Motorsports celebrates strong weekend across several series

[ad_1] FORT WORTH, Texas – What a weekend for motorsports, the bit player on the massive stick-and-ball sporting landscape so eager for its own time in the spotlight. The past four days belonged to college basketball, with its three weeks of March Madness and busted brackets that have become engrained in American sports culture. Car …

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Gov. DeSantis approves $800M in Florida’s budget for teacher raises

[ad_1] WELLINGTON, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday announced he is approving $800 million for teacher pay raises in this year’s budget passed by the Florida legislature. “This is something that will go a long way not only to continue to support strong average minimum salaries across the state but also to support increased …

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Trump mocks Lindsey Graham as a ‘progressive’

[ad_1] Donald Trump mocked South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham by calling him a “progressive” during a speech at a fundraising dinner held at his private club in Florida. “There are a couple of senators. And we have our progressive senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham,” Mr Trump said on Friday during the Lincoln Day …

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First ‘diverging diamond’ interchange opens in Duval County

[ad_1] JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Duval County’s first diverting diamond interchange opened Monday morning at J. Turner Butler Boulevard and San Pablo. As with any new traffic pattern — drivers will need to pay attention to new signage and watch out for orange cones and slow down. In a diverting diamond interchange, two directions of traffic …

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Don’t let Russia crisis fuel climate destruction

[ad_1] BERLIN – Countries scrambling to replace Russian oil, gas and coal supplies with any available alternative may fuel the world’s “mutually assured destruction” through climate change, the head of the United Nations warned Monday. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy now being pursued by major agricultural to end fossil fuel imports from …

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Capitol riot trial opens for Cowboys for Trump founder

[ad_1] WASHINGTON – An official elected from New Mexico has vowed to ride a horse to court on Monday for his trial on charges that he illegally entered the US Capitol grounds on the day a pro-Trump mob disrupted the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. That’s not the only unusual feature of the …

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Two motorcyclists die after doing stunts in parking lot

[ad_1] JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two men died after their motorcycles crashed into each other on Jacksonville’s Northside Sunday evening. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reported that multiple motorcyclists were doing stunts in the parking lot of the warehouse at Cold Storage Road. The two drivers involved drove towards each other and collided. They were ejected from …

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Disney ‘regrets’ performance by visiting school drill team

[ad_1] LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Officials at Walt Disney World say a performance by a visiting Texas high school drill team that used American Indian stereotypes, including chants of “scalp them,” doesn’t reflect the resort’s values. A Disney spokeswoman said Friday that the company regretted the performance this week by the “Indianettes” drill …

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William Byron wins wild NASCAR race at remodeled Atlanta

[ad_1] HAMPTON, Ga. — William Byron had a freight train in his rearview mirror. A sitting duck, it seemed. Fortunately for him, all those challengers started jestling against each other rather than working together to take down the leader. While Byron cruised to the checked flag for the third victory of his NASCAR Cup career, …

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Officials say China Eastern plane crashed with 132 aboard

[ad_1] BEIJING – A China Eastern Boeing 737 with 132 people on board crashed in the southern province of Guangxi on Monday, officials said. The Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement the crash occurred near the city of Wuzhou in Teng county. The flight was traveling from Kunming in the western province …

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Shanghai Disneyland closes as virus rises, Shenzhen reopens

[ad_1] BEIJING – Shanghai Disneyland closed Monday as China’s most populous city tried to contain its biggest coronavirus flareup in two years, while the southern business center of Shenzhen allowed shops and offices to reopen after a weeklong closure. Meanwhile, the cities of Changchun and Jilin in the northeast began another round of citywide virus …

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Kalscheur, Iowa State beat Wisconsin to reach Sweet 16

[ad_1] MILWAUKEE – Gabe Kalscheur made a handful of big shots for Iowa State, and he helped the Cyclones put together another stellar defensive performance. No Minnesota nice for Kalscheur. Not in Wisconsin, anyway. Kalscheur scored 22 points and 11th-seeded Iowa State surprised Wisconsin in the Badgers’ backyard, advancing to the Sweet 16 with a …

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Miami dominates No. 2 seed Auburn 79-61 to reach Sweet 16

[ad_1] GREENVILLE, SC – Miami showed there’s still a place for old-school basketball played by experienced players — and for the Hurricanes, that’s in the Sweet 16. The 10th-seeded Hurricanes (25-10) used a second-half surge and neutralized No. 2 seeded Auburn’s Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler in a 79-61 victory for their first trip to …

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