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Te'o 'frustrated and devastated' with foot injury

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te'o says he's "frustrated and devastated" with a third foot injury in 13 months.

Te'o sustained a fractured right foot in Sunday's 22-10 victory at Buffalo and is out indefinitely.

Te'o and the team are declining to reveal much information, but club spokesman Bill Johnston said Wednesday that it's a different injury than the one Te'o suffered in the first exhibition game of his rookie season in 2013. Te'o missed the first three games of 2013 with a foot injury and had surgery in the offseason.



Prosecutor: Hawaii prison gang 'kings of castle'

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii prison gang formed out of a need for inmate protection evolved into a violent organization whose members are "kings of their castle," a federal prosecutor told a jury Wednesday at the start of a racketeering trial for a former prison guard and an inmate.

The "USO Family" formed in the 1990s when Hawaii started sending its inmates to mainland prisons because of overcrowding and budget constraints, Assistant U.S Attorney Jill Otake said. At prisons in states such as Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi, "they found themselves alone and subject to attack and extortion."



New Zealand prime minister wins 3rd term in office

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Prime Minister John Key won an emphatic victory Saturday in New Zealand's general election to return for a third term, a result that will be seen as an endorsement of the way his National Party has handled the economy.

"This is a great night. This is a victory for those who kept the faith," Key told a cheering crowd in Auckland. "This is a victory for those who refused to be distracted and who knew that a vote for National was a vote for a brighter future for all New Zealanders."



Study: Artificial Sweeteners may promote diabetes

NEW YORK (AP) -- Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.

The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which included some human experiments. The researchers and outside experts said more study is needed, while industry groups called the research limited and said other evidence shows sweeteners are safe and useful for weight control.



Seau among 113 Hall of Fame nominees

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner and linebacker Junior Seau are among 15 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Also nominated for the class of 2015 in their first year of eligibility are receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, tackle Orlando Pace, and placekicker Jason Elam.

A total of 99 players and 14 coaches comprise the 113 nominees. A modern-era player or coach must be retired at least five consecutive seasons to be eligible.



New terror fight casts shadow over 9/11 ceremonies

NEW YORK (AP) -- The nation's gathering war against a new upsurge in Islamic terror hung heavy over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Thursday, stirring both anxiety and determination among those who came to ground zero to remember their loved ones.

The familiar silence to mark the attacks and the solemn roll call of the nearly 3,000 dead came just hours after President Barack Obama told the country he is authorizing stepped-up airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State extremists.



New Zealand, Samoa agree terms for first All Blacks test in Samoa

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - The All Blacks will play a test in Samoa for the first time in July next year as part of both nations' preparation for the Rugby World Cup.

The New Zealand and Samoa rugby unions confirmed details of the match Tuesday after negotiations which were partly promoted by political pressure.

Samoa has been pressing for some time for the All Blacks to play a test in its capital, Apia, but New Zealand has resisted for financial and logistical reasons.



Strong California quake causes injuries, damage

NAPA, Calif. (AP) -- The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings and knocked out power to tens of thousands in California's wine country on Sunday.

The magnitude-6.0 earthquake that struck at 3:20 a.m. about 6 miles from the city of Napa ruptured water mains and gas lines, left two adults and a child critically injured, upended bottles and casks at some of Napa Valley's famed wineries and sent residents running out of their homes in the darkness.



2 LDS missionaries die in Taiwan; 1 dies in US

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Mormon missionaries serving in Taiwan and another in Oklahoma have died.

The Mormon church in a Saturday statement to The Associated Press said 19-year-old Connor Benjamin Thredgold of Springville, Utah, and 24-year-old Yu Peng Xiong of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, were found dead Saturday in an apartment they shared in Taiwan.

Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said authorities do not suspect foul play, but they haven't determined a cause of death.

He also said 19-year-old Nancy Ann Vea of West Jordan, Utah, died from injuries sustained in a Tulsa car crash on Friday.



Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts - in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl of his beloved fast food, wobbling on his feet but still defiant over a report that links instant noodles to health hazards.



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