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Slain beauty queen mourned in Venezuela

Relatives and friends carry the coffin of Genesis Carmona, in Valencia, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. The university student and beauty queen was buried Friday in Valencia where she was slain during a political protest, a victim of what government opponents say is the kind of...
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Renzi will be Italy’s youngest premier

Italian Premier designate Matteo Renzi meets reporters at the Quirinale presidential palace, Rome, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi has formed Italy’s new government, saying the broad coalition aims to give the economically-strapped country...
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Cellphone calls on planes? Don’t ask the feds

FILE – This Oct. 31, 2013 file photo shows a plane passenger checking her cell phone before a flight in Boston. While one government agency considers allowing cellphone calls on passenger planes, another now wants to ban them. The Transportation Department signals that it...
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Cellphone calls on planes? Don’t ask the feds

FILE – This Oct. 31, 2013 file photo shows a plane passenger checking her cell phone before a flight in Boston. While one government agency considers allowing cellphone calls on passenger planes, another now wants to ban them. The Transportation Department signals that it...

Renzi will be Italy’s youngest premier

ROME (AP) — Matteo Renzi will be sworn in as Italy’s youngest prime minister ever Saturday after he cobbled together a government he says will change the face of the country’s politics and economy. Renzi, the 39-year-old leader of the center-left Democratic...

US praises Ukraine deal, calls for concrete action

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday praised an agreement between Ukraine’s president and the opposition to end violence and said it should be implemented immediately. White House press secretary Jay Carney said the deal was consistent with what Washington...

Bayreuth co-head Wagner-Pasquier asks to step down

BERLIN (AP) — Eva Wagner-Pasquier has asked to step down as the co-head of the Bayreuth Festival next year. German news agency dpa reports that the great-granddaughter of Richard Wagner asked that the board allow her to leave the post when her contract expires in 2015. It...
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Kimmel’s wolf hoax: ABC News knew ahead of time

FILE – This Nov. 16, 2013 file photo shows Jimmy Kimmel at the 4th Annual Variety’s Power of Comedy Event in Los Angeles. Kimmel said Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, he cooperated with luger Kate Hansen to post a fake video of a wolf wandering the hall outside the...
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Hot hat: Pharrell auctioning famous Grammys cap

HOLD FOR STORY — FILE – In this Jan. 26, 2014 file photo, Pharrell Williams, left, and Anna Kendrick present the award for best new artist at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The producer-rapper-singer’s famous and buzzed about...
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Hot hat: Pharrell auctioning famous Grammys cap

HOLD FOR STORY — FILE – In this Jan. 26, 2014 file photo, Pharrell Williams, left, and Anna Kendrick present the award for best new artist at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The producer-rapper-singer’s famous and buzzed about...