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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.

Mitt Romney to brief supporters on 2016 plans

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney is scheduled to update supporters Friday with his plans for a 2016 presidential race, three weeks after surprising Republicans with his desire to seek the White House again. The former GOP presidential nominee will speak via conference call with aides and key supporters today at 11 a.m.
Jan 30, 2015

Mitt Romney decides against 2016 presidential race usat.ly/1CGXFh3 via @usatoday

Jan 30, 2015

i also will not be running RT @PhilipTortora: Mitt Romney decides against 2016 presidential race usat.ly/1CGXFh3 via @usatoday

Jan 30, 2015

Mitt Romney decides against 2016 presidential race usat.ly/1CGXFh3 via @usatoday

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Tiger Woods shoots 82 at Phoenix Open for highest score in career

usatoday.com — SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tiger Woods will miss the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open after shooting a 11-over 82 on Friday. The round started poorly and never got any better as Woods shot a 44 on his first nine at the TPC Scottsdale. That included a double and triple bogey.
Jan 30, 2015

Tiger Woods shoots 82 with wayward driver and failed short game usat.ly/1CIfZGs via @usatoday

Jan 30, 2015

RT @GameOnWUSA9: Tiger Woods shoots 82 with wayward driver and failed short game: A 14-time major winner is finding that rust n... bit.ly/1tH3bi1

Jan 30, 2015

No Super Bowl for @TigerWoods. Shoots highest score in career - 82 -- misses cut, heading home to get back to work. usatoday.com/story/sports/g…

Jan 30, 2015

"It was painful to watch," playing partner Jordan Spieth says of Tiger's short game usatoday.com/story/sports/g…

Jan 30, 2015

Tiger Woods shoots 82 at Phoenix Open for highest score in career usat.ly/1CIfZGs via @usatoday

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Roger Goodell’s worst moment of his NFL press conference was when he snapped at Rachel Nichols

ftw.usatoday.com — Because of the year he's had, it's unlikely that anything Roger Goodell says in a press conference will be met without a dose of skepticism or criticism.
Jan 30, 2015

Roger Goodell's worst moment of his NFL press conference was when he snapped at Rachel Nichols usat.ly/1EuI4TS via @forthewin

Jan 30, 2015

Roger Goodell's worst moment of his NFL press conference was when he snapped at @CNN's @Rachel__Nichols usat.ly/1EuI4TS @forthewin

Jan 30, 2015

RT @USATODAYsports: Roger Goodell snaps at Rachel Nichols during State of the NFL press conference: usat.ly/1CjUa1m pic.twitter.com/7CNSpdSTEC

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Fake cop pulls over real cop

usatoday.com — DUMFRIES, Va. -- A police impersonator tried to pull over an off-duty officer early Thursday morning, police said. An off-duty police officer says he was driving in Dumfries when a man driving a Crown Victoria started to follow him. The officer says the driver turned on a spotlight that was attached to his car.
Jan 30, 2015

Fake cop pulls over real cop. What an idiot. usat.ly/1BANhmV via @usatoday

Jan 30, 2015

Bob McDonnell? RT @freddoso Genius in Virginia finds sure-fire way to get government housing and meals for years. usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

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Romney departure sets off scramble for GOP donors

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's decision to sit out the 2016 presidential race Friday set off a behind-the-scenes scramble by the supporters of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida governor Jeb Bush to lock up the Republican Party's top donors.
Jan 30, 2015

Haley Barbour: Simmer down w/ all this front-runner talk. He won't decide for "months and months" usat.ly/1CIcY9h

Jan 30, 2015

RT @DColtonNow: Bush now 'leader of the pack.' Romney move sets off fight for donors usat.ly/1CIcY9h via @USATODAY

Jan 30, 2015

Bush now 'leader of the pack.' Romney move sets off fight for donors usat.ly/1CIcY9h via @USATODAY

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The best Super Bowl ad encourages us all to run ‘like a girl’

ftw.usatoday.com — This is one of the best, most important commercials that will air during the Super Bowl. In its powerful ad, Always encourages everyone - young girls, boys, men and women - to run, fight and throw "like a girl." The phrase has often had a negative and insulting connotation, and this must be changed to mean the complete opposite.

Light snowpack doesn't bode well for parched West

usatoday.com — BERTHOUD PASS, Colo. - While much of the East Coast is still shaking off a major blizzard, the snowpack high in the western mountains is looking small and that doesn't bode well for the parched region. A new report out this week found virtually all of California remains in drought.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @usatodayweather: USAT's @TrevorHughes went up in the Colorado mountains today to write about the drought there. usat.ly/1wJSjej pic.twitter.com/QgmdIhgUCb

Jan 30, 2015

RT @usatodayweather: San Francisco has received no rain this month, the first time that's happened since records began in the 1850s. usat.ly/1BAPij4

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Joel Osteen on whether God cares who wins the Super Bowl

ftw.usatoday.com — PHOENIX - There's never been a shortage of displays of Christian faith among NFL football players, with athletes like Tim Tebow and Kurt Warner frequently espousing their religious beliefs during postgame interviews. After his team's dramatic NFC Championship overtime win over the Green Bay Packers, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson broke down in tears and claimed that God prepared him for the game-winning touchdown drive.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @GregPresto: Joel Osteen on whether God cares who wins the Super Bowl usat.ly/1uJCsws via @forthewin

Jan 30, 2015

Joel Osteen on whether God cares who wins the Super Bowl usat.ly/1uJCsws via @forthewin

Damian Lillard fumes over 2015 NBA All-Star Game snub

ftw.usatoday.com — Damian Lillard was All-Star Weekend last year in New Orleans. He participated in all five major events and even had time to host a rap battle showcase. So they didn't invite him back. DeMarcus Cousins was selected Friday by Commissioner Adam Silver to be Kobe Bryant's injury replacement.

Coach's corner: Georgetown's John Thompson III

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - Last week, Georgetown thrashed then-No. 4 Villanova and beat Marquette on the road in an overtime thriller. Then, the Hoyas fell at home to Xavier on Tuesday. Such is life in the Big East this year. Play at your own peril.
Jan 31, 2015

Q&A with Georgetown's John Thompson III on his freshmen, depth, new Big East Year 2, lunch in DC etc: usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Balloonists set records crossing Pacific

usatoday.com — Heading for a planned landing Saturday morning in Baja, Mexico, two balloonists crossing the Pacific have made history by traveling farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone else.

Consultant Romney killed off candidate Romney: Column

usatoday.com — Failed 2012 presidential candidate did the math, decided to exit on top. Mitt Romney surprised many on Friday by announcing he would not be a candidate for president in 2016. He said he was "convinced" he would have won the Republican primary contest again, but "I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee."

First take: 4 reasons Romney's announcement matters

usatoday.com — After one of the shortest flirtations with a presidential bid in memory, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he had decided not to run for the Republican nomination in 2016. At least, not for now. Why does that matter? Here are four reasons. The party's 2012 nominee was leading the early polls.

Day 13 at the Australian Open

usatoday.com — Maria Sharapova of Russia serves in her women's final match against Serena Williams of the United States during the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Jan. 31.

2016 money chase: Where the contenders stand

usatoday.com — The major 2016 presidential contenders have not declared officially their candidacies, but a slew of politicians - largely on the Republican side- have jumped into the money race in recent weeks as they weigh their options. Several, including former Florida governor Jeb Bush, will benefit from committees that allow their allies to collect unlimited amounts of cash.
Jan 30, 2015

2016 money chase: Where the contenders stand usat.ly/1CHNWXR via @usatoday

Jan 30, 2015

2016 money chase: @fschouten breaks down the GOP contenders' fundraising committees usat.ly/1CHNWXR

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Alabama judge can't flout gay marriage law: Column

usatoday.com — If controversial chief justice wants to espouse views, he should resign from job first. State supreme court chief justices should value and obey the rule of law, not defy it. But Alabama's Chief Justice Roy Moore apparently doesn't believe that. Moore advocated for anarchy with the letter he wrote to Gov.
Jan 31, 2015

Alabama judge can't flout gay marriage law: Column usat.ly/1CKSBIw via @usatoday

Brands rush to reach young millennials with Snapchat's Discover

usatoday.com — LOS ANGELES -- Imagine you're an old line media business, and you have the opportunity to get in front of young millennials who spend hours each day on the Snapchat app, amusing themselves by sending and receiving disappearing photos and videos.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @briansolis: Brands rush to reach young millennials with Snapchat's Discover usat.ly/1CIMC6Z via @usatoday @JeffersonGraham.

Jan 30, 2015

RT @jeffersongraham: Brands rush to reach young millennials with Snapchat's Discover #TalkingTech usat.ly/1CIMC6Z via @usatoday

Jan 30, 2015

Brands rush to reach young millennials with Snapchat's Discover #TalkingTech usat.ly/1CIMC6Z via @usatoday

Jan 30, 2015

Why People, CNN want to be on Snapchat: 700 mln daily photo shares. Via @jeffersongraham usatoday.com/story/tech/201…

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It's the 'The Million-Dollar Arm' meets YouTube meets ESPN

usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO -- The business of distributing movies and TV shows online - via Netflix, Amazon.com, Google's YouTube service and other digital channels -- is sprouting start-ups. This intersection of technology and entertainment has greatly expanded distribution options for creators of long-form visual content.