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Oklahoma's Buddy Hield, right, and Denzel Valentine of Michigan State played in Friday's East Regional Semifinal of the 2015 NCAA tournament in Syracuse. If you've got money riding on this year's NCAA tournament, you might want to hear about what happened

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The cautionary tale of a big-time bracket bust

If you're the one holding money in your office's college basketball pool, take heed: In 2010, police arrested a New Jersey man running a football pool — with a payout totaling nearly $900,000.

A window sticker on a downtown Indianapolis florist shop this week shows its objection to the Religious Freedom bill passed by the Indiana legislature.

Indiana's 'religious freedom' bill sparks firestorm of controversy

When Gov. Mike Pence signed a law that allows his state's businesses to refuse to serve same-sex couples, he could hardly have anticipated the dramatic backlash he's received.

Court overturns Knox conviction

Italy's supreme court overturns Amanda Knox conviction


Judges overturn the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, bringing the high-profile case to a definitive end.

Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot may have hidden an illness

The evidence came from searches of Lubitz's homes as authorities sought an explanation of why he locked himself into the cockpit and crashed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps.

New York City fire, building collapse injure several people

Orange flames and black smoke are billowing from the facade and roof of a five-story Manhattan building that collapsed. Watch live updates.

Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot's apartment, parents' home searched

Investigators are trying to find out why he flew a plane carrying 150 people into the side of a mountain in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing everyone on board.

US conducting airstrikes to help Iraq retake Tikrit

Tikrit is deemed an important test of the ability of Iraq, with coalition support, to retake ground it ceded to the Islamic State last year.

Saudis target Houthi positions in Yemen

Saudi Arabia and nine other countries launched airstrikes against the Shiite rebels, who have taken control of much of the country. The U.S. is providing logistical and intelligence support.

Germanwings plane crash victims: 2 Americans, US government contractor, daughter

Two identified victims were Yvonne Selke of Nokesville, Virginia, an employee for 23 years at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. in Washington, and her daughter, Emily Selke.

VA changes policy following scathing Daily Show segment

More veterans in rural areas will be able to go to a doctor near their home, thanks to a policy change made Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Spanish woman, baby among Germanwings plane crash victims

The Germanwings Airbus A320 plane crashed in the mountains near the popular ski resort of Pra Loup, about 400 miles south-southeast of Paris.

US to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, White House says

Obama said he still intends to complete the drawdown by the end of 2016 and that the U.S. transition out of a combat role has not changed.

Hope and yearning for the Internet in Cuba

Without a doubt, the Internet in Cuba is tough. The politics are thorny; getting it is difficult. But there are signs that change is on the horizon.

Obama chief of staff: Israel's 50-year 'occupation' must end

The Obama administration is pushing back hard against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's suggestion that a two-state solution is dead.

Singaporeans mourn death of founding father Lee Kuan Yew

The government announced that Lee, 91, "passed away peacefully" several hours before dawn at Singapore General Hospital. Lee was hospitalized in early February with severe pneumonia.

Census Bureau tests new online survey in small towns ahead of 2020

The year 2020 will be the first time the Census will be available online. But the Census Bureau must persuade hard-to-reach groups to take the survey. So they're doing a practice run in Savannah, Ga.