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Italian premier quitting after losing key support

Florence Mayor and Italian center-left Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi drives away as he is chased by reporters following a meeting with Premier Enrico Letta at Chigi Palace government office, in Rome, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Letta battled Wednesday to stay in office amid...
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Belgian lawmakers extend euthanasia to children

Belgian politicians gather to vote the bill on child euthanasia extending to children a legal option already possessed by the country’s adults, at the Belgian federal parliament in Brussels, Thursday Feb. 13, 2014, as visitors look down from the balcony onto the plenary...

Warm West offsets cold East, makes average January

WASHINGTON (AP) — For those who shivered through January, this may be hard to believe: Nationwide, the average temperature for the first month of the year was about normal because a warm West offset a cool East The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration said January...

GAO recommends changes for student debit cards

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators say small fees add up for college students using college-issued debit and prepaid cards, which often are used to draw financial aid. These types of cards are becoming more common on campuses. The Government Accountability...

Borrowing an idea from football for Olympics

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — NBC is borrowing an idea – and a voice – from football’s popular “Red Zone” broadcasts for a digital channel that tries to reflect the breadth and immediacy of busy days at the Winter Olympics. The “Gold Zone”...

Closing arguments finish in body-in-concrete trial

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man beat a former Pensacola reporter to death with a hammer and buried his body in concrete so he could steal a collection of fantasy role-playing cards worth $100,000. Defense attorneys said during closing arguments Thursday that...

5 things to know about chilly US-Russian relations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The weather is warm at this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, yet U.S.-Russian relations are still in the deep freeze. Back in 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave Russia’s top diplomat a red button labeled “reset”...
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First Oscar Concert honors nominated composers

AP Photo/Charles Sykes LOS ANGELES (AP) — After 85 years, Oscar is putting on his very first concert, and there are plans to televise future shows worldwide. The motion picture academy will present a live Oscar Concert in the days leading up to the 86th annual Academy...

Glance: American men’s slopestyle skiing sweep

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — A look at the three Americans who led the third U.S. podium sweep in Winter Olympics history with victory Thursday in men’s slopestyle skiing. JOSS CHRISTENSEN (Gold) Age: 22 Hometown: Park City, Utah Notes: Christensen was a somewhat...
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Another storm hits Northeast; ‘Oh, no, not again’

Snow blankets a street in downtown Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Snow and ice covered the northern half of the state, forcing authorties to close roads and prompting another day of school and business closings. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves) Snow blankets a street in...