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    For almost a decade now, a group of old Proctor High School buddies from points all over the country converge at Vermont’s Proctor-Pittsford Country Club to play a little golf — and more importantly — to reminisce and laugh.

    A fan publication devoted to Bruce Springsteen says it is shutting down after 43 years, with its publisher saying he's been disillusioned by the talk about ticket prices for their hero's current tour. Backstreets, active as both a website and magazine, is unusual for its journalistic rigor while leaving no doubt of its fan worship. But its publisher wrote that complaints among some fans about high prices for the Springsteen tour that began in Tampa on Feb. 1 left people at Backstreets lacking enthusiasm. Springsteen has said that it's “no fun being the poster boy for high ticket prices,” but said pricing was in line with others in live music.

    An off-duty New York City police officer who was shot in the head during a botched robbery has died, while officials say the suspected shooter is now charged with murder. Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell says Officer Adeed Fayaz died Tuesday, three days after being shot in Brooklyn. He was 26. Police had announced earlier Tuesday that they arrested 38-year-old Randy Jones at a suburban motel Monday. It's not clear if Jones has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations. Police say Jones lured Fayaz and his brother-in-law to Brooklyn on Saturday on the pretext of selling them a car posted on Facebook Marketplace.

    FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried will be in a New York courtroom Thursday for a bail-related hearing despite his lawyers claims that they've settled their differences with prosecutors. Manhattan federal Judge Lewis A. Kaplan says he wants to know more about Bankman-Fried's efforts to contact a likely trial witness against him. The judge said in a ruling last week that the note Bankman-Fried sent to the general counsel for FTX US seemed designed so they would “sing from the same hymn book." Bankman-Fried has lived with his parents in Palo Alto, California, after pleading not guilty to criminal charges. An October trial is planned.

    A former New York stockbroker-turned-Islamic State group militant has been convicted of becoming a sniper and trainer for the extremist group during its brutal reign in Syria and Iraq. A Brooklyn federal court jury reached a verdict Tuesday in the trial of Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a Kazakh-born U.S. citizen. Prosecutors say he fought in numerous battles and built a notable profile in the Islamic State group by becoming a sniper and later an instructor of nearly 100 other long-range shooters. Defense lawyers argued that his accounts of his role were boasts that had no firsthand corroboration and didn’t prove anyone died because of his conduct.


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