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From doo-wop to Destiny’s Child, Meghan Trainor shifts style

NEW YORK (AP) — When playing songs from her upcoming sophomore album for her record label, Meghan Trainor heard this word from L.A. Reid: “No.” Reid, the veteran executive and Epic Records president, was referring to her first single. She didn’t have one,...

Where’s real action on ‘Quantico’? Check the Writers Room

NEW YORK (AP) — Under bright lights in a Montreal studio, the stars of “Quantico” are filming a new episode of this ABC thriller cast as hotshot trainees at Virginia’s FBI Quantico Base. With their sworn mission to uncover domestic terrorists, these...

Security Guard Accused Of Making Threats Against Schools

NORTH COLLEGE HILL, Ohio (AP) — Police say a school security guard for a Cincinnati-area district has been charged in threats that led to recent school evacuations and were traced to his prepaid cellphone. North College Hill Police Chief Ryan Schrand said Wednesday investigators...

Biden: ‘There is no Biden rule’ on Supreme Court nominations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday tried to clear his name and tout his record on Supreme Court nominations, calling Republican branding of his past remarks on the subject “frankly ridiculous” and casting himself as a longtime advocate of...

Federer blames bath mishap for injury that led to surgery

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Roger Federer blames a bathroom mishap while on parental duty for the knee injury that forced him to have surgery for the first time. Speaking Thursday on the eve of his first match since the Feb. 3 operation, Federer said he hurt himself while...

Syrian army enters IS-held Palmyra, Mosul operation begins

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces pushed into the ancient town of Palmyra, where Islamic State militants appeared on the verge of collapse Thursday, while in Iraq, a military spokesman announced the start of a long-awaited operation to recapture the IS-held...

Banks, dam targeted by Iranian hackers, US says; 7 charged

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. charged seven hackers linked to the Iranian government with executing large-scale cyberattacks on dozens of banks as well as a small dam outside New York City — intrusions that law enforcement officials said reached into America’s...

Charlotte transgender rule nixed; other cities reined in

AP Photo/Gerry Broome RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sparked by backlash to Charlotte’s ordinance allowing transgender people to use restrooms aligned with their gender identity, the North Carolina legislature reined in local governments with a broad bill the prevents cities...

US durable goods orders drop 2.8 percent in February

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell in February with a key category that tracks business investment dropping by the largest amount since December. Orders for durable goods fell 2.8 percent in February...

Oculus’ virtual reality headset to launch without fanfare

AP Photo/John Locher SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When the Oculus Rift debuts next week, it won’t do so with a star-studded launch party or massive marketing blitz worthy of a new video game console or smartphone. Instead, thousands of the virtual reality doodads will simply...