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  • Is it OK for parents to take a vacation without the family?

    WASHINGTON — With Spring Break right around the corner, parenting blogger Leslie Morgan Steiner takes a look at whether it’s ok for parents to go away on their own, minus the family. Read more on…

  • LBJ linked Latinos, civil rights in ‘Selma’ speech

    Fifty-years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson asked a joint session of Congress to respond to the brutal beatings of protesters in Selma, Alabama, by passing a federal Voting Rights Act that would “open the city…

  • Usher, Missy Elliott to perform at Essence Fest 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Grammy Award winning artists Usher and Missy Elliott have been added to the 2015 Essence Festival lineup. They join Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, comedian Kevin Hart, Common and…

  • Latest on Boston bombing trial: Jury sees video of explosion

    12:50 P.M. Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) have been shown a video of the first explosion. The video shows a huge blast of smoke, then police officers…

  • Exxon CEO: Get used to lower oil prices

    NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson expects the price of oil to remain low over the next two years because of ample global supplies and relatively weak economic growth. “People kinda need…

  • Cyprus protesters demand end to ‘devastating’ austerity

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Several thousand demonstrators in Cyprus are calling for an end to government austerity policies they say have driven many in the bailed-out country to poverty. Wednesday’s protest, a day ahead of…

  • Religion news in brief

    North Dakota missionaries detained in Venezuela return home FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Four American missionaries released by Venezuelan authorities after several days of detention and questioning say they’re relieved to be back home in North…

  • 2 killed in shootings at California nightclub, gas station

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Two people were killed and five others were wounded in shootings at a Southern California nightclub and a nearby gas station early Wednesday, authorities said. Gunfire erupted as up to…

  • Brazil police say woman helped US sect leader avoid arrest

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian lead investigator in the case of a religious sect leader sought on sex charges by the U.S. government says the support of a Brazilian woman described as a…

  • US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department won’t prosecute former a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but in a scathing report released Wednesday faulted the city and its…

  • Prosecutors can’t bring up Florida shooting in ex-NFLer case

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors in the Massachusetts murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will not be allowed to introduce evidence about the shooting of a Hernandez friend in Florida…

  • David Geffen donates $100 million to Lincoln Center

    NEW YORK (AP) — Entertainment industry executive David Geffen has donated $100 million to New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The performing arts building — long known as Avery Fisher Hall — will…

  • IndyCar schedule and standings

    March 29 — Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Fla. April 12 — Grand Prix of Louisiana, Avondale, La. April 19 — Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Calif. April 26 — Honda Indy Grand…

  • NHRA Schedule and standings

    Feb. 5-8 — Winternationals, Pomona, Calif. (TF_Shawn Langdon, FC_Matt Hagan, PS_Jason Line) Feb. 20-22 — CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals, Phoenix (TF_Tony Schumacher, FC_Matt Hagan, PS_Rodger Brogdon) March 12-15 — Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla. March 27-29 —…

  • Formula One schedule and standings

    March 15 — Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne. March 29 — Malaysian Grand Prix, Kuala Lumpur. April 5 — Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir. April 19 — Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai. May 10 — Spanish Grand Prix,…