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Greek leader optimistic bailout deal will be reached soon

AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister says he is optimistic his cash-strapped country will soon reach an agreement with its international creditors, averting a potential default. Speaking in Parliament Friday, Alexis Tsipras said...
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Toyota zooms to record $18B profit on sales growth, yen

AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko TOKYO (AP) — Toyota zoomed to a record 2.17 trillion yen ($18.1 billion) profit for the fiscal year through March, up 19 percent from the previous year, buoyed by sales growth in the U.S. and a perk from the cheap yen. Toyota Motor Corp. President...
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Rock in Rio USA arrives in entertainment-filled Las Vegas

AP Photo/John Locher LAS VEGAS (AP) — A music festival replete with a Ferris wheel, multiple stages and top entertainment is coming to the Las Vegas Strip. This southwestern mecca of entertainment is offering even more talent starting Friday with the two-weekend Rock in Rio...

No offense to royals: Monkey in Japan keeps name Charlotte

TOKYO (AP) — A monkey born in a Japanese zoo will keep its name Charlotte, after all. Oita city officials settled a national debate over whether calling the monkey Charlotte offends its British royal namesake. The officials said Friday they will stick to their first choice...

Austrian empress’s potty fetches thousands of euros

VIENNA (AP) — What’s a potty worth? Thousands of euros, if it was used by an Austrian empress — but much less than her footwear. A chamber pot owned by Empress Elisabeth has fetched 4,290 euros (nearly $5,000) at an auction of imperial Austrian memorabilia in...

Professor Uses Satellite Maps To Aid Relief Effort In Nepal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio State professor is using his skills as a glaciologist to help the relief effort in Nepal. The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) Ian Howat is used to studying maps of ice-covered terrain to track changes in Antarctica. But he’s now teaming up with...
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ACT to expand computer-based testing

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin WASHINGTON (AP) — NOTE WIRE EMBARGO ACT test takers take note: the No. 2 pencil is losing its cachet. Greater numbers of test takers of the college entrance exam will be able to take the test on a computer next year. The ACT was to announce Friday...

China excavating at tomb to reveal more Terra Cotta Warriors

BEIJING (AP) — China is expanding the ranks of the famed Terra Cotta Warrior army with new excavations expected to yield hundreds more of the ancient life-size figures. The museum overseeing the vast mausoleum of China’s first emperor says it began work March 30 on...
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SNP landslide ends Labour Party dominance over Scotland

AP Photo/David Cheskin GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Just seven months after Scotland’s pro-independence movement failed in a referendum to break up the 308-year-old political union with England, the Scottish National Party has overturned decades of Labour Party dominance...
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In Tech: Mobile app, mobile phone, online TV

AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews NEW YORK (AP) — The iconic designer behind the simulation video games “Sim City” and “The Sims” wants people to tell stories visually on their mobile phones. Will Wright has created a mobile app called Thred. The idea is to...