Ex-Oklahoma state senator gets 15-year prison sentence for child sex trafficking

Former Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on Sept. 17.  (Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office via AP) A former Republican state senator in Oklahoma was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Monday for child sex trafficking. Ralph Shortey, 36, was also ordered to serve 10 years of supervised probation once he’s released from […]

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Florida State is a bad football team, and the clock already is ticking on Willie Taggart

It is generally a poor sign about the state of a college football program when someone is compelled to look up the theoretical cost of firing a coach just three games into his tenure.  But that’s where we were Saturday afternoon as Florida State got embarrassed at Syracuse 30-7, continuing what has been apparent since Willie Taggart’s debut on Labor […]

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Michigan State to hire firm to assist George Perles in lawsuit involving Nassar case

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University is hiring an outside law firm to assist trustee George Perles in responding to allegations made in a lawsuit this week that he intervened after an MSU athlete reported she'd been raped by Larry Nassar and that the complaint was dropped shortly after. “We are in the process of retaining counsel and once retained, Mr. […]

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India warns of ‘extremely grave’ crisis as flood toll rises

More than 100 people dead and 150,000 homeless as ‘worst floods in a decade’ hit India’s tourist hotspot Kerala The official death toll reached 106 on Thursday with fears the count could rise Kerala officials said almost 150,000 people had moved into makeshift camps  People have been evacuated with warnings that 80 dams could be about to burst Hundreds of […]

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The big grapple: NRL clubs not in a New York state of mind

Clubs are furious they haven’t been consulted about a potential Australia-Tonga Test in New York, putting them on another collision course with the NRL. The governing body is investigating the feasibility of staging the international at the 25,000-seat capacity Red Bull Arena on October 20. It’s understood the promoter is Ricky Wilby, the man attempting to establish a New York […]

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Masked thugs attack PRIESTS in Nicaragua as they try to rescue anti-government protesters trapped inside church by armed yobs

Armed with guns and knives, they beat up a delegation of leaders of the Catholic church from the Central American country who were trying to make their way into the San Sebastian Basilica in Diriamba south of the capital. Bishop Silvio Jose Baez was cut on the arm as the group of priests tried to enter the church. The Episcopal […]

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What next for State of Origin stars on their return to clubland?

Brad Fittler's gamble on youth – and to a lesser extent Queensland's forced regeneration – hasn't just started a new era in the State of Origin rivalry. It will have flow-on effects as the players return to their clubs. Some will be newly emboldened having taken a significant step in their careers, others will be looking for reassurance as they […]

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How other rookie-filled State of Origin teams have performed

QUEENSLAND, Game I, 2001 After their biggest defeat in Origin history capped off their 3-0 series loss the year before, Wayne Bennett returned as coach and brought a record 10 rookies with him. With the likes of John Doyle and Carl Webb bolting into the team, the Maroons shocked NSW 34-16 in the series opener at Suncorp Stadium. Queensland lost […]

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