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December 21, 2014

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  • Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy, right, eludes Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Bradley McDougald) on a 44-yard touchdown run during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
    Steelers, Packers win, move into playoffs
    Dec. 21, 2014
    The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers both qualified for the NFL playoffs with wins Sunday. Next week, they will play for division titles at home.
  • Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, right, and his attorney David Cornwell arrive at Florida State's Materials Research building for his student conduct code hearing Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla.
    QB Jameis Winston cleared in conduct hearing
    Dec. 21, 2014
    Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago.
  • Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, top, reaches up to grab a touchdown pass over Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
    Romo, Cowboys reach playoffs in 42-7 rout of Colts
    Dec. 21, 2014
    Tony Romo helped dump a bucket on Jason Garrett and playfully shoved him the same way the Dallas coach often does to his players. The Cowboys had long since known their four-year playoff drought was over Sunday when they finally got to celebrate in the final seconds of a dominating 42-7 win over Indianapolis that clinched the NFC East title.
  • Oakland Raiders running back Jamize Olawale, center, scores on a 1-yard touchdown reception past Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Preston Brown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.
    Raiders knock Bills out of playoffs with 26-24 win
    Dec. 21, 2014
    Unable to make the playoffs for the 12th straight year, the Oakland Raiders are doing a good job keeping other teams out of the postseason. Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes, Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals, and the Raiders knocked the Buffalo Bills from playoff contention with a 26-24 victory Sunday.
  • 'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut
    Dec. 21, 2014
    While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell.
  • Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi gives a speech in front his supporters after the second round of the country's presidential election in Tunis on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of Sunday's presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over a country where his party already controls Parliament.
    Exit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia's new president
    Dec. 21, 2014
    Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of Sunday's presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over a country where his party already controls Parliament.
  • Sir Elton John and David Furnish attend the official grand opening of Fizz on Friday, March 28, 2014, at Caesars Palace.
    Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England
    Dec. 21, 2014
    Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.
  • France: Driver goes on rampage, feeding fears
    Dec. 21, 2014
    A driver deliberately slammed his car into crowds around the city of Dijon in eastern France on Sunday, raising concerns at a time when Islamic extremists are calling for attacks in France.
  • Woman killed after crashing into storm drain identified
    Dec. 21, 2014
    A 38-year-old woman killed Thursday when she drove an SUV into a northwest valley storm drain and hit a brick wall has been identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office as Alycia Marie Sox.
  • Driver, motocyclist killed in central valley accident identified
    Dec. 21, 2014
    A motorcyclist and a driver killed in a central valley crash Saturday afternoon have been identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office.
  • Officers uninjured in southeast valley shooting
    Dec. 21, 2014
    Metro Police are on the scene of what they say is an officer-involved shooting in the southeast valley.
  • Man who died in Saturday wreck identified
    Dec. 21, 2014
    A Las Vegas man killed Saturday when the car he was driving rear-ended a parked van in the south valley has been identified as 41-year-old Terry William Jones.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.
    Steelers wrap up playoff berth, top Chiefs 20-12
    Dec. 21, 2014
    A two-year playoff absence is barely a hiccup in most NFL cities. In Pittsburgh, it's a drought that forced one of the league's most successful franchises to rebuild itself on the fly. Consider the project right on schedule. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 220 yards and a touchdown, Le'Veon Bell added a score and the Steelers locked up a postseason berth with a methodical 20-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, speaks alongside NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton during a news conference at Woodhull Medical Center, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in New York. An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, killing both officers before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said.
    Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history, told passers-by to watch
    Dec. 21, 2014
    The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability. Moments before opening fire, Ismaaiyl Brinsley approached people on the street and asked them to follow him on Instagram, then told them, "Watch what I'm going to do," Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. A portrait of the Brooklyn-born gunman emerged as ...
  • Carolina Panthers' Jonathan Stewart (28) runs as Cleveland Browns' Jim Leonhard (30) defends in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.
    Without Manziel due to injury, Browns lose 17-13 to Panthers, who move into first place
    Dec. 21, 2014
    The Carolina Panthers never quit on the season, and now have a chance to repeat as NFC South champions. Cam Newton threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and the Panthers defeated the Cleveland Browns 17-13 on Sunday to take sole possession of first place in the division.
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