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Drama Desk Award nominations are unveiled

NEW YORK (AP) — The off-Broadway show “Giant” and the quickly shuttered Broadway musical “Hands on a Hardbody” lead the Drama Desk nomination race this season, with the British import “Matilda,” the audience-friendly “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”…
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Ex-Mich. congresswoman presides over ET hearings

DETROIT (AP) — Ex-U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Detroit and six other former Congress members are presiding over hearings on the existence of extraterrestrials. The 30 hours of congressional-style hearings kicked off Monday and are scheduled to…
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UK police: Pedophile probe finds widespread abuse

LONDON (AP) — A new investigation re-examining decades-old child abuse claims at 18 children’s care homes in north Wales has identified 140 possible victims, British police said Monday. The probe collected “significant evidence of systemic and serious sexual…
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Review: Impressive debut by blues vet Gitlo Lee

Gitlo Lee, “Comin’ Out the Hole” (Chuckie Productions) Gitlo Lee sings with glee, whether the subject is beer, large women, collard greens, silk sheets, the Okefenokee Swamp or coffee in the morning — one of his euphemisms for…
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Kenneth Appel dies, used computer on map question

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Kenneth Appel, a mathematician who was the first to use a computer to prove a century-old major mathematical theorem, has died at age 80 in Dover, N.H. The Tasker Funeral Home confirms that Appel,…
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Guinea-Bissau acting president says elections soon

BISSAU, Guinea Bissau (AP) — Guinea-Bissau’s interim president pledged to hold elections before the end of the year. Interim President Manuel Serifo Mhamadjo spoke to the press Sunday after returning to the country after spending just over a…
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Jury convicts Ill. official of lying about water

CHICAGO (AP) — A one-time suburban Chicago official was convicted Monday of lying for decades about drawing water for residents from a well the village knew was tainted by a cancer-causing chemical. Theresa Neubauer, 55, is the only…

More Osprey aircraft heading to Japan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense officials say the U.S. will deploy a second squadron of MV-22 Osprey aircraft to Okinawa, amid persistent local worries and community protests about the safety of the aircraft. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is discussing…

Tutu released from hospital, no new malignancy

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s foundation says the anti-apartheid hero was released from a hospital in Cape Town on Monday following five days of successful treatment for a persistent infection. The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy…

Irish court: No ‘right to die’ for paralyzed woman

DUBLIN (AP) — A paralyzed Irish woman who wants to die cannot legally commit suicide with her partner’s help, Ireland’s Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that moved some in the courtroom to tears. The seven-judge court…

Bill Clinton asks fans to support Jason Collins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is asking fans and colleagues of NBA player Jason Collins to support and respect him after Collins announced he is gay. Clinton said in a statement Monday that he has known…

Country star Jason Aldean files for divorce

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jason Aldean has filed for divorce. The country music star filed the complaint for divorce against his wife Jessica on Friday afternoon in Williamson County, Tenn., citing irreconcilable differences. The two met in high…

Gay Catholic school teacher in Ohio fights firing

A gay teacher who said she was fired by an Ohio Catholic school after her mother’s published obituary included the name of her partner is fighting to get her job back. Carla Hale, 57, said she was told…

Official: 17 killed in northern Nigeria violence

BAMA, Nigeria (AP) — A military official says at least 17 people have been killed in fighting between Islamic extremists and security forces in northeastern Nigeria. The fighting happened in Bama, a town in northeastern Borno state where…

Crews douse blaze at Allentown apartment high-rise

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Firefighters have put out a blaze at a 7-story apartment building in Allentown and they had to make several rescues. Authorities say no serious in……

Pro-gun Native American billboard draws criticism

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Two Colorado billboards in which images of Native Americans are used to make a gun rights argument are causing a stir with some residents who say the image is offensive and insensitive. The billboards…

Young European royals winning fans for monarchy

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch Queen Beatrix is abdicating after a 33-year reign and her newly popular son is becoming king. He is highlighting a new generation of young royals waiting in the wings across Europe. Some are more…

Putin, Japanese leader step up peace treaty effort

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Japan have instructed their diplomats to intensify efforts to work out a peace treaty between the two nations. Russia and Japan have yet to sign a formal peace treaty ending…

Debris believed to be from 9/11 plane is from wing

NEW YORK (AP) — The rusted metal aircraft part believed to be from one of the hijacked jetliners that slammed into the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11 attacks came from a wing, not landing gear, police…