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Djokovic beats Murray for fifth Australian Open title

usatoday.com — MELBOURNE, Australia - Denied this championship twelve months ago for the first time in four years, Novak Djokovic reclaimed the Australian Open title Sunday night, a 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 winner over the No. 6 seed Andy Murray. It's the fifth Australian Open triumph for the 27-year-old Serbian and his eighth Grand Slam overall.

Health officials: N.Y. Amtrak passenger had measles

usatoday.com — WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A college student who rode an Amtrak train through New York to last Sunday has the measles, prompting health officials to warn anyone who came in contact with the patient to watch for signs of the illness. The Bard College student took the No.
Jan 31, 2015

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Houston's daughter found unresponsive in tub

usatoday.com — Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday, almost exactly three years after her mother died in the same manner. Police in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell, Ga., confirmed on their Facebook page that they were summoned to Brown's home late Saturday morning.
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Junior Seau leads 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class

usatoday.com — PHOENIX - The Class of 2015 is now official. The voting panel selected Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields on Saturday as the newest entrants in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with Ron Wolf and Bill Polian joining as contributors and Mick Tingelhoff in as a senior nominee.

Unruly air passengers are rarely hit with hefty fines

usatoday.com — A USA TODAY investigation into FAA documents offers an inside look at unruly passenger cases and FAA enforcement and consequences.

Things to know about Djokovic's fifth Australian Open title

usatoday.com — MELBOURNE, Australia - On the court he says he loves more than any other in the world, Novak Djokovic showed no mercy on Sunday night in the Australian Open final.
Feb 01, 2015

USA TODAY's Nick McCarvel breaks down Djokovic's fifth Australian Open title. goo.gl/T2Tbls

Voices: Cuba's not ready for prime-time tourism

usatoday.com — HAVANA - It's no big deal to arrive in in this Caribbean city without a toothbrush, sunscreen or guidebook. Just don't come without a hotel reservation. I arrived in Havana not long ago to cover the U.S. State Department meetings here without a hotel reservation, figuring I'd find something in town.
Feb 01, 2015

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Airlines already canceling flights as new storm looms

usatoday.com — Airlines waived rebooking fees and had grounded nearly 1,200 flights by Saturday evening as a new winter storm took aim at the Midwest and Northeast. Most big airlines had issued weather waivers that allowed passengers flying to airports in the storm's path to change their flight plans without paying the standard change fees.

Clinton maintains big lead in new Iowa Poll

usatoday.com — DES MOINES, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to lead the potential field of Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa, capturing a wide majority of support and enjoying sky-high approval ratings among likely caucusgoers.
Feb 01, 2015

Set in stone? Of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa, how many aren't sure how they feel about Hillary? 1%. usat.ly/1CMDCxP

Day 14 at the Australian Open: Men's final

No time to dwell on first loss, Virginia expects to 'come out hungrier'

usatoday.com — CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Tony Bennett scrunched up his face, pained, as he debated internally whether suffering a loss - thus relieving his Virginia team of the pressure of being undefeated - was a good or bad thing. Ultimately? Bad. Excruciating. Baffling. "We wanted to win," Bennett said Saturday night after Duke's dramatic 69-63 win.
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With no time to dwell on first loss, Virginia expects to 'come out hungrier' vs. UNC Monday: usat.ly/1BIk0qx

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Aaron Rodgers wins 2014 NFL Most Valuable Player award

usatoday.com — Though his Green Bay Packers fell short of a Super Bowl berth, Aaron Rodgers once again sealed one of the NFL's highest individual honors. Rodgers was voted the NFL's 2014 Most Valuable Player at Saturday's NFL Honors ceremony, beating out Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, among others.

Martina Hingis wins in mixed doubles at Australian Open

usatoday.com — MELBOURNE, Australia - Nearly twenty years after her first Grand Slam and almost a decade since her most recent, Martina Hingis is a major winner once again. The former world No. 1 singles player won the mixed doubles title Sunday afternoon here with partner Leander Paes, the veteran pair capturing the Australian Open mixed doubles title with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic.
Feb 01, 2015

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Round 2: Airlines waive fees, cancel flights for new storm

usatoday.com — Air travelers faced a new round of headaches Sunday from a major winter storm, the second to disrupt air travel in a week. Nearly 1,900 flights had been canceled through Monday, and that total was growing as of Sunday morning.

Driver gets $18,000 toll bridge bill

usatoday.com — POULSBO, Wash. -- A Washington man says he is reeling after paying more than $18,000 in bridge tolls owed by his son. Tom Rose of Poulsbo says his son, who just got his first job, crossed the 520 bridge in Seattle every day for work, but neglected to open a Good To Go pass account to pay the tolls.

The 5 highest paying degrees of 2015

usatoday.com — More and more people are earning college degrees. As of 2011, close to one out of every three people over 25 held a bachelor's degree, according to a U.S. Census Bureau release. "As recently as 1998, fewer than one-quarter of people this age had this level of education."
Jan 31, 2015

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Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova for Open title

usatoday.com — MELBOURNE, Australia - Top seed and world No. 1 Serena Williams has won the Australian Open on Saturday night, defeating second-ranked Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6. The American captures her 19th Grand Slam title with the victory. Williams surpasses Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova at 19 majors, and wins the U.S.
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How badly did Andy Murray implode in Australian Open final?

ftw.usatoday.com — The implosion started around the middle of the fourth set. Whether it was fatigue, jelly legs, tactical antics by Novak Djokovic, impenetrable defense by Djokovic or something else, Andy Murray completely lost all composure in Sunday's Australian Open final, collapsing after a thrilling first two sets and falling 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0.
Feb 01, 2015

Call it an implosion, call it a collapse: A breakdown of Andy Murray's Aussie Open final:usat.ly/1Dtl8AT

2 injured climbers rescued after fall on Mount Hood

usatoday.com — MOUNT HOOD, Ore. - A search and rescue effort was underway Saturday after three climbers fell on Mount Hood, officials said. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said two of the climbers were injured in the fall near near the Hogsback area, a popular route on the south side of the mountain.