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Figo tells AP he is quitting FIFA presidential race

AP Photo/Matt Dunham LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Luis Figo dropped out of the FIFA presidential election on Thursday, calling soccer’s governing body a dictatorship under Sepp Blatter. The Portugal great and former FIFA world player of the year said in a statement sent to...
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Judge dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice

AP Photo/Mel Evans MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A judge on Thursday dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice, who was captured by a surveillance camera knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in a hotel elevator last year. Judge Michael Donio signed the order after...

A look at EU-Russia tug-of-war over 6 east European nations

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — A quarter century after the Iron Curtain that once divided Europe opened, the European Union nations and Russia are again involved in a tug-of-war, this time over six former Soviet Republics. EU leaders are courting the six at a special summit in Riga...
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Hewlett-Packard sells stake in Chinese unit for $2.3B

AP Photo/LM Otero NEW YORK (AP) — Hewlett-Packard is selling a 51 percent stake in its China sever, storage and technology storage unit for about $2.3 billion to form a partnership with Tsinghua Holdings as it restructures its business in that country. HP said Thursday that...
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Hou’s ‘The Assassin’ offers martial arts with an arty twist

AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau CANNES, France (AP) — “The Assassin” is a rare thing – a martial-arts movie in competition for prizes at Cannes. It’s hardly typical action fare. The film is by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, who brings a painterly...

Cross-dressing diva Conchita Wurst to Putin: Let’s hang out

VIENNA (AP) — Conchita Wurst would like to hang out with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The bearded Austrian cross-dresser says she would “love to spend at least a week with him” because she wants to understand what it means to “be President...
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Red carpet Emergency Room at Cannes is always full of drama

AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau CANNES, France (AP) — For most of the year, room 331 of the Martinez Hotel is just your run-of-the mill luxury five star hotel suite. But during the Cannes Film Festival, it is radically transformed into a red carpet emergency room – where...
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Gauge of future health of US economy jumps 0.7 percent

AP Photo/John Locher WASHINGTON (AP) — An index designed to predict the future health of the economy posted a strong gain in April, a sign that the economy is beginning to accelerate from a sharp slowdown during the winter. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index...
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Jon Bon Jovi breaks out guitar at commencement address

AP Photo/Owen Sweeney CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Rocker Jon Bon Jovi couldn’t resist breaking out a guitar Thursday to help give advice to graduates at Rutgers University’s Camden campus. After all, the ceremony was held at the Susquehanna Bank Center, a concert venue...
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Emily Blunt lets her actions and characters do the talking

AP Photo/Joel Ryan CANNES, France (AP) — Emily Blunt didn’t come to the Cannes Film Festival to talk about shoes. She may have breezily, without hesitation, called out the silliness of any red-carpet dress code that would turn away women in flat shoes “in...