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Sports

Adrian Peterson has dealt with tragedy often

Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson makes his way off an NFL football practice field at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minn., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Peterson said he is certain he will play Sunday despite a serious personal matter that caused him to miss practice earlier this week. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) by Dave CampbellAP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Adrian Peterson was 7, he saw his older brother die in a bike accident when he was hit by a drunken driver. For Peterson’s teenage years, his father was in prison. He grew up poor in east Texas. Shortly before the Minnesota Vikings drafted him in 2007, a half-brother, was shot and killed. Long before Peterson began running through the NFL record book, he learned to turn tragedy into fuel for an exceptional career. Football has always been his escape, and now he’s dealing with more off-the-field strife.

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Entertainment

Film Review: Somali Pirates ‘steal’ the show in ‘Captain Phillips’

This photo released by Sony – Columbia Pictures shows, from left, Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Mahat Ali, in a scene from the film, “Captain Phillips,” releasing in the US on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. The amateur actors of Somali descent from Minneapolis made their film debut acting as Somali pirates alongside the two-time Academy Award winner, Tom Hanks. (AP Photo/Copyright Sony – Columbia Pictures, Jasin Boland) Like many other movie critics, I’m falling in line to say “Captain Phillips” is one of this year’s best movies. Captain Phillips, based on a true story from 2009 headlines, is an action-packed tale of a group of Somali pirates who takeover a US container ship, MV Maersk Alabama. Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) is on a tight schedule to deliver 17,000 tons of cargo to Kenya. Ignoring several advisories to stay clear of the Somalia coast, Phillips still managed to get on the radar of 4 Somali pirates. Led by a frail, focused Muse (Barkhad Abd), the African bandits took the 20-person crew and ship hostage looking for riches and gold. When the heist comes up short, the armed men take veteran seaman Phillips instead.

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National

Winning tickets for $448M Powerball in NJ, Minn.

Meykai Howell runs a Powerball ticket through the machine at the Expressway #672 on East Main Street on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in El Dorado, Ark, where the prize is over $400 million. Tonight’s Powerball drawing will be the fourth biggest jackpot in the United States if a ticket matching the winning numbers is drawn. The Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (AP Photo/El Dorado News Times, Michael Orrell) by Geoff Mulvihill and Katie ZezimaAssociated Press Writers LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. (AP) — Three winning tickets in two states matched all the numbers for a $448.4 million Powerball jackpot, including one sold in a supermarket in a New Jersey coastal community hit hard by Superstorm Sandy last year. The other winning tickets were sold in central New Jersey and in Minnesota.