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Kanye West tweets apology to Beck for Grammys disruption

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kanye West is saying he’s sorry to Beck on Twitter. The incendiary 37-year-old hip-hop artist took to the social media site Thursday Feb. 26 to publicly apologize to the 44-year-old musician who won four trophies at the Grammys earlier this month. He also says he’s sorry for remarks he made about [...]

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TV audience increases as O’Reilly faces criticism of work

  NEW YORK (AP) — More viewers have tuned in to watch Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly as he faces criticism for some of his past reporting. His show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” drew just over 3 million viewers Wednesday night. That’s up 11 percent over the same day last year. The Nielsen ratings company [...]

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Ag secretary: Smartphones could tell buyers what’s in food

  WASHINGTON (AP) — In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone. Vilsack told members of Congress on Wednesday that consumers could just use their phones to scan special bar codes or other symbols on food packages in the grocery store. All sorts [...]

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400-year-old books stolen in Italy are found in California

  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two stolen Italian books dating to the 17th century that were discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area and many other plundered ancient artifacts will be returned to their country of origin, federal officials say. The books, “Stirpium Historiae” and “Rariorm Plantarum Historia Anno 1601,” were taken from Italy’s Historical [...]

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Lawyer: Second autopsy shows officers shot man from behind

  SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An independent autopsy of an unarmed Mexican man killed by police in Washington state shows he was shot as many as seven times — including twice from behind — contradicting earlier statements from authorities, an attorney for the man’s family said Thursday. The second autopsy was commissioned by lawyer Charles [...]

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First lady: US experiencing food ‘culture change’

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said Thursday that the U.S. has undergone a “culture change” in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. But as she celebrated achievements on multiple fronts, the first lady also warned that the progress that’s been made is “incredibly fragile.” That’s because special interests “whose [...]

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Obama steps up pitch for trade, exports, targets Democrats

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Relying on Republicans and going against the grain of his own party for his legislative successes has not been much of a go-to play in President Barack Obama’s game plan. Then there’s international trade. On Thursday, Obama stepped up his campaign for expanding exports and negotiating new trade deals in Asia [...]

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Medical pot proposal passes first test in conservative Utah

  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A panel of Utah lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal that would allow residents of the conservative state who have chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical marijuana products. The legislation forbids the smoking of marijuana, but allows businesses to grow marijuana and sell pot-infused products [...]

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$150K dress worn by Lupita Nyong’o at Oscars reported stolen

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $150,000 gown adorned with thousands of pearls and worn by Lupita Nyong’o at the Academy Awards has been reported stolen, sheriff’s officials said Thursday. Deputies responded to a West Hollywood hotel late Wednesday after the custom Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa dress was reported missing from the hotel room [...]

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Mexicans rejoice at Inarritu’s Oscar victories

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans rejoiced at the Oscar victories of native son Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on Monday, and embraced remarks he made that were widely seen as a criticism of their government. Inarritu responded to his best picture award for “Birdman” by expressing hope Mexico “can find and build the government that we [...]

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Will Smith enters a new phase, learns to ‘quiet the warrior’

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Things started to come into focus for Will Smith when “After Earth” bombed. Once the biggest movie star in the world, his $130 million sci-fi spectacle “After Earth” opened in June 2013 to a lousy $27.5 million and would only go on to make up less than half of its [...]

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