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Russia takes early lead in team figure skating

AP Photo/Bernat Armangue SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Thrilling their countrymen on the first day of competition at the Sochi Olympics, Russia took the lead after the pairs and men’s short programs in the new event of team figure skating. Three-time Olympic medalist Evgeni...

Opening statements Fla. loud music death trial

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say witnesses will testify that a Florida man on trial for murder intended to kill a teen outside a convenience store after an argument over loud music, Prosecutor John Guy told jurors during opening statements Thursday that...

Couple charged after girl dies from drinking soda

SURGIONSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee couple is charged with murder in the death of the man’s 5-year-old daughter after an autopsy revealed the girl died from being forced to drink nearly more than 2 liters of grape soda and water. According to the Hawkins...

Survivors of chemical attack want stronger US role

WASHINGTON (AP) — With tears welling in her eyes, Syrian refugee Heba Sawan says her country is filled with suffering that goes far beyond the use of chemical weapons by the regime of President Bashar Assad. Sawan and her sister, Amineh, survived a chemical weapon attack...
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Bode Miller leads downhill training; women delayed

AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Bode Miller is at his fifth Olympics and already owns a U.S.-record five Alpine medals, so in many ways he certainly already has, as he put it Thursday, “been here and done this.” While Miller’s...
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Bode Miller leads downhill training; women delayed

AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Bode Miller is at his fifth Olympics and already owns a U.S.-record five Alpine medals, so in many ways he certainly already has, as he put it Thursday, “been here and done this.” While Miller’s...
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Obama sends good wishes to Jay Leno

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is wishing Jay Leno well as the television host prepares to say farewell to “The Tonight Show” on Thursday. Obama spokesman Jay Carney says Obama is a Leno fan and has enjoyed his many...
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Ghost composer asks if Japan’s Beethoven can hear

AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko TOKYO (AP) — The ghostwriter for the musician lauded as Japan’s Beethoven said Thursday he became fed up and ended their 18-year collaboration last year and he questioned if Mamoru Samuragochi really could hear. Samuragochi, 50, had previously...

US sees Russian hand in envoy’s bugged call

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say they suspect Russia is behind a leak of an apparently bugged phone conversation between two senior American diplomats in which they make disparaging comments about the European Union. The officials noted that a Russian assistant deputy...

Lee Enterprises fiscal 1Q net income falls 18 pct

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Lee Enterprises says its fiscal first-quarter net income fell 18 percent as revenue slipped. For the quarter ended Dec. 29, the Davenport, Iowa-based publisher earned $11.9 million, or 22 cents per share. That compared with $14.6 million, or 28 cents...