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Ailing Puerto Rico open to radical economic fixes

  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Slash the number of public holidays by two-thirds. Eliminate dozens of government agencies. Legalize marijuana and prostitution. From the intriguing to the impossible, there is no shortage of ideas for fixing Puerto Rico’s ailing economy as the government tries to dig out from a whopping $70 billion in [...]

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Japan anti-whaling ruling saves face

  TOKYO (AP) — The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out. The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong anti-whaling lobby, and could have been criticized for [...]

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UK asks EU to prepare more sanctions options

  ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Britain’s foreign secretary on Friday, April 4, urged European Union partners to develop possible further sanctions against Russia “if they become necessary,” while the top Russian diplomat ridiculed Ukraine’s interim government as a Western puppet. “The West has taken on a role of the master of Ukraine’s fate while the country’s [...]

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Ex-Va. attorneys general: Drop McDonnell’s charges

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Five former Virginia attorneys general have asked a federal judge to consider their argument that public corruption charges against ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell should be dismissed. The former Republican governor and his wife Maureen are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 from Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary [...]

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Populist Argentine government begins painful cuts

  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s cash-strapped government is cutting utility subsidies and trying to borrow for the first time in years as teachers, public health workers and other former allies take to the streets demanding pay raises to match some of the world’s highest inflation. The government has subsidized 80 percent of the [...]

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