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 2022-02-09 18:33 

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Snowbird kitty: Lost cat heads home to Maine — from Florida...

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine family that long ago gave up on a lost family cat is being reunited — more than six years and 1,500 miles later. Denise Cilley, of Chesterville, said she was shocked to get a voicemail last week announcing her ca...

 2022-02-09 18:32 

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Italian police allegedly urged death for American suspects...

ROME (AP) — Several members of Italy's Carabinieri paramilitary police force called for the deaths or beatings of two American teenagers who were arrested in the hours after an officer's slaying, Italian media reported Wednesday. A Carabinie...

 2022-02-09 18:31 

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As even Dem states ease, Biden begins rethinking COVID rules...

WASHINGTON (AP) — With even Democratic states moving to roll back mask mandates, the White House said Wednesday it is beginning to prepare for a less-restrictive phase of the national COVID response amid growing impatience to ease up and turn toward...

 2022-02-09 18:05 

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1 juror dismissed from federal trial in George Floyd killing...

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The judge overseeing the federal trial of three former officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights dismissed a juror Wednesday because his son is ill. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson replaced the juror in...

 2022-02-09 18:04 

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Whitmer proposes school funding boost, bonuses and tax cuts...

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — With the state awash in surplus revenue and federal pandemic aid, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday proposed a $74.1 billion budget that would significantly boost education spending, pay bonuses to frontline workers and cut ta...

 2022-02-09 18:04 

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Ex-candidate sentenced to year in prison for death threats...

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former Delaware political candidate who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nominations for governor and U.S. Senate has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges of mailing threats to a lawyer...

 2022-02-09 17:54 

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Stacy Lewis selected captain of US Solheim Cup team in Spain...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two-time major champion Stacy Lewis has been appointed U.S. captain of the Solheim Cup for 2023 in Spain, where the Americans will try to end two straight losses to Europe. Suzann Pettersen already has been chosen for Euro...

 2022-02-09 17:54 

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Canadian provinces lift COVID restrictions, protests remain...

TORONTO (AP) — A rapidly growing list of Canadian provinces moved to lift their COVID-19 restrictions as protesters decrying virus precautions kept up the pressure with truck blockades Wednesday in the capital and at key U.S. border crossings, inclu...

 2022-02-09 17:54 

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Zouma fined by West Ham, loses sponsor over animal abuse...

LONDON (AP) — Kurt Zouma was fined two weeks' salary by West Ham and lost his sponsorship deal with Adidas on Wednesday after he was filmed kicking and slapping a cat. An animal welfare charity took custody of Zouma's two cats while it inves...

 2022-02-09 17:53 

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NBA Prospect Watch: Marquette's Lewis making a rapid rise...

Marquette's surprise rise in the Big East coincides with the ascent of Justin Lewis. The redshirt freshman has more than doubled his scoring average from last season and ranks among the Big East leaders in several statistical categories. He has gone f...

 2022-02-09 17:52 

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Shaun White's last Olympics hurrah comes in halfpipe final...

BEIJING (AP) — NBC can breathe a sigh of relief as Shaun White has reached the final of the halfpipe. The snowboarding star's finale is set for Thursday night in prime time, although it almost happened earlier. He fell on his first attempt in qu...

 2022-02-09 17:34 

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Ugandan author flees after alleged torture, says lawyer...

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A prominent writer and government critic who accused Uganda's security forces of torture has gone into exile ahead of a looming criminal trial, his attorney said Wednesday. Kakwenza Rukirabashaija fled Uganda across the la...

 2022-02-09 17:33 

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Germany's diplomacy pivots toward fighting climate change...

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's diplomatic priorities will tilt toward addressing the threat of climate change as one of the key global challenges of the 21st century, Germany's foreign minister announced Wednesday. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerboc...

 2022-02-09 17:33 

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New York lets broad mask mandate expire, but not in schools...

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that the state will end a COVID-19 mandate requiring face coverings in most indoor public settings, but will keep masking rules in place in schools for now. The mandate requiring fac...

 2022-02-09 17:32 

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Former 'American Idol' star charged in fatal DUI crash...

PACOLET, S.C. (AP) — A country music singer who was a finalist on TV's "American Idol" has been charged with driving under the influence resulting in death, South Carolina authorities said Wednesday. Caleb Andrew Kennedy, 17, drove his p...

 2022-02-09 17:32 

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Capitol Police denies baseless claim its officers spy on GOP...

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the Jan. 6 insurrection, U.S. Capitol Police officers are facing increasingly heated and baseless allegations from House Republicans that the department's officers are operating as politically driven spies. The rhe...

 2022-02-09 17:31 

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A sign of ransomware growth: Gangs now arbitrate disputes...

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Cyber criminal gangs are getting increasingly adept at hacking and becoming more professional, even setting up an arbitration system to resolve payment disputes among themselves, according to a new report by the United States, A...

 2022-02-09 17:15 

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Love and logins: Who gets custody of passwords in a breakup?...

NEW YORK (AP) — Emily Taffel didn't pull the password plug when she divorced her first husband, and she didn't cut off the boyfriend who followed. Now remarried with four stepchildren, she continues as a model of civility when it comes to ex...

 2022-02-09 16:55 

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Court raises penalty for Little Mermaid copyright violation...

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An appeals court in Denmark has increased the compensation a newspaper was ordered to pay for violating the copyright of Copenhagen's The Little Mermaid statue with a cartoon depicting the bronze landmark as a zombie a...

 2022-02-09 16:54 

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Ukrainians not panicking as West ramps up invasion rhetoric...

ADIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — In the trenches of eastern Ukraine, across the lines from some of the 100,000 Russian troops amassed north and east of the country, Ivan Skuratovskyi's calm verges on numbness — even after a sniper's bullet rece...

 2022-02-09 16:54 

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Journalists settle suit over mistreatment covering protests...

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The state of Minnesota has agreed to pay $825,000 and change several policies to settle a lawsuit brought by journalists who said they were hurt or harassed while covering protests over the police killings of George Floyd and Daun...

 2022-02-09 16:54 

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Commanders launch probe of harassment claim against Snyder...

The Washington Commanders have launched an independent investigation into allegations that owner Dan Snyder sexually harassed a team employee more than a decade ago. Debra Wong Yang, a former U.S. attorney and California state judge, will lead the probe, ...

 2022-02-09 16:53 

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Australia, Lithuania to unite in countering China pressures...

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The foreign ministers of Australia and Lithuania agreed Wednesday to step up cooperation on strategic challenges, in particular pressures from China. Lithuania's Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis and his Australi...

 2022-02-09 16:53 

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US beats Russians 6-5 to open Olympic curling defense...

BEIJING (AP) — The referee came out to measure, and the Russians came away with the game-tying point in the final end of regulation against the Americans — the reigning Olympic curling champions. It only prolonged the suspense for a few minute...

 2022-02-09 16:53 

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Red Bull F1 clinches new $500M title sponsorship with Oracle...

MILTON KEYNES, England (AP) — The Red Bull Formula One team has secured a new title sponsorship worth around $500 million with technology firm Oracle, placing it among the most lucrative commercial deals in sports. The five-year deal is a lift to th...

 2022-02-09 16:52 

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SEC's leading scorer JD Notae showing off well-rounded game...

JD Notae was the best player inside Arkansas' Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday night, getting the better of Auburn's potential lottery picks. The Arkansas point guard finished with 28 points, five rebounds, four blocks, three assists and three steals a...

 2022-02-09 16:33 

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Missouri man convicted at 14 of killing mom gets parole...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man who has insisted for more than 20 years that he was wrongly convicted as a teenager of killing his mother has been granted parole. Attorneys for 37-year-old Michael Politte confirmed Tuesday that he had been gi...

 2022-02-09 16:32 

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Madagascar's death toll from Cyclone Batsirai rises to 92...

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — The toll of Cyclone Batsirai in Madagascar has risen to 92 deaths and more than 112,000 people displaced by the tropical storm which rampaged across the island earlier this week, the national disaster management offic...

 2022-02-09 16:32 

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Kerry calls for keeping power markets open in Mexico...

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry called Wednesday for more investment in clean energy and urged Mexico to keep its market "open and competitive" amid tensions over Mexico's plan to favor its state-owned electricity compan...

 2022-02-09 16:32 

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Olympics Live: Iran skier 1st confirmed doping case of Games...

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the Beijing Winter Olympics: ___ Iran's only male athlete at the Beijing Olympics has tested positive for an anabolic steroid in the first confirmed doping case at the Games. The International Testing Agency says Alp...

 2022-02-09 16:31 

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As state mask rules taper, pressure shifts to school leaders...

As some of the last statewide school mask mandates near an end, responsibility is shifting back to local leaders, who are caught in the middle of one of the most divisive issues of the pandemic. In the hours after Connecticut's governor announced its ...

 2022-02-09 16:21 

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Stumped on where to watch the Oscar nominees? A guided tour...

NEW YORK (AP) — Looking to watch top Oscar nominees before the 94th Academy Awards air on March 27? There are many ways to get that done, including a trip to a theater in some cases. Here's a few other ways, though it's worth looking around ...

 2022-02-09 16:05 

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Stocks rise broadly on Wall Street with more help from tech...

Stocks rose broadly in morning trading on Wall Street Wednesday, putting the market further into the green for the week after a solid gain a day earlier. The S&P 500 rose 1.1% as of 10:20 a.m. Eastern. More than 90% of stocks in the benchmark index gained...

 2022-02-09 16:04 

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For Black women, hopes and dreams rest on Biden court choice...

NEW YORK (AP) — When the pressure gets intense, law student Jasmine Marchbanks-Owens likes to wander the hallways of Howard University, examining the faded, framed photos of prominent Black graduates of decades past. "It's just really inspir...

 2022-02-09 16:04 

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UN court orders Uganda to pay Congo $325M for violence...

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Court of Justice on Wednesday ordered Uganda to pay $325 million in compensation to Congo for violence in a long-running conflict between the African neighbors that began in the late 1990s. The compens...

 2022-02-09 15:59 

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'The Music Man' hopes to lead Broadway out of winter woes...

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the first songs in "The Music Man" is "(Ya Got) Trouble" and the latest Broadway revival has certainly faced its share. It was supposed to open in fall 2020, but rehearsals were interrupted by the pandemic shut...

 2022-02-09 15:55 

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EXPLAINER: How to get up to $3,600 per child in tax credit...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans who have never filed a tax return will need to do so this year in order to claim what's coming to them under the enhanced child tax credit. Previously, only people who earned enough money to owe income tax...

 2022-02-09 15:55 

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Samsung unveils new phones as premium market share shrinks...

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Samsung is trying to reclaim lost ground in the coveted high end of the smartphone market with a new lineup of Galaxy S models designed to appeal to consumers who are increasingly sharing videos of their antics on TikTok, Fa...

 2022-02-09 15:54 

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3 authors named winners of Science + Literature awards...

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Book Foundation has teamed with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to honor books that wed two categories not always in harmony: technology and the arts. On Wednesday, the two organizations announced the inaugural winners of...

 2022-02-09 15:54 

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As case counts fall, WHO chief warns "COVID isn't finished"...

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization insisted Wednesday that "COVID isn't finished with us," appealing for more support to fight the pandemic after his agency reported that case counts and deaths fell worldwide over th...

 2022-02-09 15:54 

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Massive fire burns empty building complex in Oklahoma City...

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A massive fire ripped through an empty five-story hotel and apartment complex in northwest Oklahoma City that was under construction, fire officials said. There were no injuries reported in the blaze late Tuesday at the construc...

 2022-02-09 15:53 

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Taiwan, Somaliland ties growing despite diplomatic isolation...

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan and Somaliland are expanding economic and political ties despite being two of the world's most diplomatically isolated governments. Somaliland Foreign Minister Essa Kayd met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on W...

 2022-02-09 15:33 

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British envoy in Moscow to try to ease Ukraine crisis...

MOSCOW (AP) — Britain's top diplomat flew Wednesday to Moscow, seeking to defuse tensions raised by Russia's military buildup near Ukraine and warning that an invasion would bring "massive consequences for all involved." "Russia ...

 2022-02-09 15:33 

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Germany's diplomacy to pivot toward fighting climate change...

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's diplomatic priorities will tilt toward addressing the threat of climate change as one of the key global challenges of the 21st century, Germany's foreign minister announced Wednesday. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerboc...

 2022-02-09 15:32 

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SpaceX satellites falling out of orbit after solar storm...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacex's newest fleet of satellites is tumbling out of orbit after being struck by a solar storm. Up to 40 of the 49 small satellites launched last week have either reentered the atmosphere and burned up, or are on th...

 2022-02-09 15:32 

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2nd man pleads guilty in alleged 2020 plot to kidnap Whitmer...

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man charged in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pleaded guilty Wednesday, a second key conviction for the government just a month before four others face trial. Kaleb Franks joined Ty Garbin as th...

 2022-02-09 15:31 

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EU slams plan to expand water use near Spain's Doana park...

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The European Union has criticized a plan by lawmakers in southern Spain to expand irrigation rights for farmers near one of Europe's largest wetlands, arguing that it will further endanger a major wildlife refuge that is ...

 2022-02-09 14:59 

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Hochul to announce decision on broad New York mask mandate...

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Kathy Hochul will announce Wednesday whether the state will extend a COVID-19 mask mandate requiring face coverings in most indoor public settings, like grocery stores, shops and offices. The mandate, put in place in mid-Dec...

 2022-02-09 14:59 

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Czechs ditch COVID-19 pass rules, ease limits on crowds...

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic moved forward with easing coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday, cancelling a requirement for people to present a certificate proving they have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 to use services and attend pu...

 2022-02-09 14:53 

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South Korea's Hwang wins Olympic gold in short track...

BEIJING (AP) — There's no knocking off South Korea in men's 1,500-meter short track speedskating. For the fourth time in six Olympics, a skater from the hotbed of short track took the title. Hwang Daeheon stuck his skate in front in a tight ...

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