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  • Governors announce Super Bowl food bank donations

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks-New England Patriots Super Bowl matchup is bringing cross-country donations into the food banks of each team’s home state. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and New…

  • Dutch minister: EU to extend first batch of Russia sanctions

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers agreed to extend by six months a first set of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russia separatist officials, which were due to expire in March because of the continued…

  • Prosecutor: Aaron Hernandez orchestrated killing, cover-up

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A prosecutor has told jurors that former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez orchestrated the killing of a semiprofessional football player, then orchestrated a cover-up. In opening statements Thursday, Bristol…

  • IOC, UNESCO push for better phys ed in schools

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee and other international organizations are urging governments to improve physical education in schools. The IOC, along with UNESCO and other bodies, released new guidelines Thursday aimed at…

  • Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress to boost government spending by roughly 7 percent above current limits, the White House said Thursday, setting up a certain clash with Republicans who insist that…

  • Sundance First Look: Pearce, Smulders get rom com ‘Results’

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Director Andrew Bujalski delivers his most mainstream film to date with “Results,” a heartfelt will-they-or-won’t-they romantic comedy about two very different personal trainers (Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce) working together…

  • Blatter joins FIFA election race without naming nominees

    GENEVA (AP) — Beating the entry deadline by hours on Thursday, Sepp Blatter formally joined a FIFA presidential contest he is widely expected to win. Blatter published a low-key message on Twitter confirming an expected…

  • Defense: Cops quickly focused on Aaron Hernandez in killing

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A defense lawyer in the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez says police and prosecutors targeted his client in the murder case from the beginning. His lawyer…

  • 14-year-old Montana boy charged with attacking teacher

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A 14-year-old Great Falls boy believed to have attacked a teacher at North Middle School faces a Youth Court charge of attempted kidnapping. The boy made an initial court appearance…

  • McCain to protesters: ‘Get out of here, you low-life scum’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has kicked protesters out of a budget hearing, calling them “low-life scum.” The upheaval came Thursday on Capitol Hill after members of an anti-war group…

  • Friday Public Hearing Will Open Up Debate On MoCo Transit Authority

    A Friday night public hearing in Rockville will open up the debate over a proposed Montgomery County Independent Transit Authority, with supporters and detractors ready to weigh in. The hearing, set by the county’s delegation…

  • Senate panel approves Iran sanctions bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would levy tough new sanctions on Iran if it fails to sign an agreement to curb its nuclear program cleared a Senate committee on Thursday. But lawmakers are holding…

  • Helen Eustis, award-winning mystery writer, dead at 98

    NEW YORK (AP) — Helen Eustis, an Edgar Award-winning mystery writer who later translated works by Georges Simenon and other European authors, has died. She was 98. Eustis’ son, Adam Fisher, said Thursday that she…

  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here’s your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.…

  • Attorney General nominee picks up GOP support

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Key Republicans heaped praise on attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch Thursday and one senior lawmaker announced his outright endorsement, setting the stage for Lynch’s confirmation as the first black woman in the…