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Study: Later school start time means more sleep, better grades

A new study following high school students in Seattle suggests later school start times are associated with more sleep and better academic performance.

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For the study, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, researchers at the University of Washington monitored the sleep habits of two groups of high school sophomores. The first group was monitored in 2016 when school started at 7:50 a.m., and the other group in 2017 when classes began almost an hour later at 8:45 a.m.

Students in the latter group slept an average of 34 more minutes per night, saw their grades improve by 4.5 percent and had better attendance.

"I think I definitely felt more awake ... when I had an extra hour of sleep," Franklin High School senior Hazel Ostrowski, who participated in the study, told CBS News.

Getting a little extra sleep in the morning can be vital for teens, University of Washington professor and researcher Horacio de la Iglesia told NPR. When children reach puberty their biological clock changes, making their natural bedtime more like midnight. As a result, teens need to sleep later in the morning.

“To ask a teen to be up and alert at 7:30 a.m. is like asking an adult to be active and alert at 5:30 a.m.,” said de la Iglesia.

Despite school starting later, research found that bed times stayed relatively consistent.

The researchers noted that while students in the second group slept an average of seven hours and 24 minutes per night, they were still getting less than the recommended eight to 10 hours of sleep per night for teens.

Jackson-led Ravens seek to keep rolling vs Buccaneers

BALTIMORE (AP) - The last time Tampa Bay faced Baltimore, Joe Flacco threw five touchdown passes within the first 17 minutes to get the Ravens rolling in a 48-17 rout.

Flacco will be watching from the sideline Sunday in the rematch of that 2014 blowout. The 2012 Super Bowl MVP lost his starting job this week to rookie Lamar Jackson, who presents an entirely different set of problems for a porous Tampa Bay defense that is allowing nearly 400 yards per game.

With Jackson operating an effective run-pass option, Baltimore (7-6) has racked up 914 yards rushing over the past four games, including 336 by its slashing, nimble quarterback.

"He is fun to watch, that's for sure, and they've been tearing it up with their run game," Buccaneers coach Dick Koetter said. "Their run game makes you play assignment football, and you can't argue with the results, 3-1. They've been playing good football with him in there."

Jackson took over as the starter after Flacco hurt his right hip on Nov. 4. Flacco is healthy now, but with the Ravens flourishing under Jackson, coach John Harbaugh decided to maintain the status quo as Baltimore seeks to end a three-year playoff drought.

"My brain and my heart and my experience says this is the way to go ," Harbaugh said.

The Bucs (5-8) have also shuffled quarterbacks this season, with mixed results. Though Tampa Bay leads the NFL with 331.4 yards passing per game and ranks second in total offense, Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick each have thrown 12 interceptions.

Fitzpatrick began the season as the starter, filling in while Winston served a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Since leading the Bucs to upsets of the Saints and Eagles in the first two weeks, the 36-year-old journeyman has been benched twice over the course of losing five consecutive starts.

Winston, meanwhile, is 3-3 as a starter this season, 2-1 since regaining his job three weeks ago. He was benched after throwing 10 interceptions during a four-game stretch, but has done a much better job of protecting the ball lately.

Winston, the No. 1 overall pick from the 2015 draft, has one turnover in the past three games, -a meaningless interception with 1 second remaining in last week's 28-14 loss to the Saints.

Some other things to know about Bucs vs. Ravens:

IMPROVED DEFENSE

Defensively, the Bucs rank near the bottom of the NFL in yards (387.9) and points (29.5) allowed per game. They have, however, improved significantly in a number of areas since firing defensive coordinator Mike Smith and promoting linebackers coach Mark Duffner as his replacement.

Over the last two months, Tampa Bay is allowing five fewer points per game and has 25 sacks, tied for second in the NFL with Kansas City over that stretch. After going seven consecutive games without forcing a turnover on defense, the Bucs had eight takeaways the past three weeks, including seven interceptions. The team had one in the first 10 games.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Duffner, who was head coach at the University of Maryland from 1992-96.

JUGGERNAUT AND HULK

Baltimore's front line is anchored by Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams, who alternate at nose tackle with the purpose of clogging the middle for the league's fourth-ranked rushing defense.

The 340-pound Pierce is nicknamed "Juggernaut," a comic book character who crushes everything in his path. Pierce has that nickname tattooed inside his right calf. Williams, who weighs in at 336, is known by his teammates as "The Hulk."

Sunday, Pierce and Williams will bang helmets with former teammate Ryan Jensen, who left as a free agent after last season.

"I'm sure he'll be hyped up to be back here," Pierce said.

SHIFTING GEARS

If Flacco gets into the game, the Tampa Bay defense must adjust accordingly.

"They were like 60-40 pass under Flacco. They're more like 60-40 run now under Jackson. You've got to prepare for both," Koetter said. "Our plan will be based primarily on their personnel and then their tendencies out of those personnel."

Defending against Jackson, however, presents the biggest challenge.

"You didn't just reach down in your desk drawer and pull out the same game plan that you used last week," Koetter said. "You have to work at it."

CLEATS FOR A CAUSE

Ravens tight end Maxx Williams will be wearing personalized cleats to promote diabetes awareness and the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.

The multi-colored cleats feature the type 1 diabetes (T1D) ribbon and the name of his brother-in-law, Sean Lejonvarn, who lives with T1D.

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AP Sports Writer Fred Goodall contributed to this report.

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Orlando police arrest suspect in fatal shooting on Hendren Drive

After a week of investigating, Orlando police arrested 24-year-old Joseph Rivera for his suspected involvement in a double shooting at a home on Hendren Drive.

Investigators said a 16-year-old and 23-year-old Alexander St. Jean were shot while at the home last Wednesday.

Watch: Gunman killed in shootout with deputies on I-75 in Sumter County, officials say

Police got a call about the shooting in the early morning, but no one was home when they arrived.

Police reported the front and back doors appeared to be wide open, but they found several bullets.

The facts surrounding the shooting are still unclear.

Neighbors originally said a break-in evolved into a shootout, but Orlando police said this case has not been classified as a home invasion.

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The state attorney's office also seemed unclear about the facts Thursday morning, reporting they had no clear narrative to review during Rivera's first appearance.

Rivera faces several charges, including first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder.

It's unclear what Rivera's relationship is to the victims. OPD said he did not live in that home on Hendren Drive.

 

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Orlando police arrest suspect in fatal shooting on Hendren Drive

After a week of investigating, Orlando police arrested 24-year-old Joseph Rivera for his suspected involvement in a double shooting at a home on Hendren Drive.

Investigators said a 16-year-old and 23-year-old Alexander St. Jean were shot while at the home last Wednesday.

Watch: Gunman killed in shootout with deputies on I-75 in Sumter County, officials say

Police got a call about the shooting in the early morning, but no one was home when they arrived.

Police reported the front and back doors appeared to be wide open, but they found several bullets.

The facts surrounding the shooting are still unclear.

Neighbors originally said a break-in evolved into a shootout, but Orlando police said this case has not been classified as a home invasion.

Read: Nationwide Hoax? Multiple bomb threats received across U.S., including Orlando

The state attorney's office also seemed unclear about the facts Thursday morning, reporting they had no clear narrative to review during Rivera's first appearance.

Rivera faces several charges, including first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder.

It's unclear what Rivera's relationship is to the victims. OPD said he did not live in that home on Hendren Drive.

 

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The Latest: Man set for execution said to be in good spirits

STARKE, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on Florida execution (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

A Florida man set for execution was described by prison officials as calm and in good spirits hours before he was scheduled to be put to death.

The statement says 55-year-old Jose Antonio Jimenez was visited Thursday by a spiritual adviser and ate a last meal that included a Cuban sandwich, eggs, French fries and ice cream.

Barring a last-minute stay, Jimenez was scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. Thursday for the beating and stabbing death of 63-year-old Phyllis Minas in her North Miami apartment in October 1992.

According to corrections officials, there have been 27 executions since Scott took office in 2011, and Jimenez's would be the 28th if carried out.

That's the most of any Florida governor since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

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A man who was convicted of beating and stabbing a woman to death in Miami-Dade County 26 years ago is scheduled to die by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison.

Unless there is a stay, 55-year-old Jose Antonio Jimenez will be executed Thursday evening. He received the death sentence for the killing of 63-year-old Phyllis Minas in her North Miami apartment in October 1992.

In July, Gov. Rick Scott signed the death warrant and scheduled the execution for August.

But the Supreme Court issued a stay. In October, the court lifted the stay.

According to corrections officials, there have been 27 executions since Scott took office in 2011, and Jimenez will be the 28th if carried out.

That's the most of any Florida governor since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

A possible home finale for Jaguars' Jackson, Bortles, Church

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson dusted off his Super Bowl ring last week and wore it for the first time all year.

He was feeling a little nostalgia, just not about his days with the 2015 champion Denver Broncos.

"I need to remember who I am," said Jackson, a Pro Bowl selection last season.

It might be too late. Jackson is no longer a starter and his playing time is dwindling, signs his tenure in Jacksonville is likely nearing an end. The 28-year-old Jackson signed a six-year, $85.5 million contract in March 2016 that included $42 million guaranteed. He's due to count $15 million against the salary cap in 2019, a figure the Jaguars seem unwilling to pay for a role player.

The Jaguars (4-9) essentially have moved on already, benching Jackson in favor of run-stopper Abry Jones and rookie Taven Bryan.

Now, Jackson is one of seven former or current starters prepared to play what might be their final game in Jacksonville when the Jaguars host reeling Washington (6-7) on Sunday.

Here's a deeper look:

BLAKE BORTLES

The quarterback was benched last month , ending a run of 72 consecutive starts. Bortles signed a three-year, $54 million extension in February - after playing turnover-free football in the postseason - and is due to count $21 million against the cap in 2019. The team can cut him with a post-June 1 designation and save $9.5 million against the cap.

Still, giving Bortles an extension - he was already under contract and due to make about $19 million in 2018 - turned out to be one of several bad calls by chief decision-maker Tom Coughlin, general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone.

A.J. CANN

A third-round draft pick from South Carolina in 2015, Cann has been a durable starter at right guard during his four seasons. But his availability is more impressive than his ability, leaving Jacksonville in need of an upgrade at the position.

BARRY CHURCH

The veteran safety signed a four-year, $26 million contract with Jacksonville in 2017, part of a stellar free-agent class that included defensive end Calais Campbell and cornerback A.J. Bouye. Campbell and Bouye both made the Pro Bowl last season and have been solid in 2018. Church had 74 tackles and four interceptions in 2017, but looked a step slow this season. He started the first 11 games before getting benched in favor of rookie Ronnie Harrison . Church was inactive last week at Tennessee and has declined several interview requests.

MALIK JACKSON

Jackson has one sack this season after notching a career-high eight in 2017, and coaches have pinned the defense's run-stopping woes partly on him. Jackson insists anything can happen in the final three games, but he also acknowledges that the team's intentions to go in a different direction are obvious.

"If you're a guy at the end of his guaranteed money, you're probably in trouble," Jackson said.

DONTE MONCRIEF

The former Indianapolis Colts receiver signed a one-year, $9.6 million deal in free agency in hopes of becoming a big-play threat and earning a more lucrative, long-term contract. He has 42 catches for 604 yards and three touchdowns, but has failed to show breakaway speed or win his share of 50-50 balls.

JERMEY PARNELL

The 32-year-old right tackle is expected to miss his first game of the season this week because of a knee injury. Parnell signed a five-year, $32 million contract in 2015 and has started 57 games. But the Jags drafted his replacement, Will Richardson, in the fourth round in April.

T.J. YELDON

A backup running back, Yeldon is the team's leading rusher and receiver. The 2015 second-round pick has 408 yards and a touchdown on the ground to go along with a team-leading 54 receptions for 482 yards and four scores. Yeldon will be a free agent in 2019 and unlikely to remain in Jacksonville even though the Jaguars have only two running backs - Leonard Fournette and Carlos Hyde - under contract moving forward.

"Every game is an audition," Campbell said. "In this game, it's what have you done for me lately, so at the end of the day, every time you're on that field, you have to play with the mentality that it could be your last game."

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth home sold to National Park Service

After 30 years of tending to the upkeep of the home in which Martin Luther King Jr. was born, National Park Service finally has the deed

In late November, the King family, after owning the home for more than 100 years, negotiated a sale of the property. 

In a statement issued by the National Park Foundation, officials said the organization “facilitated through private philanthropy the purchase of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth home and its immediate transfer to the National Park Service. The transaction closed on November 27, 2018.” 

Neither the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service nor the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change Inc. would confirm how much the property sold for, but several media outlets reported that it sold for $1.9 million. 

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Located in the heart of the King National Historic Site, the two-story, Queen Anne-style house was built in 1895 for a white family. It was purchased for $3,500 in 1909 by King’s maternal grandfather, the Rev. Adam Daniel Williams, who was the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church. 

Martin Luther King Jr.’s mother, Alberta Williams King, inherited the home from her parents. Martin Luther King Jr. was born there Jan. 15, 1929.

In 1941, the family moved to a more modern, two-story, yellow-trimmed brick home five blocks away. 

King’s younger brother, A.D. King, and his family moved back into the house for a brief period before leaving in the early 1960s when he was called to take over a church in Birmingham. They were the last family members to live there, as the family then used it as a rental property.

At some point, Alberta Williams King transferred the home and some of the original furnishings to the King Center. In 1980, Congress passed legislation declaring it a National Historic Site. 

The National Park Service began offering tours of the home in 1982 on behalf of the King Center, and in 1984, the two sides agreed on a $50,000, five-year lease to assure regularly-scheduled free tours continue.

Since then, the National Park Service has been responsible for day-to-day maintenance of the house. Every day, dozens, if not hundreds, of people walk through the old home as part of guided tours, which are part of a bigger tour within the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, which includes the grave sites of Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr. and Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church

As part of its statement, the Foundation said details of the transfer will be announced after Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, so it is still unclear how and if anything will change for tourists as it pertains to the home.

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The Latest: Bomb threat hoax targets US schools, businesses

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the nationwide emailed bomb threats (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Businesses and schools across the U.S. were evacuated because of a bomb threat hoax.

Officials in Atlanta, New Orleans, and Anchorage, Alaska, say businesses received emailed bomb threats Thursday that were part of what they believe is a nationwide hoax.

Police are working with the FBI to investigate every threat.

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3:15 p.m.

Authorities say bomb threats sent to dozens of schools, universities and other locations across the U.S. appear to be a hoax.

The New York City Police Department said the threats sent Thursday were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money and are not considered credible.

Some of the emails had the subject line: "Think Twice."

The Palm Beach County, Florida sheriff's office and the Boise, Idaho police said they had no reason to believe that threats made to locations in those areas were credible.

Across the country, some schools were closed early and others were evacuated because of the threats. Penn State University noticed students via a campus alert. Near Atlanta, people were ushered out of a courthouse.

The Latest: Florida Senate leader 'open' to arming teachers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the commission investigating the Florida high school massacre (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Florida's Senate president says he is "very open" to a proposal that would allow volunteer teachers to carry concealed handguns if they pass a background check and undergo extensive training.

Senate President Bill Galvano said Thursday he will consider the proposal the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission passed 13-1 on Wednesday. The commission is investigating the Feb. 14 massacre that left 17 dead and making recommendations to the governor and Legislature.

Supporters argue that even the best response by law enforcement will likely take two to three minutes to confront a shooter, while teachers could immediately.

Galvano said he wants a "realistic conversation" about what arming teachers would accomplish and that he plans to speak to opponents like the state teachers union and PTA. They say adding guns will make schools less safe and that teachers should not also have to be armed guards.

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2:20 p.m.

The commission investigating the Florida high school massacre criticized the local sheriff's office and FBI for not acting on tips that the suspect was a potential school shooter.

The Marjory Stoneman High School Public Safety Commission concluded Thursday that both the Broward Sheriff's Office and federal agents failed to act on tips that suspect Nikolas Cruz was acting irrationally and had made threats. Cruz is accused of killing 17 at the school Feb. 14.

Both agencies say they have taken steps to avoid a repeat.

The commission cleared Broward deputies who responded to Cruz's home numerous times during his teens for minor incidents, saying there were no grounds for arrest.

The commission also found the 20-year-old former Stoneman Douglas student never met the criteria for involuntary mental health confinement.

Cruz has pleaded not guilty but his attorneys have said he would plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.

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The commission investigating a Florida high school massacre heavily criticized the responding sheriff office's active shooter policy, saying it contributed to the failure of some deputies to run into the building and confront the gunman.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission found Thursday that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel's policy that deputies "may" confront active shooters rather than "shall" gave some an excuse for not entering the building during the Feb. 14 massacre that left 17 dead.

Israel told commissioners last month he didn't want deputies engaging in "suicide missions," but the commission's law enforcement members said that could be handled by training deputies how to confront shooters in the safest way possible.

The commission must file its report to the governor and Legislature by Jan. 1.

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