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EDEN PRAIRIE — The Minnesota Vikings have taken Florida defensive tackle Shariff Floyd with the 23rd overall pick in the NFL draft. Floyd had 13 tackles for loss and 6½ sacks for the Gators as a junior last season. He was initially projected to go in the top 10 of Thursday night’s first round, but tumbled to No. 23. The Vikings have a history of taking Gators who tumbled after scoring big with receiver Percy Harvin in 2009.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Miami Heat’s latest spurt might have run the Milwaukee Bucks right out of the playoffs. LeBron James scored seven of his 22 points at the end of the third quarter as the Heat pulled away from the Bucks. Their 104-91 victory gave them a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, and the defending champs can close it out Sunday at the Bradley Center. No NBA team has overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Boston Marathon bombing suspects had planned to blow up their remaining explosives in New York's Times Square, officials said Thursday. By COLLEEN LONG and RODRIQUE NGOWI Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) -- The Boston Marathon bombing suspects had planned to blow up their remaining explosives in New York's Times Square, officials said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. intelligence has concluded "with some degree of varying confidence" that the Syrian government has twice used chemical weapons in its fierce civil war, the White House and other top administration officials said Thursday. By ROBERT BURNS and JULIE PACE Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- You don't see this very often: a majority of Senate Republicans voting to make people who buy stuff on the Internet pay state and local sales taxes. By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Firefighters on Thursday extinguished a huge blaze that erupted hours earlier when two fuel barges exploded in Mobile, Ala., leaving three people with critical burns and forcing the evacuation of crew from a nearby cruise ship. The cause of the fire, which started Wednesday night, remained under investigation, but it was believed to be accidental, Mobile Fire-Rescue spokesman Steve Huffman said in a statement. The blaze was extinguished early Thursday, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, the second-lowest level in more than five years. The decline suggests hiring is improving from last month's sluggish pace. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
BOSTON (AP) -- Sixteen hours after investigators began interrogating him, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings went silent: he'd just been read his constitutional rights. By PETE YOST, LARA JAKES and RODRIQUE NGOWI Associated Press
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- A large fire that began with explosions aboard two fuel barges in Mobile, Ala., burned into Thursday morning after injuring three people. The cause of the fire was under investigation, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said shortly before dawn Thursday.
NORTHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — An Arizona State University student found handcuffed and fatally beaten in the Tempe apartment of her boyfriend has family in Minnesota. Dan Kasper, of Northfield, appeared at a news conference with Tempe police Wednesday to talk about his 19-year-old daughter, Rebecca Kasper. Her 22-year-old boyfriend, Luis Soltero, is being held on $1 million bail in her death.