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Patriots release Brandon Spikes after car found near accident scene

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have released linebacker Brandon Spikes after his damaged car was found abandoned on Interstate 495, near the scene of an injury accident, over the weekend. The 2011 Mercedes-Maybach was found with front-end damage at about 3:30...
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VIDEO: Walmart managers hula dance for charity

Tiffin Avenue Walmart store manager Jeff Petras and shift manager Chad Eilrich “won” the opportunity to raise funds for charity on Friday … by hula dancing. Petras and Eilrich were the top two fundraisers in a recent contest at the Walmart store, and their...

Massive breach of federal personnel data reported

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers broke into the U.S. government personnel office and stole identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers. The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement Thursday that at the beginning of May, data from the Office of Personnel...
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China escalates effort to recover missing from capsized ship

JIANLI, China (AP) — Chinese authorities deployed scores more divers and a large crane as they escalated efforts Wednesday to recover more than 410 people believed to be trapped inside an overturned river cruise ship. The capsizing late Monday of the multi-decked Eastern Star in...
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Dutch firebrand vows to show Muhammad cartoons on TV

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said Wednesday he plans to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on Dutch television after Parliament refused to display them. Wilders said he would show the cartoons during television airtime reserved for...
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Serena Williams eases into French Open semifinals

PARIS (AP) — In stark contrast to her previous three matches, top-ranked Serena Williams overpowered Sara Errani on Wednesday to reach the French Open semifinals with a 6-1, 6-3 win. A two-time champion in Paris, Williams extended her unbeaten record against the 2012 French Open...
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Los Angeles poised to be biggest city with $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is set to take a final vote Wednesday on becoming the biggest U.S. city to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, more than double the federal requirement. The City Council is extremely likely to make the move, which has the endorsement of...
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Amtrak CEO vows to put safety technology into operation

WASHINGTON (AP) — An emotional Amtrak CEO pledged to lawmakers Tuesday that safety technology that could have prevented a deadly derailment last month in Philadelphia will be put into operation, while Democrats and Republicans exchanged barbs over whether Congress or the Obama...
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NSA phone collection bill clears Senate hurdle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days after letting a disputed post-9/11 surveillance program go dark, the Senate sped toward passage Tuesday of legislation to revive but also reshape it. GOP leaders mounted a last-ditch effort to soften some of the changes. Republicans in the House,...
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Blatter says he will resign as FIFA president

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he will resign from soccer’s governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and has promised to call for fresh elections to choose a successor. The 79-year-old Blatter was re-elected to a fifth term on Friday, two days after...