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CHICAGO/CLEVELAND - A blast of Arctic air gripped the vast middle of the United States on Monday, bringing the coldest temperatures felt in two decades, causing at least four deaths, forcing businesses and schools to close and canceling thousands of flights. Shelters for the homeless were overflowing and the weather threatened to briefly curtail some oil production in the severe cold described by some meteorologists as the "polar vortex" and dubbed by media as the "polar pig." Temperatures were 20 to 40 degrees F (11-22 degrees C) below av
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Fair or not to now-fired coach Leslie Frazier, the Minnesota Vikings have had a glaring void at quarterback since he was hired. General manager Rick Spielman said he’s confident he will solve the problem, but he also acknowledged his prior lack of success at doing so. “I haven’t got it right yet,” Spielman said. “We’ve worked as hard as we could to try to get that right.” Spielman has had full charge of the roster for the last two seasons and been a chief decision-maker on the draft with the Vikings for seven years.
MINNEAPOLIS — Shawn Marion scored 32 points and hit two huge 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Dallas Mavericks withstand a furious second-half charge from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 100-98 victory Monday night. Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points for the Mavericks, who led by 19 late in the first half before the Wolves came back. Kevin Love had 36 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, and his 3-pointer 90 seconds into the fourth quarter gave the Wolves an 86-85 lead.
ATLANTA — Tim Tebow has his next football job — talking about the sport on TV. The Heisman Trophy winner has been hired as a college football analyst for the new SEC Network in a return to his Florida glory days, but he still hopes to play quarterback in the NFL. Tebow will appear on “SEC Nation,” a pregame show that will travel to a different campus each week after the channel launches in August.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Leslie Frazier’s admirers were all over the Minnesota Vikings locker room and throughout the organization. Credited with keeping the team on an even keel and eliciting maximum effort through several rough stretches of his three-plus seasons, Frazier rarely spoke a pessimistic word. In the NFL, though, even the class acts have a hard time staying when the losses pile up. The Vikings fired Frazier on Monday, one year after they made the playoffs and one day after they finished a 5-10-1 season. “It’s a harsh business,” safety Harrison Smith said.
CINCINNATI — Connie Dierking, a former University of Cincinnati star and longtime NBA player who was part of the trade that brought Wilt Chamberlain to Philadelphia, has died. He was...
BISMARCK — A judicial referee has dismissed a disorderly conduct restraining order filed by the girlfriend of a white separatist against a Leith city councilman. The Bismarck Tribune reported that Deborah Henderson sought a restraining order against Councilman Lee Cook.
HONOLULU (AP) — It doesn't matter that they belong to President Barack Obama — first family dogs Bo and Sunny had to go through Hawaii's strict quarantine procedures to travel to the islands for their holiday vacation. Hawaii is rabies free and all incoming dogs have to jump through several hoops, including an expensive rabies blood test and 120-day waiting period. Dogs that don't meet regulations are quarantined up to 120 days.
JACQUES BILLEAUD Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — A 911 caller who alerted authorities that a masked man had run into a Phoenix bank calmly described how police fatally shot the suspect as he exited the building. The 911 call and surveillance footage taken during the robbery were released Monday as investigators tried to piece together how the suspect who was connected to two bank robberies in the Southeast had ended up in Phoenix.
DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The teenager who fatally shot a fellow student at his suburban Denver high school this month entered through a door that was supposed to be locked but had been propped open, the sheriff said Monday.