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Scandal-plagued, Rome is becoming a ‘do it yourself’ city

12 min 34 sec ago

ROME (AP) — Armed with shovels and sacks of cold asphalt, Rome’s residents fill potholes. Defying rats, they yank weeds and bag trash along the Tiber’s banks and in urban parks. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees, neighbors dig into their own pockets to pay for new ones for their […]
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Lawsuit: Tampa strip club owes dancers $3.7 million

15 min 37 sec ago

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dancers and “door girls” have filed a class action lawsuit against a Tampa, Florida, strip club, claiming they’re owed some $3.7 million in unpaid wages. The lawsuit, filed April 20 in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, names JBM Management Inc., which does business as Thee Dollhouse, and its owner William Bullard as […]
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Sri Lankan protest demands new probe of journalist’s killing

25 min 38 sec ago

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Hundreds of journalists and media rights activists have protested to demand Sri Lanka’s government start a fresh investigation into the abduction and killing of a prominent ethnic Tamil journalist 11 years ago, during the country’s civil war. Those demonstrating in front of Colombo’s main railroad station on Friday said Dharmeratnam […]
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Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith join Obama youth initiative

49 min 33 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith are adding their star power to President Barack Obama’s initiative to boost opportunities for vulnerable young Americans. The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation said Friday it will launch a “Careers in Entertainment Tour” to support Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative on its two-year anniversary. In […]
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Rovi buying TiVo in $1.1B cash-and-stock deal

49 min 35 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Digital TV listing company Rovi is buying TiVo in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.1 billion. Rovi Corp. said Friday that it will pay $10.70 in cash and stock for each TiVo Inc. share. Rovi will pay $2.75 per share in cash, or about $277 million. The rest, $7.95 per […]
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Students upset over school paper’s racially charged cartoon

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Students at Wesley College in Delaware have expressed outrage over two racially charged cartoons that appeared in the student newspaper last week. The News Journal of Wilmington ( ) reports that one of the cartoons depicted an African-American woman saying she was getting an abortion. The other depicted a black man […]
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NYC police: Man offers boy up for sex in Central Park

1 hour 8 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities in New York City are looking for a man who they say offered a boy up for sex to a passerby in Central Park. The NYPD says it happened just before midnight Thursday. Police say a 50-year-old man was approached by another man in the park who asked if he […]
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4 young girls run away from Florida foster home

1 hour 10 min ago

BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for four foster children who were discovered missing from their beds during head count at a private foster care home near Tampa. In a news release, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Debbie Carter said officials at A Kids Place believe the girls — ages 13, 11, 10 and 4 […]
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Helicopter carrying oil workers crashes in western Norway

1 hour 26 min ago

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A helicopter carrying around 13 people from an offshore oil field crashed Friday near the western Norwegian city of Bergen, police said. Many are feared dead. Police spokesman Morten Kronen said the helicopter “has crashed, it is totally smashed.” He later said that police could not confirm that they had found […]
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Parts of India ban daytime cooking as hundreds die of heat

1 hour 30 min ago

PATNA, India (AP) — With sizzling temperatures claiming more than 300 lives this month in India, officials said Friday they were banning daytime cooking in some parts of the drought-stricken country in a bid to prevent accidental fires that have killed nearly 80 more people. The eastern state of Bihar this week took the unprecedented […]
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French politicians decry violence at Nuit Debout protest

1 hour 38 min ago

PARIS (AP) — French politicians have decried the violence which erupted at the margins of anti-labor reform protests in Paris and other French cities. At least 150 people have been detained nationwide following protests against reforms, including 24 detained overnight after officers evicted demonstrators from “Nuit Debout” (“Night Rising”) from their encampment in Paris’ Place […]
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10 Things to Know for Today

2 hours 9 min ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. NORTH KOREA IMPRISONS US CITIZEN North Korea sentences an American of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year. 2. WHY […]
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Portugal awaits crucial news for its financial future

2 hours 16 min ago

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Debt-heavy Portugal is waiting to find out whether it will continue being eligible for vital financial help from the European Central Bank. International ratings agency DBRS is due to announce Friday whether it is keeping its investment grade classification for Portugal’s sovereign debt. Toronto-based DBRS is the only main agency that […]
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Spain: Park workers hit on huge Roman coin trove by accident

2 hours 23 min ago

MADRID (AP) — Workers laying pipes in a southern Spanish park have unearthed a 600-kilogram (1,300-pound) trove of Roman coins in what culture officials say is a unique historic discovery. The Seville Archaeological Museum says the construction workers came across 19 amphoras containing thousands of unused bronze and silver-coated coins dating from the end of […]
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Nationalized Royal Bank of Scotland sees loss widen

2 hours 28 min ago

LONDON (AP) — Royal Bank of Scotland says its net loss widened in the first quarter as the taxpayer-owned bank made its final 1.2 billion-pound ($1.7 billion) payment to the U.K. Treasury as part of a deal to give the government first crack at any profits. The bank, which is 73-percent taxpayer-owned, on Friday reported […]
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Michel Platini arrives at CAS to fight 6-year ban by FIFA

2 hours 29 min ago

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Michel Platini has begun his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a six-year ban by FIFA over a $2 million payment approved by Sepp Blatter. The UEFA president did not speak with reporters Friday after arriving for an 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) closed-door hearing expected to last at […]
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Proposed rule would delay questions about criminal history

2 hours 37 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing a rule that would prohibit federal agencies from asking certain job applicants questions about criminal and credit history until a conditional offer of employment has been made. The administration said that early inquiries about criminal history can unnecessarily narrow the pool of qualified candidates and make it […]
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Protests break out as Trump speaks in Southern Cal

2 hours 40 min ago

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Raucous crowds of protesters took to the streets in California as Donald Trump brought his Republican presidential campaign to conservative Orange County after sweeping the Northeast GOP primaries. Dozens of protesters were mostly peaceful Thursday as Trump gave his speech inside the Pacific Amphitheater. After the event, however, the demonstration […]
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California brothers arrested in parents’ shooting deaths

2 hours 45 min ago

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two California brothers were arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of their parents, who were popular fixtures at their mosque for three decades and had helped relatives emigrate from their native Bangladesh. Hasib Bin Golam Rabbi, 22, and his 17-year-old brother were taken into custody Thursday, after their parents […]
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Large graffiti carved at Arches National Park in Utah

2 hours 47 min ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rangers at Utah’s Arches National Park were investigating large graffiti Thursday that was carved so deeply into a famous red rock arch that it might be impossible to erase, officials said. The carvings discovered earlier this month measure about 4 feet across and 3 feet high, park Superintendent Kate Cannon […]
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