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  • Matt Damon, Ben Affleck admit to Deflategate

    WASHINGTON — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is getting support from passionate fans — genuine and phony — as Deflategate stretches toward Super Bowl Sunday. Jimmy Kimmel strung together Massachusetts-bred celebrities — including actors Matt…

  • UN chief urges African leaders not cling to power

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general Friday urged African leaders not to cling to power. Ban Ki-moon said undemocratic constitutional changes and legal loopholes should never be used by leaders to stay in…

  • Vinovich survives health scare to referee Super Bowl

    PHOENIX (AP) — One moment Bill Vinovich was lifting weights to stay in shape for the NFL season, the next he was on a hospital bed overhearing doctors say the next 48 hours would determine…

  • How to choose the right hearing aid for your specific needs

    Tired of making people repeat themselves? Is cranking up the volume on the TV no longer enough help? That’s a signal it’s time to get your hearing checked and consider a hearing aid. In the…

  • Luis Figo names 5 European nominees for FIFA election bid

    GENEVA (AP) — Two would-be FIFA presidents stepped up campaigning on Friday after nominations closed to challenge Sepp Blatter for the most powerful job in world football. Luis Figo identified the five national federations that…

  • Death penalty sought in Pennsylvania math teacher’s killing

    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor says he’ll seek the death penalty against a man accused of sexually assaulting and killing a sixth-grade math teacher during a burglary at her home. Lancaster County District…

  • Germany to Greece: Don’t mess with us over debt, austerity

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and its European bailout creditors were in open dispute Friday, with Germany bluntly rejecting suggestions the heavily-indebted country should be forgiven part of its rescue loans and warning against “blackmail”…

  • South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of an apartheid state covert unit responsible for dozens of deaths, saying his freedom is in the interest of…

  • Woods shoots 44, matches his worst 9-hole score on PGA Tour

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tiger Woods matched his worst 9-hole score on the PGA Tour with a 44 on the back nine Friday at the Phoenix Open. With the front nine still to play, Woods…

  • Chances improve for Renzi’s pick to become Italian president

    ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Matteo Renzi forged ahead Friday with his candidate for president, even at the risk of losing broad support for his reform agenda, after initial rounds of balloting by lawmakers failed…

  • George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped…

  • ‘Gotham’ star Taylor delights fans with his Penguin villainy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Although filmed in the real Gotham City, Fox’s “Gotham” inhabits a New York all its own. What resides here is part reverential mythmaking (it recounts Batman’s genesis), part free-floating film noir…

  • Kerry to visit Ukraine, Germany next week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ukraine next week to show U.S. support for the government amid heightened conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. State Department…

  • 50 years after funeral, Churchill towers over UK politicians

    LONDON (AP) — Fifty years after Winston Churchill’s funeral, British politicians paid tribute Friday to the wartime leader — and tried to energize their election campaigns with a little of the Churchill magic. Prime Minister…

  • Court denies bid for new trial in Michael Jackson case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court has upheld a jury’s decision that the promoter of Michael Jackson’s ill-fated comeback concerts is not financially responsible for his death. The 2nd District Court of Appeal…