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Serena Williams: Practice is boring

AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Serena Williams says she asked for a wild card into the Dubai Championships to combat boredom once she believed her back injury was on the mend. “My back finally started to feel better but it wasn’t...
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Serena Williams: Practice is boring

AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Serena Williams says she asked for a wild card into the Dubai Championships to combat boredom once she believed her back injury was on the mend. “My back finally started to feel better but it wasn’t...
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Gay-rights activist detained at Olympic Park

Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police after entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Vladimir...
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VIDEO: Rep. Jordan talks GOP plans, flood insurance

  Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, visited The Courier on Monday to discuss changes to flood insurance, the Republican Party’s plans in Congress and more.

Costas returns to Olympic coverage

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Bob Costas returns as host for NBC’s prime-time Olympic coverage Tuesday night, if still not exactly clear-eyed, at least with a sharpened sense of respect for the colleagues and crew who covered for him during a six-day absence. “The...

NC Gov. McCrory briefed on coal ash deal with Duke

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s top environmental official says he briefed Gov. Pat McCrory about a negotiated settlement with Duke Energy that would have fined the $50 billion corporation $99,000 to resolve violations for groundwater contamination leaching...
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Trade ban has Russia’s knickers in a twist

AP Photo/Vladimir Tretyakov MOSCOW (AP) — A trade ban on lacy lingerie has Russian consumers and their neighbors with their knickers in a twist. The ban will outlaw any underwear containing less than 6 percent cotton from being imported, made, or sold in Russia, Belarus and...
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Over 3 days, volunteers pack 2 million meals

In this Feb. 14, 2014 photo, volunteers pack food for the malnourished during the 2 Million Meals event, in Novi, Mich. More than 8,000 people helped pack 2 million-plus meals, which will be shipped to El Salvador, Haiti and the Philippines. Here, volunteers from NorthRidge...
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Ethiopian co-pilot hijacks plane to Geneva

Police stand on the stairs after passengers were evacuated from a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Plane on the airport in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. A hijacked aircraft traveling from Addis Abeda, Ethiopia, to Rome, Italy, has landed at Geneva’s international...
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Egypt: Sinai bombing raises worries on tourism

An image made from a video provided by the Israeli Airports Authority shows smoke, white area at upper right, from the bombing of the bus carrying South Korean sightseers near the tip of the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. At least three South Korean tourists...