Suspended CB Brandon Browner reinstated by NFL

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner tweeted Tuesday that he was reinstated by the NFL following his suspension in December for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse. Browner announced the news via a lengthy statement on his Twitter page. Browner...

Australia rejects Qantas’ request for $2.7 B loan

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his government has rejected a request from Qantas Airways for a 3 billion Australian dollar ($2.7 billion) unsecured loan to help the national carrier return to profitability. Cabinet ministers on...

China to boost defense budget by 12.2 percent

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government has announced a big bump in spending on the armed forces, saying it will increase its defense budget by 12.2 percent this year to $132 billion. The figure was included in a budget report released at annual meetings of the...
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Republican group shows support for gay marriage

FILE – In this Sept. 12, 2011 file photo, Alan Simpson, speaks in Washington, D.C. A group of Republicans have come out in support of legalizing gay marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, arguing that allowing same-sex unions is consistent with the Western conservative values of...

John Travolta apologizes to Idina Menzel for flub

NEW YORK (AP) — John Travolta has apologized to Tony Award winner Idina Menzel for mangling the pronunciation of her name during the Oscars telecast, saying he’d been “beating myself up” over it. On Sunday night’s Academy Awards show, Travolta took...
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California gold discovery spurs rush of theories

AAA Mar. 4, 2014 7:26 PM ETCalifornia gold discovery spurs rush of theories Some of 1,427 Gold-Rush era U.S. gold coins are displayed at Professional Coin Grading Service in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. A California couple out walking their dog on their property...
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House approves bill to ease flood insurance hikes

FILE – In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, a fence closes off the ruins of an oceanfront home in Mantoloking N.J. that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The House is pressing ahead with legislation to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance...
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Roberto Luongo returns to Panthers

Canada goaltender Roberto Luongo stretches before the men’s semifinal ice hockey game against the USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Canada goaltender Roberto Luongo stretches before the men’s semifinal ice...

China sets 7.5 percent growth target

BEIJING (AP) — China’s premier has announced a 7.5 percent official economic growth target for this year. Wednesday’s announcement by Li Keqiang is in line government plans to guide the world’s second-largest economy to lower, more sustainable growth....

Latino group leader: Obama is ‘deporter in chief’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of a prominent Latino advocacy group called President Barack Obama the “deporter in chief,” denouncing the administration’s deportation of nearly 2 million immigrants. Janet Murguia, who heads the National Council of La...