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Feb 12, 2014

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Maze, Gisin win gold in women's Olympic downhill

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The gold market enjoyed big gains at the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday, getting an unexpected boost from the women's downhill.
Associated Press
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Panama Canal sets one-week deadline for cost row deal

By Lomi Kriel and Sonya Dowsett PANAMA/MADRID (Reuters) - The Panama Canal Authority on Wednesday set a target of no more than a week to reach a deal to jumpstart work on a multi-billion dollar expansion of the waterway amid a cost row, but its administrator said an agreement was starting to fall…
Reuters58 mins ago
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Judge hears challenge of Texas' gay marriage ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A lawyer representing Texas asked a federal judge Wednesday to reject pleas from two gay couples to suspend the state constitution's definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, calling the legalization of same-sex marriages "a more recent innovation than Facebook."
Associated Press
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260,000 Customers Without Power In Ireland

Hurricane-force winds have left more than a quarter of a million customers without power in Ireland. "The gusts that we have measured, they are not record breaking, but they are widespread and there are large areas of the country involved," a Met Eireann spokesman said. A ship off the south coast…
Sky News15 mins ago
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UNHCR: 'catastrophe of unspeakable proportions' in Central Africa

The head of the UN's refugee agency said Wednesday he had witnessed "a humanitarian catastrophe of unspeakable proportions" during his visit to the Central African Republic.
AFP
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Yankees star Jeter to retire after 2014 season

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he will retire after this season "with absolutely no regrets," ending one of the greatest careers in the history of baseball's most storied franchise.
Associated Press10 mins ago
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Castaway says boats ignored cries for help

The castaway who says he survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific cried for help as several ships passed by during his ordeal but they ignored his pleas, El Salvador's health minister said Wednesday.
AFP
Health
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UK police seek info about suicide bomber in Syria

LONDON (AP) — Could a British highway worker have blown himself up in a Syrian suicide bombing?
Associated Press
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From power to potholes: A look at the latest storm

A winter-weary East Coast is getting hit with yet another storm, one that's dropping snow and ice in the Southeast before it's expected to track northward and dump several inches in and around some of the nation's biggest cities. Here's a sampling of what the latest round of winter weather is…
Associated Press30 mins ago
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Dow Chemical rebuffs Third Point

Dow Chemical is rejecting a push by a major shareholder to break off its petrochemicals division. Dan Loeb's Third Point LLC revealed a significant stake last month in the Midland, Mich., company and immediately ...
Associated Press
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Georgia winter storm response by the numbers

ATLANTA (AP) — Here's a look by the numbers at how some agencies are responding to a storm that is supposed to bring snow, "catastrophic" ice and widespread power outages to Georgia, including the Atlanta metro area.
Associated Press
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Valcke heading to Brazil amid World Cup problems

SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA's top official in charge of the World Cup is returning to Brazil to inspect host cities as the country continues to struggle to finish its stadiums just four months before the tournament begins.
Associated Press53 mins ago
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Meirelles’ ‘Nemesis,’ Baiz’s ‘Animals’ and Jimenez’s ‘Voice Over’ Presented at Miami Fest (EXCLUSIVE)

MADRID – Fernando Meirelles’ “Nemesis,” Colombian Andres Baiz’s “Domestic Animals” and “Nobody is Watching,” from Argentina’s Julia Solomonoff, feature among ten projects to be pitched at the 31st Miami Festival’s mid-March ACE Co-Production Lab. Presented by Latin American pay TV channel…
Variety20 mins ago
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Vietnam bets on loosening gaming laws to lure high rollers

HO CHI MINH CITY/HONG KONG, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Nguyen Van Tuon seems unconcerned that his business driving Vietnamese gamblers across the border to Cambodian casinos is under threat. "I'll believe it when I see it," said Tuon, waiting in the rain in the suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City for his first…
Reuters - UK Focus19 mins ago
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1 dead, at least 4 injured in NYC bus-truck crash

NEW YORK (AP) — A city bus and a box truck believed to have been stolen collided at a Manhattan intersection early Wednesday, sending both vehicles onto the sidewalk and into scaffolding, killing the bus driver and injuring at least four other people, authorities said.
Associated Press18 mins ago
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EU Commission pushes to dilute U.S. Internet influence

The European Commission called on Wednesday for a dilution of U.S. influence over the organisation of the Internet, a sign of tension following snooping exposed by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. The European Union's executive arm stopped short of demanding greater government…
Reuters21 mins ago
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Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday

Everyone’s talking about storm damage, the Garda Ombudsman and the law on euthanasia in Belgium.
TheJournal.ie27 mins ago
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Ancient baby DNA suggests tie to Native Americans

NEW YORK (AP) — The DNA of a baby boy who was buried in Montana 12,600 years ago has been recovered, and it provides new indications of the ancient roots of today's American Indians and other native peoples of the Americas.
Associated Press25 mins ago
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John Oliver to debut 'Last Week Tonight' on HBO in late April

John Oliver, the British comedian whose career took off as the nonchalant news correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," will debut his new HBO series "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" on April 27, the network said on Wednesday. The half-hour show to air Sundays in the 11:00-11:30…
Reuters25 mins ago
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European GPS Satellites Pass Key Test in Orbit

The four satellites that currently comprise the Galileo satellite constellation — Europe's version of the United States' GPS system— have passed a key test called In-Orbit Validation (IOV), European Space Agency officials announced Monday (Feb. 10). "IOV was required to demonstrate that the future…
SPACE.com29 mins ago
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Should busy, stressed-out kids have to do chores?

It's the dirty work of home life: dusting the shelves, mopping the floors and doing the laundry, load after load. Yet asking kids to help has gotten harder for some parents, caught up in the blur of today's competitive, time-pressed, child-focused world.
Associated Press32 mins ago
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Watchdog: Past 2 years 'atrocious' for journalists

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The past two years have been "absolutely atrocious" for the killing and imprisonment of journalists, with Syria the deadliest place to work and Turkey the number one jailer, a press freedom advocacy group said Wednesday.
Associated Press31 mins ago
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LA abuzz about push for urban beekeeping

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the past three years, Rob McFarland has kept a beehive filled with 25,000 bees on the roof of his house smack in the middle of West Los Angeles.
Associated Press23 mins ago
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MOVES- Goldman Sachs, Banco Do Brasil, Ecobank, Brooks Macdonald

The following financial services industry appointments were announced on Wednesday. To inform us of other job changes, email to moves@thomsonreuters.com. GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC Goldman Sachs said its ...
Reuters - UK Focus25 mins ago
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Salvadoran castaway healthy but mentally fragile

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A fisherman who says he drifted at sea for more than a year, surviving on raw fish, turtles and bird blood, is in stunningly good health but psychologically fragile, medical experts said Wednesday as the sailor recuperated in a hospital in his native El Salvador.
Associated Press41 mins ago
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Oil back above $100 on China data, OPEC outlook

The price of oil rose above $100 a barrel Wednesday as OPEC predicted faster growth in oil demand this year and China reported record imports of crude oil. The gains were tempered by an increase in U.S. ...
Associated Press35 mins ago
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NASA Sun-Watching Spacecraft Celebrates 4th Birthday with Amazing Video

A NASA sun-studying probe celebrates four years in space this week, and the agency has released a stunning new video to mark the occasion. The amazing new video of the sun, which NASA released Tuesday, is a greatest-hits set from the space agency's powerful Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which…
SPACE.com29 mins ago
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Bit by bit, macho stereotypes lose ground

NEW YORK (AP) — Traditionally, the American male was measured against the stoic hero who shook off all doubts, vanquished all foes and offered women a muscular shoulder to cry on.
Associated Press22 mins ago
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Dr Pepper's latest gambit: 60 calories a can

Americans are cutting back on both regular soda and diet soda. So Dr Pepper is testing something in between, with natural sweeteners. Dr Pepper Snapple Group said Wednesday that it plans to test versions ...
Associated Press40 mins ago
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Israeli settlements also face pressure from within

PSAGOT, West Bank (AP) — These days, when Yaakov Berg tries to sell his award-winning line of Psagot boutique wines, he encounters obstacles from every direction. As a Jewish vintner in a West Bank settlement, his product is increasingly considered off-limits.
Associated Press21 mins ago
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Barbie to feature in this year's SI Swimsuit issue

After 50 years of debate over her unattainably perfect figure, Barbie now is unapologetic about her tiny waist and endless legs. To prove it? The doll, which is made by Mattel, is flaunting her frame in ...
Associated Press
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Music: Bruno Mars Still Feeling Post-Super Bowl Rush

The 49th edition of the hits compilation “Now That’s What I Call Music!” has shoved the soundtrack for “Frozen” from the pinnacle of the U.S. album chart. The Universal-distributed “Now 49” claimed the No. 1 slot on the list with first-week sales of 98,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan…
Variety26 mins ago
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Coronation Street: Peter begs Tina to stay

12 February 2014: If you've been watching Coronation Street, you may have mistakenly thought that Tina had already left the street for good. But things are never that simple when Peter Barlow is involved. Back on the street to sort her flat out before heading to London once more, it looks as…
Yahoo Contributor Network51 mins ago
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Man who caused plane diversion says was drinking

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A passenger whose behavior caused a commercial airline flying from Tokyo to New York City to be diverted to Anchorage told federal investigators he had been drinking on the plane, court documents state.
Associated Press23 mins ago
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Winter takes toll on nation's pipes and pavement

This merciless winter is taking a heavy toll on the nation's pipes and pavement, breaking hundreds of water mains that turn streets into frozen rivers and opening potholes so big they snap tire rims and ...
Associated Press29 mins ago
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Parties to deliver currency warning

Britain's three main political parties are set to deliver a warning to the voters of Scotland that they will not be able to keep the pound if they vote for independence.
Press Association
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Stoch, Russian jumper injured in training falls

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Gold medalist Kamil Stoch of Poland and Russian ski jumper Mikhail Maksimochkin both crashed during landings Wednesday night while training for the individual large hill event at the Sochi Olympics.
Associated Press26 mins ago
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FOREX-Sterling up on hints of 2015 rate hike as euro slips

* BoE (Shenzhen: 000725.SZ - news) could be first major central bank to tighten policy NEW YORK (Frankfurt: HX6.F - news) , Feb 12 (Reuters) - The British pound moved up to a two-week high against the dollar on Wednesday after the Bank of England hiked economic growth forecasts and hinted Britain…
Reuters - UK Focus35 mins ago
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Atlantic City casino win down $4.6M in January

Internet gambling grew substantially in its second full month in New Jersey. And it's a good thing, too, because without that extra online money, Atlantic City's 11 casinos would have endured a much worse ...
Associated Press43 mins ago
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Homs evacuations resume as Syria peace talks falter

The evacuation of civilians and delivery of aid to besieged rebel-held areas of Syria's third city Homs resumed on Wednesday, as peace talks in Geneva struggled to make headway.
AFP
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In 'blended’ families, it’s the children who lose

Elderly parents who remarry can unintentionally disinherit their children
Telegraph39 mins ago
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Lea Salonga joins Il Divo on spring US tour

NEW YORK (AP) — The four guys from Il Divo will get some help from a Broadway veteran as they tour this spring singing musical theater hits — Lea Salonga.
Associated Press48 mins ago
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Storm with 106-mph gusts hits flooded Britain

LONDON (AP) — Britain's weather service says it sees the tentacles of climate change in a spate of storms and floods battering the country, but has stopped short of saying that global warming directly caused the extreme conditions.
Associated Press23 mins ago
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GLOBAL MARKETS-Global stock markets gain on China trade data; sterling up

* China January export and import data ease growth worries * U.S. stocks slip after 4 days of gains as P&G falls * Sterling rises as BoE (Shenzhen: 000725.SZ - news) hints at rate hike in 2015 NEW YORK (Frankfurt: HX6.F - news) , Feb 12 (Reuters) - World stock markets edged up for a sixth…
Reuters - UK Focus36 mins ago
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Flappy Bird clones flood app stores, present malware risk

The app world loves a good bandwagon. Once a game hits it big, it's just a matter of time before imitators arrive. And when the developer of the original game stops selling his product, the feeding frenzy really goes into … Continue reading →
Plugged In44 mins ago
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Sinkhole Swallows Corvettes In Kentucky

A sinkhole has opened up at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, wrecking eight cars. Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli said no-one was in the museum, in Bowling Green, at the time and no injuries were reported. They were a 1962 black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1…
Sky News
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Landless peasants protest in Brazil's capital

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — About 15,000 landless peasants protested in Brazil's capital on Wednesday to demand land reform. The gathering was mostly peaceful, but a few isolated clashes between demonstrators and police broke out and officers used tear gas to disperse demonstrators.
Associated Press26 mins ago
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Lebanon man sentenced for insulting president on Twitter

A Lebanese web developer has been sentenced to two months in prison for insulting President Michel Sleiman on Twitter, a judicial source told AFP.
AFP
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Malaysian fan’s 30-year dream ruined by Everton postponement

The news that Everton's game with Crystal Palace had been postponed was particularly unfortunate for one Toffees fan. Continue reading →
Early Doors
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Brazil's Embraer targets booming Asia-Pacific

A US Airways Embraer E-175 airplane takes off from a runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, September 23, 2013
AFP
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Study disputes value of routine mammograms

A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment.
Associated Press55 mins ago
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Basketball - LeBron rates himself among all-time greats

LeBron James says he has no doubt he will be regarded as one of the top four all-time greats in basketball by the time his career is over.
Reuters33 mins ago
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This disgusted American figure skater is the meme you never knew you needed

Ashley Wagner was not happy with the judges’ score. Not at all.
TheJournal.ie
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Ice Hockey - FACTBOX-Results from 1980 Lake Placid Ice Hockey competition

The ice hockey competition at the 1980 Winter Olympics was run under a slightly confusing and controversial format, featuring two group stages and carried-over
Reuters
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'Titanfall': 5 ways it's unlike other shooters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Titans are coming — and they're dropping something new on gamers.
Associated Press
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Draghi pushes for bank resolution fund to be operational quicker

Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, (ECB) addresses the media during a press conference following the meeting of the Governing Council in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, on February 6, 2014
AFP
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This woman has given up using toilet paper

And the world recoils.
TheJournal.ie
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9 Foods that Fight Hot Flashes

It may feel that way if you're part of the 75% of perimenopausal women in the U.S. who experience hot flashes. During the nine-year study, researchers found that women were 20% less likely to have hot flashes when they incorporated the following foods into their daily diets. They can keep hot…
Healthy Living
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Norwegian gets Irish long-haul license amid union protests

Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle said it had obtained an Irish license for its long-haul routes, to the dismay of unions who argue it will ease the hiring of foreign staff.
AFP
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Southern California home sales fall in January

Southern California home sales fell in January amid scant inventories and the highest prices in years, a research firm reported Wednesday. Slightly more than 14,400 new and existing houses and condominiums ...
Associated Press
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On GMOs and Mislabeling: Why I’m Taking Responsibility for the Safety of My Family’s Food

Hardly a day goes by that we don't hear something about GMOs either in social media or on the news. Despite all the information out there, many are still confused about what a GMO (a genetically modified organism) actually is and what it does. Trying to determine whether genetically modified food…
Healthy Living
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Here's Johnny! Clothes make the man and vice versa

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — He promised himself something the first time he ever laced up a pair of skates. It's the same thing Johnny Weir returns to in those quiet moments most evenings, just before the TV camera's "on-air" light flashes red.
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Manchester City and Everton games called off

The Barclays Premier League games between Manchester City and Sunderland and Everton and Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening have both been postponed as a result of the adverse weather conditions. Skipper Vincent Kompany broke the news about City's match, writing on Twitter: "Game's called off!…
Sky News
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Even During the Olympics, ABC’s ‘GMA’ Defeats NBC’s ‘Today’

NBC is hopeful that it can use the Olympics to funnel more viewers into morning program “Today,” but on Tuesday at least, the show was still no ratings match for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” After “Today” prevailed on Monday of this week, Tuesday saw “GMA” average 6.42 million viewers while…
Variety41 mins ago
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Rail passengers stranded by storms

Thousands of rail passengers were stuck on trains tonight after wind and rain wrecked services.
Press Association43 mins ago
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Seattle construction workers unearth mammoth tusk

In the crowded south Lake Union neighborhood where Amazon.com workers go out for espresso, an ice age mammoth died 10,000 years ago and remained until Tuesday, when a plumbing contractor crew uncovered ...
Associated Press
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Drama in Russian mountains as Winter Games get first downhill tie

By Mike Collett-White SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - In a finish even a Hollywood scriptwriter would struggle to match, the women's downhill at Russia's Winter Olympics produced a tie for gold for the first time on Wednesday, on a thrilling fifth full day of competition. The host nation got its second…
Reuters40 mins ago
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TREASURIES-Prices slide after U.S. debt ceiling bill, Yellen

* U.S. debt ceiling resolution weighs, helps boost yields * Treasury sells 10-year notes with mixed results NEW YORK (Frankfurt: HX6.F - news) , Feb 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury debt prices fell for a second straight session on Wednesday after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure on…
Reuters - UK Focus58 mins ago
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Newtown privacy debate to resume for lawmakers

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The emotional debate over victim privacy rights that began after the Newtown school shooting is expected to resume in coming weeks in Connecticut, as state lawmakers consider restrictions on public access to certain crime scene photos, 911 recordings and other information…
Associated Press34 mins ago
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Bill would limit 'seclusion, restraint' in schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee report released Wednesday raises concerns over whether parents are informed when their children are strapped down, physically restrained or placed in seclusion in school to punish or control them.
Associated Press
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Apartments evacuated due to storm damage

Meanwhile, the National Coordination Group has said we can expect high winds, ice and rain over the next few days.
TheJournal.ie38 mins ago
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To Find Happiness This Valentine's Day, Set Someone Else Up on a Date (Pick Me, Pick Me!)

If you're fretting over your own lack of a valentine, or you and your boyfriend just don't have plans, maybe you should try playing Cupid instead.
Healthy Living
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How Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Spent Her 45th Birthday

Jennifer Aniston celebrated her 45th birthday on Tuesday in Los Angeles, but where was her fiancĂ©, Justin Theroux?It turns out that her main man was on the other side of the country in the Big Apple having a guys' night … Continue reading →
Yahoo Celebrity59 mins ago
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Exclusive - EU executive sees personal savings used to plug long-term financing gap

By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - The savings of the European Union's 500 million citizens could be used to fund long-term investments to boost the economy and help plug the gap left by banks since the financial crisis, an EU document says. "The economic and financial crisis has impaired the…
Reuters
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Farrington edges Bright for women's halfpipe gold

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Kaitlyn Farrington restored a little bit of luster to Team USA's Winter Olympics on Wednesday, taking back U.S. supremacy on the halfpipe that Shaun White and friends lost the night before.
Associated Press52 mins ago
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Cesar Chavez’

A passion project about a passionate man takes surprisingly flat form in “Cesar Chavez.”
Variety
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Venezuelan anti-government protests turn violent

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan security forces fired rubber bullets into the air to break up a crowd of violent activists following the largest protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government since he was re-elected almost a year ago.
Associated Press35 mins ago
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FDA clears Pharmacyclics drug for new cancer use

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a cancer drug from Pharmacyclics and Johnson & Johnson for a new use against a rare blood and bone marrow disease. The agency said it approved Imbruvica ...
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I'm no Kallis, says South Africa's new all-rounder

By Mark Gleeson PRETORIA (Reuters) - Ryan McLaren said "I am no Jacques Kallis" after replacing the recently retired all-rounder in the South Africa team for the first test against Australia on Wednesday. McLaren was preferred to Wayne Parnell as Kallis's successor in the all-rounder role, to win…
Reuters52 mins ago
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Billy Ray Cyrus Releases Rap Remix Of 'Achy Breaky Heart': Funniest Twitter Reactions

The Internet Is Absolutely Not A Fan
EntertainmentWise57 mins ago
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Settlement talks underway in ND abortion lawsuit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's sole abortion clinic is in settlement talks with the state on a lawsuit over a law requiring doctors who perform abortions to obtain hospital-admitting privileges.
Associated Press
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3 Terrifying Reasons To Stay Away From Rio Tinto plc

Royston Wild looks at why Rio Tinto plc (LON: RIO) is in peril of diving lower.
Fool.co.uk
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PM urged to oppose Brussels' plans for a ports regulator

Group of MPs says a proposed ports regulator would threaten investment and jobs
Telegraph50 mins ago
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Fox Orders Will Forte Comedy ‘Last Man On Earth’ to Series

Will Forte’s single-cam comedy “Last Man On Earth” has landed a series order at Fox, the network announced today. Series will lens this summer with an eye towards a midseason debut. “Last Man’s” series order by Fox arrives months ahead of May, when the majority of broadcast pilots are ordered to…
Variety48 mins ago
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Volosozhar and Trankov of Russia win pairs gold

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Maxim Trankov hopes young figure skaters all over Russia will take inspiration from what he and Tatiana Volosozhar accomplished at the Olympics.
Associated Press54 mins ago
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Republican wins San Diego mayor special election

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A moderate Republican city councilman has been elected mayor of San Diego in a special election to fill the unexpired term of Bob Filner, who resigned amid a torrent of sexual harassment allegations.
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Stocks drift in afternoon trading as a rally fades

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were mixed Wednesday as investors assessed news from some big U.S. companies. Major indexes jumped a day earlier after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she would continue the central bank's market-friendly, low-interest rate policies.
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US: 'Dangerous' Afghans to be released in 24 hours

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government plans within 24 hours to start releasing from a former American detention facility a group of 65 inmates that the U.S considers highly dangerous, the NATO-led coalition said late Wednesday.
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1.3 million 'like' friendless Michigan boy's Facebook birthday surprise

A Michigan mother's attempt to cheer her 10-year-old son, who suffers from a disorder similar to autism and told her he had no friends, with a Facebook page has won the boy some 1.3 million fans on the social media site by Wednesday. Jennifer Cunningham created the site early this month after her…
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This is what the storms have done to Ireland today

Roofs lifted off, building facades torn down and sheds blown away. It’s wild on Shannonside.
TheJournal.ie
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Selanne’s last Olympics; Price starts Canada opener; Pittsburgh hates Crosby (Puck Headlines)

Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. • Brandon Prust and George Parros aren't in Sochi right now, so … Continue reading →
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Negatives aside, AOL CEO posts positive results

You've got gaffes. AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong isn't one to mince words. Over the weekend, he apologized for insensitive comments and backtracked from an unpopular plan to pay matching 401(k) retirement ...
Associated Press59 mins ago
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That's Weird: Kim Kardashian Names Mother Kris Jenner As 'Woman Crush' (PHOTO)

And Kris Is Dangling Upside-down On A Pole
EntertainmentWise
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Neb. city prepares to enforce immigration rules

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials in a small Nebraska city were preparing Wednesday to enforce voter-approved illegal immigration rules, despite the threat of federal lawsuits after the measure goes into effect.
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No way back for Terry, says England manager

By Steve Tongue LONDON (Reuters) - Former England captain John Terry will not be recalled for the international friendly matches leading up to this year's World Cup finals in Brazil, manager Roy Hodgson said on Wednesday. Terry voluntarily ended his England career in September 2012 but, following…
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Bosnia's failed privatizations key cause of unrest

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — In the worst unrest since Bosnia's terrible civil war two decades ago, buildings have been set ablaze and the presidency has been put under siege. But the trouble this time is economic — not ethnic.
Associated Press
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Eva Longoria Joins Blumhouse’s ‘Visions’

EXCLUSIVE: Blumhouse horror pic Visions has added another TV name to its cast. Eva Longoria will join Isla Fisher, Anson Mount, and Community‘s Gillian Jacobs in the film which also has The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons in talks to co-star. Fisher stars as a pregnant woman who moves with her…
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Israeli lawmakers storm out on European official

JERUSALEM (AP) — In a protest tinged with references to the Holocaust, lawmakers from a nationalist Israeli political party stormed out of parliament on Wednesday to object to comments by the visiting German president of the European Parliament.
Associated Press
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Amanda Holden Stuns At BGT Auditions In Victoria Beckham, While Judges Talk Simon Cowell's Baby

The Actress Spices Up The Auditions In A Gorgeous Bodycon Number
EntertainmentWise
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Another ice storm causes havoc across the South

ATLANTA (AP) — The second wintry storm in two weeks to hit the Deep South encrusted highways, trees and power lines in ice Wednesday, knocking out electricity to more than 350,000 homes and businesses.
Associated Press11 mins ago
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Will there ever be a better tackle than this?

The debate about the greatest tackle of all time has been put to bed forever by a journeyman pro toiling in the Italian fourth division. Continue reading →
Early Doors
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US budget deficit totals $10.4 billion in January

The U.S. government's deficit through the first four months of this budget year is down 36.6 percent from a year ago, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances. In its monthly budget report, ...
Associated Press
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Sync Watching: The New Way to View Shows with Friends

Over the years, I have watched TV shows and texted with friends, tweeted through live TV events online, and Skyped with friends during a premiere of a new movie on a premium cable channel. Maybe some of my friends would be up for "sync watching" some movies with me? According to a recent NY Times…
Healthy Living
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Sinkhole collapses part of Corvette Museum in Ky.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A gaping sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday, damaging eight prized cars that plunged in a heap while the attraction geared to the classic American sports car was closed to visitors.
Associated Press34 mins ago
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Cardiff's Rees gets cancer all-clear

Cardiff Blues captain Matthew Rees is set to embark on a return to professional rugby union after being given a clean bill of health following treatment for testicular cancer.
AFP
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Paula Deen cooks up $75M comeback deal

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Paula Deen has found a key ingredient to bringing some sizzle back to her career — a cash infusion worth at least $75 million from a private investment firm.
Associated Press
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No New Money For Flood Relief, Says No 10

There will be no new money to pay for flood relief, Downing Street sources have told Sky News. Less than 24 hours after the Prime Minister pledged "money is no object" in the effort to helping flooded communities recover, the Number 10 source confirmed his comments did not mean extra money would…
Sky News
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Native American 'missing link' was from Asia

Nearly 13,000 years ago, a baby boy died in what is Montana today.
AFP
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Oscar Watch: Three Designers Compete With Period Films

As a team, production designer Judy Becker and costume designer Michael Wilkinson just click. “The entire world is our palette,” says Wilkinson. “In another lifetime, Judy would be a sculptress or an installation artist — and I share this passion with her.” The pair first worked together on Zach…
Variety
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IMF sees deep weaknesses in Iran economy after sanctions

A picture taken on February 3, 2014 shows low-income Iranians lining up to receive food supplies in southern Tehran
AFP
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Starpower: Boost in quest for nuclear fusion

Scientists on Wednesday announced an important advance in the long quest to harness nuclear fusion, a field that has sparked dreams of clean and limitless energy.
AFP35 mins ago
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Brazil police fire rubber bullets at landless protest

Brazilian police fired rubber bullets and tear gas Wednesday at a 15,000-strong landless protest in the capital Brasilia, injuring two, a spokesman for the demonstrators said.
AFP
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Harry Styles was NOT hanging out backstage with Taylor Swift - it was Danny O'Donoghue!

Seems like Harry Styles fans can rest easy
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Fox Business To Launch Reality-Based Series In Summer

Fox Business Network said it would launch a docu-series this summer and elevated an executive producer with the documentary unit of corporate sibling Fox News Channel to direct of its special programming. “Strange Inheritance,” a half-hour show, will look what the network said are “real-life…
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Little Mix Smash Opening Night Of Demi Lovato Tour In Vancouver (PHOTOS)

The X Factor Band Are Steadily Taking Over The World
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Top Asian News at 9:00 p.m. GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in April. The White House says Obama's trip is part of his commitment to increasing U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.
Associated Press17 mins ago
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5 Totally Hot James Bond Fashion Moments

In celebration of Fleming starting on our telly screens, we take a look back at some of the hottest fash moments from the James Bond films...
Company Magazine
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French leader lands in California for tech talks

France's president arrived Wednesday in the heart of tech country for meetings with Silicon Valley and government leaders, just days after a French regulator hit Google with an embarrassing regulatory ...
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Prepare for interest rate rises - and not before time

Trying to commit to keeping interest rates low much beyond the next nine months would have been a huge mistake
Telegraph
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Feds approve more fracking off California coast

Federal regulators have approved three new fracking jobs off the California coast, more than previously known. The revelation Wednesday comes as the California Coastal Commission attempts to exercise greater ...
Associated Press
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World asleep as China tightens deflationary vice

We keep our fingers crossed as we glimpse the first foam of a deflationary Ch'ient'ang'kian coming our way from China. The world's central banks have no margin for error
Telegraph
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Katie Holmes Dares To Bare In Underwear Flashing Sheer Skirt At Donna Karen Show, New York Fashion Week

Rita Ora Also Joined Her In The Flesh Flashing Stakes
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Game of Thrones news: Which current cast member has been promoted to a series regular for Series Five?

This inevitably means that we're probably set to see a lot more of Naharis, Jorah Mormont and Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen over in Essos. And with the latest casting update it looks set that David Benioff and D.B Weiss will be placing heavy focus on the Mother of Dragons should the show get…
Yahoo Contributor Network45 mins ago
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Ice Hockey - Moser hands Swiss men winning star

Round-up: A last-gasp Simon Moser goal gave Switzerland a winning start at Sochi 2014 as the men's ice hockey got underway.
Sportsbeat
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Israel, Palestinians compromise over Gaza patient treatment

Israel and the Palestinians have compromised in a dispute that saw medical patients from Gaza denied entry to Israel for treatment because their travel documents said "State of Palestine," officials said Wednesday.
AFP55 mins ago
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Uh oh: Met Eireann issues red alert for Leinster, Connacht and Munster

In Limerick, the River Shannon has again burst its banks.
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Syria's Homs: Evacuee tells of life under siege

BEIRUT (AP) — Weeping children begged for food and women picked grass to eat as hunger gripped rebel-held neighborhoods of the Syrian city of Homs during a nearly two-year military blockade, according to a rare first-hand account by a man evacuated during a truce this week.
Associated Press33 mins ago
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Sir Bruce to host Davis documentary

Sir Bruce Forsyth is to host a documentary about his late pal Sammy Davis Jr, his first ITV programme for many years.
Press Association
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper Confirmed For BAFTA Awards

Hollywood's Finest Will Be Flocking To London This Sunday
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Why This P.O.W. Was Shown Alive

The Obama administration is looking to exchange Guantanamo Bay detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as part of a broader effort to reconcile with the Taliban.
The Daily Beast
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‘Miracle On Ice’ memories resurface in Sochi

Russian and American memories of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics 'Miracle on Ice' are as different as their Cold War philosophies were. Continue reading →
The Sochi Network48 mins ago
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Kim Kardashian shows off her famous bum in skin-tight trousers despite having 'crisis of confidence'

The reality TV star is apparently feeling less-than-confident thanks to fiance Kanye West.
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'Red Alert' As Storm Brings 100mph Winds

Britain's rail network is being thrown into chaos as 100mph gusts batter parts of the UK - with Virgin Trains urging customers to "abandon travel". Spokesperson Jim Rowe said it was for safety reasons, adding: "The worst thing that can happen is that a train comes into contact with an obstruction…
Sky News57 mins ago
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China's curlers confounding expectations in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A pre-Olympic list of potential gold-medal winners in men's curling definitely would have included Canada, Norway and Sweden. Britain, too, and maybe even Switzerland.
Associated Press
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Important step in fusion experiment

An important step has been taken towards an era of virtually limitless energy from the nuclear reactions that power the sun.
Press Association
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Bruce Jenner Shows Off New Ombre Hair While Shooting For Keeping Up In The Kardashian

Olympian Has Been Undergoing A Bit Of A Makeover
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Derek Jeter Announces Retirement

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced Wednesday that the 2014 baseball season will be his last.
ET Online
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Man United plans significant squad changes

LONDON (AP) — After conceding Manchester United was enduring a "disappointing" season, vice chairman Ed Woodward indicated on Wednesday that a significant overhaul of the struggling squad will come in the summer.
Associated Press
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U.S. offers companies broad standards to improve cybersecurity

The U.S. government on Wednesday released the final version of standards meant to help companies in nationally critical industries better defend against cyber attacks, and officials now face the challenge of getting the private sector to adopt the voluntary measures. Criticized for being too vague…
Reuters59 mins ago
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Game Of Thrones Star Michelle Fairley Joins The Cast Of 24: Live Another Day

The Actress Will Star In The Highly Anticipated New Series
EntertainmentWise
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Woods should find swing himself, says Baker-Finch

Tiger Woods should play golf alone every day for a month to find his swing, says former British Open champion Ian Baker-Finch. "Tiger has issues with his swing. He keeps blaming his putting, but it's not his putting (that is the problem), it is his swing, and he needs to sort that out,"…
Reuters50 mins ago
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David Fincher, ‘Gone Girl’ Author Reunite for HBO Drama Series

Fresh off their collaboration on the feature “Gone Girl,” director David Fincher and scribe Gillian Flynn are teaming to adapt the British conspiracy thriller “Utopia” for HBO and Shine America. HBO has given a series order to the project and struck an overall deal with Flynn, the novelist who…
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Wednesday's Highlights at the Sochi Olympics

WEDNESDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS AT THE SOCHI OLYMPICS:
Associated Press49 mins ago
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IMF sees Israel GDP growth unchanged at 3.4%

The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday it expects Israel's GDP growth to remain stable at 3.4 percent in 2014, but noted that social disparities pose a threat to the economy.
AFP30 mins ago
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Holly Hagan wearing a corset to 'move internal organs' and get a 'Kim Kardashian' waist

The Geordie Shore star is going to extreme and frankly shocking lengths to lose weight.
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Premier League - Aston Villa keen on safe standing trial

Aston Villa would be keen to trial 'rail seats' at Villa Park to help promote the introduction of safe standing in the Premier League.
PA Sport
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Health law sign-ups growing but goal still elusive

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wide disparities are emerging among states in health insurance sign-ups, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal enrollment statistics released Wednesday.
Associated Press54 mins ago
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'I'm In Deep S**t': Jennifer Aniston Jokes About Justin Theroux Marriage And Kids Rumours

Jennifer Joked With Gloria Steinem Earlier This Week
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Activists in Syria's Homs fear arrest if they leave

Syrian activists holed up in besieged districts of Homs say they fear being arrested if they leave after hundreds of men were detained by authorities as they exited the city.
AFP
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Kerry seeks to ease tensions in Asia

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry was heading to Asia on Wednesday on a mission aimed largely at easing tensions between China and its smaller neighbors over territorial disputes and exploring ways to restart long-stalled talks on ridding North Korea of nuclear…
Associated Press
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Senate looks to clear debt limit bill for Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills is on the brink or clearing Congress for President Barack Obama's signature.
Associated Press
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Premier League - Team news: Fellaini misses out for United

All the team news ahead of Wednesday night's games with Marouanne Fellaini still not fit to make a return to the United team.
Eurosport
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Obama raises minimum wage for contract workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama increased the minimum wage for a few hundred thousand federal contractors on Wednesday, then pressed the divided Congress to pass broader legislation that would apply to all workers. Obama declared, "It's the right thing to do."
Associated Press
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Groothuis gold ends years of misery, depression

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Exhausted, Stefan Groothuis sat on an infield bench and started choking up as he saw one challenger after another falter.
Associated Press
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Karlsson leads Sweden past Czechs in hockey opener

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Erik Karlsson's impressive Olympic debut demonstrated why Sweden has more than enough talent to win it all.
Associated Press39 mins ago
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Man Utd Revenue Up Despite On-Field Struggles

Vice chairman Ed Woodward said: "We once again achieved a record revenue quarter with strong contributions from our commercial and broadcasting businesses despite the current league position, which everyone from the team manager down has acknowledged is disappointing." It also reported a fall in…
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Premier League - Paper Round: Ferguson to blame, says Keane

Roy Keane has pointed the finger at Sir Alex Ferguson for Manchester United's demise and Arsenal are already eyeing up a 'new Mesut Ozil'.
Eurosport
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Bad weather forces Premier League call-offs

Severe wind and rain affecting the north-west of England saw the Premier League matches at Manchester City and Everton due to take place on Wednesday both postponed.
AFP38 mins ago
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Asia Rubber-China, tyre makers buy as calls to limit sales fall on deaf ears

* SIR20 sold to Bridgestone, prices off lows TOCOM lifts prices SINGAPORE, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Main rubber consumer China and tyre makers purchased several cargoes for nearby shipment this week after prices sank to multi-year lows, with producer nation calls for dealers to limit sales falling on…
Reuters
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Panama says freed North Korean ship to sail later Wednesday

By Lomi Kriel PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - A North Korean ship detained near the Panama Canal for smuggling Cuban weapons will set sail with most of its crew aboard later on Wednesday after the ship's representatives paid a trafficking fine to free it, Panama's government said. The Chong Chon Gang…
Reuters
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Norwegian 10-year-old takes toddler sister on joy ride

A 10-year-old Norwegian boy took his toddler sister for a joy ride in the family car, ending up in a snowy ditch posing as a dwarf, police and media reports said Wednesday.
AFP
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Washington coal terminal to get extensive review

State and local regulators said Wednesday they'll consider a sweeping environmental review of the effects of a proposed terminal along the Columbia River in Washington that would export millions of tons ...
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Oscar Haunted by Ghost of Dickens’ Past

“The Invisible Woman” costume designer Michael O’Connor laments the fact that his compatriot, production designer Maria Djurkovic, did not also receive an Oscar nomination for her work on the film. “They missed a chance,” he says. “The two go hand-in-hand.” But Djurkovic wasn’t O’Connor’s only…
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Oscar Film Fashions on Display at FIDM in Downtown L.A

For those who can’t get enough of Oscar-nominated films, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising offers the Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibit running Feb. 11-April 26 in downtown Los Angeles. The free show, now in its 22nd year, covers over 100 costumes from more than a score…
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Russian ski jumper injured in training fall

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Russian ski jumper Mikhail Maksimochkin was carried off the hill by paramedics after falling while landing during training Wednesday night for the individual large hill event at the Sochi Olympics.
Associated Press
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‘The fun is over’: John Gilroy won’t actually be seeking the Labour MEP nomination

Gilroy told a parliamentary party meeting that he did not feel he would have enough time between the convention and the election to run a proper campaign.
TheJournal.ie
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New Zealand/Australia Morning Call-Global markets

----------------------- ----------------------- Stock Markets S&P/ASX 200 5,310.05 +55.56 NZSX 50 4,869.97 +22.03 DJIA 15,955.76 -39.01 Nikkei 14,800.06 +81.72 NASDAQ 4,200.62 +9.57 FTSE 6,675.03 +2.37 ...
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Ore. revenue forecast won't avert budget cuts

Oregon's latest revenue estimates mean state lawmakers can't avoid budget cuts during the current legislative session. The quarterly revenue forecast delivered Wednesday was virtually unchanged from the ...
Associated Press
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Multitasking Artist Created Oscar-Nominated Costumes for ‘The Grandmaster’

The fingerprints of a multi-talented Hong Kong-born artist are all over Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster.” Not only did William Chang design the costumes (for which he’s Oscar nominated), but he was also the production designer and editor on the martial-arts pic. It was an epic production, says…
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