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Beer, cheer and a big TV: Americans drop $15.5 billion on their Super Bowl splurge

- The Washington Times

It is a big, bustling, hungry audience: media analysts anticipate that 189 million U.S. fans are expected to watch the fiftieth Super Bowl on Sunday, with another 100 million tuning in worldwide. Big game culture is in force: the National Retail Federation says Americans will spend $15.5 billion on team apparel, decorations and of course the traditional menu of pizza, nachos, beer, hoagies, chili and other goodies - like chicken wings. Americans will scarf down 1.3 million of them according to the National Chicken Council, a meticulous industry group which says this figure is up by 3 percent since last year. Not to be outdone, Dominos expects to sell 12 million pizzas.

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In this image released by Japan's Kyodo News agency, an unidentified object is photographed in the sky from Dandong, China, near the North Korean border, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at the same time a North Korea rocket was allegedly launched. North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland. (Minoru Iwasaki/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

UN condemns NKorea launch, pledges significant new sanctions

- Associated Press

The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called a banned test of ballistic missile technology and another "intolerable provocation." The U.N.'s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with "significant" new sanctions.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets and gives a thumbs-up to Fred Gray, Rosa Parks former attorney, before speaking at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/ Hal Yeager) ** FILE **

Clinton calls Flint water crisis 'immoral' in break from NH

- Associated Press

Taking a detour from New Hampshire's campaign trail, Hillary Clinton said Sunday that a water crisis in a Michigan city was "immoral" and demanded that Congress approve $200 million in emergency aid to address the community's battle with lead-contaminated water.

Analysis: 2 crowns , 1 gas mask show Mississippi complexity

- Associated Press

Two of Mary Ann Mobley's dazzling crowns sat delicately on a shelf. The doe-eyed beauty won the smaller, golden-hued crown as Miss Mississippi 1958 and the larger, platinum-toned one a few months later as Miss America 1959.

Analysis: Edwards, lawmakers get spending cut suggestions

- Associated Press

While Gov. John Bel Edwards has focused primarily on tax increases for his budget rebalancing effort, an independent government watchdog group is offering a companion list of ideas for where to cut spending.

How Donald Trump, with pizazz and bluster, took on the NFL

- Associated Press

Donald Trump was known in New York by 1984 as a flashy newcomer to Manhattan real estate. But football, not business, was what drew 60 young women to the Trump Tower in early January of that year.

A collapsed crane lies on the street on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in New York.  The crane landed across an intersection and stretched much of a block in the Tribeca neighborhood, about 10 blocks north of the World Trade Center. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NYC man killed by falling crane eulogized as generous, kind

- Associated Press

A pedestrian killed by a collapsing crane was eulogized Sunday as a man of kindness and generosity as the final remnants of the crumpled steel were removed from the Manhattan street where they fell.

Correction: Genworth-Layoffs story

Associated Press

In a story Feb. 6 about layoffs at Genworth Financial Inc., The Associated Press reported erroneous numbers and misidentified a company spokesman. The total number of layoffs is 330, not approximately 400, with 70 of those in Richmond and 200 in Lynchburg - not between 75 and 100 in Richmond and 39 in Lynchburg. The figures came from spokeswoman Julie Westerman, not Al Orendorff.

This photo provided by Lionsgate shows, Liam Hemsworth, left, as Gale Hawthorne, Sam Clafin, back left, as Finnick Odair, Evan Ross, back right, as Messalia, and Jennifer Lawrence, right, as Katniss Everdeen, in the film, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2."  The movie opened in U.S. theaters on Nov. 20, 2015. (Murray Close/Lionsgate via AP)

'Kung Fu Panda 3' tops Super Bowl weekend at box office

- Associated Press

The Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and the Jane Austen-monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" followed distantly behind "Kung Fu Panda 3," which remained on top of the box office over Super Bowl weekend.

Correction: Insider Trading-Charges story

Associated Press

In a story Feb. 6 about a former executive accused of insider trading, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Harman International Industries Inc. was accused of allowing directors to buy or sell Harman securities during a declared trading period window. The company did allow directors to buy or sell Harman securities during a declared trading period window, but it is not accused of any wrongdoing.