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NASCAR's 'Big Three' to race for title

AVONDALE, Ariz.—The three most dominant drivers of this NASCAR season fittingly will race each other for the championship—a chance for Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr. to settle which team truly is the best.

It was Busch who claimed the latest round, winning for the eighth time this year yesterday to tie Harvick for the most Cup victories.

Another Keystone XL setback; environmental review ordered

NEW YORK — Environmentalists cheered a federal court order that blocks a Trump administration permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, pending an environmental review.

The pipeline would begin in Alberta and shuttle as much as 830,000 barrels a day of crude through a half dozen states to terminals on the Gulf Coast.

13 dead in mass shooting at California bar

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.—Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded gunman dressed all in black opened fire during “college night” at a country music bar in southern California last night, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing in terror, authorities said today.

The gunman then apparently killed himself.

Authorities said the motive for the attack was under investigation.

Man kept gator in a hot tub

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—A Missouri landlord stumbled upon an unwanted house guest while evicting a tenant: a large alligator in a hot tub.

The tenant described the 150-pound reptile as “gentle as a puppy” after animal control workers were called to the Kansas City home yesterday.

The workers also found two boa constrictors and a rabbit.

Raptors finish off unbeaten road trip

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Kawhi Leonard isn't making a big deal out of Toronto's NBA-best 11-1 start.

He's trying to stay focused on the nuances of coach Nick Nurse's offence.

Once that happens, Leonard says, the Raptors really will get rolling.

Leonard had 25 points and 11 rebounds in his return from an ankle injury as Toronto beat the Sacramento Kings 114-105 last night.

Surprise: Large alligator found in Kansas City hot tub

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri landlord stumbled upon an unwanted house guest while evicting a tenant: a large alligator in a hot tub.

The tenant described the 150-pound reptile as “gentle as a puppy” after animal control workers were called to the Kansas City home on Wednesday. The workers also found two boa constrictors and a rabbit.