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Picking Sam, Rams welcome 1st openly gay player

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Sam waited and waited. Hours passed, rounds came and went, and eventually, there were only eight more picks left on the third and final day of the NFL draft.


Report: Govt. agents protected director's aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of a Secret Service special unit responsible for patrolling near the White House were pulled off that assignment over at least two months in 2011 to protect the assistant of the agency's director while she was engaged in a dispute with a neighbor, according to a report in The Washington Post.


Two dead, one missing after hot air balloon catches fire in Virginia

Two people were killed and another was missing after a hot air balloon hit a power line and caught fire over Virginia during a festival as horrified witnesses watched from below, police said on Saturday. We do continue to keep finding debris and various items that would have been on the hot air balloon,\" Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told a news conference.


St. Louis Rams pick Michael Sam in NFL draft

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Sam was picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft Saturday, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.


NFL DRAFT: Big name QBs finally hear names

NEW YORK (AP) — It took a few hours on the final day of the NFL draft for A.J. McCarron, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger to finally hear their names called.


U. of Richmond athletic staffer was on Va. balloon

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) — A University of Richmond women's basketball team staff member was one of three occupants on a hot air balloon that crashed in Virginia, a family spokeswoman said Saturday.

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