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7 p.m.  ESPN Arizona State vs. Purdue, at New York
7 p.m.  ESPN2 Villanova vs. La Salle, at The Palestra
7 p.m.  ESPNU Youngstown State at Michigan State
7 p.m.  FS1  California vs. Princeton, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
7 p.m.  FS2  Brown at Providence
7 p.m.  SEC  Houston at Arkansas
7 p.m.  FSSO East Carolina at Virginia
7:30 p.m. CBSSN  Fresno State at Marquette
8 p.m.    BTN NJIT at Minnesota
8 p.m.  FSSE Women: Texas State at Baylor
8 p.m.  NBA  Spurs at Timberwolves
9 p.m.  ESPN Duke vs. Florida, at New York
9 p.m.  ESPN2 Texas at Michigan
9 p.m.  ESPNU Fort Wayne at Notre Dame
9 p.m.  FSSO Lamar at DePaul
9:30 p.m. FS1 Seton Hall vs. Hawaii, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii


3:30 a.m. ** Golf   Ladies European: Omega Dubai Masters


2:30 p.m. ESPN2 UEFA Champions: Atletico Madrid at Bayern Munich
2:30 p.m.  FS1  UEFA Champions: Celtic at Manchester City
2:30 p.m.  FS2  UEFA Champions: Borussia Monchengladbach at Barcelona
2:30 p.m.  FSSO UEFA Champions: Arsenal at Basel 

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  • The company accused of negligence after a 5-year-old died at the Sun Dial restaurant had no comment Friday about a lawsuit filed against it. >> Read more trending news “Due to the pending litigation, we are not commenting on the matter,” Marriott International, Inc. spokesman Jeff Flaherty told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an email.  The parents of Charlie Holt, who died from a head injury after he was caught in the rotating wall at the restaurant atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza, filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming negligence against the restaurant and hotel.  The lawsuit alleges the restaurant failed to prevent a “longstanding safety hazard” that led to the child’s death and disputes initial claims the boy wandered away from his family.  Marriott International, Inc., which owns the Westin Peachtree Hotel and the Sun Dial restaurant, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, LLC were named in the suit.  “The Sun Dial had no protections to stop children from getting close to the pinch point or to stop the rotation of the floor if a child became trapped in the pinch point,” the lawsuit states.  Charlie Holt was visiting Atlanta with his parents, Rebecca and Michael Holt from Charlotte, North Carolina, April 14 when he was caught between a wall and table as the dining area rotated. The family was seated near a window, but Atlanta police said the boy wandered away from the table.  Westin security staff and employees freed the child, police said, but he later died at Grady Memorial Hospital from a crushed skull.  The Holt family’s attorney, Joe Fried, said Charlie did not leave his family, contrary to police statements.  “The family was leaving the restaurant together after paying their bill,” Fried said in an email to The AJC late Thursday. “They were walking to the exit, following the same path that the hostess used to walk them to their table and that they used to walk to and from the restroom earlier. Charlie was only a few steps ahead.” Fried said the path was blocked when a booth rotated near a stationary interior wall, trapping Charlie between the booth and wall.  Rebecca and Michael Holt rushed to help Charlie, but he was stuck.  “By the time someone could manually stop the rotation, it was too late,” Fried said. “Charlie’s head had been pulled into the narrow pinch point and he suffered catastrophic head trauma, right in front of his parents.” The lawsuit alleges there was no guard to prevent people from getting trapped and no emergency stop button on the wall or automatic safety cutoff. The family is seeking unspecified punitive damages and a trial.
  • The U.S. Secret Service says an individual has been taken into custody after attempting to jump a security barrier on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House.President Donald Trump was inside the White House during the Sunday morning incident.The Secret Service tweeted at about 8 a.m. Sunday that someone tried to jump a row of metal bike racks that are being used to create a second row of fencing outside the executive mansion.Those racks were installed in response to a series of fence-jumping incidents in recent years, including a man who made it into the White House in 2014.Pedestrians were briefly barred from walking in front of the White House during Sunday's incident.The Secret Service hasn't immediately provided more details.
  • Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis died early Sunday morning in Ocala, Florida, according to his publicist, Don Murry Grubbs. He was 85. >> Read more trending news In his six-decade career, the singer recorded more than 60 albums, had three dozen Top 10 singles and wrote several hit songs that are now regarded as classics, the Tennessean reported. During the 1960s, Tillis’ songs charted for several artists, with hits like “Ruby (Don't Take Your Love to Town),” “Mental Revenge” and “Detroit City,” becoming classics, the Tennessean reported. As a recording artist, Tillis scored during the 1970s with two dozen Top 10 hits. Five of them topped the charts, including “Coca Cola Cowboy” in 1979. His other No. 1 hits were “I Ain’t Never” in 1972, “Good Woman Blues”  in 1976, “Heart Healer” in 1976, “I Believe in You” in 1978. He also went to No. 1 in 1980 with “Southern Rains.” The Country Music Association named Tillis Entertainer of the Year in 1976, the Tennessean reported, and he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame that same year. Tillis appeared on several television shows, including “Hee Haw” and “Hollywood Squares.” He also appeared in films such as “Cannonball Run” and “Smokey and the Bandit.” He  did commercials for Whataburger, a fast-food restaurant chain, the Tennessean reported. Lonnie Melvin Tillis was born on Aug. 8, 1932, near Tampa, Fla. He developed a speech impediment after a childhood bout of malaria, the Tennessean reported. But he used the stammer to his advantage as an entertainer. “After a lot of years and more hurting than I like to remember, I can talk about it lightly — which eases things a bit,” he wrote in “Stutterin' Boy,” his 1984 autobiography. “It's a way of showing people that it hasn't licked me, so it doesn't have to lick others.” In 2007, Tillis was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Hall of Fame by his daughter, singer Pam Tillis. Later that year, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. 'I'm just so thankful, for everything,' he  said when he was inducted. In 2011, Tillis was named a National Medal of Arts recipient for his contributions to country music, the Tennessean reported. He received his award in February 2012 during a White House ceremony.
  • Alabama's Christian conservatives see Roy Moore as their champion. He has battled federal judges and castigated liberals, big government, gun control, Muslims, homosexuality and anything else that doesn't fit the evangelical mold.The Republican Senate candidate has long stood with them, and now, as he faces accusations of sexual impropriety including the molestation of a 14-year-old girl, they are standing with him.That steadfastness is shocking to many outside Alabama who wonder how any voter who claims to be Christian can stand with a man accused of such acts. The answer is both complicated and deeply rooted in the DNA of a state that prides itself on bucking norms.The state's motto — 'We dare defend our rights' — is an upfront acknowledgement of a fighting spirit that has put Alabamians at odds with the rest of the nation for generations.Perhaps more importantly, there is a deep-seated trust that leaves many willing to accept Moore's denials and discount the word of women speaking out weeks before the Dec. 12 election after decades of public silence. For some, Moore is more like a biblical prophet speaking out for God than a politician.Introducing Moore during a 'God Save America' rally at a south Alabama church this week, pastor Mike Allison said his support wasn't wavering because Moore never has.'He has staunchly defended the Constitution of the United States, he has stood for the word of God ... he is against the murder of the unborn by abortion. He is for the defunding of Planned Parenthood. He is against a redefinition of marriage and believes firmly that it is only between a man and a woman. And he is against all threats against the traditional family,' Allison said. 'He is a fighter and a champion for right ....'Since the allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced, leading Washington Republicans - though not President Donald Trump - have abandoned him.At home, polls have shown a tightening race as some otherwise loyal GOP voters publicly disavow Moore on social media; GOP Sen. Richard Shelby has said he will write-in someone rather than vote for Moore.Yet Moore still holds almost magical appeal for many. Fearful of angering Moore's supporters, the Alabama GOP has stuck with him, and voters like Larry Gibbs are putting their confidence in the Vietnam veteran long known as the 'Ten Commandments judge,' for putting shrines to the commandments in his courtroom and then in the Supreme Court rotunda.'He comes up here to the church and he's quoting scripture and he relates to us,' said Gibbs, who attended the pro-Moore rally where Allison spoke.Even a relative of one of Moore's accusers is publicly siding with Moore.'He fought like hell to keep the Ten Commandments in the damn courthouse,' said a Facebook live video by Darrel Nelson. Nelson said his father, John Alan Nelson, is married to Beverly Young Nelson, who publicly accused Moore of sexually assaulting her as a teen.Nelson's lawyer, Gloria Allred, refused comment on any relationship between her client and Darrel Nelson. But Beverly Nelson's son Spencer Harris has referred to Darrel Nelson as his stepbrother in his own Facebook posts supporting his mother.Moore is polarizing — a big reason his fans like him — and local opponents see him as a Bible-thumping opportunist playing on peoples' religion. Moore lost badly in bids for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2006 and 2010.Moore was considered an odd loner by fellow members of his cadet company at West Point. A yearbook passage from the academy referred to Moore as an 'individualist by nature' who was worthy of respect 'among those who really know him.'That reputation carried over to Etowah County, where Moore was an assistant prosecutor and circuit judge. He didn't typically join in the banter common in so many small-town, Southern courtrooms.With a conservative view of religion at his core, Moore instead fought the American Civil Liberties Union over courtroom prayer and the wooden Ten Commandments plaque in his courtroom and rode the publicity to election as Alabama's chief justice.He was removed from the job twice for violating state judicial ethics — once for ignoring a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state's judicial building and again over opposing gay marriage after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized it.Conservative backers view those ousters as badges of honor. Longtime Moore supporter John Giles said Moore doesn't bend or change, and his voters value that.'Every election cycle there's this tendency among the electorate to say 'Let's get rid of these rascals. They say one thing and govern another way,'' said Giles, who runs a super PAC that supports Moore. 'The one thing about this man is what he says he means, and at all cost.'In his role as an outsider and fighter, Moore is a bit like George C. Wallace, the one-time segregationist who served four terms as Alabama's governor.But the closest any of Alabama's previous populist politicians might have come to the current allegations against Moore might have been those made against Gov. Jim Folsom in the 40s, said retired University of Alabama historian William H. Stewart. 'Kissing Jim' was alleged to have had a son out of wedlock and was known for kissing women on the campaign trail.'But we haven't had any instances of a candidate dating or making sexual overtures to a girl as young as 14,' said Stewart.___AP video journalist Johnny Clark contributed to this report from Jackson, Alabama.
  • A White House aide says President Donald Trump isn't campaigning for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore due to 'discomfort' with allegations that the former judge initiated sexual contact with teenage girls decades ago.National Republicans are face dwindling options to force out the party's nominee before the Dec. 12 vote.White House legislative director Marc Short says Trump had 'serious concerns' about the allegations.Short tells ABC's 'This Week' that if Trump 'did not believe that the women's accusations were credible, he would be down campaigning for Roy Moore.'Still, Short says Trump would allow Alabama voters decide Moore's fate in next month's election.Trump has previously said Moore should drop out of the race if the allegations are true.Moore has called the allegations 'unsubstantiated,' ''unproven' and 'fake.
  • DaShon Bussell says he has not decided whether to sign with his school in December or wait until February. The Western Michigan-bound receiver likes having the option.The senior from Knoxville (Tennessee) Catholic has that choice thanks to a new set of NCAA recruiting rules that took effect this year. Under the policy change, high school seniors can sign national letters of intent from Dec. 20-22 in addition to the traditional signing period that starts the first Wednesday of February.'When you sign, you're just done,' Bussell said. 'There's no more stress, nothing to worry about, really.'A December signing period allows prospects to finish the college selection process early, and coaches will be able to spend January and February focusing only on unsigned prospects rather than worrying about their entire class.But it also creates plenty of suspense for coaches unsure about how this new process will work.'I think it's going to be very stressful twice as opposed to very stressful once,' Georgia coach Kirby Smart said.Coaches are trying to determine just how many seniors will actually sign in December.'I would expect anyone that's committed to us to sign with us in the early signing period,' Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. 'Otherwise they probably aren't really committed is the reality of it.'It may not be that simple.More than 70 percent of the nation's top 250 prospects as determined by composite rankings of recruiting services compiled by 247Sports already have verbally committed to a school. How many of those recruits will make it official next month? Even the people who analyze recruiting for a living aren't quite sure.'We have no idea,' said Mike Farrell, director of recruiting for Rivals. 'And talking to college coaches, they don't have any idea either. Talking to recruits, a lot of them say they're going to skip the early signing period and wait until the end anyway, but that's now. I think once you're talking about December, when coaches do in-home visits and it's more of an active recruiting period, I think you're going to see a lot of pressure put on kids to sign early.'Barton Simmons, director of scouting for 247Sports, said he believes 'a fairly significant majority' of committed prospects will sign next month.Alabama coach Nick Saban said he didn't try to pressure anyone to decide early, but he did want to find out when each of his targets was planning to sign.Getting a direct answer was often difficult.'Back in the summertime we tried to figure out through information gathering through prospects,' Saban said. 'Were you going to be an early signing guy? What's your plan? Or will you go to the February signing date like always? It was very difficult because a lot of players weren't really ready to make a commitment to that. They hadn't decided what they were going to do.'That hasn't changed as December has drawn closer.'You talk to a young man one week and (he says), 'I'm signing in December,' and you're scheduling a visit,' South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said. 'And all of a sudden it's, 'You know what coach? I'm going to wait until February' the next time you talk.'Colorado coach Mike Macintyre noted that his team was welcoming 'a lot more' official visitors on football weekends because of the early signing period. He credited his support staff members for handling the arrangements and making sure coaches could focus on the games.The new rule is putting pressure on teams such as Florida and Tennessee, who are conducting coaching searches with the early signing period just a few weeks away. Tennessee athletic director John Currie called it 'new and uncharted territory for all of us to some extent.'It is a variable that is new, but the core values in how we make decisions remain the same,' Currie said.Not only are schools wondering how many elite prospects will sign early, they're also interested in the fates of lesser-known recruits currently linked to Group of Five schools.For instance, a sleeper prospect from Louisiana might be committed to, say, Tulane right now while holding out hope that LSU could make a late offer. Does he sign with Tulane in December or wait to see if his dream school might have room for him in February? And if a committed player chooses not to sign with a school in December, will a coach simply move on and try to sign someone else instead?'It will be interesting to see how it all plays out Dec. 20,' Southern Mississippi coach Jay Hopson said. 'There's certainly a lot of unknowns in it.'The December signing date does enable coaches to have of their recruiting work done by Christmas.'The good thing is you get part of that class out of that way and get it done so the coaches can really focus on the final part of the class in January, where you're not having to go back and deal with 12, 15, 18 guys you're still trying to hold on (to) as other people are trying to get back in on,' Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said.For the high school players, constant text messages and calls from suitors can go away sooner. And Bussell noted the December signing period also provides a showcase for early enrollees who head to college each January.'They can have a signing day now,' Bussell said. 'When they'd left early, they really just signed by themselves. Now they can have the crowd and do whatever they wait for it. I think that's exciting because that's every kid's dream, to sign in front of people.'___AP Sports Writers Pete Iacobelli, Joedy McCreary, John Marshall, Charles Odum, Joe Reedy and John Zenor contributed to this report.___More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25