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Italy’s new premier sets to work as economy ails

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, left, and Premier Matteo Renzi, applaud at the end of a swearing in ceremony of the new government at the Quirinale Presidential Palace, in Rome, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Renzi has been sworn in as Italy’s youngest premier, heading a...
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Mexico’s Sinaloa drug chief arrested

FILE – In a Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, a poster displayed at a Chicago Crime Commission news conference in Chicago, shows Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was deemed Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1. A senior U.S. law enforcement official said...
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Rural lawmakers struggle to make themselves heard

In this Jan. 22, 2014 photo, Colorado state representative Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) talks with Miss Rodeo America Paige Nicholson, inside the chambers of the Colorado State Legislature, at the Capitol, in Denver. Nicholson and fellow rodeo queens Codi Miller, center, and...
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2 popes on hand in historic 1st cardinal ceremony

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI looks at Pope Francis, left with back to camera, arriving as he attends a consistory inside the St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb.22, 2014. Benedict XVI has joined Pope Francis in a ceremony creating the cardinals who will elect...
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At Winter Olympics, an X Games breaks out

United States’ Trevor Jacob, from left, Spain’s Lucas Eguibar, Canada’s Kevin Hill, United States’ Alex Deibold, and Russia’s Nikolay Olyunin compete during the men’s snowboard cross semifinal at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter...

Youngstown St Trustees Panel Backs Tuition Hike

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A Youngstown State University trustees’ committee has recommended that undergraduate students pay $94 more per semester beginning next fall. The recommendation by the finance and facilities committee also proposes graduate students pay $158 more per...
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Winfrey, Wonder among celebs at NAACP Image Awards

FILE – In this Aug. 12, 2013 file photo, Oprah Winfrey arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14, in Los Angeles. Winfrey is paying tribute to the late Nelson Mandela at the NAACP Image...
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Ukraine parliament sets May 25 early election

A suspected supporter of Ukraine’s embattled president Viktor Yanukovych, center, is assaulted by anti-government protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Fears that Ukraine could split in two mounted Saturday as regional lawmakers in the pro-Russian east...
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Spain judge orders ETA verification panel to court

Ram Manikkalingam, a member of the commission overseeing the Basque group ETA’s ceasefire, announced in 2011, right, shows a document from ETA after the armed group announced the first step in disarmament, putting some weapons and explosives out of use, in Bilbao northern...

Human rights pledge urged for future Olympic hosts

Citing widespread dismay with Russia’s anti-gay laws, a coalition of more than 30 human rights and gay rights groups is calling on the International Olympic Committee to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. The coalitio...