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Thursday’s Sports Minute

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Here's a look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Thursday, Dec. 18.

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Ray Rice investigation heating up

Former Baltimore Ravens NFL running back Ray Rice and his wife Janay arrive for a hearing at a New York City office building November 5, 2014.

Hundreds of NFL employees gave records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell handled evidence in the Ray Rice case.

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49ers release McDonald amid sex assault investigation

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San Francisco released defensive tackle Ray McDonald after he was named a suspect in a sexual assault case.

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Judge rebuffs NCAA concussion settlement

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A judge has halted a $75-million settlement that aimed to end a massive class-action lawsuit.

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Kurt Busch says he told ex-girlfriend to leave

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The NASCAR driver says he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave the night she claims he assaulted her.

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Jobless claims signal firmer labor market

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Job seekers adjust their paperwork as they wait in line to attend a job fair in New York February 28, 2013.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market continued to strengthen.

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Accused Boston bomber appears in court

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

The Boston Marathon bombing suspect told a judge that he was satisfied with his lawyers' preparations for the January start of his trial over the deadly 2013 attack.

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From joy to outrage, Cuba-Americans greet new U.S. policy

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The U.S. will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in more than a half century.

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Ebola fears speed changes in U.S. hospitals

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By Susan Kelly CHICAGO (Reuters) – The worst Ebola outbreak on record, and its spread beyond West Africa, has accelerated…

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Poll: Majority of Americans back higher military spending

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More than two thirds of U.S. voters back increased military spending given growing threats to America's security.

Entertainment

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Third ‘Night at the Museum’ marks final film for Williams, Rooney

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The credits for "Secret of the Tomb," which opens Friday, read "In loving memory of Mickey Rooney," and "For Robin Williams - the magic never ends."

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Chris Pratt thought ‘Guardians’ would be a box office flop

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The "Parks and Rec" star was very, very wrong.

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Sony cancels ‘The Interview’ in win for N. Korean hackers

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The $44 million raunchy comedy was scheduled to debut on Christmas Day.

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REVIEW: Modern ‘Annie’ a mixed bag

This photo released by Colombia Pictures - Sony shows Jamie Foxx, left, as Will Stacks and Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "Annie."

"Annie" gets an update for the new film version of the classic musical, starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis.

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Kate Hudson cast as Richard Pryor’s wife in biopic

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The "Almost Famous" star will take on the role of Jennifer Lee Pryor alongside Mike Epps as the funnyman.

Lifestyle

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We’re living 6 years longer

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Fewer people are dying from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and there's a better survival rate in poor countries from tuberculosis and malaria.

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Christmastime comes with superstitions, tall tales

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Christmas has long been a time ripe for superstitions, tall tales and odd beliefs.

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Christmas in Colonial America wasn’t always festive

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Little is known about how Christmas was celebrated in Colonial times.

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‘Culture’ gets nod as word of the year

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Whether popular, corporate, or entitled, "culture" was named word of the year by Merriam-Webster.

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Traditional Christmas foods include more than fruit cake

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Holidays are a time for feasting and Christmas is no different.

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TODAY’S MUST SEE: Fallon & Timberlake are awkward teens at camp

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The boys are back at summer camp and they can't stop singing "Jumper" by Third Eye Blind.

News

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Milford Knife Arrest

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A Spirit Lake man is arrested on weapons charges after an incident...

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Law Enforcement Reports

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A theft charge has been levied against a Storm Lake woman...

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Clay County Fair Receives 8 IAFE Awards

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For the awards program, the more than 1,000 member fairs of the IAFE are split into five categories based on attendance...

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Spencer School Calendar Discussed

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School Board members have made no decision on whether or not to try an apply for an early start waiver...

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Ray Price’s widow opens up after loss

FILE - In a Jan. 7, 2011, file photo, Country Music Hall of Fame member and Grammy Award winner Ray Price celebrates his 86th birthday by performing in Bullard Texas. Price, one of country music's most popular and influential singers and bandleaders who had more than 100 hits and was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. He was 87.

Ray Price's widow refused to leave her house for four months in the aftermath of her husband's death.

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TODAY’S MUST SEE: Fallon & Timberlake are awkward teens at camp

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The boys are back at summer camp and they can't stop singing "Jumper" by Third Eye Blind.

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Ag News

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Focus On Youth In Agriculture-Schoning

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This week features Hanna Schoning of the Okoboji FFA Chapter in Milford.

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PEDv Update

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Dr. Lisa Becton of the National Pork Board gives an update on PEDv, what we have learned and where the fight now is against this virus.

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Clay County Extension Update

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Jo and Amy of the Clay County ISU Extension and Outreach Office remind us about the beef weigh-in, membership enrollment, Find-Out Day and the NW Iowa Beef Bonanza.