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  • Hagel seeking to deepen US-Mexico ties

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday he is exploring ways to deepen U.S.-Mexican defense ties, including the possibility of training exercises with Mexican forces. Hagel made the comment Wednesday to reporters traveling with him to Mexico City for talks...

  • Brazil enacts Internet 'Bill of Rights'

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's president signed into law on Wednesday a "Bill of Rights" for the digital age that aims to protect online privacy and promote the Internet as a public utility by barring telecommunications companies from charging for preferential access to their networks. The law...

  • Singer Chris Brown's DC trial delayed for months

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge was put on hold for months Wednesday after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, who would be a key witness in the case. Brown will remain in custody for the near future after a Los Angeles judge denied a...

  • Ronald McDonald takes to Twitter, gets makeover

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ronald McDonald has a new look, and he's ready for a selfie. McDonald's said Wednesday its famous spokesclown will take an active role on social media for the first time, using the hashtag #ronaldmcdonald. The move marks a turnaround from recent years, when the red-haired...

  • Feds seek fines over grain-dust hazards in Montana

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Minnesota-based agriculture company was fined $211,000 by federal safety regulators who said Wednesday it had repeatedly failed to ensure workers weren't exposed to grain-dust hazards in Montana. CHS Inc. was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration...

  • Louisiana Senate to consider equal pay proposal

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job, after a Senate committee supported an equal-pay proposal Wednesday. The measure by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New...

  • Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue. It was the fourth quarter in a row that Facebook beat forecasts as it continues to barrel ahead in...

  • Zynga founder Pincus leaving operations role

    NEW YORK (AP) — Online game maker Zynga's founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company's CEO, as the company's sales slide. Zynga said Wednesday that Pincus will remain chairman of the company he founded in 2007. Zynga...

  • Burst water main floods downtown Corvallis streets

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — When a water main broke in downtown Corvallis, office workers saw the pavement heave and thought they were in an earthquake. Water began bubbling up Tuesday between the asphalt and the sidewalk at the Barker-Uerlings Insurance office. "Then the ground literally lifted...

  • Amid Russia warning, Ukraine is in a security bind

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008. "Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against...

  • Port Authority OKs wage hike for airport workers

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has formally adopted a plan to raise wages for workers at its New York and New Jersey airports. The agency operates JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports in addition to smaller airports in both states. In recent months it had...

  • Wisconsin governor signs police investigation bill

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin police departments will have to allow outside investigators to run officer-involved death investigations under a bill Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed into law Wednesday. The measure was among 55 bills Walker signed at the state Capitol as he puts the...

  • Ex-Senegalese president to retry homecoming

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Senegalese party official says the former president plans to return home on Thursday after finally receiving permission for his plane to land for what was supposed to be his triumphant homecoming after two years abroad. Senegal, a rare example of democratic rule in...

  • Train derails in Congo, dozens dead

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing around 50 people. A union official, Fernandez Tshibondo, said the train jumped the tracks Tuesday near the station at Katongola, a town in Congo's Katanga province. Government...

  • Conservative group drops image of Obama from ad

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents whose children were killed in a Colorado theater shooting on Wednesday demanded a conservative group stop running ads featuring an image of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall visiting a hospital where other victims were recovering. Americans for Prosperity, a conservative...



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