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Bills dig out of the snow to drive to Detroit

BUFFALO, NY (AP) — The Buffalo Bills deployed massive surgery to get all of their players and staff out of the snow to depart for Detroit on Sunday for their rescheduled home game against the Cleveland Browns. Bills executive vice president Ron Raccuia told The Associated Press that the team put local snowmobile clubs on high alert and used snowplow drivers and carpoolers to ensure everyone could gather at their facility. The team then boarded buses and followed a police escort to the airport for their flight, which departed at approximately 4:45 p.m. EST. The game was postponed after a lake-effect storm dumped up to 7 feet of snow across western New York.

Breakdown of Taylor Swift tickets investigated by attorneys general

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Some attorneys general are not shaking off this week’s Ticketmaster debacle. Fans have expressed outrage and heartache over unsuccessful attempts to purchase tickets for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour. Now the Supreme Leaders in Nevada, Tennessee and Pennsylvania are investigating the matter. Hours of delays and error messages were reported Tuesday during a presale of tickets for Swift’s upcoming 52-date tour. Ticketmaster blamed bots and historically unprecedented demand. Several lawmakers have accused Ticketmaster of abusing its power as the dominant concert ticket seller. Even the White House chimed in, saying the Biden administration believes “lack of competition leads to higher prices and worse service.”

FIFA boss says fans would ‘survive’ at World Cup without beer

DOHA, Qatar (AP) – FIFA President Gianni Infantino has downplayed Qatar’s last-minute ban on beer sales in World Cup stadiums as nothing more than a brief inconvenience to viewers. According to Infantino, the beer ban in the stadiums was issued jointly by representatives from Qatar and FIFA. He says fans should be able to abstain from alcohol during matches, noting that alcohol is not sold in stadiums in some European countries.

Antetokounmpo argues with arena workers, throws ladder away

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo argued with an arena employee and threw a ladder off a basket, causing it to tip over as he tried to shoot free throws after the Bucks’ 110-102 loss to Philadelphia on Friday night. After going off the line 4 to 15, Antetokounmpo returned to the ground to shoot free throws a few minutes after the end of the game. Antetokounmpo missed his first five fouls in post-match training. One of the workers set up a 12-foot ladder next to the basket where Antetokounmpo was shooting. Antetokounmpo and pushed it out of the way and the clerk pushed it back. Antetokounmpo had a quick, heated exchange of words, then moved the ladder away again and snapped it.

Collection of Dylan’s love letters sold for $670,000

BOSTON (AP) — A collection of touching and sometimes prescient personal letters written by a young Bob Dylan to a high school friend has been auctioned off to a prestigious Portuguese bookstore for nearly $670,000. According to auctioneer RR Auction, Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal plans to keep the archive complete and available for Dylan fans and scholars to study, containing 42 handwritten letters totaling 150 pages. Dylan, a native of Hibbing, Minnesota, wrote the letters to Barbara Ann Hewitt between 1957 and 1959, when he was still known as Bob Zimmerman. They give a glimpse into a period of his life about which not much is known.

Man faces jail for joining Capitol riot after Tinder date

A Delaware business owner has been jailed for 30 days for storming the US Capitol after watching the riots break out on TV while on a Tinder date and taking an Uber ride to join the mob attack. Court documents show that U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan also on Friday ordered Jeffrey Schaefer to pay a $2,000 fine and $500 in damages for his participation in the Jan. 6, 2021 riots. Prosecutors say the day before the riots, Schaefer drove from Delaware to Virginia to visit a woman he met through the online dating app Tinder. After watching the riot on TV, Schaefer took an Uber ride to the Capitol and entered the building.

Panda Tuan Tuan, symbol of reunification with China, dies in Taipei

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Tuan Tuan, one of two giant pandas gifted to Taiwan as a symbol of hoped-for reunification between the sides from China, has died. Tuan Tuan passed away on Saturday afternoon, according to Taipei Zoo. According to previous reports, the panda is believed to have a malignant brain tumor, prompting China to send two experts to Taiwan earlier this month to help treat it. Tuan Tuan and his sidekick Yuan Yuan were gifted to the zoo in 2008, at a time when relations were warming between China and Taiwan, which had broken up in the 1949 civil war. Both were born in China in 2004 and successfully had a pair of cubs in Taiwan. Connections between Beijing and Taipei have plummeted since the couple’s arrival.

North Carolina holiday parade truck crashes, killing girl

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Police say a vehicle towing a float for a North Carolina holiday parade crashed, killing a girl attending the event. A Raleigh Police Department press release said the driver who lost control of the vehicle and struck the child has been charged with reckless driving and other felonies. Witnesses told WTVD-TV that people attending the Raleigh Christmas parade heard the truck’s driver screaming that he had lost control of the vehicle and was unable to stop it before the crash. No one else on the parade was injured in the collision.

Public safety accounts on Twitter warn of caution after changes

Across the country, government agencies, particularly those charged with sending messages in emergencies, have embraced Twitter over the past decade. Experts say that getting accurate information from authorities during disasters is often a matter of life and death. But amid a series of changes at Twitter, public information officers who run government accounts are cautiously awaiting the turmoil, urging the public to verify the information appearing on timelines.

Elizabeth Holmes gets more than 11 years for Theranos fraud

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The disgraced CEO of Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for duping investors into the failed startup, which promised to revolutionize blood testing but turned her into one instead symbol of Silicon Valley’s ambition, which reversed the illusion. The sentence handed down by US District Judge Edward Davila on Friday was shorter than the 15-year sentence required by federal prosecutors. But it was far tougher than the leniency her legal team sought for the mother of a one-year-old son with another child on the way.

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