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Diamond the size of a tennis ball could fetch $70 million

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 17:17

LONDON (AP) — It’s a rock for the ages. A 3-billion-year-old diamond the size of a tennis ball — the largest discovered in over a century — could sell for more than $70 million, auctioneer Sotheby’s said Wednesday. The auction house plans to offer the Lesedi la Rona diamond in London on June 29. The […]
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Spain: Strike keeps El Mundo newspaper off streets

NBA - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 17:08

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s second-largest newspaper, El Mundo, has not appeared in news kiosks owing to a strike over planned layoffs. It is the first time the newspaper’s publication has been hit by a stoppage since its foundation in 1989. The newspaper, which has daily sales of some 120,000, was not in media outlets Wednesday […]
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Spain: Strike keeps El Mundo newspaper off streets

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 17:08

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s second-largest newspaper, El Mundo, has not appeared in news kiosks owing to a strike over planned layoffs. It is the first time the newspaper’s publication has been hit by a stoppage since its foundation in 1989. The newspaper, which has daily sales of some 120,000, was not in media outlets Wednesday […]
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Independent Algerian paper faces closure threat

NBA - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:52

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Independent Algerian newspaper El Khabar is facing likely closure after the government cracked down on its ad revenue and challenged its pending sale in court. The newspaper has been critical of the government, notably its handling of the gas-dependent economy. The advertising agency for state companies banned ads in El Khabar […]
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Independent Algerian paper faces closure threat

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:52

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Independent Algerian newspaper El Khabar is facing likely closure after the government cracked down on its ad revenue and challenged its pending sale in court. The newspaper has been critical of the government, notably its handling of the gas-dependent economy. The advertising agency for state companies banned ads in El Khabar […]
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Syrian state media say rebel shelling kills 3 in Aleppo

NBA - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:49

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media say three people have been killed in renewed rebel shelling of government-held areas in the deeply contested northern city of Aleppo. State TV says that also on Wednesday, government troops repelled a rebel attack on an Aleppo suburb controlled by the government. Pro-opposition activists confirmed the report, adding […]
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Syrian state media say rebel shelling kills 3 in Aleppo

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:49

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media say three people have been killed in renewed rebel shelling of government-held areas in the deeply contested northern city of Aleppo. State TV says that also on Wednesday, government troops repelled a rebel attack on an Aleppo suburb controlled by the government. Pro-opposition activists confirmed the report, adding […]
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Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US

NBA - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:38

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The deputy commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they “threaten” the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported on Wednesday. The comments by Gen. Hossein Salami, carried on state television, follow a long history […]
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Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:38

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The deputy commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they “threaten” the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported on Wednesday. The comments by Gen. Hossein Salami, carried on state television, follow a long history […]
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Eurozone growth in ‘low gear’ at start of Q2

NBA - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:28

LONDON (AP) — A closely monitored survey is pointing to waning growth in the 19-country eurozone at the start of the second quarter of the year. Financial information company Markit says Wednesday that its purchasing managers index — a broad gauge of business activity — across the region fell modestly to 53 in April from […]
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Eurozone growth in ‘low gear’ at start of Q2

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:28

LONDON (AP) — A closely monitored survey is pointing to waning growth in the 19-country eurozone at the start of the second quarter of the year. Financial information company Markit says Wednesday that its purchasing managers index — a broad gauge of business activity — across the region fell modestly to 53 in April from […]
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Alaska town’s first liquor store in more than 40 years opens

NBA - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:10

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska town’s first liquor store in more than 40 years has opened, and the police chief there worries he won’t have enough officers to handle an expected spike in alcohol-related calls. The AC Quickstop opened to a small crowd Tuesday in Bethel, a community of about 6,200 people in southwest […]
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Alaska town’s first liquor store in more than 40 years opens

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:10

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska town’s first liquor store in more than 40 years has opened, and the police chief there worries he won’t have enough officers to handle an expected spike in alcohol-related calls. The AC Quickstop opened to a small crowd Tuesday in Bethel, a community of about 6,200 people in southwest […]
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Virginia Supreme Court recognizes gay couples in divorce law

NBA - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:10

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled that a person doesn’t need to pay alimony to a former spouse if the payee is in a new relationship with a member of the same sex. The decision clarifies a section of Virginia’s divorce law which states that alimony payments can be cut […]
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Virginia Supreme Court recognizes gay couples in divorce law

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:10

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled that a person doesn’t need to pay alimony to a former spouse if the payee is in a new relationship with a member of the same sex. The decision clarifies a section of Virginia’s divorce law which states that alimony payments can be cut […]
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EU countries could face fines for rejected refugees

NBA - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:03

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries that refuse to accept refugees under proposals to overhaul the EU’s failed asylum laws could face large fines for each asylum seeker. The fines are part of a European Commission plan to be made public Wednesday to more evenly share the burden of hosting hundreds of thousands of people […]
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EU countries could face fines for rejected refugees

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:03

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries that refuse to accept refugees under proposals to overhaul the EU’s failed asylum laws could face large fines for each asylum seeker. The fines are part of a European Commission plan to be made public Wednesday to more evenly share the burden of hosting hundreds of thousands of people […]
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San Francisco officials save backyard pine tree from the ax

NBA - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:02

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A spindly pine tree standing all alone in a tiny backyard became an official landmark Tuesday in San Francisco, a city that boasts such picturesque sights as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf. City leaders voted unanimously to grant the status to a Norfolk pine hybrid after it was championed […]
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San Francisco officials save backyard pine tree from the ax

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:02

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A spindly pine tree standing all alone in a tiny backyard became an official landmark Tuesday in San Francisco, a city that boasts such picturesque sights as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf. City leaders voted unanimously to grant the status to a Norfolk pine hybrid after it was championed […]
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Meet the next sport of the modern age: Drone racing

NBA - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 15:52

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — Decked out in high-tech goggles, pilot Steve Zoumas dives low and sees the final gate zooming toward him: a 20-foot-tall metal-framed box ringed with neon. Boom! His sight goes black. The crowd lets out a collective “Whoa!” as pieces of his aircraft, which has just smashed into a concrete barrier, go […]
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