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Dallas Cowboys player dies in car accident

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Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent is being held without bail on a charge of intoxication manslaughter after his teammate, Jerry Brown, was killed in a one-car accident early Saturday morning, AP said.
Brent was behind the wheel when the accident occurred at approximately 2:20 a.m. in Irving, Texas. Police said that the vehicle hit a curb and flipped. When police arrived at the scene, the vehicle was on fire, and Brent was dragging Brown from the vehicle, AP reported.
Brown was taken to the hospital, and pronounced dead, CNN said.
Investigators said that the vehicle was traveling about 900 feet after hitting the curb.
Brent was booked into Irving County Jail on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison, CNN reported.

Minnesota orchestra reports record deficit

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The Minnesota Orchestra reported a $6 million deficit for 2012, the Star Tribune said.
The report accounts for the orchestra's expenditures through Aug. 31 of 2012.
The musicians of the orchestra have been locked out since Oct. 1, after rejecting an offer that would have reduced the average musician's salary by approximately $45,000.
All concerts for the fall and winter have been canceled, the Star Tribune reported.
The deficit is the highest reported by the orchestra in its 110-year history. Although the orchestra has been losing money and the musicians remain locked out, a $50 million renovation to the orchestra's home venue, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis is moving forward, the Pioneer Press reported.
Reasons for the increased deficit include a decrease in ticket sales, and a contractually mandatory pay increase to musicians in recent years, the Pioneer Press said.

NBA fines San Antonio Spurs

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The San Antonio Spurs were fined $250,000 on Friday for not playing their top stars in a televised game versus the Miami Heat, the Chicago Tribune said.
The team failed to notify the league and the media about their decision to not bring Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Tony Parker on their trip to Miami, commissioner David Stern said.
This decision was a violation of a league policy designed to discourage teams from resting players in a manner that is "contrary to league interests," the New York Times said.
Stern said that the team cheated the league and the fans by failing to make their best players available for the game,
San Antonio coach Greg Popovich has rested his veteran stars in recent seasons, citing a desire to keep them fresh for the playoffs. The game was the team's fourth road game in five nights. According to the New York Times, Popvich felt that his choice was "the best thing for our team."
This incident was the first time in which a team has been penalized for resting certain players.

Record Powerball jackpot

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The prize for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing will be at least $500 million, USA Today reported.
The jackpot is the highest amount ever for Powerball, and the second-biggest lottery jackpot ever. In March, a Mega Millions jackpot reached a staggering $656 million.
The odds of selecting the correct six number combination for the Powerball are only about 1 in 175 million. Those figures have not discouraged millions of players from purchasing tickets at $2 apiece.
Ticket sales on the day of the drawing typically account for 60 percent of the total amount sold, according to lottery officials, who expect that more than 6 million tickets will be sold per hour on Wednesday.
If taken as a lump sum, Wednesday's winning ticket could be cashed out for approximately $327 million after taxes, the Chicago Tribune said.

Soccer team saved by world's richest man

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Carlos Slim, a telecommunications tycoon with an estimated net worth of $69 billion, will become the majority shareholder of the Spanish soccer team Real Oviedo, the New York Times reports.
The team was in danger of insolvency, and needed to raise nearly 2 million euros by midnight on Saturday in order to stay afloat, Businessweek said.
Slim acquired controlling stake (30 percent) of the team for 2 million euros.
Earlier this fall, Slim purchased stakes of 30 percent in two Mexican soccer teams.
The New York Times reported that slim plans "to create synergies and exchanges between Spanish, Mexican and Latin American football."
The team has a fan base of 20,000 supporters, and until recent years of hardship, had been a first-division team. Their struggles have demoted them to third-tier level.

An Arizona woman ran her husband over with a Jeep SUV, allegedly furious that he did not vote in last Tuesday's election, CBS reports.
Holly Solomon and her husband were engaged in a heated political argument on Saturday night, according to witnesses cited in the complaint.
Solomon then chased her husband around a parking lot with the family vehicle, eventually running him over as he tried to get away, Fox News said.
The husband is in critical condition at a local hospital, and Solomon faces charges of aggravated assault.
Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played a role in the bizarre domestic dispute, authorities said.

Inmate escapes Arizona jail, apprehended later in the day

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A 26-year-old man being held on attempted murder and robbery charges is back in custody, after he escaped from an Arizona jail on Sunday, AP reports.
Adan Ordunu Jr. was discovered missing shortly before 9 a.m. at the Maricopa County Jail.
Jail personnel launched a search of the 600,000-square-foot facility, and determined that Ordunu had escaped.
He was apprehended around 6:30 p.m. in the Phoenix area, Fox15 said. An investigation is under way to determine how the inmate escaped.
According to the report, Ordunu was arrested in November, 2011 in connection with an officer-involved shooting. He has a lengthy criminal history, and has been described as "extremely dangerous."

Most of New York City's subways back in order

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Nearly all of New York City's subways are up and running following the devastation of tropical storm Sandy, the New York Times reported on Saturday morning.
More than 80 percent of the subways are back in business and the rest are expected to be operational within the next few days according to officials.
The combination of flooded tunnels and loss of power as a result of the storm left New York's subway system paralyzed, causing a tremendous transportation crunch in the wake of Sandy, which hit the city earlier in the week, Market Watch reports.
The subways were expected to be out of order for much longer, but thanks to the rigorous efforts of the workers, the tunnels have been pumped out and are operational.

Disney purchases "Star Wars"

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On Tuesday, Disney Co. agreed to purchase Lucasfilm, the production company behind the "Star Wars" franchise, for over $4 billion, the LA Times reports.
Disney plans to add new sequels to the series, beginning with "Episode 7," which is scheduled for a 2015 release.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the deal came with extensive, detailed treatments for three films.
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas had envisioned three separate trilogies since the inception of the series, though he came out earlier this year with the announcement that he would retire from making large-scale blockbuster films.
Along with "Star Wars," the rights to the "Indiana Jones" franchise now belong to Disney.

Hurricane Sandy headed towards East Coast

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A severe tropical storm is headed towards the Atlantic coast and will likely hit early next week, the Boston Globe reports.
The storm tore through the Caribbean on Thursday, leaving 21 dead, AFP said.
Meteorologists warn that the storm could merge with North American weather systems resulting in what Businessweek has called "the worst storm in 100 years."
Winds in excess of 100 miles an hour battered the region. More than 3,000 buildings were damaged in eastern Cuba and it is estimated that 70 percent of the roads in Santa Domingo are flooded.
The storm has been dubbed as "Frankenstorm" and is expected to hit the New Jersey area early next week, just in time for Halloween.

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