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Obama predicts UConn in his women’s NCAA bracket

AP Photo/Jessica Hill WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is predicting a repeat championship for Connecticut in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. Obama’s women’s bracket was revealed in an ESPN segment Friday, the eve of the tournament’s...

At least 3 dead in Jersey shore motel fire; 8 hurt

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Officials say 10 people are unaccounted for after a fire that destroyed a motel at the Jersey shore, killing three people. The blaze at the Mariner’s Cove Motor Inn was reported at about 5:30 a.m. Friday. The two-story wood...
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4 Indians get life in prison for gang rape

Police officers escort one of the four convicts outside a prison to be taken to a court in Mumbai, India, Friday, March 21, 2014. An Indian court sentenced four men to life in prison on Friday for raping a call-center operator last year inside an abandoned textile mill in the...

Greenpeace Activists Face Ohio Arraignments

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nine Greenpeace activists have arraignments scheduled in southwest Ohio on felony indictments following a protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters. They were arrested March 4 after protesting the consumer products company’s use of palm oil from a...

Fed dissenter says policy action was a mistake

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve official who dissented from this week’s policy decision said Friday that the Fed should have said it planned to keep a key interest rate at a record low until unemployment falls below 5.5 percent. The Fed’s policy statement no...

At least 3 dead in Jersey shore motel fire; 3 hurt

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — An early morning fire killed three people Friday at a Jersey shore motel whose residents included Superstorm Sandy victims who were staying there because their homes remain uninhabitable nearly a year and a half after the storm, officials...

Probe Blames Speed, Weather In Turnpike Crashes

MILAN, Ohio (AP) — A preliminary investigation into a series of Ohio Turnpike crashes earlier this month blamed drivers’ speeds, road conditions and weather. The (Toledo) Blade ( ) reports that the initial report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol into the March 12 crashes...

Probe Blames Speed, Weather In Turnpike Crashes

MILAN, Ohio (AP) — A preliminary investigation into a series of Ohio Turnpike crashes earlier this month blamed drivers’ speeds, road conditions and weather. The (Toledo) Blade ( ) reports that the initial report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol into the March 12 crashes...
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In Bible epic revival, ‘Noah’ finds rough seas

AP Photo/Niko Tavernise NEW YORK (AP) — In the beginning of their work together on “Noah,” director Darren Aronofsky made Russell Crowe a promise: “I’ll never shoot you on a houseboat in a robe and sandals with two giraffes popping up behind...
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Ukraine crisis prompts security rethink in Europe

A NATO AWACS plane takes off the NATO Airbase in Geilenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) A NATO AWACS plane takes off the NATO Airbase in Geilenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) Buy AP Photo Reprints...