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Whitney Houston’s daughter found unresponsive in tub

ATLANTA (AP) — The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said.

Authorities examining Houston’s death found a dozen prescription drug bottles in the hotel suite.

Heart disease and cocaine use were listed as contributing factors in Houston’s death.


Super Bowl the final act of the NFL’s worst season

At the commissioner’s contentious news conference Friday — Goodell fielded one question about whether he thought he should be fired and another about taking a pay cut — he was hit with a barrage of questions that spoke to the wide range of problems that punctured the league’s integrity, though not its popularity.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s refusal to play nice with the media and the NFL’s uncertainty about how, or whether, to enforce rules that compel players to do interviews.

The domestic violence crisis that exploded when Ray Rice — the former Baltimore Ravens running back — punched his fiancée and Adrian Peterson — the Minnesota Vikings star — whipped his son with a tree branch has been treated mostly in general terms this week.

Domestic violence accusations against players garnered as much attention for the NFL’s handling of them — most notably, Rice’s two-game suspension that was made indefinite when video of the punch surfaced, then overturned by an arbitrator — as the charges themselves.

The NFL is footing the bill for a 30-second public-service announcement during the Super Bowl (half-minute spots are selling for around $4.5 million) about domestic violence that will reach tens of millions.

Neither the domestic violence crisis, nor the ongoing murder trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, nor any other off-field issue deterred fans or sponsors — who foot much of the bill for a $9 billion business that Goodell hopes to grow by more than double over the next decade.

While the NFL used the week to tout a 25-percent decrease in concussions recorded this season, another study spelling out the dangers football presents to children made headlines, as well.

News about overuse of painkillers, the league’s implementation of a human growth hormone testing program that isn’t as effective as it could be and the efficacy of the league’s penalties for marijuana also made headlines.

Things to know about the Boston Marathon bombing trial

BOSTON (AP) — Jury selection in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is heading into its second month as Judge George O’Toole Jr. continues the process of questioning prospective jurors individually to find 18 people who can be fair and impartial.

Jury selection began Jan. 5 as the first groups of potential jurors were called to court to fill out juror questionnaires.

Judge George O’Toole Jr. uses responses on questionnaires to probe jurors about whether they have already formed an opinion on whether Tsarnaev is guilty and their feelings about the death penalty.

Jurors are also asked if they can set aside any pre-judgments and listen to the evidence during the initial guilt phase of the trial and whether they would be willing to consider both life in prison and the death penalty as punishment during the second phase of the trial.

[…] others had personal connections to the bombing, including knowing people hurt or killed in the blasts or first responders who treated the injured.

O’Toole will continue to call in small groups of prospective jurors each day, then question them one by one, with follow-up questions from prosecutors and Tsarnaev’s attorneys.

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More than 2M vehicles a 2nd time for faulty air bags

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.

The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Avalon models made from 2002 to 2004.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says all of the vehicles covered in Saturday’s announcement had already been under a recall for the faulty air bags, but the carmakers’ original attempts to fix the defects only worked about 85 percent of the time.

Even though it’s a temporary solution until the new remedy is available,” NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said, consumers “and their families will be safer if they take the time to learn if their vehicle is covered and follow their manufacturers’ instructions.


Hatfields, McCoys make moonshine legally in southern W.Va.

(AP) — After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state’s blessing — the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud.

Production of “Drink of the Devil” has been in full swing at a distillery on original Hatfield land, bringing batches to the nation’s store shelves using the original recipe of family patriarch William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield.

After going through fermentation and distilling processes at Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine, batches are bottled, corked and packaged in-house before being shipped to West Virginia, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Among those lending knowledge and elbow grease to the business are Bishop’s wife, Amber, and her mother, Nancy Hatfield, the oldest living descendant of “Devil Anse.”

After the state passed legislation allowing for regulated moonshine distilleries, Chad Bishop, a former longtime coal miner who also comes from a long line of family moonshiners, acquired the necessary permits in 2012.

The distillery started shipping to the state Alcohol Beverage Control warehouse in November 2013 for distribution to retailers.

The operation is in an ongoing trademark dispute with a Missouri-based group of investors that also wants the Hatfield and McCoy family names on its moonshine products.


AP Interview: NYC mayor says he has moved past police crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — Weeks removed from an open revolt from his own police force that had officers turning their backs on him, Mayor Bill de Blasio now declares he has moved past the rift, striking a tenuous truce with a strategy to stay above the fray and public opinion that eventually soured on the cops’ behavior.

While he acknowledged much work remains to repair the hard feelings over the chokehold death of Eric Garner, de Blasio told The Associated Press he has regained the footing to move on to other matters, including an agenda he plans to outline in next week’s State of the City address.

Rank-and-file police had already been distrustful of him over his plans to reform such enforcement tactics as stop and frisk, and for his ties to the Rev. Al Sharpton, a fierce police critic.

On the very night of the slayings, police who gathered at the hospital where the slain officers were taken turned their backs on the mayor, a searing rebuke caught by television cameras.

—Empower carefully chosen surrogates to speak on the administration’s behalf, including Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Police Commissioner William Bratton, who allied himself closely with de Blasio but remained in good standing with the police unions.

The mayor was also heckled at a police graduation ceremony, and appeared tired and angry at his first news conference with reporters after the shooting.

While most of the protests were peaceful, some demonstrators called police murderers and compared the NYPD to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.

[…] the City Council announced $7.3 million to purchase new NYPD bulletproof vests, and de Blasio has dedicated additional funding to defend police officers from litigation.

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