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The Latest: Special teams coming up big for Patriots

Oct. 21, 2018 3:48 PM EDT

The Latest on the NFL's Week 7 (all times EDT): 3:35 p.m. The New England Patriots are providing some help for Tom Brady against the Bears with their special teams. Cordarrelle Patterson atoned for a fumble by taking a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears, and Kyle Van...

Kemba Walker off to a flying start for Hornets

Oct. 21, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — There was a stretch last season spanning four games when Charlotte's Kemba Walker missed 16 consecutive attempts from 3-point range. That seems unfathomable now. Walker might have been the surprise of the NBA's first week by averaging 35.3 points per game, a big number fueled by making 19...

Democrats look to Latinos to provide midterm support

Oct. 21, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Patricia Lugo rattled off a string of fierce adjectives describing life under the Trump administration — "ugly," ''bad," ''terrible." She joined a cluster of other Latinos in a Las Vegas shopping center in listing grievances against the president that included referring to Mexican...

NASCAR announces France Humanitarian Award finalists

Oct. 21, 2018 2:35 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Four men and women who perform volunteer work with children have been selected as the finalists for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, which will be presented at NASCAR's awards banquet in November. Carl Dakes of Harwood, Maryland, has spent 18 years helping the Believe In...

AP Top 25: Clemson back to 2; App State ranked for 1st time

Oct. 21, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

Clemson is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll behind top-ranked Alabama, moving up to where it started, after a convincing victory and Ohio State's first loss of the season. The Crimson Tide are a unanimous No. 1, with all 61 first-place votes , for the first time this season. The Tigers...

Wrong-way crash on expressway kills 1 in Tampa

Oct. 21, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida police say a man driving recklessly and affected by alcohol headed the wrong way on an expressway in Tampa and hit and killed another driver. The crash happened early Sunday morning. The Tampa Bay Times reports that 27-year-old Stephen Joseph Paleveda was driving pickup truck....

Family, fans, of Tom Petty gather to name park in his honor

Oct. 21, 2018 2:02 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida park was renamed after iconic rocker Tom Petty, who played at that park as a boy. The Gainesville Sun reports that hundreds of members of the Tom Petty Nation! fan club visited Gainesville on Saturday to celebrate the star's birthday with his music and the dedication of...

Falling palm tree kills woman in hammock in Florida

Oct. 21, 2018 1:19 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say a woman lying on a hammock was killed after a palm tree fell on her. Hillsborough County Sheriff's officers say 20-year-old Isabel Melendez was in the hammock on Egmont Key Park on Saturday in late afternoon. The palm tree crashed on her, and she was taken to a...

"I don't feel real": Mental stress mounting after Michael

Oct. 21, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Amy Cross has a hard time explaining the stress of living in a city that was splintered by Hurricane Michael. She's fearful after hearing gunshots at night, and she's confused because she no longer recognizes the place where she's spent her entire 45 years. "I just know I don't...

Fast tire thieves leave vehicles on cinder blocks

Oct. 21, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

Some communities are seeing a rise in the number of crimes done by tire thieves, who jack up cars at lightning-fast speed and leave them on cinder blocks. Paula Montesarchio, 55, didn't even get a chance to start her day. She answered her door, half-asleep and confused, when a Davie police officer knocked at 4:30...