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Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Chad sent a warplane dropping bombs and ground troops to drive Islamic extremists from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday. Thursday’s bombing marked the first such action by foreign troops on Nigerian soil to fight the militants of Boko Haram. [...]

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UVa. hires security firm to guide students to safety

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia has contracted with an international security firm to guide vulnerable students to safety in Charlottesville neighborhoods near campus. The university says the unarmed security guards will be called ambassadors. The ambassadors may help walk students home, call a safe ride or wait with them at [...]

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Illinois professor who lost job offer after tweets sues

  CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A professor who lost a University of Illinois job offer over his profane, anti-Israel Twitter messages sued several university officials on Thursday, saying they denied his right to free speech and that the school should rehire him. Steven Salaita argues in the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, [...]

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US colleges seek economic diversity in students from China

  NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, top American universities like Yale and Harvard are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds. With more undergraduates coming from abroad than ever, the Ivy League universities that have worked [...]

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Judge Revokes Chris Brown’s Probation in Rihanna Assault Case

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge revoked Chris Brown’s probation on Thursday but allowed him to remain free for now after the R&B singer traveled without approval for a concert and failed to complete community service on time. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin said Brown can remain free at least until a March [...]

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Norfolk State leader says school addressing problems

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk State University interim President Eddie Moore Jr. says the school is addressing problems that led to it being put on probation. Media outlets report that Moore met with the campus community on Tuesday to discuss a report from the school’s accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. [...]

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AP Source: Missy Elliott to join Perry for Super Bowl half

A person familiar with the plans for Sunday’s halftime show told The Associated Press on Thursday that Grammy winner Elliott is slated to make a surprise appearance during Perry’s performance. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Elliott’s participation had not been announced by the NFL. Elliott was featured on a [...]

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Feds: Treasure hunter eluded police with cash, tradecraft

  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A deep-sea treasure hunter who vanished during a court fight over his $50 million haul of gold bars and coins eluded capture by hiding in a two-room hotel suite under a fake name, paying for everything in cash and keeping a low-profile, authorities said Thursday. When Tommy Thompson [...]

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Prosecutors: Ex-NFL star Hernandez’s DNA ties him to slaying

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors laid out what they called compelling forensic evidence — Aaron Hernandez’s DNA on a marijuana cigarette shared with the friend they say he killed — as the ex-NFL star’s trial got underway. Jurors were to hear more testimony Friday in the case against the former New England Patriots standout, [...]

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Museum vows to reopen after thieves swipe historic gold

Museum vows to reopen after thieves swipe historic gold

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wells Fargo Bank officials vowed to reopen a popular corporate museum in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district after thieves smashed a stolen SUV through its front door and made off with historic gold nuggets on display. The museum is a destination for schoolchildren and tourists and includes two restored [...]

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LA jury awards $5 million to funk legend Sly Stone

LA jury awards $5 million to funk legend Sly Stone

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled for the 71-year-old performer in his action against his ex-manager Gerald Goldstein, attorney Glenn Stone and [...]

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Sundance doc ‘Hot Girls Wanted’ explores amateur porn

  PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — “Teen” is the most searched term in online pornography, and thousands of young people enter the amateur porn industry every day, lured by promises of quick money and hopes for fame. The disturbing world of amateur pornography — professionally produced films made to look like home movies — is [...]

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Lil Wayne sues mentor’s record label for $51M, seeking split

  NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Lil Wayne has had it with his record label. He’s suing Cash Money Records for $51 million after claiming that it stiffed him for $8 million on a record he delivered last month. In the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, the Grammy Award-winning performer asked a Manhattan judge to nullify [...]

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Va. to pay $520K to lawyers in same-sex marriage case

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia will pay $520,000 to the lawyers for two same-sex couples who successfully challenged the state’s gay marriage ban. The settlement agreement was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. The attorneys had sought more than $1.7 million. The law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher will receive $459,000. Shuttleworth, [...]

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Survivors recall panic before Mexico City hospital blast

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Inside the maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City, concern quickly turned to panic as the sour smell of propane seeped in and a vapor cloud grew at the emergency room’s entrance. The crew of a gas tanker truck outside began yelling: “Call the firefighters! And tell people [...]

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White House drops plan to scale back college savings plans

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans amid a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats. President Barack Obama made the proposal last week as part of his State of the Union address. It was part of Obama’s plan [...]

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Bill to cut number of school tests fails in Senate committee

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An attempt to reduce the number of required standardized tests taken by Virginia schoolchildren has failed in a Virginia Senate committee. Sen. John Miller’s bill would have cut the number of high-stakes Standards of Learning tests to the minimum required by federal law. Miller, a Newport News Democrat, said the [...]

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Suspected terrorist brother of no-fly-list man

  ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The FBI on Thursday added a former taxi driver from northern Virginia to its list of most-wanted terrorists, saying he was a recruiter for the al-Shabab terror group in Somalia. An arrest warrant, originally issued in February, was unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria for Liban Haji Mohamed, [...]

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Rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested for fatal LA hit-and-run

  WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight was arrested early Friday on a murder charge in a fatal hit-and-run. Knight was arrested at about 3 a.m. and was being held on $2 million bail, said Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s information office. She said he [...]

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Missy Elliott to join Perry for Super Bowl half

  PHOENIX (AP) — Missy Elliott is going to “Work It” at the Super Bowl with Katy Perry. A person familiar with the plans for Sunday’s halftime show told The Associated Press on Thursday that Grammy winner Elliott is slated to make a surprise appearance during Perry’s performance. The person spoke to the AP on [...]

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