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Harvin excited for Super Bowl chance with Seattle

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren RENTON, Wash. (AP) — With all the setbacks Percy Harvin has faced in his first season with Seattle, it would be easy to dwell on the problems. Harvin is trying not to linger on the past, whether it was his hip surgery and recovery that kept him out of...

World Cup song to feature J-Lo and Pitbull

AP Photo/Felipe Dana RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA says Jennifer Lopez will team with rapper Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte to perform the official World Cup song for this year’s tournament. Soccer’s governing body made the announcement Thursday but...

Princess Grace biopic pulled from March release

AP Photo/Jordan Strauss LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Weinstein Co. says “Grace of Monaco,” a biopic starring Nicole Kidman, won’t be released March 14 as planned. That’s when the film about Grace Kelly, the actress who became royalty, was to be in...

Autopsy: Officer died of gunshot wound to chest

In this undated photo released by Bay Area Rapid Transit shows police Sgt. Tom Smith. Authorities say the BART police officer was shot and killed by a fellow officer while searching an apartment looking for a laptop and other stolen items on Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014 in Dublin,...

Michigan seeks visas to lure immigrants to Detroit

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder speaks at the IDEAL Group Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 in Detroit. Snyder announced a plan to ask the Obama administration to set aside thousands of work visas to entice talented immigrants to live and work in bankrupt Detroit. The Republican governor said he...

Justin Bieber’s arrest latest sign of trouble

This police booking mug made available by the Miami Dade County Corrections Department shows pop star Justin Bieber, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Bieber and singer Khalil were arrested for allegedly drag-racing on a Miami Beach Street. Police say Bieber has been charged with...

Editorial: Pad school calendars to allow for snow days

YES, IT snowed. And yes, it’s cold. But do those realities of winter weather justify keeping schools closed day after day after day? This week, that question was likely on the minds of Washington area parents, particularly those in Northern Virginia, as they juggled work...

Editorial: Prince William’s miserly spending on pre-kindergarten

VIRGINIA HAS made strides in enabling poor children to attend pre-kindergarten classes, which are widely credited with improving learning skills, including reading readiness. But some of the state’s biggest school districts, particularly in Northern Virginia, have been slow...

Editorial: China’s repression of activists continues unabated

CHINA’S COMMUNIST leaders ought to regard activists like Xu Zhiyong as allies in their effort to reform the country’s economy, root out corruption and create a more representative and sustainable political system. Instead, the 40-year-old lawyer was put on trial...

Beyonce, Jay Z top Billboard Power 100 list

AP Photo/Mark Humphrey LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyonce and Jay Z share the top spot on Billboard’s Power 100 list. Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge and Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw follow the performers on the annual list of most influential people in...