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BEIJING — Multiple explosions in a county in China's western region of Xinjiang have killed at least two people and injured many others, regional authorities said Monday.

NASA's probe Maven is approaching Mars' atmosphere. The probe is there to gather evidence about changes in Mars' atmosphere.

TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Sheriff's officials in Goshen County are touting a grenade launcher as a useful tool for keeping the peace, even though they have never used it.

MEMPHIS — They came walking into the lobby at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, two towering figures with the size of many of the professional basketball players who sometimes visit.

DENVER — Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain.

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BEAR, Del. — Authorities say at least one person is dead after a bus crash in Delaware and several others are injured.

SEATTLE — Marshawn Lynch scored on a 6-yard TD run on the first possession of overtime and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 26-20 on Sunday in a Super Bowl rematch that lived up to expectations.

CANADENSIS, Pa. — Nine days after a gunman opened fire in a deadly ambush at a Pennsylvania state police barracks, authorities said Sunday they have recovered one of the weapons he was carrying and believe they are hot on his trail as he travels on foot through rugged forests.

NEW YORK — A 25-year-old rookie police officer was killed early Sunday and eight other officers were injured when their van crashed into a concrete barrier in the Bronx, police said.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president Sunday only hours after the leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease, volunteers said.

KNOXVILLE — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 2.5 earthquake occurred in Monroe County Saturday night.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A man seen with a University of Virginia student before she disappeared was being sought Sunday on arrest warrants charging him with reckless driving, police announced at a news conference.

NEW YORK — Tens of thousands of activists walked through Manhattan on Sunday, warning that climate change is destroying the Earth — in stride with demonstrators around the world who urged policymakers to take quick action.

MIDLAND, Texas — An Iraq war veteran accused of scaling a fence and making it into the White House before the Secret Service stopped him owns several guns that he could have brought with him if he had meant to harm anyone, his former stepson said Sunday.

LOUDON, N.H. — Joey Logano pulled away on the restart to win a green-white-checkered finish Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and advance to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves were knocked out of the playoff race Sunday after a stunning late-season collapse, losing to Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets 10-2.

A 21-year-old Sequatchie County man who evaded police for more than 24 hours after reportedly committing robbery and theft over $1,000 is in custody.

Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas died Saturday night after a car accident near his home, according to police.

CINCINNATI — The ball hung in the air.

CAPE CANAVERAL — A SpaceX cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, carrying the first 3-D printer for astronauts in orbit.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Some in Sierra Leone ran away from their homes Saturday and others clashed with health workers trying to bury dead Ebola victims as the country struggled through the second day of an unprecedented lockdown to combat the deadly disease.

Our government has never been more secretive than it is today.

Acupuncture isn't just for pain anymore. In fact, it's not even just for humans anymore.

Warehouse Row, which sat nearly half empty about eight years ago, is seeing renewed life as it benefits from retailers moving from shopping malls to Main Street.

The cars were already lining up on the road around Ooltewah High School around 6 p.m. Friday, and the line only grew as the sun went down.

KNOXVILLE — It was always Colton Jumper’s dream to play football for the University of Tennessee.

Justin Bradley had recently been taken off suicide watch before he hanged himself with a bed sheet early Saturday in the Hamilton County Jail, a source told the Times Free Press.

For many Tennesseans struggling to get Medicaid coverage this year, a federal judge's decision appeared to signal an end to a months-long limbo.

The shocking video of a woman knocked unconscious by her partner — an NFL star athlete — in an elevator and photos of cuts on a 4-year-old boy's body at the hands of his father — another NFL star — put a spotlight on domestic violence and family abuse in recent weeks.

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His Scenic City Youth Football League having taken over Finley Stadium on Saturday, SCYFL president Bobby Dunn stared down from the press box at his undersized scrappers in oversized helmets and said, "I like to think we've been successful because we're about more than football."

For weeks, Skyy Mims' mother asked Carla Marable to meet with her private investigator.

ATHENS, Ga. — Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie shared the spotlight, just like their high school days in South Florida.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron said Saturday he's "heavily disappointed" the state Supreme Court didn't reappoint Democrat Bob Cooper as state attorney general, and he revealed the party spent $300,000 to help save the three Democratic justices on the retention ballot.

HALETOWN, Tenn. — Haletown resident Chris McNabb was born 53 years ago on the old U.S. Highway 41 bridge over the Tennessee River.

A manhunt that began at 6 a.m. Saturday in Sequatchie County continued in Sequatchie and Hamilton counties as of press time Saturday night, according to investigators.

NASHVILLE — Newly appointed state Attorney General Herbert Slatery, who last week became only the second Republican in Tennessee history to hold the post, fully embraces the unusual process in which the state Supreme Court names the state's top lawyer.

The Georgia Bulldogs were dismal on punt returns last season, netting just 73 yards on 25 opportunities.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's golf team is tied with Florida for second place behind Illinois in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate tournament at Zionsville, Ind., but the two rounds scheduled for Saturday were limited to one because of afternoon storms.

To some people, there's nothing that embodies waste and desolation quite like the sight of derelict vehicles dotting America's backyards and byways.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Although quarterback Blake Sims and Alabama's aerial attack stole the show during Saturday's 42-21 drubbing of Florida, the Crimson Tide running game showed it's alive and well.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Ball security was not at a premium Saturday for third-ranked Alabama inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Wendell L. Bush was named regional vice president of operations at Schulte Hospitality Group.

I remember the sting of my father's belt. I don't dwell on it, but I remember it.

Many of my friends are dispensing with their expensive cable bills and going to other newer technology.

n Project: Wacker Chemical polysilicon production plant.

It was a no-brainer. With Thursday being a day off work for me and a day without college classes for my son Riley, we decided to drive to Atlanta to watch the Falcons play that night.

Former CNN correspondent Dan Lothian, whose first job was in Chattanooga, is returning here for a lecture series at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Sydney Smith admits competition has brought the best in her.

Last month there was a local food drive by the Chattanooga Fire Department.

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Remember the day Alex Gallman died?

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball team wound up 2-1 in its Scenic City Showdown presented by Hampton Inn & Suites with a 3-0 win over South Carolina State and a 3-0 loss to UT-Martin on Saturday.

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Friday, Sept. 26 (All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted) * district/region game

Mo'ne Davis, a 13-year-old eighth-grader, recently made national headlines — and the cover of Sports Illustrated — for her outstanding performance pitching in the 2014 Little League World Series.

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County's Emergency Medical Service sent a representative to Washington, D.C., last week as part of lobbying efforts to improve retirement benefits for paramedics and emergency medical technicians.

JASPER, Tenn. — Every five years the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the federal government require an inspection of a municipality's water tanks, and Jasper's next inspection is due this year.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A 90-day comment period will begin soon on proposed changes to Bradley County's building codes.

I was reading the Sept. 13 Times Free Press article about a little duct tape and a lot of love.

Is Vladimir Putin or Dick Cheney the worst warmonger of our time? Think about it.

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Some electricity needs to crackle at EPB — the city-owned electricity and fiber optics cable distributor whose board last week told City Council members that the utility is working to fix a problem that has resulted in the city being overbilled for more than $1.2 million for Chattanooga streetlight energy.

Let's think about the glamorous headlines for the moment.

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23 FIRST THINGS FIRST FALL BANQUET, Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St., 6:30 p.m., $75 general admission, $125 VIP ticket includes reception with guest speaker Hal Runkel, author of “Scream Free Parenting.” 423-267-5383.

There has been enormous outcry recently over a video showing NFL player Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee Janay unconscious, then dragging her off an elevator.

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  • By By Julie Baumgardner

It isn’t every day you get to walk down the corridor of your unconscious, but that was my husband’s take on our trip through Shoshone, Idaho’s Mammoth Cave, a long, underground, tube-like cavern created millions of years ago by a volcanic eruption.

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  • By Dana Shavin

Hallo, from a mountain nook tucked away in northeast Georgia that's just about as close to Old Europe as you'll find this side of the Atlantic.

NASHVILLE — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball on Saturday defended his support of gun rights from an NRA attack and lightheartedly challenged Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander to a “duel” of sorts, since he said Alexander won’t agree to a traditional debate.

The most memorable quotes in the Chattanooga Times Free Press for Sept. 14-19.

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