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“SEVERAL” AMERICANS MISSING IN IRAQ

Iraqi media say three Americans went missing on their way to Baghdad International Airport, but the U.S. Embassy did not identify them or say what they were doing in Iraq.


U.S.-IRAN TIES WARM OVER NUCLEAR DEAL

Relations took a huge step forward after the release of four Americans and the end of sanctions for Iran.


WHICH AMERICAN DETAINEES IN IRAN HAVE HEADED HOME

Reporter Jason Rezaian, former Marine Amir Hekmati and pastor Saeed Abedini are now in Germany, but Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari opted to stay in Iran. Matthew Trevithick was released separately.


WHY SAUDI ARABIA WORRIES ABOUT A WAVE OF IRANIAN OIL

With global oil prices already plunging, the end of the embargo on Iran’s oil could push prices even lower.


WHAT COULD SEND CLINTON AND SANDERS RUMBLING IN DEMOCRATIC DEBATE

The two are expected to tangle over gun control, health care and other issues as polls show the race tightening.


MAN DIES AFTER TAKING PART IN CLINICAL DRUG TRIAL IN FRANCE

French prosecutors launch a manslaughter investigation into how an experimental trial for a painkiller led to one man’s death and the hospitalization of five others.


SEARCH FOR 12 MISSING MARINES FROM DOWNED HELICOPTERS CONTINUES AMID HIGH SURF

Searchers have spotted debris, but so far no sign of the two aircrafts’ crews.


CHILDREN’S PUBLISHER PULLS CRITICIZED PICTURE BOOK

Scholastic withdrew “A Birthday Cake for George Washington” amid concerns that the book may give a false impression about the lives of the first president’s slaves.


TOP MOVIES FACE OFF FOR A CRITIC’S CHOICE AWARD WIN

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was shut out of the Oscar best picture race, but it will have a shot as it competes against other box office behemoths like “The Martian” and “The Revenant”.


CAROLINA BUILDS 31-0 LEAD TO BEAT SEAHAWKS 31-24

The Panthers advance to the NFC championship game and will host Arizona next week for a trip to the Super Bowl.

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EXPLOSIVES-LADEN MOTORCYCLE BLOWS UP, KILLING SIX AMERICANS

The suicide attack in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province is the deadliest targeting international troops since August.


WHOSE FEARS OBAMA CLAIMS TRUMP IS ‘EXPLOITING’

The president says the GOP front-runner, in making inflammatory comments, is playing in particular to working-class men who are worried about the economy and stagnant wages.


HOMELESS WOMAN SLAMS CAR INTO PEDESTRIANS ON VEGAS STRIP

Lakeisha Holloway says she was stressed out after being chased by security guards from parking lots where she had been trying to sleep.


HOST APOLOGIZES FOR ‘OOPS’ MOMENT AT BEAUTY PAGEANT

“I feel terrible,“ tweets Steve Harvey, a day after announcing that Miss Colombia had won the Miss Universe crown - then having to correct himself minutes later and pass the crown to the contestant from the Philippines.


WHICH GOVERNMENT HAS SUNK INTO A VOID

Spain faces weeks or months of uncertainty over who will govern the country after a splintered national election.


FDA LIFTS LIFETIME BAN ON BLOOD DONATIONS FROM GAY MEN

The new policy bars donations from men who have had sex with a man in the previous year.


WHY THERE MAY BE ONE MORE CLINTON ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL NEXT FALL

Chelsea Clinton announces she’s expecting her second child in the summer.


CHEAP IS CHIC THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

More U.S. shoppers are intent on finding cheap gifts - the latest twist in a theme that has played out since the recession.


BILL COSBY SUES SUPERMODEL FOR DEFAMATION

Beverly Johnson has been one of Cosby’s most vocal accusers, claiming he drugged and tried to assault her in the 1980s.


NFL SUSPENDS GIANTS STAR RECEIVER ONE GAME

Barring a successful appeal, Odell Beckham Jr. will miss next weekend’s visit to Minnesota for his conduct against Carolina, when he drew three personal foul penalties.

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UPSTART PARTIES UPEND SPAIN ELECTION

The far-left Podemos and business-friendly Ciudadanos parties draw strong support from voters weary of high unemployment and corruption.


WHERE BERNIE SANDERS AND HIS STAFF DISAGREE

The Democratic candidate’s pledge to avoid personal attacks in favor of policy disputes seems to frustrate his aides at times, who have occasionally gone on the offensive on their own.


‘STAR WARS’ DEBUTS WITH GALACTIC $238 MILLION WEEKEND

Walt Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” destroys the previous opening record set by Universal’s “Jurassic World,“ which drew $208.8 million.


WHO BENEFITS FROM NEW KIDNEY TRANSPLANT RULES

Patients who are expected to live the longest are getting a better shot at the healthiest kidneys under new guidelines.


WHAT FORMER TOP-SECRET SITE WILL BECOME NEW NATIONAL PARK

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state will offer tours of the site where the world’s first atomic weapons were developed and first full-sized nuclear reactor operated.


NYC HONORS TWO SLAIN OFFICERS

Accompanied by the sounds of bagpipes and sobs, city officials, family members and police pay homage to two officers shot to death in their cruiser last December.


BOMB HOAX LEADS TO AIR FRANCE EMERGENCY LANDING

A fake explosive device forces the jet with 459 passengers to land in Kenya - the fourth such incident for the airline in recent weeks.


MISS UNIVERSE MISTAKE CROWNS COLOMBIA BEFORE PHILIPPINES

Colombian contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was already wearing the crown as the pageant’s winner when host Steve Harvey returned to apologize, saying she was the first runner-up.


GAS DROPS TO LOWEST PRICE IN SIX YEARS

The nationwide average cost of a gallon of regular falls 4 cents to $2.06, not seen since 2009.


PANTHERS SURVIVE GIANTS ONSLAUGHT, STAY UNBEATEN

Cam Newton throws for five TDs and Carolina kicks a field goal as time expires to edge New York 38-35 and improve to 14-0.

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WHO’S IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOR GOP

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz enters the latest Republican presidential debate with a burst of momentum, a robust campaign infrastructure, and as a target for Donald Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.


FALLOUT FROM SLAVE FISHERMEN SERIES CONTINUES

The president of seafood giant Thai Union promises change and expresses frustration after the AP found shrimp entering its supply chain was being peeled by slaves.


HOW A KILLER DESCRIBES HIS CRAFT

Some 26,000 Mexicans have been reported missing nationwide since 2007, and AP’s E. Eduardo Castillo interviews one man responsible for 30 of them.


SAUDIS FORM COUNTERTERRORISM COALITION

The kingdom says that 34 nations agree to form a new “Islamic military alliance” to fight terrorism with a joint operations center based in Riyadh, but Iran, Iraq, Syria and Oman are notable absentees.


WHAT CONDITIONS PHYSICIANS ARE FACING IN IRAQ

Doctors are increasingly facing harassment and assaults by disgruntled relatives of patients, and the threats are spurring them to either turn down cases or seek work abroad.


STUDY: WHAT’S DRIVING U.S. JAIL POPULATION GROWTH

A first-of-its-kind data set shows that mid-sized and small counties drive the overall growth in the nation’s jail population.


THE FORCE IS WITH NEWEST ‘STAR WARS’ FRANCHISE

Audiences cheer new and familiar characters at the world premiere of “The Force Awakens” in Los Angeles.


SUFFIX STARS AS WORD OF THE YEAR

Merriam-Webster picks the small but powerful “ism” as its top word.


SIRI VS. CORTANA VS. ‘OK GOOGLE’: WHO’S BETTER, WHO’S BEST

AP finds that Cortana’s learning the neighborhood. Google’s digital assistant can’t tell a joke. And Siri apparently has a thing for the metric system.


DON SHULA ROOTING FOR SON TO GO 19-0

The Hall of Fame coach is rooting for the Carolina Panthers to join his 1972 Miami Dolphins as an undefeated Super Bowl champion. Shula’s son Mike is Carolina’s offensive coordinator.

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EXTREMIST MESSAGES WENT UNDETECTED

The U.S. government’s international eavesdropping appears not to have picked up on communications between the San Bernardino shooters during their online courtship.


TRUMP CANCELS PLANNED VISIT TO ISRAEL

The decision comes after the uproar over his call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.


OKLAHOMA EX-COP GUILTY OF CHARGES HE RAPED WOMEN ON HIS BEAT

Daniel Holtzclaw, who just turned 29 and could spend the rest of his life in prison, sobs as the verdict is read aloud.


WHY JUSTICE SCALIA IS FEELING HEAT

Critics decry his suggestion that some black students might belong at “slower-track” universities.


BERGDAHL EXPLAINS WHY HE WENT AWOL

In his first public comments on his disappearance and capture by the Taliban, the soldier says he sought to call attention to leadership problems in his unit.


WHERE U.S. IS OPENING SHELTERS

With more than 10,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing illegally into the U.S. in the last two months, facilities are being placed in California and Texas.


DRUG OVERDOSES UP IN U.S.

The rise is driven by increases in deaths from heroin and powerful prescription painkillers.


HOW VOLKSWAGEN SAYS SCANDAL BEGAN

Engineers created cheating software after they were unable to find a technical solution to U.S. emissions controls as the automaker pushed into the North American market, executives say.


MICHELLE OBAMA SHOWS SKILL AS RAPPER

The first lady and “Saturday Night Live” actor Jay Pharoah rhyme on a new video to encourage students to “go to college” and “fill your head with knowledge.“


JOHN MADDEN UNDERGOES OPEN-HEART SURGERY

The Hall of Fame coach is expected to make a full recovery, the NFL says.

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FRANCE, RUSSIA REACH CONSENSUS ON ISLAMIC STATE STRATEGY

The two presidents agreed to increase intelligence sharing and cooperate when targeting the extremist group.


WHAT CHICAGO PROTESTERS ARE PLANNING FOR BLACK FRIDAY

Demonstrators will march down the Magnificent Mile on the busiest shopping day of the year to bring attention to issues like police brutality.


TRUMP DENIES MAKING FUN OF REPORTER WITH DISABILITY

During a South Carolina speech, the Republican presidential hopeful appeared to imitate mannerisms of a reporter with a condition that affects joint movement, but he says he was only mocking his journalism.


WHY THE WHITE HOUSE HAD A THANKSGIVING LOCKDOWN

A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence outside the White House - with the Obamas celebrating inside - before being apprehended on the lawn.


HOW A SEX OFFENDER WITHOUT A TICKET MANAGED TO CHECK IN AT AIRPORT

Authorities say the man stole a boarding pass a woman accidentally left behind at a check-in kiosk earlier this month and used it to get through airport security in Salt Lake City before being caught at the flight’s gate.


OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ENDS ANNUAL LAKE JUMP AFTER STUDENT DEATH

Authorities say he probably died from a broken neck after participating in a tradition to mark college’s football rivalry with the University of Michigan.


STORES HOPE SHOPPERS BYPASS POST-THANKSGIVING DINNER NAP FOR SAVINGS

Wal-Mart, Macy’s and Toys R Us are among the stores opening on the afternoon and evening of the holiday.


THANKSGIVING CELEBRATED WITH PARADES, SECURITY

A stepped-up police presence marked the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and St. Louis resumed its parade after protests led last year’s to be canceled.


CALIFORNIA FARM RECALLS VEGETABLES BELIEVED TO BE SOURCE OF E. COLI OUTBREAK

The onion-celery mix was used in Costco chicken salad that sickened 19 peopled in seven states.


PANTHERS PRESERVE PERFECT SEASON

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo likely re-injured his left collarbone in Carolina’s 33-14 win as the Panthers improved to 11-0.

Glenville: NFL Punt, Pass, & Kick

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The Gilmer County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and the Gilmer FRN, in partnership with Waco Oil and Gas, Flying W Plastics and Glenville Auto, are proud to announce the opportunity to host a NFL Punt Pass Kick event for Central West Virginia.

The NFL Punt, Pass, & Kick (PPK) is a national skills competition coordinated by the NFL for boys and girls ages 6-15; this competition was created in 1961, and encourages kids to live active, healthy lifestyles.

In West Virginia, encouraging our children to get active is essential to reversing the trend of obesity, which ranks the highest in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, at an alarming 35.1% of adults.

As of 2011, the most recent data available, 18.5% of West Virginia children ages 10-17 years old are considered obese.

When examining these numbers, combined with West Virginia’s high incidence of tobacco use and growing prevalence of drug use, it is critical that local organizations such as the Gilmer County FRN organize events to encourage children to be active, and introduce healthy activities that supplant substance use for physical activity as a healthy, fulfilling activity.

The NFL PPK is the perfect opportunity to bring healthy, encouraging, physical activity to rural West Virginia, and provide the occasion for families around the state to get involved.

Currently, there are two additional scheduled PPK events in the state of West Virginia, one in Follansbee, WV (Northern Panhandle), and one in Beckley, WV (Southern WV), located over 200 miles apart.

By bringing PPK to Central WV, we have the opportunity to attract kids from Morgantown to Charleston, and every town and hollers in between.

Further, this event is scheduled to occur during the annual West Virginia Folk Festival (June 18-20, 2015) here in Glenville, which brings visitors from around the state to listen to music and peruse Appalachian arts and crafts.

By pairing this event with the already well-attended Folk Festival, we anticipate a highly attended, highly entertaining afternoon of food, fun, and families.

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