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HOUSTON — Syracuse coach Scott Shafer wishes his team could have held its big lead over Minnesota and cruised to an easy win in the Texas Bowl on Friday night. But he found it fitting that the Orange had to eke out the victory considering the number of close games they played this season. Terrel Hunt scrambled 12 yards for a touchdown with 1:14 remaining to lift Syracuse to a 21-17 victory over the Golden Gophers. “It would have nice if we could have just knocked them out and won by 17 or something,” Shafer said. “That’s kind of not our way this year.
WEST FARGO — A North Dakota man who is trying to get his eco-friendly sealcoating business off the ground recently gave customers of a West Fargo bar a two-for-one deal. Every bottle of beer they drank went toward a new parking lot. Ron LaCoe is the owner of A1 Sealcoating and Asphalt Maintenance Inc., a West Fargo company that has begun using a mixture that includes recycled glass to refurbish parking lots and other paved surfaces.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A man accused of fatally stabbing his friend at an oil field crew camp in Tioga has waived extradition from Wisconsin. Ryan Anderson, of Iron River, Mich., is charged with murder for the March slaying of Christopher King. Anderson was out on bond when he was arrested Dec. 18 in Wisconsin on a drunken driving charge. The Williston Herald reported a judge revoked his bond because he was to avoid alcohol and not leave the state. Anderson will be returned to North Dakota and is scheduled to stand trial starting Feb. 10 on the murder charge.
WASHINGTON — More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, with potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy.
WASHINGTON — Those occasionally infamous multimillion-dollar water projects that have been derided by good-government types over the years as Exhibit A of pork-barrel spending in Congress are making a comeback.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Residents still without power from Michigan to Maine after a weekend ice storm are becoming frustrated with each passing hour that their homes remain dark and cold. They're scrambling to buy or borrow generators to keep pipes from freezing. Some have fled their homes while others are choosing to stay or have nowhere else to go.
LOCKPORT, La. (AP) — Authorities say an autopsy shows that the wife of a man accused of killing three people and wounding three others suffocated and drowned. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter released the results of the autopsy Friday afternoon. Maj. Malcolm Wolfe with the sheriff's department said in an email that the evidence also indicates that Benjamin Freeman killed his wife, Denise Freeman, before he went on a rampage and killed others Thursday.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican Sen. John Hoeven and Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp have asked the FBI to place agents in Williston to help address increased crime in western North Dakota. Heitkamp and Hoeven wrote to FBI Director James Comey urging him to move agents to Williston, which is in the heart of North Dakota's booming oil patch.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State has suspended senior linebacker Max Bullough for violating team rules, making him ineligible to play in the Rose Bowl. In a news release sent early Thursday, Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said Bullough had been suspended for the rest of the season. He did not say what rules the two-time team captain violated. “It is extremely disappointing for all parties involved,” Dantonio said. The No. 4 Spartans will play No. 5 Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings plan a big weekend for fans as the team closes out its final season at the Metrodome. The festivities begin Saturday with a “Last Season, Last Call” event from 4-7 p.m. at Mall of America Field at the downtown Minneapolis dome. Season ticket owners get a final chance to take commemorative photos on the field, near the Vikings ship or in the team’s locker room. At Sunday’s final game against Detroit, every fan who enters the stadium will receive a pennant celebrating the final season. Fans will not be allowed to remove any stadium property.