

Florida State will be without Jameis Winston for the entirety of Saturday's contest versus Clemson.

LOS ANGELES-Going into Friday's news conference in New York, the question was whether Roger Goodell would resign. Coming out of it, the question is whether he will be fired.

HOUSTON - Mike Zunino had a job to do and he was going to do it properly.

Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.

Phil Hughes banked another $250,000 bonus Friday for all the work he's done for the Twins this season. The fact that he will probably be around this time next year might be worth even more.

Authorities in Pennsylvania believe they may have tracked down and exchanged gunfire with the man accused of fatally shooting a state trooper in an ambush outside a police barracks a week ago.

The Detroit Tigers' offense was as prolific as Justin Verlander was efficient.

The starting lineup the Orioles fielded Friday night against the Boston Red Sox was one more likely to be seen in March than September. But with the American League East already wrapped up, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has said the club will choose its spots to rest key starters.

The Cardinals won another tight affair Friday at Busch Stadium, beating the Cincinnati Reds 2-1.

White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana continued his strong finish to the season in a 4-3 victory over the Rays on Friday at Tropicana Field, bringing his record to 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA over his last four starts

Let's face it, the last vestige of Miami Marlins playoff hopes left on the ambulance cart with Giancarlo Stanton last week in Milwaukee.

The Baltimore Ravens knew almost immediately that running back Ray Rice had punched his fiancee in the face inside a casino elevator, but hid that information for months, according to an investigative report published Friday by ESPN's "Outside the Lines."

Hall of Famer Willie McCovey was hospitalized last week because of complications stemming from an infection and is being treated at a Bay Area hospital. The Giants announced the news Friday, saying McCovey is "progressing every day."

Russell Martin propped himself up on the dugout railing, helmet held aloft as the sellout crowd of 37,974 roared.

CHICAGO - As is often the case after his victories, Clayton Kershaw downplayed his performance Friday and highlighted the contributions of his teammates.

FIU football's home officially carries the name "Ocean Bank Field at FIU Stadium." Colloquially, it's "The Cage." "Forest Lawn," "Boot Hill" or "Crown Hill" could work for Saturday.

Brad Keselowski says he still hasn't done anything to establish himself as the favorite to win the Chase.

JOHANNESBURG-Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, according to Sierra Leone's leader, who ushered in a controversial three-day curfew across the entire country Friday in a bid to halt the deadly Ebola virus.

Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas, who left the game with a foot injury in the second quarter, had tests done on his foot on Friday.

As the Rams completed their last full-scale practice of the week, all signs point to Austin Davis as the team's starting quarterback Sunday against Dallas.

If there is a ground zero in the manhunt for alleged cop killer Eric Frein, it's Barrett Township in Monroe County, Pa., where he lived with his parents before his alleged assault on a nearby state police barracks.

Penguins center Sidney Crosby made a surprise on-ice appearance at the first day of training camp, skating for the first 50 minutes of a workout Friday at Consol Energy Center.

Ravens executives were aware of the severity of Ray Rice's altercation with his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City casino elevator but still conducted a months-long campaign for leniency, a report said Friday.

ANAHEIM, Calif.-Anaheim Ducks General Manager Bob Murray watched how the Los Angeles Kings cruised through the regular season, then gassed the accelerator to the floor once the Stanley Cup was in sight.

For Tyson Chandler, the news made him feel like someone had stuck a knife in his back and was driving it not-so-gently down his spine.

Sen. Rand Paul said Friday that the United States' intervention in the Middle East has made the Islamic State militant group stronger, and that he voted this week against arming Syrian rebels because he fears the weapons would end up in the hands of the terrorists.

LOS ANGELES-This fishy early season is a "one that got away" story.

The Dallas Cowboys were outscored 28-3 in the first half of their season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. They didn't allow a touchdown in the second half, but the Cowboys looked outmatched throughout that 28-17 loss.

Eight Russian aircraft and refueling tankers were intercepted by U.S. and Canadian fighter jets off the coast of Alaska this week, officials said.

Johnny Oduya said he has fully recovered from the broken right foot he sustained during last season's Western Conference finals.

Across the Bay Area and beyond, the Apple faithful rose before dawn Friday, lined up on the cold, hard concrete and then forked over hundreds of dollars - all so they could be first to own the iPhone 6.

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