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Education Dept. removes tweet with movie scene

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department on Wednesday apologized for a tweet that depicted a scene from the movie "Bridesmaids" with the words "Help me. I'm poor" imprinted on it as part of an effort to get students to apply for federal aid.


Army says Bergdahl hasn't spoken with investigator yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army sergeant recently released from captivity by the Taliban is in something of a legal limbo as the investigation continues into why and how he left his post in Afghanistan five years ago and ended up in insurgents' hands.


BRAZIL BEAT: So many Neymars

SAO PAULO (AP) — The name Neymar is not common in Brazil, or at least it wasn't until a few years ago, when the star player began scoring goals as a teenager.


Justices rule for broadcasters in fight with Aereo

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices.


South African platinum miners return after 5-month strike

By Ed Stoddard MARIKANA South Africa (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of South African platinum miners returned to work on Wednesday after wage deals ended the longest and most damaging strike in the country's history. The five-month strike hit 40 percent of global production of the precious metal and has cost Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum a combined 24 billion rand ($2.25 billion) in lost revenue. Industry and union officials said miners were streaming back to work and Reuters reporters saw thousands trudging to Marikana before sunrise on a cold winter's morning. A supervisor at the Marikana operations of London-listed Lonmin told Reuters it could be a week or more before any workers went back underground.


Putin talks with Germany, Ukraine about truce

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed Wednesday that a mechanism needs to be set up to oversee the cease-fire in Ukraine that has been repeatedly interrupted by fighting, and monitor the securing of its border with Russia.


Central perk: Chinese tycoon to buy lunch for NYC homeless

A Chinese tycoon is set to feed hundreds of homeless New Yorkers some fancy food — in Central Park. The Wednesday lunch for 250 residents of a Manhattan shelter will be served at the Boathouse restaurant. ...


Did Boko Haram really abduct 91 more people? No one knows

Indeed, with every report of a Boko Haram abduction the truth about the deadly insurgency and the facts about its actions become more elusive. Abubakar Shekau, the man who says he leads the group, regularly releases videos bragging about attacks and spouting his harsh version of Islamic law, which includes condemnation of all things Western, especially Western-style education.


Unanimous court limits cellphone searches after arrests

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a strong defense of digital age privacy, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants.


US economy shrank at steep 2.9 percent rate in Q1

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter as a harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the depths of the recession five years ago. But the setback is widely thought to be temporary, with growth rebounding solidly since spring.


World Cup star Suarez risks more than ban for biting incident

Poker brand 888 said it was reviewing its sponsorship deal with Luis Suarez after the Uruguay striker was accused of biting an opponent during a World Cup match on Tuesday. Suarez, who plays for Liverpool in the English Premier League, became one of the online gambling company's brand ambassadors last month. "Following the allegations made against Luis Suarez in regards to his behavior during Uruguay’s World Cup match against Italy, 888poker is seriously reviewing its relationship with the player as we will not tolerate any unsporting behavior," 888poker said in a statement on Wednesday.


Russia annuls sanction for use of force in Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — On Russian President Vladimir Putin's demand, the upper house of the Russian parliament on Wednesday canceled a resolution allowing the use of military in Ukraine, a move intended to show Moscow's eagerness to de-escalate tensions and avoid a new round of Western sanctions.


Cousteau nears end of underwater living experiment

AQUARIUS REEF BASE, Fla. (AP) — Fabien Cousteau has a week left in his 31-day underwater living experiment in the Florida Keys, and he's not exactly eager to return to the surface.


KFC: No evidence scarred girl was asked to leave restaurant

KFC says there is no evidence a 3-year-old girl scarred by a vicious dog attack was asked to leave one of its restaurants because her face was frightening other customers. But the fried chicken chain is going to honor its $30,000 commitment to help pay for her medical bills anyway.


Beyond cure? Europe euthanasia rulings sear debate

PARIS (AP) — A French doctor was acquitted Wednesday of poisoning charges after giving lethal injections to seven terminally ill patients, and Britain's Supreme Court said an assisted-suicide ban is incompatible with human rights, fueling the arguments of those who say the duty of doctors is to end the suffering of those beyond treatment.


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