Manhattan crane topples into street killing 1, injuring 3

NEW YORK — A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted into a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a person in a parked car and leaving three people wounded by debris that scattered as the rig's lengthy boom fell, officials said.

The boom landed across an intersection, smashed several car roofs and stretched much of a block after the accident around 8:25 a.m. at a historic building about 10 blocks north of the World Trade Center.

Fireworks fly as Clinton, Sanders square off face to face

DURHAM, N.H. — Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders Thursday night of subjecting her to an “artful smear” while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of the political establishment.

The two Democrats kept up a markedly more contentious tone than when they last debated before the presidential voting in Iowa, and it signaled how the race for the nomination has tightened five days ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire next Tuesday.

Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend tells police he struck her

CLEVELAND — Johnny Manziel’s former girlfriend told police the Cleveland Browns quarterback hit her during an argument last weekend in Texas and said he appeared to be on drugs, according to a police report.

The report released Thursday by Fort Worth police provides the first details of the altercation that took place between Manziel and Colleen Crowley. Manziel was being investigated for a possible assault on Crowley, but both Fort Worth and Dallas police have not charged him with a crime.

Brazil health official confirms spread of Zika virus via transfusion

RIO DE JANEIRO — Two people in southeastern Brazil contracted the Zika virus through blood transfusions, a municipal health official said Thursday, presenting a fresh challenge to efforts to contain the virus on top of the disclosure of a case of sexual transmission in the United States.

The two unrelated cases in Brazil may be the first of people contracting Zika via blood transfusions in the current outbreak, though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with other health bodies, have said that Zika could be spread via blood transfusions.

Obama seeks $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund clean transport

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama wants oil companies to pay a $10 fee for every barrel of oil to help fund investments in clean transportation that fight climate change.

Obama will formalize the proposal Tuesday when he releases his final budget request to Congress. The $10-per-barrel fee is expected face solid opposition from Republicans who control Congress and oppose new taxes and Obama's energy policies.

Last look under NSD's big top

Before another kid jumps out of an airplane or Florida’s Jim McElwain goes remaining television time with Arkansas’ Bret Bielema, a few final thoughts on the circus that is college football’s National Signing Day.

l Les Miles was among many coaches chiming in this week that, instead of declaring the NSD a federal holiday, maybe it should be eliminated entirely.

It’s not exactly my favorite day of the year either, but the coaches have other motives.

Barbe advances on Sonnier goal

Kelli Sonnier sent the Barbe Bucs into the regional round of the Division I soccer playoffs, scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 opening-round win over West Monroe.

The 10th-seeded Bucs (15-8-3) will travel to face No. 7 Mandeville on Monday. The Skippers had a first-round bye.

Advancement was in jeopardy Thursday as West Monroe (9-13-5) held firm against a host of attacks. The Bucs finished with 11 shots while the Rebels managed four. The Bucs forced West Monroe keeper Therese Miller into several nice saves, and nearly scored in the seventh minute when a header bounced off the post. Sonnier had a shot at an open goal deflected away by a Rebels defender in the second minute of overtime, and a Jillian Bech header from a corner kick went over.

Culture change: Durio turns Bucs into winners

The Barbe High School girls basketball team has always played second fiddle to the rest of the Bucs’ athletics program.

While other Barbe teams have strived, winning a number of state championships in a wide array of sports, including baseball, softball, girls track and even bowling, the Lady Bucs basketball team has struggled to build the same winning culture.

The Bucs have made the playoffs once since at least 2003, and they have never earned a spot in the Louisiana High School Athletics Association Top 28 state tournament.

Committee to consider expanding replay in targeting calls

The NCAA football rules committee will consider allowing replay officials to call targeting penalties that are missed by on-field officials.

The committee will take up the issue next week when it is scheduled to meet for three days, starting Tuesday, in Orlando, Florida.

Any changes to the targeting rule figure to draw the most attention from fans. The targeting rule was instituted in 2013 to decrease hits to the head and deter players from leading with their helmets. The penalty is 15 yards and the penalized player is ejected from the game. The ruling on the field is subject to video replay review and can be overturned.

NCAA academic committee considering changes to rating system

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA may start holding schools more accountable for the academic progress of athletes who are graduate transfers.

An increasing number of football and men’s basketball players are changing schools after earning diplomas and many end up not earning a second degree. Graduate transfers have been automatically awarded a retention point each semester on Academic Progress Rate scores even if they do not earn a second degree.

Teams whose athletes consistently have low scores can face penalties, including postseason bans.