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China's Alibaba seeks blockbuster IPO in US

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alibaba Group, the king of e-commerce in China, is dangling a deal that could turn into one of the biggest IPOs in U.S. history.


NC lawmaker wins GOP Senate nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis captured the Republican nomination to oppose imperiled Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan Tuesday night, overcoming anti-establishment rivals by a comfortable margin in the first of a springtime spate of primaries testing the strength of a tea party movement that first rocked the GOP four years ago.


Photos compare school lunches around the world

SEATTLE (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is on a mission to make American school lunches healthier by replacing greasy pizza and french fries with whole grains, low fat protein, fresh fruit and vegetables.


Tea party vs GOP Establishment in NC, elsewhere

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis moved ahead of a pair of anti-establishment rivals Tuesday night in the race to pick a Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in the first of a springtime spate of primaries testing the strength of a tea party movement that first rocked the party four years ago.


Vatican: 848 priests defrocked for abuse since '04

GENEVA (AP) — The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade, it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned another 2,572 with lesser penalties, providing the first ever breakdown of how it handled the more than 3,400 cases of abuse reported to the Holy See since 2004.


Shipwreck hunters and scientists at odds over Lake Michigan find

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Excited shipwreck hunters and scientists assembled in a Lake Michigan fishing village last June, hoping to solve a mystery dating back more than three centuries: the fate of a ship sailed by the 17th century French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, during a voyage of discovery extending from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.


Iran admiral: US ships are a target in case of war

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will target American aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf should a war between the two countries ever break out, the naval chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Tuesday as the country completes work on a large-scale mock-up of a U.S. carrier.


Mystery of Toronto mayor's whereabouts deepens

The mystery of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's whereabouts has deepened, following reports that Ford did not enter the United States via Chicago last week, as expected.


Reclusive German art collector Gurlitt dies at 81

BERLIN (AP) — Cornelius Gurlitt's long-secret hoard of 1,280 major artworks set off an international uproar last year over the fate of art looted by the Nazis. Now his death has triggered a new round of speculation over who will eventually own his unparalleled collection.


Gov't: UPS 'misdelivered' $350,000 drone to college student

A package that contained a $350,000 government drone sent from an Air Force base in Tampa, Fla., was "misdelivered" by UPS to a college student. Reddit user Seventy_Seven, who has declined to release his real name, discovered the box on his doorstep. The college student lives somewhere in the northern U.S. "I had ordered a weightlifting bench (which I received) and this came with it," he wrote with photos of the item. "Both boxes has UPS labels with my name and address."


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