Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (AP) -- The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was acquitted Wednesday of murder allegations but convicted of racketeering and other crimes in a meningitis outbreak that was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs and killed 64 people across the country. Prosecutors said Barry Cadden, 50, ran the business in an "extraordinarily dangerous" way by disregarding unsanitary conditions to boost production and make more money.

SEC Rises: Football league has 3 teams vying for Elite Eight

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Tennessee's Rick Barnes has coached in the Big East, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big 12. He's made the NCAA Tournament nearly two dozen times and advanced to the Final Four. He's been around. He's seen it done a number of different ways. So Barnes has credibility when he raves about his current league, the Southeastern Conference.

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Spring practice kicks off Tennessee's QB competition

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's quarterback competition has officially begun. The search for Joshua Dobbs' replacement took center stage Tuesday as the Volunteers opened spring practice. Tennessee has scholarship quarterbacks are Quinten Dormady, Jarrett Guarantano and Sheriron Jones back from last season, and the Vols also have walk-on Zac Jancek and incoming freshman Will McBride, who enrolled early enough to participate in spring practice.

TSA: Teen denied flight to US due to Turkish airline's issue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A 17-year-old Tennessee girl was denied a flight back to the United States over the weekend because a Turkish airline didn't provide necessary passenger information, but a resolution is expected shortly, the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday. In Facebook posts, Sabrina Sadaf Siddiqi said her daughter, Zubaidah Alizoti, was denied a flight home Sunday after the family and friends visited Mecca, the Muslim holy site in Saudi Arabia.

Bird flu confirmed in 2 poultry flocks in north Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama officials have confirmed bird flu in two poultry flocks, just a week after three commercial breeders had to kill their chickens across the state line in Tennessee. The state veterinarian announced that chickens are under quarantine after testing positive for the disease at a commercial breeding operation in Pickens County near the Mississippi line. Dr.

Early NCAA Tournament exit caps Lady Vols' up-and-down year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After failing to reach the Sweet 16 for just the second time ever, Tennessee enters the offseason seeking to establish the consistency the Lady Volunteers have lacked the last two years. Tennessee's up-and-down season concluded Monday with a 75-64 loss to Louisville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Louisville, Kentucky.

Bonnaroo to offer all-night stage for dance, hip-hop artists

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) -- Music fans will have more options to dance the night away at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which is unveiling an all-night stage focusing on dance, electronic and hip-hop artists. The Other stage will run all night at this year's festival, scheduled June 8-11 in Manchester, Tennessee. The lineup includes Marshmello, Big Gigantic, Yellow Claw, D.R.A.M., Motama, Louis the Child, Borgore and more.

Tennessee teacher had been reported kissing missing student

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A teacher accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old female student in Tennessee had been investigated by the school system after another student reported seeing him kiss the girl, a lawyer for the missing girl's family said. Yet according to attorney Jason Whatley and school records, teacher Tad Cummins was allowed to continue working at Tennessee's Culleoka Unit School for two weeks.

Blight battle finds focus at Aretha Franklin's birthplace

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The crumbling house where Aretha Franklin was born looks no different from many others on Lucy Avenue in Memphis' Soulsville neighborhood: empty and shuttered, with plywood over the windows. A rear section has collapsed, and weeds grow all around it. No one has lived there for years. It's a monument to urban blight, and daunting evidence of how much work it will take to fix it.

Women's Tournament Capsules

Results from the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament on Monday: ___ BRIDGEPORT REGION STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Kia Nurse scored 29 points and tied an NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers to lead UConn to a 94-64 win over Syracuse on Monday night in a second-round rematch of last year's national championship game.

Louisville holds off Tennessee 75-64 in NCAA second round

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Mariya Moore's awareness of her NCAA Tournament shooting struggles made her especially determined to put them behind her. Extra practice finally paid off with the breakout performance the Louisville junior guard always knew was capable of, ignoring leg cramps to get it done with a big fourth quarter that helped send the Cardinals to the Sweet 16.

Electronic carry-on ban...Comey disputes Trump claim...Teacher suspected of kidnapping

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Security precautions are being imposed on certain electronic carry-ons on U.S.-bound flights from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries. Starting tomorrow all laptops, iPads, cameras and some other electronics on the flights will have to be checked. A U.S. official said the ban will apply to nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 airports. The airports and countries weren't named.

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Staff overhaul gives Tennessee new look heading into spring

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee has a new look as it gets ready to chase its first Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title in a decade. Volunteers coach Butch Jones overhauled his coaching staff after a 9-4 season that included a Music City Bowl victory over Nebraska. Tennessee also enters spring practice Tuesday needing to find a new starting quarterback and attempting to replace several notable players lost to graduation or the NFL draft.

3 Tennessee death row inmates lose Supreme Court appeals

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has rejected appeals from three Tennessee death-row inmates who say they should not be executed because they are intellectually disabled. The justices on Monday left in place state court rulings upholding the death sentences of inmates Pervis Payne, Michael Sample and Vincent Sims. The three men said Tennessee has refused to apply a 2014 Supreme Court ruling that affects inmates with borderline cases of intellectual disability.

No. 4 seed Louisville, No. 5 Tennessee meet in second round

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Tennessee and Louisville have both navigated bumpy roads to reach the NCAA Tournament. Both schools aim to smooth things out when they meet in the second round. Tennessee's roller-coaster season has featured big wins and questionable losses. Four days before the Lady Vols (20-11) beat Notre Dame -- now a No. 1 seed in the Lexington Region -- they lost at Mississippi.

The Latest: Sweet 16 set after 2 more major upsets

The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 12 a.m. The Sweet 16 is set after a Sunday filled with close games and two huge upsets. No. 7 seed South Carolina bounced No. 2 seed Duke, a team that opened as the betting favorite in some Las Vegas casinos. Another 2, Louisville, was taken down by Michigan to leave the ACC with only one team in the field.

Trump escapes the Beltway as challenges mount

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- President Donald Trump is returning to the road, rallying supporters to recapture the enthusiasm of his campaign and reassuring them about his tumultuous early days in the White House. It's a welcome distraction for a president whose first months in office have been dominated by self-inflicted controversy and roadblocks, courtesy of federal courts and a divided Congress.