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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge says a videographer can go ahead with his lawsuit charging that North Carolina officials illegally copied his videos of the pirate of Blackbeard’s sunken flagship and legislators later passed a law to legalize their actions.

The Fayetteville Observer reports ( U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle ruled last week on videographer Rick Allen’s lawsuit.

Although Boyle dismissed part of the lawsuit, he allowed Allen to proceed with the parts regarding his copyright on photos and videos of Queen Anne’s Revenge and the legality of the copyright law that passed in 2015.

The law says photos, videos and other documentary material from derelict vessels are public record while in the custody of state government.

Blackbeard’s ship went aground in May 1718 in what’s now called Beaufort Inlet.


Information from: The Fayetteville Observer,

PHOENIX (AP) — NFL owners got busy Tuesday passing several rules changes, adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and enhance player safety, and perhaps even allow for more personality in player celebrations.

One day after approving the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, the owners sped up discussions on dozens of subjects.

That led to a change in handling officiating of video replays; eliminating “leapers” trying to block field goals or extra points; adding protections for defenseless receivers running their routes; and further discussions with the players about loosening restrictions for on-field celebrations.

The NFL also extended bringing touchbacks out to the 25-yard line for another year; made permanent the rule disqualifying a player who is penalized twice in a game for specific unsportsmanlike conduct fouls; and tabled reducing overtime in the regular season from 15 minutes to 10, a subject likely to be addressed at the May meetings in Chicago.

Referees will now watch replays on the field using Surface tablets, eliminating “going under the hood” to watch on television monitors. League officiating chief Dean Blandino and his staff in New York will make the final decisions on those calls, with input from the referee, who in the past was the ultimate arbiter after consulting with league headquarters.

“We’ve been doing this for three seasons, since 2014,” Blandino said of the centralized reviews. “It’s worked in the replay process.”

Blandino, who has two assistants who also can make the final decisions at the officiating headquarters, said he has no concern about being undermanned during a heavy schedule.

The leaper rule was a slam dunk, and passed unanimously.

“To a person, the players association was quick to say ‘we don’t like this play,'” competition committee chairman Rich McKay said. “That absolutely always plays a part in our decision. It was an easy play to get out.”

Commissioner Roger Goodell asked that adjustments in the strength of rules limiting player celebrations be tabled so he could meet with players to “bring clarity to the rules while allowing players more ability to celebrate” while avoiding over-the-top demonstrations. That proposal likely will be revisited in May.

McKay noted that just because ejections and suspensions for egregious hits have been made a permanent rule instead of a one-year deal doesn’t mean the league has a problem. The committee believes suspensions are “the ultimate detriment to players” and will curb any further incidents.

Also tabled was eliminating the mandatory summer cutdown to 75 players, which would leave only one cut at the end of preseason.

Voted down were suggestions to permit coaches to challenge any officials’ decisions other than scoring plays and turnovers, which automatically are reviewed. Washington’s proposal to move the line of scrimmage to the 20-yard line instead of the 25 if a kickoff is sent through the uprights was defeated.

Other actions taken Tuesday included:

—Crackback blocks by a backfield player who goes in motion are now banned.

—Creating an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for committing multiple fouls during the same down with the purpose of manipulating the game clock.

—Allowing teams to interview or hire an employee of another team during the season if the other team consents.

—Modifying some bylaws regarding bringing draft-eligible players to clubs’ facilities; changed procedures for returning a player to the active ranks from lists such as physically unable to perform, non-football injury or non-football illness; and tightened the restrictions on what is considered a local workout before the draft.

Those local workouts worked against teams with few major colleges in the area or players who are residents, citing Green Bay vs. Miami.

Withdrawn were proposals to award a third coaches’ challenge as long as a team was correct on one of its first two challenges instead of on both; eliminating the maximum of three challenges entirely; and permitting a club to negotiate and reach a contract with a head coaching candidate anytime during the postseason. Now, there is a specific window for interviewing such candidates, whose season must be over before they can be hired.

The league also discussed allowing players and coaches on the sidelines to use the tablets to watch video, but that was not on the voting agenda Tuesday. For now, they can only look at still photos on the tablet.

“We’re pleased to build on our partnership with the NFL and help lead the digital transformation of the game with today’s approval of NFL referees conducting video reviews on Surface this upcoming season,” said Jeff Tran, director of sports marketing and alliances at Microsoft.

“The introduction of Surface to this aspect of the game will improve consistency and accuracy of decisions and also speed up the overall review process to enhance the viewing experience for fans.”


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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The World Video Game Hall of Fame’s 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic “Donkey Kong” that launched Mario’s plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit “Wii Sports,” that made gamers out of grandparents.

The hall of fame at The Strong museum in Rochester said Tuesday that 12 video games are under consideration for induction in May. They also include: “Final Fantasy VII,” ”Halo: Combat Evolved,” ”Microsoft Windows Solitaire,” ”Mortal Kombat,” ”Myst,” ”Pokemon Red and Green,” ”Portal,” ”Resident Evil,” ”Street Fighter II” and “Tomb Raider.”

The finalists were chosen from thousands of nominations from more than 100 countries, said museum officials, who will rely on an international committee of video game scholars and journalists to select the 2017 class. The winners will be inducted May 4.

“What they all have in common is their undeniable impact on the world of gaming and popular culture,” said Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games.”

The hall of fame recognizes electronic games that have achieved icon status and geographical reach, and that have influenced game design or popular culture.

The class of 2017 will be the third group to go into the young hall, joining “DOOM,” ”Grand Theft Auto III,” ”The Legend of Zelda,” ”The Oregon Trail,” ”Pac-Man,” ”Pong,” ”The Sims,” ”Sonic the Hedgehog,” ”Space Invaders,” Tetris, “World of Wardcraft,” and “Super Mario Bros.,” whose title character got his start in this year’s “Donkey Kong” entry.

More about this year’s finalists, according The Strong:

—”Donkey Kong” (1981): Helped to launch the career of game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and sold an estimated 132,000 arcade cabinets.

—”Final Fantasy VII” (1997): The Sony Playstation’s second-most popular game introduced 3-D computer graphics and full motion video, selling more than 10 million units.

—”Halo: Combat Evolved” (2001): A launch game for Microsoft’s Xbox system, the science-fiction game sold more than 6 million copies and inspired sequels, spin-offs, novels, comic books and action figures.

—”Microsoft Windows Solitaire” (1991): Based on a centuries-old card game, it has been installed on more than 1 billion home computers and other machines since debuting on Windows 3.0.

—”Mortal Kombat” (1992): The game’s realistic violence was debated internationally and in Congress and was a factor in the 1994 creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

—”Myst” (1993): The slow-paced, contemplative game harnessed early CD-ROM technology and became the best-selling computer game in the 1990s, selling 6 million copies.

—”Pokemon Red and Green” (1996): Since appearing on the Nintendo Game Boy, the Pokemon phenomenon has produced more than 260 million copies of its games, 21.5 billion trading cards, more than 800 television episodes and 17 movies.

—”Portal” (2007): The Game Developers Conference’s 2008 Game of the Year was the breakout hit out of the four first-person shooter games it was packaged with, recognized for game mechanics that relied on portal physics.

—”Resident Evil” (1996): Among spin-offs of the survival horror game are movies that have grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide, as well as themed restaurants and novels.

—”Street Fighter II” (1991): One of the top-selling arcade games ever helped spark an arcade renaissance in the 1990s and inspired numerous sequels.

—”Tomb Raider” (1996): Its female protagonist, Lara Croft, is the face of a franchise that has sold more than 58 million units worldwide, helped in part by actress Angelina Jolie’s movie portrayal.

—”Wii Sports” (2006): Launched with the Nintendo Wii home video game system, its motion-control technology let gamers of any age serve a tennis ball or throw a left hook and helped push Wii console sales to more than 100 million.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli rights group has released an amateur video of Israeli soldiers surrounding and questioning a terrified 8-year-old Palestinian boy in the tense West Bank city of Hebron.

The group B’Tselem, which posted the video, said the soldiers led Sufian Abu Hitah around the neighborhood to identify other boys whom they suspected of having thrown stones and a firebomb at a nearby Jewish settlement.

At one point, he is seen being led through a Hebron street surrounded by seven soldiers. Eventually, several Palestinian women approach, a shouting match ensues and they walk away with the boy.

On the video, the boy is heard telling the soldiers in Arabic, “Which boy? I don’t know who he is.” Later, one soldier leads him up an outside staircase of a building and they walk around the roof.

The military denied Friday that the boy was asked to identify suspects in Sunday’s incident.

It said a firebomb was thrown at the settlement and that Israeli forces caught a suspect. It said that “due to the fact the suspect was a minor he was taken to his parents’ home.”

The military did not respond to further questions, including whether it was referring to Sufian.

The boy’s mother, Amani, told B’Tselem that she asked a soldier to return her son, but he refused.

“I was really scared and worried about Sufian,” she said. “I started crying and ran after the soldiers as they moved from house to house, to try and get them to let him go.”

Hebron, the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank, has been a flashpoint for decades, including in the recent wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

The city is divided, with about 850 Israeli settlers living in heavily-guarded enclaves in an Israeli-controlled center while the rest of the area is under Palestinian self-rule, making it the only Palestinian population center in the West Bank with a major Israeli army presence. Friction is amplified by what Palestinians and Israeli rights activists say is systematic harassment by settlers.

The biblical city is home to a holy site known to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque.