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People Zayn Malik speaks for the first time since leaving One Direction: 'I've never felt more in control in my life'

They couldn’t be more wrong, to be honest,” he told The Sun.Malik says that the 1D guys . I don’t know,” he told The Sun when asked if he'd be welcomed to return.Malik announced Wednesday that he would be leaving One Direction due to stress. Kevin Mazur/OneD/Getty Images Harry Styles (l.) and Zayn Malik of One Direction perform onstage during the "Where We Are" tour at Met Life Stadium on Aug.
Karwai Tang/WireImage Zayn Malik of One Direction attends the BBC Music Awards at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre Dec. 11.

Zayn Malik admits this week has been crazy for him.

The singer who broke the hearts of millions when he announced that he would be leaving the band One Direction has spoken out for the first time, saying, “It is crazy and wild and a bit mad but at the same time I’ve never felt more in control in my life.”

In an interview with The Sun the singer explains that so far he has no regrets about leaving the British group.

“And I feel like I’m doing what’s right ? right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good,” the 22-year-old said. “You know, I did try to do something that I wasn’t happy doing for a while, for the sake of maybe other people’s happiness. And that was mainly the fans. And I only ever tried to do it for the fans, and it was only ever for them.”

“And basically, I’m only upset (because) I feel like I may have let them down in some sort of way,” Malik added.

Could tension between band members have added to the stress and caused the singer to quit? He says absolutely not.

View Gallery One Direction through the years

“Do you mean there was like a negativity between us? They couldn’t be more wrong, to be honest,” he told The Sun.

Malik says that the 1D guys ? Harry, Louis, Niall and Liam ? have all stood behind his decision to leave and do something that makes him happy.

“My band has been really supportive,” the star explained. “They’ve been really cool about it. And they understand that, you know, it’s not real to me anymore.”

Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/AP Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Harry Styles of One Direction accept the award at the American Music Awards Nov. 23 2014.

He also shared some good news and some bad news about the future of the band.

“They still want to do it for a while, so they’re going to carry on doing what they want to do,” he said when asked if the other members are going to continue with the band. “And I think they’re going to do OK for a while, do you know what I mean? I think they’re going to be cool.”

As for Zayn, he’s not sure that he would be invited back into the band if he changed his mind.

Kevin Mazur/OneD/Getty Images Harry Styles (l.) and Zayn Malik of One Direction perform onstage during the "Where We Are" tour at Met Life Stadium on Aug. 4.

“I don’t think I can really answer that really. I don’t know,” he told The Sun when asked if he'd be welcomed to return.

Malik announced Wednesday that he would be leaving One Direction due to stress.

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Red Sox slugger David Ortiz denies ever ‘knowingly’ taking steroids

I’ve performed year after year after year.” Related Stories Yankees Insider: David Ortiz is done with A-Rod David Ortiz's routine between pitches may be costly Ortiz, Sheffield fire warning to Yankees slugger A-Rod . Ortiz claimed to have passed about 15 drug tests since 2004, when MLB established a comprehensive drug-testing program. “If I tested positive for anything, it was for something in pills I bought at the damn mall.
Getty Images and Players Tribune David Ortiz pens an article for The Players' Tribune, Derek Jeter's sports website.

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz declared Thursday that he never “knowingly” took steroids despite having reportedly tested positive in 2003 during Major League Baseball’s preliminary round of performance-enhancing drug testing.

Big Papi, 39, addressed the matter in a long and defiant post on The Players Tribune, a website founded last year by retired Yankee Derek Jeter.

“I never knowingly took any steroids,” Ortiz writes. “If I tested positive for anything, it was for something in pills I bought at the damn mall. If you think that ruins everything I have done in this game, there is nothing I can say to convince you different.”

Ortiz suggests, as he has in the past, that he may have tested positive because of contaminated nutritional supplements, although it has never been clear precisely what type of drug was found in his urine and if it was the kind of compound sometimes found in over-the-counter supplements.

“To this day, nobody has any answers for me,” Ortiz writes. “Nobody can tell me what I supposedly tested positive for. They say they legally can’t, because the tests were never supposed to be public.”

Citing unnamed lawyers, The New York Times reported in 2009 that Ortiz’s name was on a list of roughly 100 MLB players whose urine tested positive in 2003, when the league conducted a survey test to determine the magnitude of the game’s steroid problem. The results were intended to remain anonymous, but federal agents investigating the BALCO doping ring seized the laboratory results, discovering the list upon which the Times report was based.

A week and a half after that report (Ortiz’s teammate, Manny Ramirez, was also identified), Ortiz said in a news conference that he was “a little bit careless back in those days” when buying over-the-counter supplements and vitamins ? “but I never buy steroids or use steroids,” he said.

On that day ? Aug. 8, 2009 ? Ortiz claimed to have passed about 15 drug tests since 2004, when MLB established a comprehensive drug-testing program. In his Players Tribune post Thursday, Ortiz claims that number is now closer to 80, and that he is the most tested player in MLB history. (A spokesman for the league declined to comment.)

“Ten times a season these guys come into the clubhouse or my home with their briefcases,” Ortiz says, referring to doping control officers who collect testing samples. “I have never failed a single one of those tests and I never will.”

Ortiz begins his piece with an anecdote in which the doping control officers appear at his door in the Dominican Republic at 7:30 in the morning. He relates telling them to be more careful not to surprise him that way. But a universal claim of drug-testing experts is that the element of surprise is critical to effective anti-doping programs, since announced testing gives cheaters ample opportunity to mask their doping or schedule it around visits.

Although he is one of the most beloved baseball players in Boston history, Ortiz claims the media have been unfair to him regarding his failed drug test. On Jeter’s website, Ortiz belittles the baseball reporters who have questioned him about doping and whose votes may now determine his entry into Cooperstown.

“Hell yes I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame,” Ortiz writes. “I’ve won three World Series since MLB introduced comprehensive drug testing. I’ve performed year after year after year.”

Related Stories Yankees Insider: David Ortiz is done with A-Rod David Ortiz's routine between pitches may be costly Ortiz, Sheffield fire warning to Yankees slugger A-Rod
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Colorado woman who cut fetus from mom's womb won't be charged with murder, lawmaker calls crime 'Curse of God upon America' (VIDEO)

 CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO.With New Wire Services [email protected] . Gordon Klingenschmitt (R-Colorado Springs), who hosts the televangelist show 'Pray in Jesus Name,' created an uproar Tuesday when he called the attack the 'curse of God.' Former Colorado minority leader Mark Waller said Klingenschmitt should resign."It's probably time for him to step down," Waller told KUSA.
Boulder County/Splash News Dynel Lane, 34, who police said likely suffers from a mental illness, will not be charged with murder, the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office told the Daily News.

The Colorado woman accused of cutting a seven-month-old fetus from the mother's womb will not be charged with murder, the Boulder County District Attorney's Office confirmed.

Dynel Lane, 34, who police said likely suffers from a mental illness, lured Michelle Wilkins to her Longmont, Colo. home with a Craigslist ad for baby clothes on March 18 and instead attacked Wilkins.

Lane was arrested at Longmont United Hospital after bringing in the dead fetus, telling doctors she suffered a miscarriage, according to cops. Lane was initially charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault and child abuse knowingly/recklessly resulting in death.

Boulder County DA spokeswoman Catherine Olguin told the Daily News late Thursday that prosecutors won't charge Lane with murder in the baby's death. Charges will be filed Friday.

Michelle Wilkins via Facebook Michelle Wilkins of Longmont, Colorado, pictured here in a recent Facebook profile photo posted Feb. 24, had an unborn baby cut out of her womb by Dynel Lane.

Wilkins, who moved from North Carolina just one month earlier, was allegedly choked, beaten and then cut with a kitchen knife and glass - and left for dead.

Unaware her unborn baby girl was taken from her womb, Wilkins made a desperate 911 call. She was released from the hospital Wednesday.

"The issue of whether or not murder charges are appropriate involving a case involving the death of a fetus or late-term pregnancy is always a difficult issue," District Attorney Stan Garnett after the initial arrest. "Under Colorado law, there's no way murder charges can be brought if it is not established that the fetus lived as a child outside the body of the mother for some period of time. I don't know the answer yet as to whether that could be established - what our facts are here. One of the issues that we will need to evaluate in connection with that is the medical information from the autopsy."

Colorado has twice rejected proposals to make the violent death of a fetus a homicide, refusing to join 38 other states and the federal government for fear such a law would be used to restrict abortions.

A Colorado lawmaker who hosts the televangelist show "Pray in Jesus Name" created an uproar Tuesday when he called the attack the "curse of God."

"This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb," Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt (R-Colorado Springs) said, KUSA reported. "Part of that curse for our rebellion against God as a nation is that our pregnant women are ripped open."

thedenverchannel.com/ABC 7 Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt (R-Colorado Springs), who hosts the televangelist show 'Pray in Jesus Name,' created an uproar Tuesday when he called the attack the 'curse of God.'

Former Colorado minority leader Mark Waller said Klingenschmitt should resign.

"It's probably time for him to step down," Waller told KUSA. "I can only imagine what's going to happen when the mother of this unborn child sees a government official, an elected official's response to why her baby was killed."

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Alex Rodriguez's cousin Yuri Sucart to plead guilty, but Biogenesis case may linger

The spokesman did not comment on the possibility of a lawsuit filed against MLB by Collazo.Collazo and Quintero . And he says it all began with MLB’s aggressive tactics used against him during its probe.“I got pretty scared,” says Collazo. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida outlined the case against Collazo and the other Biogenesis defendants last summer. Prosecutors claimed Collazo did “actively recruit underage high school athletes for Mr.
Schwartz, Michael Six years after being 'outed' by cousin Alex Rodriguez, Yuri Sucart will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute human growth hormon.

MIAMI ? Six years ago, Yuri Sucart was first identified to the media by Alex Rodriguez, when the disgraced Yankee slugger held an awkward spring training press conference to admit to his doping past, making a surprising admission in the process, by singling out his “Cousin Yuri” as his main steroid mule.

The ensuing years have been even less kind to Yuri Sucart, who has been banned from clubhouses and traveling entourages by Major League Baseball; fired by Rodriguez in late 2011; targeted in an MLB investigation and a federal investigation of Biogenesis, the anti-aging clinic Rodriguez turned to for steroids and human growth hormone; seen his health deteriorate dramatically; and weathered massive legal issues while A-Rod completed a season-long doping ban but skirted under the government’s radar in the Biogenesis case.

On Friday, Sucart takes the first step toward removing the burdensome legal collar he has been saddled with since his arrest last Aug. 5 by federal authorities. He will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute human growth hormone before U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga and await sentencing.

But while Sucart’s plea agreement means Rodriguez will not have to take the stand in a trial ? as he was expected to do had the case advanced that far ? and Friday’s hearing seems to be the final chapter of the Biogenesis case, there is a possibility of future litigation by at least one Biogenesis defendant, meaning the shuttered Coral Gables anti-aging clinic may still be making headlines in 2015 and beyond.

The lawyer for Lazaro (Lazer) Collazo, a former University of Miami baseball coach, another Biogenesis defendant who has already received his sentence ? two years’ probation, after pleading guilty to lesser charges earlier this month ? has indicated he is exploring a lawsuit charging any entity or person, including MLB, with obtaining medical records whose contents are heavily protected by Florida law.

“We’re looking into filing a lawsuit against every entity or person who purchased, sold or disclosed Lazer’s medical records in violation of Florida law,” says Frank Quintero Jr., referring to the circumstances surrounding the purchase of Biogenesis documents by different entities and persons, including, he says, Major League Baseball, in 2013 (Rodriguez also purchased records that were produced by Biogenesis.) “Florida has got one of the toughest regulations concerning the obtaining and disclosure of medical records in the entire country.”

Winslow Townson/AP Yuri Sucart's upcoming guilty plea lets Alex Rodriguez avoid testifying in his cousin's trial, but the Biogenesis case may not be over yet for the disgraced Yankee slugger.

The 51-year-old Collazo became ensnared in the Biogenesis case and was charged with three counts of conspiracy to distribute testosterone and HGH, including claims that Collazo purchased the drugs “for distribution to a minor.” During MLB’s separate investigation into the clinic and its founder, Anthony Bosch, Collazo was interviewed by MLB investigators as part of their probe.

Collazo is still adamant that MLB “threatened” him during an interview with him at his Miami home in 2013, a claim that one of his former attorneys made that same year, after Collazo became a possible witness in a lawsuit MLB filed against Bosch and other associates. Major League Baseball, which operated its probe without the benefit of subpoena power, meaning witnesses had no obligation to cooperate with baseball investigators, has long maintained that it never used intimidating tactics with witnesses during its investigation.

An MLB spokesman told the Daily News that “we vehemently deny” using any intimidation tactics, threats or harassing witnesses. The spokesman did not comment on the possibility of a lawsuit filed against MLB by Collazo.

Collazo and Quintero ? who mounted an aggressive defense of Collazo in the federal case and was able to get his client to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of purchasing a controlled substance (testosterone) without a prescription ? are presenting a different story of how MLB operated.

The former Miami pitching coach says he vividly remembers the night that MLB investigators showed up late at his home, “presented themselves as police officers or retired police officers,” and then proceeded to “threaten” Collazo into giving up damaging information on professional baseball players, including Rodriguez and Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun.

“This got me pissed off ? my little girl, my daughter, at the time was nine years old,” Collazo told the Daily News Tuesday. “At 10:30 at night, when they came over, they bullied me and my family in front of my little girl. They threatened me that if I wouldn’t talk or if I didn’t say something about Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, they were going to go through the press and pretty much squash my name.”

While MLB’s interest in Collazo was to try to uncover PED links between baseball players and Biogenesis, the government painted Collazo in very stark terms when the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida outlined the case against Collazo and the other Biogenesis defendants last summer. Prosecutors claimed Collazo did “actively recruit underage high school athletes for Mr. Bosch.”

But Collazo says he never was guilty of anything other than the “mistake” of purchasing synthetic testosterone without a prescription for himself from someone who was not a doctor.

“The other allegations that I was dealing with ? taking young kids to Biogenesis ? all those accusations and indictments have been dropped because it was me saying, and Mr. Quintero telling Major League Baseball, the government, and whoever else, ‘That’s not true.’ Here’s a guy like me, a little ant, I was thrown to the wolves.

“From Day 1, I have said the one thing I did do, a mistake, was purchase testosterone for myself,” adds Collazo, who said he purchased the drugs from Bosch business partner Carlos Acevedo, another defendant in the federal case.

Daniel Portnoy While Yuri Sucart, whose health deteriorates in recent years, looks to put the Biogenesis case behind him, fellow defendant Lazaro (Lazer) Collazo is considering future litigation.

Collazo says he is relieved to have the federal case behind him but that the entire ordeal has deeply hurt him and his family and has “killed my career” as a baseball coach. And he says it all began with MLB’s aggressive tactics used against him during its probe.

“I got pretty scared,” says Collazo. “My wife was there (during the MLB interview with him at his home), she gets scared. She’s going crazy after they leave.”

Sucart, meanwhile, will plead guilty Friday, and will hope that Judge Altonaga sees fit to spare him from jail when he is eventually sentenced. His medical issues are very serious and will likely play a role in whether he gets house arrest and probation or does jail time.

As one source close to the case says: “Everyone thought Yuri was the evil bad guy. In reality, he was just a scapegoat for Alex for a very long time.”

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Travel Ask Amy: Baby-loathing person tired of pretending (3/27/2015)

Happily Child-free Dear Child-free: Here's a quote about the grouchy commander-in-chief of baby-haters, W.C. Leaving home is a start.Dear Amy: Responding to the letter from "Pregnant and Confused," who used to be a party girl but has now changed her ways. Prospective Grad Dear Grad: Going far away for college is one good and effective way to begin separating from a degrading, challenging parent. There are two things I can't stand: a drunk man when I'm sober, and a sober man when I'm drunk.

Dear Amy: I make no secret that I'm not a fan of kids. I don't want to baby-sit. I don't want kids of my own. I don't think kids of any age are cute. I definitely don't want to hold them.

Those last two items are causing me trouble. See, many of my friends and relatives are spawning. Inevitably I wind up looking at pictures of their offspring and/or going to see the newborn critter.

I can usually put on a smile and pretend I'm enjoying myself for a short time, but people often ask two questions I have no idea how to answer.

The first question is some variation of, "Isn't little (insert name of child) cute?" The second is, "Do you want to hold (insert gender of child)?"

I don't find their kids cute and I don't want to hold them. But how do I say that gently? I may not like kids, but I'm not about to say, "Your offspring looks like a cross between Elmer Fudd and Winston Churchill."

So how do I respond when someone asks, "Isn't (child's name) cute?" without lying? And what's a good excuse I can give for turning down an offer to hold the baby? ? Happily Child-free

Dear Child-free: Here's a quote about the grouchy commander-in-chief of baby-haters, W.C. Fields: "Anyone who hates dogs and children can't be all bad." Perhaps if you had this printed on a T-shirt to wear in the presence of babies and their parents, you wouldn't be invited to interact with them.

However, if the worst happens and you are ambushed and confronted with a baby, here's how you respond to the cuteness question.

Q: Isn't baby Sophie cute?

A: I've never seen anything like her!

When someone asks if you want to hold a baby, you can say, "No, I don't think so. I have some idea of where that baby has been."

Dear Amy: I'm having trouble telling my mother that I applied to attend university halfway across the country. I told my father I applied, and he wasn't very supportive at first but eventually came around. I had to make him promise not to tell my mother until it's confirmed that I am accepted. I did not want her rubbing my face in it if I was rejected, or trying to sabotage my attempts at improving myself and my life.

I have never had a good relationship with this woman. It's not like I never tried, but my mother has issues that she takes out on me and my sisters instead of getting help. I'm just so tired of all the abuse. Accepted to college or not, I'm leaving this house.

My question: Is it wrong of me to want to keep this news from her? Is it wrong that I feel the need to move so far away from her to be happy, to have my own life that will cater to me instead of her? Why can't my mother be happy for me? ? Prospective Grad

Dear Grad: Going far away for college is one good and effective way to begin separating from a degrading, challenging parent. Your instincts are good. However ? and this is a big one ? you will find that your relationship issues tend to follow you wherever you go. You will still need to do the hard personal work of dealing with a mother who seems to undermine you at every turn. Leaving home is a start.

Dear Amy: Responding to the letter from "Pregnant and Confused," who used to be a party girl but has now changed her ways. Her feelings echo mine. There are two things I can't stand: a drunk man when I'm sober, and a sober man when I'm drunk. ? Currently Sober

Dear Sober: A fairly universal reaction. Thank you.

Send questions via e-mail to [email protected] or write to Ask Amy, Chicago Tribune, TT500, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.

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Sports NCAA tournament:

If he's at the top of his game, the Utes just might give top-seeded Duke all it can handle (6:45 p.m., CBS).-- JON WILNERINSIDE: Men's NCAA tournament Thursday roundup and Friday picks; Stanford women set to face top-seed Notre Dame. FLYING HIGHIt wasn't easy for two of them, but all four higher seeds advanced Thursday. Looks lopsided on paper but feels like it will go down to the wire.UPSET PICKNo. He can score from anywhere, causes havoc defensively and makes his teammates better.

FLYING HIGH

It wasn't easy for two of them, but all four higher seeds advanced Thursday. In the Midwest region, No. 1 Kentucky dominated West Virginia and No. 3 Notre Dame impressively repelled Wichita State. The West was more harrowing, as No. 1 Wisconsin and No. 2 Arizona -- the Pac-12 Conference's top seed -- were pushed near the brink by North Carolina and Xavier, respectively.

FRIDAY'S GAME OF THE DAY

No. 2 Gonzaga vs. No. 11 UCLA (4:15 p.m., CBS): Two of the marquee programs in the west collide for the second time this season. Gonzaga won in Pauley Pavilion in December, by 13 points. The Bruins have made great strides since and must counteract the Zags' massive frontline and steady defense. Looks lopsided on paper but feels like it will go down to the wire.

UPSET PICK

No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Michigan State (7:07 p.m., TBS): We'll call this a seed-line upset only, because the Spartans are a slight betting favorite -- and for good reason. They have won 10 of their past 13 games, dispatched No. 2 seeded Virginia in the third round and look nothing like the team that lost to Texas Southern three months ago. Oh, and they have a March master in coach Tom Izzo.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Utah's Delon Wright: The 6-foot-5 senior point guard, who spent two years at City College of San Francisco before transferring to Utah, is a projected first-round pick. He can score from anywhere, causes havoc defensively and makes his teammates better. If he's at the top of his game, the Utes just might give top-seeded Duke all it can handle (6:45 p.m., CBS).

-- JON WILNER

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Sports NCAA tournament: Kentucky crushes West Virginia

McConnell scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, freshman Stanley Johnson added 12 points, and second-seeded Arizona made a dominant late rally for a 68-60 victory over sixth-seeded Xavier in the West Regional semifinals."He has the ability to take the big shot and make it," Arizona coach Sean Miller said of McConnell. With undefeated Kentucky facing Notre Dame on Saturday for a shot in the Final Four, it will be familiar territory for the Fighting Irish.

Like a massive, unstoppable blue wave, Kentucky hit quickly and just kept coming. There was no escape for West Virginia, no place to hide.

Trey Lyles scored 14 points, Andrew Harrison added 13, and the unbeaten Wildcats, chasing history and a ninth national title, made their 37th straight win look easy, blowing past the Mountaineers 78-39 on Thursday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

"They were what I thought they were," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. "That's the best defensive team I think that I've ever coached against. And when they're making shots, there's nobody going to beat them."

Kentucky (37-0) jumped to an 18-2 lead, built it to 26 in the first half and advanced to Saturday's regional final to play third-seeded Notre Dame in Cleveland.

West Virginia didn't eclipse 20 points until the 11:41 mark of the second half.

The Wildcats were fueled by comments made Wednesday by West Virginia freshman guard Daxter Miles Jr., who predicted the Mountaineers would end Kentucky's title run. Some of the Wildcats said they wanted to win by 50.

"Well, that didn't come from me, because that's not how I coach," Kentucky's John Calipari said. "I mean, what, someone's going to come in and say we're going to lose and they're going to say they're going to win. But we say at some point you have to step in the ring, we'll lift the rope, you've got to come in here."

Miles did not score.

Irish giant slayers: Notre Dame isn't a basketball powerhouse, but it has a history of coming up with big wins playing against No. 1 ranked teams. With undefeated Kentucky facing Notre Dame on Saturday for a shot in the Final Four, it will be familiar territory for the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame has beaten the No. 1 team eight times, including breaking UCLA's 88-game winning streak in 1974. Its most recent win over a No. 1 team was against Syracuse in 2012.

Elite Eight rematch: Just when Arizona appeared to be in serious trouble against underdog Xavier, T.J. McConnell sparked his Wildcats back to the brink of the Final Four.

McConnell scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, freshman Stanley Johnson added 12 points, and second-seeded Arizona made a dominant late rally for a 68-60 victory over sixth-seeded Xavier in the West Regional semifinals.

"He has the ability to take the big shot and make it," Arizona coach Sean Miller said of McConnell. "That's one of the reasons we're here today."

With its third Elite Eight berth in five years, Arizona gets another shot its first Final Four under Miller, who led Xavier for five years until 2009. The Wildcats will face top-seeded Wisconsin on Saturday in Los Angeles in a rematch of last season's West final that the Badgers won in overtime.

"It's almost as if we had a summer to think about it, and we have to somehow make that to our advantage," Miller said.

Badgers fan: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was in the house, along with Cal Ripken Jr. and Billy Crystal, for Wisconsin's win over North Carolina in Los Angeles.

Asked about the enthusiastic Rodgers sitting behind the Badgers' bench, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan joked, "Aaron Rodgers? The guy that, not Erin Andrews? It was Aaron Rodgers behind our bench."

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Family looking for son who went on date at East Village sushi restaurant destroyed in explosion

View Gallery Dramatic scenes as East Village restaurant goes up in flames after explosion Courtesy Figueroa family Nicholas Figueroa, 23, was missing Thursday after the Second Ave. Courtesy Figueroa family Figueroa was taking his co-worker on a date at the restaurant, his family says. Enlarge Todd Maisel/New York Daily News A seven-alarm fire raced through buildings after an apparent gas explosion.
Facebook Nicholas Figueroa, 23, was missing after going on a date Thursday at Sushi Park in the East Village, his family says. The restaurant was destroyed by an explosion and fire. Facebook Facebook photo of Nicholas Figueroa. Previous Next Enlarge

The parents of a man who was on a date at the East Village sushi restaurant that exploded Thursday afternoon were desperately searching for their son well into the night.

Nicholas Figueroa’s distraught mom and dad said they had searched all the city hospitals for the 23-year-old Upper East Side man to no avail. They were clinging to hope outside a Red Cross station near the explosion site.

Courtesy Figueroa family The family said they know he was at the restaurant because his bank statement recorded a $13.04 charge from Sushi Park.

“Right now we don’t really know what to do, we’re just praying,” Figueroa’s father, Nick, told the Daily News when he and his wife at about 10 p.m.

View Gallery Dramatic scenes as East Village restaurant goes up in flames after explosion Courtesy Figueroa family Nicholas Figueroa, 23, was missing Thursday after the Second Ave. explosion at a sushi restaurant.

The son, who works at Bowlmor Lanes at Chelsea Piers, had taken a coworker on a lunch date to Sushi Park.

His family learned he was in the Second Ave. restaurant at the time of the gas explosion when they got a call from his date’s parents.

“It's so weird because the girl he was on a date with is in the (Bellevue) hospital with a broken nose,” said Neal Figueroa, 22, the missing man’s brother.

RELATED: More than a dozen hurt as blaze tears through sushi restaurant

The family said they know Nicholas was at the restaurant because his bank statement recorded a $13.04 charge from the eatery.

He last talked to one of his brothers at 1:49 p.m. Thursday before going on his date, the family said. It was their second date, the family said.

"I saw him this morning and he was sleeping on the couch and I didn't think nothing of it. Just another day," said the brother, Neal.

Courtesy Figueroa family Figueroa was taking his co-worker on a date at the restaurant, his family says. Enlarge Todd Maisel/New York Daily News A seven-alarm fire raced through buildings after an apparent gas explosion. Enlarge

"He is one of those people that lives life to the fullest. He's always happy," he said of the missing man.

The 3:20 p.m. blast occurred in the basement of Sushi Park, sending flames ripping through the five-story building at 121 Second Ave. and setting the building next door ablaze. One of the buildings completely collapsed.

FDNY officials said 19 people were injured in the explosion, four critically.

Google The 3:20 p.m. blast occurred in the basement of Sushi Park, sending flames ripping through the five-story building at 121 Second Ave. Related Stories Explosion rocks NYC's East Village, building collapses Off-duty firefighter rushes to save victims of NYC explosion
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Roadshow: The torture that is the I-680 evening commute

Construction will be done by 2019.Q If traffic on I-880 or I-680 becomes stopped, does the freeway become an "inert-state?"John ZugnoniAlamedaA You punster. The volume of traffic justifies six lanes, maybe seven.Jeff KernerSan JoseA I've avoided northbound I-680 during the Friday evening commute for more than a decade after a trip from Mountain View to I-580 took me almost three hours. Even residential streets in Fremont (Mission San Jose area) are blocked.

Q I've noticed that small wooden stakes with spray-paint markings have been pounded into the dirt on the right shoulder of northbound Interstate 680 in the Fremont area. Could that have anything to do with widening 680 and adding more lanes? It would be an answer to my prayers! The afternoon commute out of Silicon Valley is horrible, which is why I have such a vested interest in seeing those little stakes in the ground.

Blair Alexander

Clayton

A You are not the only one praying for relief.

Q If you are bored on a Friday and want to write an interesting article, try to drive from San Jose to Pleasanton at 5:30 p.m. Interstate 680 is stopped. All of the side streets are stopped. Even residential streets in Fremont (Mission San Jose area) are blocked. I can't believe Fremont residents put up with that crap. The volume of traffic justifies six lanes, maybe seven.

Jeff Kerner

San Jose

A I've avoided northbound I-680 during the Friday evening commute for more than a decade after a trip from Mountain View to I-580 took me almost three hours. It was torture. But those wooden stakes are a sign of better things to come. They are the first step of survey work for adding a fourth northbound lane between Auto Mall Parkway and Highway 84.

It will be a carpool/express lane, as there is in the southbound direction. This is moving ahead because Alameda County voters approved funding for it in November. The environmental report will be ready later this year, and design work will be completed in mid-2017. Construction will be done by 2019.

Q If traffic on I-880 or I-680 becomes stopped, does the freeway become an "inert-state?"

John Zugnoni

Alameda

A You punster. Most definitely along the Sunol Grade.

Q Who is responsible to remove a burned-out vehicle from the street? A few weeks ago, a BMW caught fire on Flickinger Avenue. The fire department put it out and left a shell of a car and a huge mess of glass and ash everywhere. The mess still sits there. I can't stand seeing that burned-out shell any longer.

Marie Fernandes

San Jose

A The owner should do this, I called the city and they sent out a tow truck Thursday.

Q There is a pile of tree mulch on the side of the road on Sousa Lane, near Quito Road and Westmont Avenue, adjacent to Highway 85 in Saratoga. The mulch has been there a couple of months. Does it belong to a government agency or road authority? Maybe it's from one of the companies that offers free ground-up trees for residential use and just needed a place to dump it. I could use some for my yard.

Eric Riedstra

A Go for it. No one at Saratoga City Hall or the county knows who left the pile of mulch. They suspect it was a random act of dumping, which would make the mulch available to whoever wants it.

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Fugitive LAPD officer Henry Solis walked into Mexico, dad charged by FBI 

FBI FBI are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Henry Solis. FBI Surveillance photo of Victor Solis and Henry Solis crossing into Juarez, Mexico, from El Paso, Texas on March 14 at approximately 5:40 a.m. Enlarge FBI Surveillance photo of Victor Solis and Henry Solis crossing into Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, from El Paso, Texas on March 14 at approximately 5:40 a.m. Enlarge Fugitive LAPD cop Henry Solis is wanted for murder.
AP Rookie LAPD officer Henry Solis is wanted for murder in a Pomona, Calif. nightclub. Enlarge FBI Surveillance photo of Victor Solis and Henry Solis crossing into Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, from El Paso, Texas on March 14 at approximately 5:40 a.m. Enlarge Fugitive LAPD cop Henry Solis is wanted for murder. Surveillance photo shows him with father Victor Solis crossing into Juarez, Mexico, from El Paso, Texas on March 14.

A fugitive LAPD officer wanted for murder is still on the loose, but his dad was arrested Thursday after allegedly helping the rookie cop make a cross-country escape, telling authorities he dropped his son off at a bus stop in Texas.

Victor Solis, 53, was arrested at his Lancaster, Calif. home and charged in a federal court in El Paso, Texas, with making false statements to FBI agents after they released surveillance images showing the elder Solis crossing the border into Mexico with his son.

Henry Solis has been on the run since he shot and killed 23-year-old Salome Rodriguez Jr. during an off-duty altercation outside a Pomona, Calif. nightclub on March 13, police claim.

The FBI said the 27-year-old Solis walked to Juarez, Mexico from El Paso with his dad, one day after the murder.

Victor Solis initially told authorities he didn't know where his son was.

FBI FBI are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Henry Solis.

At a hearing in Los Angeles, Solis agreed to be transferred to Texas to face the charge and was ordered held without bail, City News Service reported.

He could face up to five years in federal prison if convicted.

The cop went from person of interest to murder suspect three days later when Solis didn't show for work and Pomona police issued a warrant for his arrest.

"Suspect Solis is a police officer and should be considered armed and dangerous. The suspect knows he is wanted, and that police are actively searching for him," the department said.

FBI Surveillance photo of Victor Solis and Henry Solis crossing into Juarez, Mexico, from El Paso, Texas on March 14 at approximately 5:40 a.m.

Solis was assigned in December to the Devonshire Division in the San Fernando Valley and had yet to complete his probationary period as an officer.

On the day of the killing, Solis called his father's home, and a short time later the elder Solis left in a hurry, according to an affidavit from an FBI agent.

In an FBI interview, Victor Solis said his son claimed to have five days of vacation and wanted to go to El Paso.

A $25,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of Henry Solis, who is believed to be hiding in Mexico.

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Boulder DA says no murder charges to be filed in Longmont baby case

Clyde Wright, a neonatologist who works out of University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado, says a fetus as far along as Wilkins' . Ridley said he "rubbed the baby slightly then rolled it over to hear and see it take a gasping breath."He then drove his wife and the baby to the hospital.Wilkins, wounded in the basement, called 911 at 2:41 p.m. to respond to a Craigslist ad of baby clothes for sale.Lane's husband, David Ridley, came home at 2:15 p.m.

LISTEN to the 911 call in the Longmont stabbing case

The Boulder County District Attorney's Office said Thursday night that murder charges will not be filed against Dynel Lane, the woman accused of stabbing a Longmont woman and removing a 7-month-old fetus from her womb.

Catherine Olguin, an administrative deputy with the DA's office, confirmed that decision to The Denver Post.

Olguin said the office would not provide further information before a Friday news conference by District Attorney Stan Garnett.

That will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Boulder County Justice Center, about an hour after Lane is scheduled to be formally charged.

Also on Friday, the Boulder County coroner is expected to release the findings of an autopsy performed on the fetus.

Police said Lane, who was a Colorado certified nurse's aide from 2010 to 2012, attacked Wilkins, 26, on March 18 at Lane's apartment in the 1600 block of Green Place in Longmont. Wilkins went to the home at about 11:51 a.m. to respond to a Craigslist ad of baby clothes for sale.

Lane's husband, David Ridley, came home at 2:15 p.m. to take his wife to a prenatal checkup. He was met at the stairs by Lane, who was covered in blood.

She told her husband that she had a miscarriage and that the baby was in the bathtub upstairs. Ridley said he "rubbed the baby slightly then rolled it over to hear and see it take a gasping breath."

He then drove his wife and the baby to the hospital.

Wilkins, wounded in the basement, called 911 at 2:41 p.m. Lane was arrested at Longmont United Hospital at 7:46 p.m.

POLICE REPORT: Arrest report for Dynel Lane

Lane, 34, made her first court appearance on March 19 at the Boulder County jail, where a judge ordered her held on $2 million bail. She is being held on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and child abuse knowingly and recklessly resulting in death.

Wilkins, who was admitted in critical condition, was released from Longmont United Hospital on Wednesday.

In a news conference last week, Garnett said that if Lane was not charged with murder she could face a count related to the unwanted termination of a pregnancy, a class three felony, in the fetus' death.

"It's really important that we get it right and that we analyze both the legal aspects -- which are complicated -- and also the factual scenario," Garnett said then.

"Under Colorado law, essentially, there is no way murder charges can be brought if it's not established that the fetus lived as a child outside the body of the mother," he said.

David Beller, a Denver defense attorney, says the charges present a complex legal challenge and deciding which ones to file is "incredibly complicated."

"In my experience, doctors (can) tell pretty readily whether or not the baby actually took a breath and if the lungs expanded," he said. "I think the legal questions are going to turn to her conduct after the fact."

Beller said that "multiple issues" were likely at play in deciding what charges to file. He added that while there is a great deal of legal precedent in fetal death cases, there isn't much that equates to last week's case.

Dr. Clyde Wright, a neonatologist who works out of University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado, says a fetus as far along as Wilkins' ? 34 weeks ? has about a 98 percent chance of survival if born into proper medical care.

"I think it's safe to say for any indication, if a mom comes in at 34 weeks we are very confident with the prognosis of that baby," he said. "It would be shocking to have a routine 34-week baby not survive."

Babies are considered full term at 37 weeks, Wright said, and a delivery is considered full term at 40 weeks. He said that a 34-week-old fetus would likely survive even if delivered in a developing country where less medical technology is available than the U.S.

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Pentagon drops gory cartoons in Syria in propaganda campaign against ISIS

military dropped 60,000 leaflets over Raqqa, the city ISIS has made its de facto capital as it wages a terror campaign through the Middle East. Dept of Defense The Pentagon intends for this gory drawing, showing ISIS recruits being fed into a meat grinder, to stir anti-ISIS sentiments in Syria.
U.S. Dept of Defense The Pentagon intends for this gory drawing, showing ISIS recruits being fed into a meat grinder, to stir anti-ISIS sentiments in Syria.

The U.S. military’s latest counterterrorism tactic has got to be one of its strangest: leaflets with gory cartoons.

The Pentagon recently dropped 60,000 copies of deranged drawings into Syria, in hopes they’ll draw up some destructive drama among Islamic State militants.

The macabre leaflets show ISIS recruits being fed one-by-one into a meat grinder by the group’s leaders, with blood spurting all around a cold, clinical lair.

The leaflets are labeled with the title “Daish Recruiting Office,” referencing another name for ISIS.

The pictures play on reported incidents of ISIS butchering its own recruits who are reluctant to fight in areas where the U.S. is leading lethal airstrikes.

They’re also an attempt to counter the constant stream of vicious propaganda coming from ISIS, particularly its supporters’ saturation of social media and the group’s repeated releases of horrifying execution videos.

Uncredited/Ap The U.S. military dropped 60,000 leaflets over Raqqa, the city ISIS has made its de facto capital as it wages a terror campaign through the Middle East.

“It’s trying to set the stage for an internal uprising against ISIS,” Nicholas Heras, an expert on ISIL at the Center for a New American Security, explained to USA Today.

The Pentagon propagated the pictures earlier in March around Raqqa, which ISIS has proclaimed as its capital in Syria. An Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle fighter dropped a bomb that exploded with the leaflets, officials said.

The Pentagon has spent more than $1 billion on counterterrorism propaganda, including broadcasts in Afghanistan, but it usually keeps details about those efforts sealed.

Heras said the Pentagon hopes the leaflets will move Raqqa residents to rebel against the city’s ISIS inhabitants.

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Money Here Are SunTrust’s 4 Key Takeaways From Facebook Inc’s (FB) F8 Conference

The analyst forecasts that the e-commerce and payment opportunity is worth more than $2 billion.Mr. The analyst mentioned four key takeaways from the conference and reiterated a Buy rating, with a $90 target price on Facebook stock.Mr. Peck commented that the Parse technology will be used by Facebook for Internet of Things (IoT). The analyst cites the 400,000 developers and 1.4 billion users of the Parse platform as evidence that Facebook can become the operating system for IoT .

Published: Mar 26, 2015 at 5:14 pm EST

In a research note released today, Robert Peck of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey provided his take on Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), following the first day of the company’s F8 annual developer conference. The analyst mentioned four key takeaways from the conference and reiterated a Buy rating, with a $90 target price on Facebook stock.

Mr. Peck’s key points are as follows.

The analyst stated that in early years, portals such as Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) and AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL) played a key role in popularizing the Internet to the extent that everyone started their day by going online. Mr. Peck emphasized that on desktop computer platform, Facebook displayed its dominance by gradually becoming a platform similar to a portal where everyone could connect, share, and communicate with their family and friends.

However, things are different when it comes to mobile and as messaging is fast becoming the next hub of portals, writes Mr. Peck. This is because consumers are now more inclined to start their day by surfing through their messages and are fast becoming consumed by daily news, videos, events, and pictures.

The next crucial step for Facebook is to introduce e-commerce and payments which will be integrated with the Facebook Messenger platform, Mr. Peck writes. Additionally, the analyst outlined that Facebook will look to strengthen relationships for brands and now will have access to direct sales data that will rid the company from utilizing external parties and instead will have its own platforms to help gain return on investment from various types of advertisements.

Mr. Peck also mentioned that the integration of apps with the Messenger will further help in tapping on additional monetization opportunities. The analyst forecasts that the e-commerce and payment opportunity is worth more than $2 billion.

Mr. Peck commented that the Parse technology will be used by Facebook for Internet of Things (IoT). The analyst pointed out that Facebook claims that there are more than five billion devices connected to the Internet as of now, which is predicted to increase to 25 billion over the next five years. The analyst cites the 400,000 developers and 1.4 billion users of the Parse platform as evidence that Facebook can become the operating system for IoT ? as the Parse Technology monitors and provides information to users through Facebook.

The analyst added: “The IoT permeates all areas of the economy (Cisco identifies the market as a $19T opportunity) and we think being the app entry point and ‘OS’ could further expand Facebook’s importance and eCommerce, advertising, and payments opportunities.”

Mr. Peck believes that with the initiatives of Facebook Audience Network (FAN) ? the analyst estimates FAN as a $1 billion opportunity ? and LiveRail, the company has expanded its reach to horizons outside the Facebook website, moving towards people-based marketing. The analyst talked to the developers regarding this notion and affirmed that developers were positive on Facebook’s measures related to people-based marketing.

Developers think that this opportunity comes in direct competition to Twitter Inc’s (NYSE:TWTR) MoPub and Google Inc’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL) AdMob, and makes use of Facebook’s large user and targeting data.

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People Cumberbatch reads poem at Richard III's royal funeral

In fact, Richard's tomb, to be open for viewing by the public on Friday, will be carved with his name.Cumberbatch, according to the genealogists, is Richard's second cousin 16 times removed.He's one of an estimated millions of related descendants of Richard in the U.K., even though the king had no surviving children. the Tudors made sure of that.Until 2013, when a skeleton with a curved spine was found by archaeologists beneath a parking lot near the cathedral, not far from where Richard died.

Benedict Cumberbatch ? he has a royal "look," doesn't he?

Turns out he's a distant related descendant of royalty ? King Richard III, either England's most evil monarch or its most maligned.

So naturally, Oscar-winning Cumberbatch, soon to play Richard III in a new TV adaption, was invited to his funeral on Thursday in Leicester Cathedral in central England.

Cumberbatch read a poem written for the occasion, a royal re-burial produced with all the pomp and circumstance the British can reliably muster, to lay to rest a king who once was lost but now is found.

The 14-line verse, titled Richard and written by Britain's poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is a meditation on the astonishing discovery of Richard's long-lost remains and on his long-debated story.

"Grant me the carving of my name. These relics, bless," read some of the lines. In fact, Richard's tomb, to be open for viewing by the public on Friday, will be carved with his name.

Cumberbatch, according to the genealogists, is Richard's second cousin 16 times removed.

He's one of an estimated millions of related descendants of Richard in the U.K., even though the king had no surviving children. One of those descendants, a Canadian wood-worker, even built the coffin for his body.

Richard, the last Plantagenet king, the hunchback who might have murdered his young nephews, the Princes in the Tower, and usurped the throne, died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, thus ending the medieval era and ushering in the Tudors.

Richard's body was dumped hurriedly in a grave in a church that was later demolished. He was forgotten ? the Tudors made sure of that.

Until 2013, when a skeleton with a curved spine was found by archaeologists beneath a parking lot near the cathedral, not far from where Richard died. After genetic testing and facial reconstruction, it was announced that Richard had indeed been found.

Leicester's week-long farewell to Richard started Sunday with a funeral cortege attended by mounted knights in armor, cannons firing and an elaborate procession of military honor guard, priests and ordinary people, from battlefield to city streets.

The ceremony to re-inter his remains in a cathedral tomb Thursday was presided over by the the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury (even though Richard was a Catholic) and attended by royalty, including Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, the Duke of Gloucester (Richard's own title back in the day) and her daughter-in-law, Countess Sophie of Wessex.

The queen, perhaps wary of Richard's murderous reputation, did not attend but sent a message about recognizing a king "who lived through turbulent times and whose Christian faith sustained him in life and death."

Some 2,000 people attended Thursday's ceremony; earlier this week, 20,000 lined up to see the coffin lying in state over three days. No matter how he was portrayed by Shakespeare, Richard is trending now.

"From car park to cathedral...Today we come to give this king, and these mortal remains the dignity and honor denied to them in death," said the Rev.Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester.

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