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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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‘Glory’ Wins Oscar for Best Original Song

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Edmund Pettus Bridge stood center stage in both the performance and acceptance speeches by John Legend and Common for their Oscar-winning song “Glory” from the film “Selma”. The site where some 600 civil rights protesters were first attacked by law enforcement as they left Selma, Alabama 50 years ago [...]

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London Fashion Week kicks off, hot on heels of New York

LONDON (AP) — It’s time to kick off those snow boots and pack the brolly. After battling sub-zero temperatures at New York Fashion Week, fashionistas are decamping to London for another whirlwind week of catwalk shows, champagne and parties. The London event, which opens Friday, features new designs from almost 80 designers, including from powerhouses [...]

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Weird and wonderful NY Fashion Week moments

NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s the thing about holding Fashion Week in February: No one really talks about the clothes — they’re too busy talking about the weather. This year, it was even colder than usual, which meant even more painful moments slip-sliding along icy streets and shivering one’s you-know-what off waiting for someone to [...]

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London Fashion Week Day 2: Sequins, retro looks, Cinderella

LONDON (AP) — London Fashion Week entered Day 2 on Saturday, featuring dozens of new designs — from dramatic, conceptual creations by Gareth Pugh, to more wearable pieces by Julien Macdonald and Emilia Wickstead.Here are some highlights from the day: ___ CROWN JEWELS AT JULIEN MACDONALD Julien Macdonald isn’t one to skimp on glamour, but [...]

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