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Adrian Peterson: 'I won't ever use a switch again'

usatoday.com — It had been five months since Adrian Peterson spoke to his 4-year-old son. Somewhere deep inside, Peterson believes he knew what awaited him on the other end of the line. But he couldn't be sure until he placed the call last week.
Nov 21, 2014

Adrian Peterson: 'I won't ever use a switch again' usat.ly/1vupoje via @usatoday

Nov 21, 2014

RT @PGPackersNews: RT @PeteDougherty: PG alum @TomPelissero had 90-minute interview with Adrian Peterson, here's his story for USA Today usat.ly/1vupoje

Nov 21, 2014

PG alum @TomPelissero had 90-minute interview with Adrian Peterson, here's his story for USA Today usat.ly/1vupoje via @PGpackersnews

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Curt Schilling’s son accidentally causes bomb squad to respond at Logan Airport

ftw.usatoday.com — Curt Schilling had an eventful Saturday morning at the airport, and he shared the story on Twitter. As Schilling was going through a security checkpoint, one of his three sons mentioned that he had left a fake grenade in a bag. Airport security takes these sort of things very seriously, and soon the bomb squad came to investigate.
Nov 22, 2014

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Nov 22, 2014

Yikes! RT @ForTheWin: Curt Schilling's son accidentally caused the bomb squad to respond at the airport - usat.ly/1vzmOsU - #wbz

The 8 funniest signs from ‘College GameDay’ at Harvard

ftw.usatoday.com — ESPN's College GameDay is on Harvard's campus for The Game. The 9-0 Crimson will try to finish an undefeated regular season Saturday afternoon against Yale and win their 8th consecutive game against the Bulldogs. Harvard students showed up with some of the best (and nerdiest) signs of the year.

Poop bus fueled by human waste

usatoday.com — Move over, poop cruise. There's a new poop-related form of transport on the road, and this one is more neat than nasty. A "Bio-Bus" that runs solely on the biomethane gas generated by treated waste (of the food and human variety) is up and running as of this week in the UK, where it's following a Bristol-to-Bath route.

Maple Leafs players show poor timing in skipping stick salute

ftw.usatoday.com — The Toronto Maple Leafs have become such a soap opera that what happens after the game now receives as much attention as what occurs during the game. Fans around North America are curious to see how Toronto fans will react to their team tonight when it takes the ice at 7 against the Detroit Red Wings at Air Canada Centre.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @ByKevinAllen: How will fans react tonight in Toronto/ usat.ly/1to2Daf via @forthewin

Nov 22, 2014

How will fans react tonight in Toronto/ usat.ly/1to2Daf via @forthewin

Jesse Jackson: Ferguson prepares for the worst

usatoday.com — We can prepare for violence, but not to build communities. Political leaders in the St. Louis metropolitan area, and at the Federal level, have put in place a full-court press and are mobilizing their forces to combat a "possibleuprising" in response to a decision yet to come from a St.

3 draft prospects seemingly pop out of nowhere

usatoday.com — The November issue is always one of Red Line Report's busiest each year. We probably spend more time shuffling the rankings around and adding new players in November than any other month of the season.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @ByMikeBrehm: Kyle Woodlief's November draft preview, including his top 10 prospects. usat.ly/1qKpW3k via @usatoday

Nov 22, 2014

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5 most incredible discoveries of the week

usatoday.com — A chemical in antibacterial soap that might be bad news for your liver and an intriguing find from the comet lander make the list: 1. More Than 500 Lie in Watery Grave From 100-Year-Old Shipwreck: In October 1902, the SS Ventnor sank off the coast of New Zealand, but for 499 of the 512 people aboard, it wasn't a matter of life and death: They were already dead.

SEC runaway winner in spending on football coaches

usatoday.com — The gap between football head coaches' pay in the Southeastern Conference and the pay anywhere else in college football grew dramatically in 2014, and it's possible it will grow even wider next season. On average, SEC coaches are making about $3.75 million this season, according to USA TODAY Sports' annual analysis of major-college football coaches' pay.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @ByBerkowitz: Average pay for FB head coaches in Power 5: SEC ($3.75M), Big 12 ($3.35M), B1G ($2.83M), Pac ($2.47M), ACC ($2.42M): usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @ByBerkowitz: SEC runaway winner in spending on football head coaches at avg of $3.75M per man, $400K ahead of Big 12 usat.ly/1zKl7qA via @USATODAY

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Snow-choked Buffalo faces 'urban floods' as temps rise

usatoday.com — The Buffalo region, buried under more than five feet of snow, now faces the threat of "urban flooding" as weekend temperatures are forecast to climb to near 50 degrees and begin melting the mounds of snow that has brought the city to a near standstill.
Nov 21, 2014

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Reports: Officer Wilson won't return to Ferguson force

usatoday.com — Regardless of whether he's indicted for killing Michael Brown, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson reportedly is not planning to return to the force. According to CNN, Wilson has "told associates he would resign as a way to help ease pressure and protect his fellow officers," but does not want to leave before the grand jury reaches a decision " for fear it would appear he was admitting fault."

Timing of grand jury verdict still unclear

usatoday.com — St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says police officers in the region are prepared to handle protestors but that excessive force by police will not be tolerated.
Nov 22, 2014

Timing of grand jury decision in Darren Wilson case still unclear - usat.ly/1qMDrQj

Reports: Ferguson schools to close next week

usatoday.com — Schools in the city of Ferguson will close Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of a decision by the grand jury to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown
Nov 21, 2014

Officials: Ferguson area is prepared for protests usat.ly/1zKeoNq via @usatoday

Nov 21, 2014

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Nov 21, 2014

Good question MT @ArevaMartin : anyone feeling #Ferguson prep is exaggerated + subtly offensive? usat.ly/1zKeoNq

Nov 21, 2014

What on earth is going on in Ferguson? Boarded up biz, schools closing, state of emergency... usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

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Around college football: How good is the Florida job?

usatoday.com — The common perception is that Florida's head coaching job, which opened this week when the school announced it would part ways with Will Muschamp at the end of the season, is among the four best in college football alongside Texas, Alabama and Southern California.
Nov 21, 2014

Around college football: How good is the Florida job? usat.ly/1zJzdIT via @usatoday

Nov 21, 2014

RT @PaulMyerberg: JT Barrett on VT game: "I think at that point in the season we needed to lose." More in Around CFB: usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Nov 21, 2014

JT Barrett on the VT game: "I think at that point in the season we needed to lose." That and more in Around CFB: usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @ThomasGoldkamp: USA Today talked to several industry sources and agents and most said #Gators facilities have lagged - usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

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Reports: Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, broadening previous plans that had limited the military to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, U.S. officials said.

5 things you need to know this weekend

usatoday.com — The Buffalo region, buried under more than 7 feet of snow, now faces the threat of "urban flooding" as weekend temperatures are forecast to climb into the 40s on Saturday and near 50 degrees on Sunday, melting the mounds of snow that have brought the city to a near standstill.

Top 10 most scenic ski resorts

experience.usatoday.com — To the uninitiated, the truth of skiing and snowboarding can easily become dwarfed by the high-octane images from the X Games, the Olympics and the seasonal releases of ski movies. But oftentimes the experience of simply being high up on a snow-covered mountain, breathing in panoramic views of all that surrounds you, means so much more than whether or not you braved a double-black diamond run.

Obama speech barely keeps up with 'Big Bang Theory'

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON -- At least 14.6 million people watched President Obama's prime-time Thursday immigration speech live, a figure that put it neck-and-neck with CBS's The Big Bang Theory in the same time slot. But Obama's audience was a also fraction of the 41.6 million viewers President George W.
Nov 21, 2014

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Nov 21, 2014

RT @gregorykorte: Without network coverage, Obama immigration speech barely keeps up with 'Big Bang Theory' usat.ly/1qK0R8W

Nov 21, 2014

Obama speech barely keeps up with 'Big Bang Theory' usat.ly/1qK0R8W via @usatoday

Nov 21, 2014

Without network coverage, Obama immigration speech barely keeps up with 'Big Bang Theory' usat.ly/1qK0R8W

Tailgate Debate: Breaking down the UCLA-USC battle for Los Angeles

usatoday.com — USA TODAY Sports' Dan Uthman and Jesse Yomtov reprise their weekly Saturday morning conversation on the biggest games around the nation. While Week 13 in college football lacks big-time matchups, plenty of games could provide some clarity to the crowded playoff picture.
Nov 22, 2014

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