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Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

In this Aug. 15, 2014, photo, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) runes a route against Tennessee Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh during an NFL preseason football game in New Orleans. There has been a jump in the number of penalties called for illegal contact, defensive hol…

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Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2013, file photo, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) makes a catch against Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) during an NFL football game in Cleveland. During preseason games this year, NFL officials have been calling more penalties for illegal …

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Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014, file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) waits for the ball as back judge Tony Steratore throws a penalty flag against the Tennessee Titans during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Atlanta. There has been a jump in the number …

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Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2014, file photo, an official's penalty flag flies during the first half of an NFL preseason football game between the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars in Chicago. There has been a jump in the number of penalties called for illegal contact, defensive holding and…

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Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties through three weeks of the preseason.

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College Football Playoff era begins

A new era in college football is here.

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Buy a ticket? Psh! NFL teams selling memberships

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The change made by the Kansas City Chiefs a few years ago was subtle — one word, really — yet it ushered a pronounced change in the way the franchise viewed its most important fans.

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Poll: Israelis skeptical of PM Gaza victory claim

Poll: Israelis skeptical of PM Gaza victory claim

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Israel's prime minister declared victory Wednesday in the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, saying the military campaign …

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Poll: Israelis skeptical of PM Gaza victory claim

Poll: Israelis skeptical of PM Gaza victory claim

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, stands with Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, center, and Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Israel's prime minister declared vict…

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Poll: Israelis skeptical of PM Gaza victory claim

Poll: Israelis skeptical of PM Gaza victory claim

Palestinian girls inspect the rubble of Omar Ibn Abed Al-Aziz mosque, which was hit by an Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming th…

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Poll: Israelis skeptical of PM Gaza victory claim

Poll: Israelis skeptical of PM Gaza victory claim

A Palestinian boy walks on the rubble of Omar Ibn Abed Al-Aziz mosque, which was hit by an Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming t…

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Poll: Israelis skeptical of PM Gaza victory claim

Poll: Israelis skeptical of PM Gaza victory claim

Palestinians attend a victory rally organized by masked militant of Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, military wing of Hamas, at the debris of destroyed houses in Shijaiyah, neighborhood of Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. An open-ended cease-fire between Israel an…

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Poll: Israelis skeptical of PM Gaza victory claim

Poll: Israelis skeptical of PM Gaza victory claim

JERUSALEM (AP) — A new poll has shown that a majority of Israelis are skeptical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Israel achieved a "great military and political" victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

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Bison return to collection at National Zoo in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — American bison have returned to the National Zoo in Washington after inspiring the park's creation in the 1880s.

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White House preps legal case for immigration steps

White House preps legal case for immigration steps

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The president spoke on various topics including the economy, immigration, Ukraine and the Middle East. The White House is craftin…

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White House preps legal case for immigration steps

White House preps legal case for immigration steps

FILE - This Aug. 2, 2014 file photo shows demonstrators protesting at Freedom Plaza in Washington asking President Barack Obama to modify his deportations policies. The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive …

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White House preps legal case for immigration steps

White House preps legal case for immigration steps

WASHINGTON (AP) — With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. So as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches, Obama's lawyers are carefully crafting a le…

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Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity

Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity

A Burger King restaurant is seen on W. 26th Street in Millcreek Township, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Burger King struck an $11 billion deal to buy Tim Hortons that would create the world's third largest fast-food company and could make the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain more of a house…

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Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity

Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity

TORONTO (AP) — Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits — or doughnut holes to Americans.

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On Syria, Obama faces questions on Congress' role

On Syria, Obama faces questions on Congress' role

FILE - This May 3, 2013 file photo president Barack Obama responding to a question about the ongoing situation in Syria during a news conference in San Jose, Costa Rica. One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wan…

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