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CANNES WATCH: ‘Arabian Nights’ canine named Cannes’ top dog

AP Photo/Markus Schreiber CANNES, France (AP) — A small white dog named Lucky has taken the award for Cannes’ best performance on four legs. The maltipoo – a cross between a Maltese terrier and a poodle – was awarded the Palme Dog at the film festival on...
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Long lines likely for Las Vegas public viewing of B.B. King

AP Photo/John Locher LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fans in Las Vegas are expected to line up for hours to view the body of blues legend B.B. King, and later to celebrate his legacy at a musical tribute organized by his daughter. The viewing Friday begins a weeklong series of memorials...

Audit: Staff At Ohio Arts School Lacked Background Checks

CINCINNATI (AP) — An internal audit shows employees at Cincinnati’s pioneering performing arts school had one-on-one access to students, but didn’t have valid background checks. The audit released Thursday says 20 of 28 supplemental staff members at Cincinnati’s...
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Demilitarizing the cops: States retool police training

BURIEN, Wash. (AP) — When prosecutor Dan Satterberg used to visit Washington state’s police academy, the seas would part before him. Recruits would snap to attention, backs to the walls, and allow him to pass. Now, they greet him and start a conversation. “It...
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Bid to topple Blatter from FIFA rests with Jordanian prince

AP Photo/Francois Mori LONDON (AP) — In soccer, the only certain winner seems to be Sepp Blatter. Every threat to him has been seen off and a stranglehold on the seat of power in the world’s most popular sport has been maintained since 1998. Three men were vying to...
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Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam

MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Alouettes have signed defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL. The club says the free agent has agreed to a two-year deal. Sam came out before last year’s draft. He was selected in the seventh round by the...
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Nigerian Muslims set court ablaze over ‘insult’ to Muhammad

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of rioting Muslims set a Shariah court ablaze Friday in Nigeria’s northern Kano city, protesting its decision to free a cleric accused of insulting the prophet Mohammed. An AP reporter watched protesters throw blazing, fuel-filled tires...
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Expedia sells stake in Chinese travel service

NEW YORK (AP) — Expedia is selling its majority stake in eLong, a Chinese travel service, to a group of businesses based in China for roughly $671 million. The news sent shares of the online travel company up more than 5 percent in early trading Friday. Bellevue,...
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EU embrace of eastern partners turns lukewarm

AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The European Union reaffirmed its partnership with six post-Soviet nations Friday but offered them no new prospects of future membership in the Western bloc at a summit overshadowed by the Ukraine crisis. The two-day meeting in...
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Nazi-looted painting from Gurlitt art trove to go on sale

LONDON (AP) — A painting that was seized by the Nazis and only recently returned to the Jewish owner’s heirs is going on auction. Max Liebermann’s “Two Riders on a Beach” was discovered in 2012 in the long-hidden art trove hoarded by German collector...