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  1. Officials say Kansas blaze caused $23M to $25M in damage

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Officials in a Kansas City suburb where a fire destroyed a multimillion-dollar apartment building under construction and spread to about two dozen homes estimate the blaze caused between $23 million and $25 million in damage.

    The Kansas City Star ( ) reports that Overland Park, Kansas, based the estimate on exterior damage and property values, and that a more precise figure would emerge once insurance adjusters finish evaluating the fire’s impact.

    Fire officials say a welder accidentally ignited wooden building materials on Monday at the CityPlace development.

    The blaze destroyed the four-story apartment building, heavily burned a second and rained burning debris onto a nearby neighborhood, damaging at least 22 other homes.

    Overland Park says the damage at the CityPlace site accounted for $20 million of the overall estimate.


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  2. Cracknell gets 1st hat trick, Stars beat reeling Sharks 6-1

    DALLAS (AP) — Adam Cracknell got his first hat trick in seven NHL seasons and the Dallas Stars handed the San Jose Sharks their fifth straight loss, 6-1 on Friday night.

    Cracknell opened the scoring in the first period, capped a three-goal flurry in the second and beat goalie Aaron Dell on a short-handed breakaway in the third for his career-high 10th goal of the season.

    The Sharks entered two points ahead of Anaheim and Edmonton in the Pacific Division despite their longest losing streak of the season. San Jose has been outscored 16-5 during the stretch.

    Brett Ritchie, Jamie Benn and John Klingberg also scored for the Stars.

    Joe Thornton scored for San Jose on the power play in the second period. Dell had 23 saves.

    Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen made 20 saves four nights after shutting out San Jose.

    Jason Spezza had three assists for the Stars. Curtis McKenzie and Remi Elie had two apiece.

    Cracknell scored his first goal 8:30 into the game. He carried the puck from the left corner almost to the goal. He lost control of the puck, but it went off the skate of San Jose’s Micheal Haley and between Dell’s legs.

    At 7:08 of the second, Cracknell took a centering pass from Spezza in the slot to beat Dell.

    The third goal came at 4:59 of the third period. Cracknell has had only one other game with multiple goals, on April 4, 2013, at Chicago for the St. Louis Blues.

    Three 20-plus-goal scorers were thwarted during the first period.

    The Stars’ Tyler Seguin sent a close-range rebound of his own shot into Dell’s pads, and the goalie turned away Benn’s backhand on a breakaway.

    San Jose’s Patrick Marleau went in on Lehtonen 1-on-1, but defenseman Greg Pateryn rode the veteran to the right of the net without a shot.

    The game opened up in the second, with Ritchie, Benn and Cracknell scoring in the first 7:08 for a 4-0 lead.

    San Jose’s second power play lasted just six seconds. Brent Burns’ shot from the top of the left faceoff circle went under Lehtonen. Thornton reached his stick in to tap the puck into the net at 7:57.

    NOTES: Cracknell was playing in his 195th career game. The multiple-point game was his first since he had a goal and an assist in his first game this season on Oct. 13 against Anaheim. … Spezza had missed the previous two games because of back spasms but played Friday because RW Jiri Hudler and D Dan Hamhuis were out with lower-body injuries. … Tyler Seguin had an assist in his 500th game, the most of any player drafted in 2010. … Dell brought a 1.85 goals against average and .937 save percentage into the game. … Sharks D Justin Braun blocked two shots during the last minute of the first period, giving him a career-high 148 blocks this season.


    Sharks: Finish a four-game trip on Saturday at Nashville.

    Stars: Begin their final road trip (five games in nine days) at New Jersey on Sunday.

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  3. France’s Macron seen winning first round of presidentials, Fillon slips – BVA poll

    PARIS (Reuters) – Emmanuel Macron is set to win the first round of the French general election in four weeks time, BVA pollsters said, becoming the latest survey team to put the independent centrist ahead of far-right leader Marine Le Pen for the first time.

    The BVA poll did not give a second round prediction, but most that have done so in recent months show Macron easily beating the National Front leader in the second-round run-off due to take place between the top two scorers on May 7.

    Macron will get 26 percent of the first round vote, up one percentage point from his showing a week ago, BVA said. It put Le Pen on 25 percent, down one point.

    Scandal-hit third-placed candidate Francois Fillon slipped 2.5 percentage points on the week to 17 percent.

    That showing follows a TV interview on Thursday night in which the conservative and erstwhile favorite accused President Francois Hollande of leading a smear campaign against him.

    The poll was conducted between Wednesday and Friday.

    It also showed far left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon gaining ground, up 2 points from a week earlier to 14 percent.

    Melenchon was considered by voters to have done well in the first TV debate between the main candidates that took place on Monday evening. Macron was also seen to have performed well in the debate.

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  4. Streaking Bucks beat Hawks 100-97, tie for 5th in East

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up his second straight double-double with 34 points and 13 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 100-97 on Friday night.

    The Bucks, who have won 11 of 13 games, moved into a tie with Atlanta for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have lost six straight.

    Atlanta had one last chance to tie before Ersan Ilyasova missed a contested 3 from the right wing with 0.2 seconds left with fans at the Bradley Center screaming “Fear the Deer!”

    Bucks fans are hoping their team can return to the playoffs after missing the postseason last year.

    Dennis Schroder had 28 points for the Hawks.

    Desperate to snap an extended losing skid, Atlanta went on a 13-2 run over the last 5 minutes of the second quarter to pull to 45-43 at halftime.

    The teams traded leads 17 times and stayed within a bucket or two of each other most of the rest of the way in a second half that had the tense atmosphere of a playoff game.

    But the Hawks couldn’t make buckets in the closing seconds.

    Dwight Howard, a 52 percent shooter at the foul line, went 1 of 2 with 10.2 seconds left and his team trailing by two. Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton hit two foul shots at the other end for the three-point lead that set up Atlanta’s failed final sequence.

    Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points and seven assists for the Bucks, including two to Greg Monroe on crucial layups in the final 40 seconds.

    Schroder and Tim Hardaway Jr. (25 points) gave the Bucks fits in the second half. Schroder had 15 alone in the third quarter.


    Hawks: F Paul Millsap, the team’s leading scorer (18.1 points) remained out with a right knee injury, while G Kent Bazemore (11.0 points) also sat again with left knee tightness. “We always pride ourselves on our defense and always start with our defense. I tend to think of both of those guys being great defensively,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. The Bucks shot 50 percent in the first quarter.

    Bucks: Antetokounmpo had 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks in playing the entire first quarter, shooting 6 of 10 from the field. The All Star provided the energy that coach Jason Kidd was seeking early in the game with the team returning from a six-game road trip. …Middleton (15.4 points) missed his first eight shots of the night before hitting a 15-foot jumper with 7:57 left in the game.


    Hawks: Host the NBA-worst Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.

    Bucks: Host the Bulls in another game that could be important in the Eastern Conference playoff race.


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  5. Ko misses just 2nd LPGA cut; Kerr shoots 69 to take Kia lead

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — A 10-foot putt stood between top-ranked Lydia Ko making the cut or getting a rare weekend off.

    She rolled it just right.

    So after taking Saturday off, she’ll be driving out to Palm Springs on Sunday to start preparing for the season’s first major.

    Ko, the defending Kia champion, missed the cut for just the second time in 91 LPGA Tour starts when she bogeyed two of her final three holes Friday at the Kia Classic.

    Cristie Kerr, the 2015 Kia champion, shot a 3-under 69 for a two-round total of 9-under 135, good for a one-shot lead over Mo Martin and Mirim Lee.

    “I kind of was in an OK position after halfway. Then I had a really bad finish,” said Ko, a 19-year-old New Zealander.

    “I can’t do anything about it. I tried my best out there to hopefully put myself in better position going forward. But, hey, I wish I would’ve been able to be able to play on the weekend.”

    Ko fell apart on the last three greens. She missed short putts on 16 and 17 for a bogey and par, and three-putted No. 18 to finish at par-72 for a 36-hole total of 2-over 146.

    The cut was at 1-over.

    “Ball striking wasn’t very good today,” she said. “I’m hitting my drives really well, but like the birdie opportunities I had I was missing quite a few of them. I was putting so much better today until the last few holes.”

    So while there won’t be a repeat champion at the Kia, Kerr can win it for the second time in three years if she keeps up her strong play through the weekend.

    “You know, I’ve hit it really well,” she said. “I hit a couple squirrely shots coming in and had some really tough up and downs in the back, but all in all, I played well today,” she said.

    Kerr kept the lead despite bogeys on two of her final four holes.

    To stay atop the leader board will take “making it routine, just playing my game every day and keeping it simple. Staying out of my own way.”

    Kerr had been tied at 6-under 66 with Martin and In Gee Chun after the first round.

    Martin shot a 70 on Friday while Lee had a 67.

    “I love this week in general,” said Martin, who grew up in Pasadena and played at UCLA. “It still feels like a home game to me. I/’ve got family and friends out. The course is playing fantastic. The weather has worked out really well.

    “I had a few good putting days coming into this week just practice-wise with my putting coach, Jamie Mulligan. I think we made some good progress, and it’s been showing off so far. It’s been fun. Been hitting the ball as well as I have been from last year pretty much. So hitting it well. Putting it well. Chipping it well. Good combination.”

    Mi Jung Hur, Austin Ernst, Jackie Stoelting and Karine Icher were tied at 6-under 138.

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