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Italian court acquits Dolce&Gabbana in tax case

  MILAN (AP) — Italy’s highest court has acquitted Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of tax evasion in a highly publicized case that led the Milan designers to close their Milan stores in protest for several days last year. The Court of Cassation in Rome overturned two lower court convictions in its decision Friday, ruling [...]

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Halle Berry: Underneath, most women love underwear

  NEW YORK (AP) — What’s in a bra? Femininity, sexiness and self-empowerment, says Halle Berry, who is launching a lingerie line she says will do it all. The Oscar-winning actress is reviving Scandale, a lingerie label born in France in 1932. “We’ve taken this brand and revamped it,” Berry said in an interview Thursday. [...]

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Senator Warner discusses college affordability, easing student debt burden

  An editorial by Sen. Mark Warner My story may be much like yours: I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I was able to pay for my degree by working part time and taking on student debt. And after finishing my education, I tried to start a business but failed [...]

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WHO: 5 more Ebola vaccines to be tested in March

  LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March. Still, the agency warned it’s not clear whether any of these will work against the deadly virus that has already killed over [...]

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Cloning whistleblower: Little changed in S. Korea

    CHUNCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The whistleblower who exposed breakthrough cloning research as a devastating fake says South Korea is still dominated by the values that allowed science fraudster Hwang Woo-suk to become an almost untouchable national hero. In an interview with The Associated Press after almost a decade of silence, Ryu Young-joon, one of [...]

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Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

  CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Bogus classes and automatic A’s and B’s are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes. At least nine university employees were fired or under disciplinary review, and the [...]

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Cuba sends 91 more doctors to fight Ebola

  HAVANA (AP) — Every few years Dr. Leonardo Fernandez flies to a nation shaken by natural disaster, political turmoil or disease, leaving his hospital in eastern Cuba for countries that have included Pakistan, Nicaragua and East Timor. On Tuesday, the intensive care specialist was headed to the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic along with [...]

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Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone

  FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — After emerging months ago in eastern Sierra Leone, Ebola is now hitting the western edges of the country where the capital is located with dozens of people falling sick each day, the government said Tuesday. So many people are dying that removing bodies is reportedly a problem. Forty-nine confirmed [...]

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Meetings set on Norfolk light rail extension

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Hampton Roads Transit is holding public meetings in Norfolk on extending light rail to Norfolk Naval Station. The first meeting will be held Monday at Ted Constant Convocation Center at Old Dominion University. Another meeting is scheduled Thursday at the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch library. Other meetings will be held Oct. 27 at [...]

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Obama announces plan to tighten card security

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced on Friday a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans. Cards issued by the federal government will now have an internal chip replacing magnetic strips [...]

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Coast Guard rescues 2 near Wachapreague

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard rescued two men after their 17-foot boat ran aground on Cedar Island near Wachapreague. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a report from a concerned friend Friday night saying the two men had departed on a planned 20-minute trip, but had been gone for about two hours. The person [...]

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