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NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady has gone from being the star of the Super Bowl to being in the spotlight of NFL sanctions. Brady has been suspended for four games next season because an NFL investigation found that he was likely aware that two New England Patriots staffers lowered the air pressure on balls the team used in winning the AFC title game against Indianapolis. The Patriots will also have to pay a $1 million fine and lose two draft choices.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Searchers in the East Texas town of Van have had the major task of searching scores of structures looking for tornado victims. At least two people were killed and officials have yet to account for three others. Severe weather in Texas and Arkansas is blamed for five deaths overall.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, says he is open to suggestions about changing the city's municipal court system. A Justice Department report found that it had been used as a revenue-generating machine. Now a state review suggests that court clerks not report to the police chief or the finance department to avoid a conflict of interest. Ferguson has been under federal review following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican bill the House plans to debate this week requires that doctors performing abortions on women at least 20 weeks pregnant perform the procedure in a way that gives the fetus the best chance of survival. Objections by GOP women and moderates forced Republican leaders to abruptly postpone a vote on a similar bill in January.
ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young has had a close call. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution after a cement truck overturned on a car in which he was a passenger. A spokeswoman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Young, who was also the former United Nations ambassador, was first treated at roadside by emergency crews after today's accident. The truck driver was cited for driving too fast.
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