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In this photo taken with a slow shutter speed, the Lombardi Trophy sits behind two helmets before a joint coaches news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Unprecedented security: Even Super Bowl officials took ‘active shooter preparedness’ training

- The Washington Times

Unprecedented security measures for the Super Bowl have earned much attention from the press this week, augmented by plenty of outreach from the Department of Homeland Security about strategic safety measures that will be in place in Phoenix on Sunday. They are prepared. So are the organizers. The federal agency says itd National Protection and Programs Directorate “conducted an active shooter preparedness workshop, training 150 participants, including members of the Super Bowl Planning Committee.”

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Yevgeny Buryakov appears in federal court in Manhattan Monday, Jan 26, 2015 in New York after his arrest earlier in the day in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that spoke in code, passed messages concealed in bags and magazines, and tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university,  according to authorities.  At an initial court appearance, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fee portrayed Buryakov as a professional spy skilled at duplicity who posed as an employee in the Manhattan branch of a Russian bank and lived in the Bronx with his Russian wife and two children. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

US prosecutors: New spy case shows Russia up to old tricks

- Associated Press

Three men accused in the latest Russian spy case didn't hide behind fake identities and weren't stealing military secrets. The evidence even suggests they were annoyed that their assignment wasn't more like a James Bond film.

Team find success with idea that started in ISU classroom

- Associated Press

Michael Koenig, armed with three pocket-sized field guides, spent a summer five years ago scouting Iowa corn and soybean fields, identifying and marking down where crops were fighting pests - weeds, bugs and disease.

Farmers welcoming lower gas prices across the country

- Associated Press

Falling energy prices mean tractors are cheaper to run, water is less expensive to pump and crops are more economical to ship. Arkansas farmers are benefiting from the same forces that have driven down gasoline prices, though falling gasoline prices take the cost of ethanol - and the money farmers receive to grow corn - down with them.

Wildlife damage program helps nearly 2K land owners annually

- Associated Press

Northern Butte County is desolate. Few roads crisscross the wind-swept prairie where cattle and sheep and wildlife graze. But that same wind-swept prairie may make for one of the best offices in the world - but it's one of the reasons Chad Sebade loves his job.

Conner Prairie overhauls balloon exhibit with eye on history

- Associated Press

In the six years since Conner Prairie's 1859 Balloon Voyage launched, the orange-and-yellow tethered balloon has become a real-life map pin hovering above Fishers, marking a destination that draws more than 300,000 visitors a year.

Perry suffers legal setback; House embraces 'I am Poncho'

- Associated Press

Although he's just another private citizen now after 14 years as governor, Rick Perry is still being chauffeured around in a hulking black SUV that's a dead ringer for a state security vehicle.

Colby to issue bonds for $100M on strategic initiative

- Associated Press

Not a penny of the $100 million Colby College plans to spend on programs and capital improvements, including a new sports complex and performing arts venue, will have to come out of its endowment.

GOP endorses 3 for Pa. high court, others vow to run

- Associated Press

The Republican State Committee on Saturday threw its support behind two state appellate judges and a county judge for an unprecedented three openings on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, though it was clear that they won't be the only candidates in the GOP primary this spring.