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Police say victim was trying to break up fight
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BROCKTON, Mass. — A man has been convicted of killing a Massachusetts high school football star at a house party nearly seven years ago.

Twenty-five-year-old Andre Brewer of Randolph was found guilty Wednesday of second-degree murder and weapons charges after a five-day trial in Brockton Superior Court. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors said Brewer shot 17-year-old Jose Gurley outside a house party in July 2007. Gurley was found lying in the roadway. He died about three hours later at a hospital. Police said Gurley may have been trying to break up a gang fight.

Gurley was a star player on the West Bridgewater High School football team who helped lead the team to a state championship.

Brewer was arrested in 2011 after police said several witnesses identified him. His attorney questioned the evidence.

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2. Former Haskell Football Standout Inspired by Thorpe, Levi and Mills

Photo Courtesy Wade McGee - McGee coaching at Lake City High School

3. Tribute: Robert J. Conley Told Towering Cherokee Tales

One of the many books written by Robert J. Conley, who was said to be something of a Cherokee encyclopedia himself. The iconic author walked on in February 2014.

4. Beware Evil White Foods: Sinister Salty, Pycho-Sugar & Illsbury Doughboy

5. Cherokee Nation Doubling the Size of Stillwell, Oklahoma Health Center

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Cherokee Nation Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center exterior rendering by Childers Architect.

6. Fall Chinook Salmon Spawn in Record Numbers in Snake River

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Salmon nests, known as redds, in the Clearwater River. Fall 2013 saw a record number along with an equally record number of returning salmon.

7. The Oscars’ All-Time Most Outrageous Moment—and What It Meant

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Backstage at the 1973 Oscars: Sacheen Littlefeather holding the speech Marlon Brando had asked her to give.

8. An Oscar-Night Poem: ‘The Drone Ranger Explains Manifest Destiny’

M9-Q Reaper photograph source: Wikipedia; Lone Ranger still courtesy Disney.
An M9-Q Reaper unmanned combat air vehicle; Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger in Disney’s ‘Lone Ranger.’

1. Court Slaps Down California’s Attempt to Control Tribal Lending

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3. Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell Host Hilarious Let’s Move! Focus Group With Kids

“Come on, kids, let’s get this going; I don’t have a lot of time,” Will Ferrell says on the Let’s Move! video.

4. Chairman Colley Billie: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series

Chairman Colley Billie, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.

5. Orion Sidles Westward, Portending Spring, as Moon’s Shy Crescent Hovers

Thinkstock - A tender crescent moon even more delicate than this one will hover in the west after sunset on March 2 and 3, overlooked by blazing Jupiter.

6. ‘Bad-Ass’ Native Women in ‘Young Lakota’ Documentary Praised by UpWorthy

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7. Halbritter Pens Op-ed on N-Word, R-Word Debate in the NFL

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8. California Governor Signs $687 Million Drought Relief Bill

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The dried-out bed of Lake Mendocino, California, in February 2014. The state is gripped in its worst drought in recorded history.

Hernandez investigated after Tuesday altercation
DA seeks recordings of Hernandez s jailhouse calls

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — A Massachusetts sheriff says former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been involved in a jail altercation.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson tells Rhode Island’s WJAR-TV that the former New England Patriots tight end had an altercation at the Bristol County House of Corrections on Tuesday.

Hodgson said he couldn’t provide much information, but told the TV station that Hernandez and another inmate are part of an internal investigation at the jail. He said Hernandez is away from the general jail population in a segregated housing unit.

The 24-year-old Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. The Boston man was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.

NFL prospect says he told teammates last fall, suffered no backlash
Michael Sam

From University of Missouri

(CNN) —Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri, publicly revealed that he’s gay Sunday, creating the possibility he’ll be the first openly gay player drafted by the National Football League.

“I came to tell the world I’m an openly proud gay man,” he said in an interview with ESPN.

He said he told his Missouri teammates in August and suffered no repercussions. He said he was surprised to discover many people in the media already knew he was gay.

“I understand how big this is,” Sam said in the ESPN interview. “It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be … I want to be a football player in the NFL.”

Sam also spoke about his sexual orientation Sunday to The New York Times, saying: “I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it. I just want to own my truth.”

Sam, at 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, starred in college football last season. Besides being first team All-American, he was named the top defensive player in the Southeastern Conference, considered the nation’s best league. Teammates named him the team’s most valuable player.

With those credentials, he’s expected to be picked in the NFL draft in May. The Bleacher Report mock draft projected him to go in the late rounds because “athletic limitations including a lack of flexibility and a lack of optimal size are concerning.”

The NFL issued a statement on Twitter on Sunday: “We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage. Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”

However, the NFL has made headlines on the issue of sexual orientation in the past. Last year, a University of Colorado player said an NFL team asked him if he liked girls and had a girlfriend.

The NFL quickly said, “Any team or employee that inquires about impermissible subjects or makes an employment decision based on such factors is subject to league discipline.”

Sam issued his own Tweet: “I want to thank everybody for their support and encouragement, especially @espn, @nytimes and @nfl. I am proud to tell my story to the world!”

Sam’s announcement comes as the federal government expands its recognition of same-sex marriages. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department will issue a memo Monday that extends the federal government’s recognition of same-sex marriages, even in the 34 states that don’t consider it legal.

Other athletes have come out as gay, but they didn’t have Sam’s profile.

GLAAD, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy group, said Sam is “the latest high-profile athlete to come out as LGBT. Others include the NBA’s Jason Collins, the WNBA’s Brittney Griner, WWE’s Darren Young, UFC’s Liz Carmouche, MMA’s Fallon Fox and Major League Soccer’s Robbie Rogers.”

Of those athletes, Collins made the biggest media splash. He’s not playing in the NBA this season.

Praise poured in for Sam, who overcame a rough childhood in which one of his brothers was killed and others ended up in prison.

Sam’s head football coach at Missouri, Gary Pinkel, said: “We’re really happy for Michael that he’s made the decision to announce this, and we’re proud of him and how he represents Mizzou. Michael is a great example of just how important it is to be respectful of others, he’s taught a lot of people here first-hand that it doesn’t matter what your background is, or your personal orientation, we’re all on the same team and we all support each other.”

GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis said in a prepared statement: “By rewriting the script for countless young athletes, Michael has demonstrated the leadership that, along with his impressive skills on the field, makes him a natural fit for the NFL. With acceptance of LGBT people rising across our coasts — in our schools, churches, and workplaces — it’s clear that America is ready for an openly gay football star.”

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3. 5 Super Bowl XLVIII Bets: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

4. Navajo Nation Council Approves Junk Food Tax to Fight Obesity

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5. Let’s Get ‘Sirius’ About the Dog Star, Sky’s Brightest Twinkler

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Sirius, the Dog Star or Wolf to many cultures across time, as seen through a very modern telescope.

6. The U.S. Has Abandoned Natives

7. Officials Will Not Be Charged in Peru’s Forced Sterilization Program

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Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori

8. Punxsutawney Phil Gets His Pre-Super Bowl 15 Minutes of Groundhog Day Fame

Today the groundhog will stick his head out of the ground and, hopefully, will not run right back in.

9. Goodell Defends R-Word in Pre-Super Bowl Press Conference

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10. Troy Eid: Violence, PTSD Are Killing Native Youth

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Chair Troy Eid, right, addresses the audience as fellow commissioners Ted Quasula, left, and Carole Goldberg of the Indian Law and Order Commission review a section of their report at the 23rd Annual BIA Tribal Providers Conference on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska.

11. Inside the Latest Stalled Carcieri Fix

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), left, and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) sat together during the State of the Union address last week.

12. The BIA’s Cobell Land Buy Back Plan Is a Mess

13. Peru’s Amazon Jungle: Rich, Lush and Worth Saving

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Boating on the Rio De Madres Dios in the Amazon jungle in Manu, Peru.

14. New Mexico-Arizona Tribal Ski Programs Help to Heal America

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Olympian Suzy “Chapstick” Chaffee (middle) teaches Jason and Jayla Abeyta (Ohkey Owingeh/San Juan Pueblo) how to joyfully fly like eagles on skis down Pajarito Mountain.

15. Big Lagoon Rancheria v. California: The Latest Threat to Tribal Land

16. A World Conference on Indigenous Peoples With No Indigenous?

17. Native History: ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’ Opens in Theaters
New Zealand’s Burt Munro in 1962.

18. ‘NotYourMascot’ Trends on Twitter Over Super Bowl Weekend [37 Images]

19. Native American Fans Celebrate Seattle Win, Shocked by Denver Loss

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A Seattle Seahawks fan celebrates as the Seahawks come up with a safety against the Denver Broncos the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.

20. Coca-Cola’s ‘America the Beautiful’ Super Bowl Ad Causes Stir
Up to 90 percent of the homes on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation rely on propane for heating.

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Image: Puppies, kittens

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It’s Puppy vs. Kitten Bowl! Which species will paw their way up the ratings?

Forget the Seahawks versus the Broncos. There’s another big showdown scheduled for Sunday, one that involves ferocious, snarling, amped-up … and absolutely adorable four-legged furry friends. Yes, for the first time in game-day history, this year there will be both Puppy and Kitten Bowls.

Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl” is back for its 10th year, while Hallmark Channel is introducing its first ever “Kitten Bowl.” It’s the purr-fect counter-programming for the little ones or adults who don’t know a touchdown from a first down. But with both puppies and kittens huddling up viewers, who’ll claw their way to a victory?

Let’s take a look at their chances.

The meow mix
Let’s get the obvious out of the way: Both shows are going to feature kittens. “Puppy Bowl” has long boasted of its Kitten Halftime Show, where 13 baby felines romp, dash and chase their tails to viewers’ delight. This year, the midpoint will also feature some famous faces of the feline world (though no Cat Daddy, Jackson Galaxy, as far as we know — a glaring omission), and a kitten who’ll parachute onto the field. Like the human Super Bowl, “Puppy Bowl’s” halftime festivities will also feature musical performances.

Meanwhile, “Kitten Bowl” will be all kittens, all the time. “We are exclusively kittens. We are invested in kittens. We are believers in kittens,” Hallmark President and CEO Bill Abbott told TODAY. And not just 13. “We have 71 kittens,” he pointed out. The four teams of cats will participate in two preliminary playoffs before facing off in a championship game. On top of that, some of the felines even have names perfectly suited to football, including MeowShawn Lynch and Tomcat Brady, Abbott said.

Point: When it comes to pure kitten power, we have to give this to “Kitten Bowl.”

Players gotta play

There’s one fundamental part of any gridiron face-off: Players have to play the game. And this is one category where Marjorie Kaplan, group president of Animal Planet, believes “Puppy Bowl” has the edge.

“Cats are different than dogs, and cats don’t do what you tell them to do. They do what they want to do,” Kaplan pointed out to TODAY. And it’s true. How many cats have you met that were successfully trained to play fetch? Dogs are pretty much the winners when it comes to chasing down and catching balls.

But don’t count out the cats. “Like the ‘Puppy Bowl,’ (the kittens) are just getting into trouble and chasing every little thing that they can find,” Abbott said. “Toy mice and balls that are going through a maze, going through the goalposts and standing.”

Point: We’re curious about the cats, but we think this one’s going to the dogs.

Star power
Both events boast big names as part of the festivities. “Puppy Bowl’s” halftime spectacular will feature the animal variety: Keyboard Cat will perform Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” Internet sensation Lil Bub will check in, and police dogs will perform the National Anthem.

And heck, before kickoff, the pups even had a friend in high places lend them a hand.

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But on game day, it’s “Kitten Bowl” that’ll bring in the two-legged celebs. Hosting the festivities will be Beth Stern, while the announcer will be Yankees’ radio voice John Sterling. There will also be appearances by TODAY’s Hoda Kotb, “Dancing With the Stars” bad boy Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Regis Philbin, Rachael Ray and many others.

Point: It’s a close scrape, but the felines paw their way to the top of this category by having more actual celebs.

Rough (ruff!) housing
Face it: Football is a tough sport, what with the tackles, pileups and more. And puppies? Well, they’re just built for rambunctiousness. With more weight to throw around than their kitten counterparts and bigger teeth with which to chomp, the dogs will certainly be offering their own rough plays. Plus, the “Puppy Bowl” will have a wide range of body types in this full-contact pooch version of the game. Players include little Chihuahua mixes to Greyhounds to Labs to Boxers and beyond. 

The kittens? They’re all roughly the same size. But they’ve got a weapon the puppies don’t have: sharp claws. “Wait ’til you see what happens on the ‘Kitten Bowl,’” Stern teased during a Monday TODAY appearance. “There were a couple of cat fights.” As anyone who’s been on the wrong end of those claws knows, those little slicers can cause some serious damage. And judging by some teaser clips, the lithe felines are pretty darn good at flying tackles and tumbling too.

Point: It’s a tie!

Game point: By a hair (and nose and some widdle whiskers) the kittens have it! Much as we love adorable puppies and can’t wait to see their high jinks, it sounds like the cats might have a tiny edge in their first bowl game.

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But really, everyone who watches — and all of the feline and canine players — will be winners. Viewers are sure to be entertained, while the puppies and kittens get new homes, as both bowls are featuring shelter and rescue pets that are available for adoption.

“The kind of awareness for the shelters has been off the chart,” Abbott told us. “We’re going to do a lot of good with this. That’s the best part.”

“Puppy Bowl” starts at 3 p.m. Sunday on Animal Planet and runs in repeats well into the next morning. “Kitten Bowl” begins at noon Sunday on Hallmark Channel, with repeats ending at midnight.

— Additional reporting by Drusilla Moorhouse.

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4. Raven Guitars, Icy Straight Lumber Named Winners of Path to Propserity Competition

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The winners of the 2013 Path to Prosperity business contest (left to right) Steve Helgeson, Kevin Skeek, Sue Tyler, and Wes Tyler.

5. Video: Pamunkey Tribe Steps Closer to Federal Recognition

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Assistant Chief Bob Gray, left, and Pumunkey Tribal Chief Kevin Brown have waited a long time to see their tribe gain federal recognition and now they are almost there.

6. Skokomish Call Hike From Homeland to the Coast a ‘Spiritual Experience’

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Skokomish Tribal Council member Terri Twiddy-Butler at high altitude on the ancestral trail in the southern Olympic Mountains. “It’s easy to forget where our ancestors gathered and hunted. When we get back on the trail, we experience what it was like for the ancestors,” she said.

7. ‘Zombee’ Apocalypse? Parasitic Infestation Found in Vermont Honeybees
A parasitic Apocephalus borealis fly injects eggs into a bee’s abdomen.

8. Family & Native Heritage Drive Wisconsin-Green Bay Hoops Star Tesha Buck

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Tesha Buck, No. 2., plays offense.

9. Billy Ray Cyrus Proposes Tipi Cure for Justin Bieber

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10. OMAHA! Broncos QB Peyton Manning Receives Invitation from Tribe

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In this Jan 19, 2014 file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning calls out a play during the second half of the AFC championship NFL playoff football game against the New England Patriots in Denver.

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Super Bowl legend and former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath believes he has suffered some long-term effects from concussions he got while playing in the NFL, he tells Rita Braver in this preview of an interview to be broadcast on “Sunday Morning” February 2.


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Peyton Manning helped lead the Denver Broncos to a 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers in the AFC divisional round. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images)

By Zuri Berry, Staff

There’s going to be a lot of talk of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in the coming week.

The Denver Broncos will host the New England Patriots in the AFC title game following the Broncos’ 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers Sunday, setting up a showdown between the league’s top signal callers.

The AFC title game is slated for 3 p.m. Sunday Jan. 19.

The Patriots have already beaten the Broncos once this season, a 34-31 overtime victory in Week 12, while coming back from a 24-point halftime deficit for the win. Stephen Gostkowski kicked the game-winning field goal from 31 yards out.

The comeback was the Patriots’ largest in franchise history, outscoring the Broncos 34-7 from the second half on, while overcoming 280 yards rushing from Denver. Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno ran for 224 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries.

But the game was fraught with turnovers amid chilly, wintry conditions. It was 22 degrees at kickoff. The two teams combined for 11 fumbles, six of which were lost. Manning also had an interception, finishing 19 of 36 passing for 150 yards.

Brady was much more solid in the cold weather, throwing for 344 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to Julian Edelman.

In head to head matchups, Brady is 10-4 against Manning football teams and was 2-1 in the postseason against Manning when he was with the Indianapolis Colts.

The Patriots are 7-2 in the AFC championship. But Brady is just 6-4 on the road in the playoffs and the last time he played an AFC Championship game on the road, Jan. 21, 2007, the Patriots lost 38-34 at the hands of Manning’s Colts.