Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s reputation takes a hit after admission of affair

Admitted affair sullies coach Pitino’s reputation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In a state where basketball is king, Rick Pitino cuts quite the fine figure.

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Fla. lawsuit claims insurance broker Willis wrongly verified Stanford investments as safe

Fla. lawsuit: Willis verified Stanford investments

MIAMI — A lawsuit seeking class-action status for hundreds of Latin American investors claims that a London-based insurance broker gave false assurances about the soundness of investments offered by financier R. Allen Stanford, now jailed on charges of operating a $7 billion offshore Ponzi scheme.

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Condo owner’s dispute over presidential library could put George W. Bush under oath

Library clash could put George W. Bush under oath

DALLAS — A Texan is trying to put a former president under oath and find out what he knew and when he knew it. But the issue isn’t national security, political skullduggery or a sex scandal.

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AP sources: Women and Hispanics dominate Obama’s list of possible high-court nominees

AP sources: Obama considering 6 for high court

WASHINGTON — Focusing on specific candidates for the nation’s highest court, President Barack Obama is considering a diverse list dominated by women and Hispanics. The six names confirmed as being under review by Obama include three judges, two members of his administration and one governor.

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University of Missouri’s federal claims over professor’s patents dismissed; state suit pending

Univ. of Missouri lawsuit over patents dismissed

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A federal judge has dismissed an intellectual property lawsuit filed by the University of Missouri system against a chemical engineering professor who filed patents on his inventions.

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Softball coach at Quinnipiac testifies she was told to inflate rosters in Title IX reports

Coach says she was told to inflate softball roster

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Quinnipiac University’s softball coach testified Wednesday in a gender equity lawsuit that she was ordered by officials at the Connecticut university to carry excessive players on her roster in order to meet Title IX goals.

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Providence mayor wants to tax college students $150 per semester; some students cry foul

Providence mayor wants to tax college students

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The mayor of Providence wants to slap a $150-per-semester tax on the 25,000 full-time students at Brown University and three other private colleges in the city, saying they use resources and should help ease the burden on struggling taxpayers.

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Army plans new combat vehicle after plans for new fleet scrapped under Pentagon budget

Army plans to build new combat vehicle

WASHINGTON — The Army will build new combat vehicles better suited for fighting insurgents in places like Afghanistan, equipment that would replace a fleet likely to be stripped from the service’s massive modernization program under the Pentagon’s 2010 budget plan.

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Police get last laugh, arrest 3 pranksters for fake fire in dormitory at Central Connecticut

Conn. police don’t find humor in dorm fire prank

HARTFORD, Conn. — Officials at Central Connecticut State University don’t see the humor in this prank: burning bags of popcorn in a microwave in a crowded dorm in the middle of the night and tying some doors shut so residents think they’re trapped in a burning building.

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Small colleges get a tough lesson in economics as recession batters them

Recession gives small colleges an economics lesson

CRAFTSBURY COMMON, Vt. — The 92 students at Sterling College are used to roughing it — they learn how to use an ax, sleep outside in the winter and raise a quarter of their food.

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