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Wrestler who lost title hugs opponent's sick dad
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 15:21

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota high school wrestler won over the crowd with a hug that came away from the mat — and after a loss.

Instead of getting upset when he lost the 120-pound title match in the Class 3A tournament, Blaine High School sophomore Malik Stewart went over to his opponent's dad — who is dying of cancer — and gave him a hug. The crowd at the Xcel Energy Center loved it.

"He won," Stewart said of opponent Mitchell McKee. "He was pretty proud, and his dad was pretty proud. So I went over there and I shook his hand, embraced him a little bit, and told him to stay strong and everybody loves him."

"I got a little teary because I lost the match, and I knew the hard times he was going through," Stewart added. "The crowd went wild and I heard a couple people say after I did it - that was pretty classy - but I just did it straight from the heart."

Stewart lost his own father to a heart attack when he was just 7 years old. He said he was just doing the right thing.

McKee, a St. Michael Albertville High School sophomore, told KARE-TV (http://kare11.tv/1hRV0WM) that he wanted to win the tournament for his father, who has just months to live. He pinned Stewart around 1:22 into the face-off in the match earlier this month.

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'Octomom' pleads not guilty to welfare fraud
Written by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 15:17

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Octomom" Nadya Suleman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of welfare fraud and agreed to return to court next month for a another hearing if her case isn't resolved with a plea deal before then.

The 38-year-old mother of 14 children previously pleaded not guilty to three similar felony counts accusing her of failing to reveal earnings she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while cashing welfare checks last year. With the addition of the fourth count, authorities say she owes the state about $26,000 in restitution.

During a hearing that lasted barely five minutes, Suleman spoke only once, to softly say yes, when Superior Court Judge David M. Horowitz asked if she agreed to waive her right to trial to return to court April 16 for another hearing.

She smiled briefly but didn't speak as she quickly left the courtroom.

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King drops out of Iditarod as finish line nears
Written by MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 06:13

NOME, Alaska (AP) — It's become a dog race after a strange overnight of events on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska.

Dallas Seavey and Aliy Zirkle are battling over the last 22 miles of the race to be the first musher to reach the finish line in Nome.

Neither expected to be in this position. Zirkle started the day an hour behind four-time champion Jeff King, and Seavey was nearly two hours behind him.

But King ran into trouble in high winds and blowing snow near Safety and scratched late Monday. Zirkle was the first musher into Safety. But she stayed, apparently to wait out the storm.

Seavey blew through the checkpoint to take the lead early Tuesday morning. Zirkle, who lost to Seavey in 2012, was on the trail 19 minutes later.

Seavey had seven dogs left on his team; Zirkle had 10.


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Dallas Seavey wins his second Iditarod dog race
Written by MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:18

NOME, Alaska (AP) — Dallas Seavey ran a blistering pace and took the lead just hours before the finish to win this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Seavey was the first musher under the famed burled arch in Nome.

He had to come from a three-hour deficient to overcome mushers Jeff King and Aliy (AL-ee) Zirkle in the last 77 miles. He was third into the second-to-last checkpoint in White Mountain, where mushers are required to take an eight-hour rest.

The 27-year-old musher also won the race in 2012.


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Judge's order preserves NSA surveillance records
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 06:11

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco stopped the destruction Monday of millions of telephone records collected by the National Security Agency more than five years ago.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White, who is overseeing an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against the agency, issued a nationwide order Monday to safeguard evidence until March 19, when he will hold a hearing on extending the deadline further.

The secret federal court that approved the agency's surveillance has required that documents be purged after five years for privacy reasons. On Friday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court denied the federal government's request to keep the records for the sake of pending lawsuits.

The NSA, which has acknowledged obtaining phone numbers and other information on all U.S. calls, was prepared on Tuesday to destroy all records collected more than five years ago, according to court documents.

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