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Pardon my (fake) accent: 'Shrek' star against Scots independence

Comedian Mike Myers, the voice of Scottish movie ogre Shrek, came out on Wednesday against the country splitting from Britain ahead of its independence referendum in September. Myers, whose other creations include "Austin Powers" and "Wayne's World", joins stars such as author J. K. Rowling and singer David Bowie in opposing independence. In a BBC radio interview, Myers was asked whether Shrek -- the grouchy but loveable swamp-dwelling star of four animated films -- would back Scotland going it alone. He was initially reluctant to answer but finally said in the ogre's Scottish accent: "Shrek wants what the will of the Scottish people want."


Ukraine: 4 troops die as attacks on rebels rise

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Four Ukrainian troops were killed as forces carried out over 100 attacks on rebel positions and cleared separatists from three villages in the last day, a military official said Wednesday.


Psych report says Pistorius is traumatized

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius is severely traumatized after killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year and will become an increasing suicide risk unless he continues to get mental health care, the judge overseeing his murder trial heard on Wednesday.

Chechen in Syria a rising star in extremist group

BEIRUT (AP) — A young, red-bearded ethnic Chechen has rapidly become one of the most prominent commanders in the breakaway al-Qaida group that has overrun swaths of Iraq and Syria, illustrating the international nature of the movement.


Bigfoot hair samples mostly from bears, wolves

LONDON (AP) — DNA testing is taking a bite out of the Bigfoot legend. After scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot and similar mythical beasts like the Himalayan Yeti, they found all of them came from more mundane creatures like bears, wolves, cows and raccoons.


Often-split court agrees your privacy matters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices found more common ground than usual this year, and nowhere was their unanimity more surprising than in a ruling that police must get a judge's approval before searching the cellphones of people they've arrested.


New VA secretary nominee not a health care expert

WASHINGTON (AP) — A onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of a Fortune 500 consumer products company, Robert McDonald may face his toughest challenge yet in fixing the huge, scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department.


NSA's Internet monitoring said to be legal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board dissected a National Security Agency surveillance program, it found fundamental flaws, arguing in a January report that the NSA's collection of domestic calling records "lacked a viable legal foundation" and should be shut down.


Guatemalan boy left for better life, died alone

SAN JOSE LAS FLORES, Guatemala (AP) — Gilberto Ramos wanted to leave his chilly mountain village for the United States to earn money to treat his mother's epilepsy.


HK police arrest 511 after big democracy rally

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested more than 500 people who refused to leave a street in the city's financial district Wednesday, a day after tens of thousands of people joined a massive march to push for democracy, free from China's interference.


11 killed in blast in Afghan capital

A Taliban suicide bomber struck a bus carrying Afghan military personnel in Kabul, killing at least 11 people, officials said, as the militants step up their campaign of violence aimed at undermining the Western-backed government.


Govt: Khattala supervised action at Benghazi

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the days before the Benghazi attacks, the Libyan militant now in U.S. custody voiced concern and opposition to the presence of an American compound in Benghazi, the government said Tuesday in a court filing.


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