Lightning end Sabres’ winning streak at 10 games

By The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cedric Paquette broke a tie with 5:41 left and the Tampa Bay Lightning ended the Buffalo Sabres’ franchise-record-tying winning streak at 10 games with a 5-4 victory Thursday night.
Paquette beat Carter Hutton from then top of the left circle.
Dan Girardi, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos also scored, and Luis Domingue made saves. Sam Reinhart had two goals for Buffalo, and Zemgus Girgensons and Tage Thompson also scored.
After the Sabres took a 4-3 lead on Thompson’s goal at 2:29 of the third, Stamkos tied it 1:49 later on a power play.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Nikolaj Ehlers had a hat trick, Patrik Laine scored twice and became the fourth-youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 goals, and Winnipeg beat Chicago.
Laine scored his 100th and 101st goals in his 178th game at the age of 20 years, 224 days. Wayne Gretzky did it the fastest in 20 years, 40 days. Jimmy Carson and Brian Bellows also accomplished the feat faster than Laine. The Finnish forward has an NHL-leading 21 goals this season, 18 of them November.
Ehlers scored a goal in each period, with his third fired in when he went in alone on goalie Corey Crawford and beat him with a low shot at 9:45 of the third period to make it 6-3.
Jacob Trouba added a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler each had three assists, and Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves. Marcus Kruger, John Hayden, Jan Rutta, Domink Kahun and Artem Anisimov scored for Chicago.
BOSTON (AP) — Ryan Donato scored the decisive shootout goal in his NHL return, Tuukka Rask made 28 saves and Boston outlasted New York.
Donato, recalled Wednesday after a demotion to Providence of the AHL, tucked the winner past Robin Lehner on the Bruins’ fourth attempt. Boston has earned at least one point in five of its past six games.
Brad Marchand scored in regulation for the Bruins. Anders Lee had a goal and Lehner made 35 saves for the Islanders.
The Bruins retired former right wing Rick Middleton’s No. 16 before the game.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Riley Nash had a goal and an assist, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots and Columbus beat Minnesota to move ahead of Washington for the Metropolitan Division lead.
Nash, who signed as a free agent last summer, got his first goal in 29 games — and first as a Blue Jacket — in the second period and assisted on Markus Hannikainen’s first-period tally. Columbus has won two in a row and six out of eight. Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin also scored.
Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored for Minnesesota.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nick Schmaltz had a goal and an assist, Adin Hill made 29 saves for his first NHL shutout and Arizona beat Nashville.
Schmaltz’s two points were his first since being acquired Sunday in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. Clayton Keller and Brad Richardson also scord.
Nashville has lost three of four.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Max Pacioretty scored twice to lead Vegas past struggling Vancouver for its fifth straight victory.
William Karlsson’s short-handed goal with 6:25 remaining snapped a 3-all tie. William Carrier also scored for the Golden Knights, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves.
Brock Boeser had two goals for Vancouver, which has lost 10 of 11. Alex Edler also scored for the Canucks, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 27 shots.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Oscar Klefbom scored his second straight winning goal and added an assist to help Edmonton beat Los Angeles to improve to 3-1-1 under new coach Ken Hitchcock.
Klefbom broke a 2-all tie with 2:20 remaining on his power-play drive from the point. Jesse Puljujarvi and Alex Chiasson also scored, and Mikko Koskinen stopped 30 shots.
Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter scored for the Kings. Jonathan Quick made 31 saves in his first start since Oct. 23. He missed 15 games due to surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots for his first shutout of the season and 41st overall, leading Ottawa past New York.
Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist, and Drake Batherson and Magnus Paajarvi also scored.
Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves for New York.
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Man avoids jail time for house fire that killed son

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man who started a house fire that killed his 7-year-old son after lighting a cigarette with a blowtorch has been sentenced to probation.
A judge sentenced 54-year-old Joseph Conti, of Buffalo, to five years’ probation Thursday. Conti pleaded guilty in August to one count of criminally negligent homicide.
Prosecutors say Conti lit a cigarette with a blowtorch in January and then put the blowtorch on a bed. Police say the blowtorch ignited the mattress, causing a fire that ripped through Conti’s home.
Several family members escaped the burning home but Conti’s son, Anthony, was found inside the house. The boy was taken to a hospital where he later died from smoke inhalation.

Einstein’s religious views on display at 2 New York auctions

By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Did Albert Einstein believe in God? The famous physicist was constantly questioned about his religious beliefs during his lifetime.
Two Einstein artifacts being auctioned in New York could contain clues to the spiritual beliefs of the 20th century’s best-known thinker.
Sotheby’s is auctioning a Bible Friday in which Einstein inscribed in 1932: “This book is an inexhaustible source of living wisdom and consolation.”
Christie’s, meanwhile, is auctioning a 1954 letter on Tuesday in which Einstein declared, “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends.”
The Bible being auctioned was a gift from Einstein and his wife, Elsa, to Harriet Hamilton, an employee of the couple. The leatherette-bound English-language Bible is inscribed in German by Einstein and is expected to sell for $200,000 to $300,000, said Cassandra Hatton, a specialist in books and manuscripts at Sotheby’s.
Hatton said it’s hard to reconcile the description of the Bible as a source of “living wisdom” with the harsher view of religion that Einstein expressed elsewhere.
“It’s possible that this gift was given to someone who was quite religious,” Hatton said. She speculated that Einstein might have penned the inscription “out of respect for her religion.”
The letter Christie’s is selling was written the year before Einstein’s 1955 death and was addressed to Eric Gutkind, a philosopher who had written a book about Jewish spirituality and the pursuit of science.
Einstein wrote in German that while he “gladly” belonged to the Jewish people, he believed that the Jewish religion “like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions.”
Christie’s books and manuscripts specialist Peter Klarnet said the letter, which carries a presale estimate of $1 million to $1.5 million, is notable for its bluntness.
“Here he is actually quite blunt in what he says,” Klarnet said. “The word ‘God’ is a product of human weakness.”
Both items have come up for auction before. The Bible sold for $68,500 at Bonham’s in New York in 2013 and the letter to Gutkind sold for $404,000 at Bloomsbury Auctions in London in 2008.
Walter Isaacson, the author of the 2007 biography “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” said the great man’s views on religion are hard to pin down.
“Einstein generally avoided giving simple answers, and like most human beings his feelings about spirituality varied over time,” Isaacson said. “Sometimes he expressed himself in more spiritual terms and sometimes he was more of a debunker of religion.”
As Isaacson recounts in the book, everyone from clerics to schoolchildren quizzed Einstein about his religious views. A New York rabbi sent a telegram demanding, “Do you believe in God? Stop. Answer paid. 50 words.” Einstein answered, “I believe in Spinoza’s God, who reveals himself in the lawful harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and the doings of mankind.”
Isaacson said it’s not surprising that Einstein’s faith or lack thereof sparked so much interest.
“There was a delightful belief that a genius who could fathom the laws of the universe could give us the answer to timeless questions such as about the existence of God,” Isaacson said. “And many people were hungering for a way to reconcile science and religion. They were hoping that he would say, ‘Yes, there is a God. You can quit worrying about it now.’ But his beliefs were not that simple.”

Charges in death of anti-gang crusader who lost her daughter

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — An SUV driver pleaded not guilty Friday in a crash that killed a New York mother who had led a nationally recognized crusade against MS-13 gang violence after her daughter was slain.
Annmarie Drago, a 58-year-old nurse, was indicted on charges of criminally negligent homicide, criminal mischief and petit larceny and appeared in court with handcuffs behind her back. Her lawyer entered the plea on her behalf. The top charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison if she’s convicted.
The victim, Evelyn Rodriguez, was fatally injured in Brentwood, on Long Island, in September after arguing with Drago over the placement of a memorial to her daughter Kayla Cuevas, who died at age 16. Drago has ties to the property near where the teenager’s body was found.
Drago’s lawyer, Stephen Kunken, called the matter a “tragic accident” and said Drago extended her condolences to Rodriguez’s family. After the hearing, she hid in the corner of an elevator, surrounded by court officers, as reporters shouted questions.
“As she put up the memorial, Evelyn had no idea that she would be joining Kayla that day,” Assistant District Attorney Marc Lindemann told Judge Fernando Camacho.
Lindemann said Kayla’s father, Freddy Cuevas, warned Drago twice that she would hit Rodriguez if she drove her car forward. Evelyn was about a half step from the front tire when the vehicle lurched forward, and she grabbed onto the headlight before being thrown to the street.
Rodriguez’s death came two years to the day after her daughter’s body was found. Cuevas and her best friend, 15-year-old Nisa Mickens, were walking when police say they were ambushed by MS-13 gang members and slaughtered.
Their deaths brought sudden attention to a string of killings of teenagers in the Long Island suburbs that had largely gone unnoticed, and in some cases, uninvestigated by police. After he became president, Donald Trump visited Brentwood and vowed a national crackdown on MS-13. He recognized Rodriguez, Cuevas and Mickens’ parents at the State of the Union address in January.
“Her roar was deafening, from the streets of Brentwood to the halls of Congress to the ears of the president himself,” Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said at her funeral.
Freddy Cuevas said after the arraignment that “justice was served today, in a way.”
Cuevas testified before the grand jury that indicted Drago and said it was important he be there to see the defendant hauled into court.
He acknowledged frustration with the pace of the investigation — nearly 2½ months — but said he understood that time was needed to build the case.
Some of Rodriguez’s friends attended the arraignment and were upset that Drago had been released on bail.
Sini explained that bail wasn’t meant as a punishment and said there’s no indication she’ll flee, given that she has no criminal record, has been cooperative and surrendered her passport.

Consumers sue chip maker over use of Hawaiian name

HONOLULU (AP) — A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the maker of potato chips sold under the brand name Hawaiian, claiming the chips made in Washington state are misleading customers.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Michael Maeda of Honolulu and Iliana Sanchez of Los Angeles filed the suit last month, alleging Pinnacle Foods Inc. is using false and deceptive advertising as well as fraudulent and unfair business practices.

They claim they and consumers like them would not have purchased the chips, or would have paid significantly less, if they knew the snacks were made outside of Hawaii and without ingredients from the state.

The chips’ packaging does not say the snacks are made in Hawaii.

An attorney for the company, which is headquartered in New Jersey, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Rifle-wielding man dies after being shot by Hawaii police

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island police say a man died after officers shot him when he pointed a rifle at them.

Police say they were responding to a report that the man stabbed himself with a knife at a home in Hawaiian Beaches Tuesday night. When they arrived, they saw a rifle next to him.

Police say the man grabbed the gun and officers told him to drop it. He pointed it at the officers, who fired at him.

The man went into the house and police evacuated nearby residents. Officers later went inside and found him dead.

Police say four officers fired at the man but it’s not yet known how many bullets hit him.

An autopsy will determine how the man died. Police are investigating.

1 year in jail, probation for fatally shooting friend

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man who fatally shot his friend in St. Paul has been sentenced to jail time and probation.
A Ramsey County judge agreed to terms of a plea deal Wednesday and gave Joel Paulson one year in jail and 10 years of probation. Twenty-five-year-old Justin Finklea was accidentally shot by Paulson while the two were drinking at a St. Paul duplex a year ago.
The 32-year-old Paulson told authorities he didn’t think a handgun was loaded when he pointed it jokingly at Finklea and pulled the trigger. Finklea was the father of two sons, ages 6 and 8.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press says family members of both men wiped away tears during the sentencing hearing.
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Suspect fatally shot by officer, deputy in Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say law enforcement officers in northern Minnesota have fatally shot an armed suspect following a struggle over a gun.
Police in Bemidji say the shooting happened Wednesday about 11 p.m. after an officer made a traffic stop and determined a passenger in the vehicle had a warrant for an arrest on an undisclosed allegation. A Beltrami County sheriff’s deputy was called for backup.
Police say that as the passenger got out of the vehicle as ordered, the officer and deputy saw the suspect had a handgun. The officer and passenger struggled for control of the gun. The officer and deputy fired their weapons and struck the suspect, who died at the scene.
The deputy and officer are on standard administrative leave as the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigates.

Charges: Man shot to scare fawn, killed ex-police chief

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a hunter with manslaughter for fatally shooting a former police chief in a rural part of northwestern Minnesota.
The Becker County Attorney’s office on Thursday charged 54-year-old Morris Silas Dodd Jr. of rural Ogema with one count of second-degree manslaughter.
According to the complaint, Dodd acknowledged hunting in the area where 53-year-old former Lake Park police chief Jay Clayton Nelson was found dead of a single gunshot in his vehicle on Nov. 10.
Dodd told investigators he fired a shot to “spook” a fawn, but denied seeing a vehicle or shooting at any vehicle or victim.
Tests determined a shell casing found several hundred yards from Nelson’s vehicle and the bullet recovered from his body were fired from Dodd’s rife.
Dodd is due in court Friday.

Incoming speaker to disconnect Minnesota House mute button

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House is about to get noisy again.
The incoming speaker says she plans to disconnect a GOP-installed mute button when Democrats take over that chamber in January.
DFL Rep. Melissa Hortman of Brooklyn Park tells Minnesota Public Radio News as soon as she is officially elected speaker, the mute button is history.
The presiding officer at the rostrum can use the button to shut off members’ microphones in the House. The button was installed during state Capitol renovations and following the chaotic closing minutes of the 2015 session.
Many lawmakers were unaware the button existed until microphones went quiet during another chaotic close in 2016.
House Democrats argued they should not be silenced. But Republicans countered the mute was needed to control debates.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News,