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Rhode Island lawmakers jockey to be House speaker

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two legislators have emerged as candidates to replace Gordon Fox in arguably the most powerful position in Rhode Island government after he relinquished the House speakership following twin raids at his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation.

Writing a budget might divide House Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisions among Republicans over a budget deal and a shortfall in tax estimates are complicating the House GOP's efforts to advance a spending plan this spring.

Michelle Obama tells Chinese students internet freedom's a universal right

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama told an audience of college students in the Chinese capital on Saturday that open access to information - especially online - is a universal right. But Obama stopped short of calling on China to offer its citizens greater freedoms on a visit in which she is expected to steer clear of more complicated political issues, but rather try to build goodwill through soft diplomacy. "It is so important for information and ideas to flow freely over the internet and through the media," Obama said told an audience of about 200 U.S. and Chinese students at Beijing's prestigious Peking University. The United States frequently criticizes China's human rights record, including its lack of protection of freedom of speech.

Scotland's Vikings go own way in independence vote

GULBERWICK, Scotland (AP) — In the late winter dusk, hundreds of Vikings are marching down to the beach, bearing flaming torches. Their studded leather breastplates glint in the firelight as they roar and sing.

Clintons, Giffords wrap up student conference

PHOENIX (AP) — The speeches are over; the interview with the late night TV host is done. All that remains before this year's Clinton Global Initiative University conference wraps up is a service project in downtown Phoenix, headlined by former President Bill Clinton and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D.-Ariz.