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Josh Groban added to a packed Tony Awards telecast

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tony Awards show on Sunday will try to up the razzle-dazzle quotient by adding Josh Groban to 175 performers onstage at the same time.

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Wednesday 06/03/2015
Encouraging job market news sends US stocks higher
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 11:30 am

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose in early trading on Wednesday as investors welcomed some encouraging news about the job market. Eight of the 10 industry sectors in the Standard and Poor's 500 index were higher, led by a 1.1 percent jump in telecommunications companies. The buying follows a rise in overseas markets amid hopes of a breakthrough in Greece's protracted discussions with its creditors.

Chairman: Boston terror suspect radicalized through IS group
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 11:30 am

BOSTON (AP) — The man who was shot and killed by terrorism investigators had been spreading propaganda for the Islamic State group online, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Wednesday.

Problem drinking affects 33 million _ 14 pct. of US adults
Posted: June 03, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) — Alcohol problems affect almost 33 million adults and most have never sought treatment. That's according to a government survey indicating that rates have increased in recent years.

Cities keen on 'sharing economy' but concerned about safety
Posted: June 03, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — American cities are enticed by the economic growth and services that "sharing economy" companies such as Airbnb, Uber and Lyft can offer, but officials are anxious about safety in a largely unregulated realm, a city advocacy group found in a study released Wednesday.

Police: Georgia woman locked son out for missing curfew
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 11:30 am

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman is accused of locking her 13-year-old son out of the house overnight as punishment for missing his curfew, leaving him to sleep on the concrete patio in the backyard.

Casino near NYC would be named Hard Rock Casino Meadowlands
Posted: June 03, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Plans call for naming a new casino just outside New York City the Hard Rock Casino Meadowlands.

Crash with bus, truck leaves 2 dead, 17 hurt in Pennsylvania
Posted: June 03, 2015

MOUNT POCONO, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania say a head-on crash between a bus and a tractor-trailer has left two people dead and 17 others injured.

Greek leader heads to Brussels to defend deal proposal
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 11:30 am

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister headed for a showdown with key creditors on Wednesday in Brussels, where each side would present proposals to reach a deal that might unlock bailout loans and save the country from looming financial disaster.

Wednesday 06/03/2015
Harvard gets biggest gift ever: $400M from Wall Street alum
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 11:30 am

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard has received its biggest gift in school history — a $400 million donation from Wall Street hedge fund billionaire John Paulson — the university said Wednesday.

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China escalates effort to recover missing from capsized ship
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 11:30 am

JIANLI, China (AP) — Chinese authorities deployed scores more divers and a large crane as they escalated efforts Wednesday to recover more than 410 people believed to be trapped inside an overturned river cruise ship.

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Zimbabwean court stops arrests of women at night
Posted: June 03, 2015

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Women in Zimbabwe are starting to venture out at night without fear of being arrested on prostitution charges after the Constitutional Court ruled it was illegal and sexist for police to indiscriminately arrest women on the streets and in public establishments.

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Dutch firebrand vows to show Muhammad cartoons on TV
Posted: June 03, 2015

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders says he plans to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on Dutch television after Parliament refused to display them.

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Janet Jackson to release 1st album in 7 years
Posted: June 03, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — "Let's Wait Awhile"? Not really. Janet Jackson is releasing her first album in seven years this fall.

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The latest on surveillance shooting: Clergy to see video
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 11:15 am

10:30 a.m.

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The Latest: Venezuela backs Maradona for FIFA president
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 11:00 am

1420 GMT (10:20 a.m. EDT)

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Prosecutor receives French army file about sex-abuse probe
Posted: June 03, 2015

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor's office has received documents linked to a military investigation of alleged sexual abuse by French soldiers against children in Central African Republic.

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Serena Williams eases into French Open semifinals
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 11:15 am

PARIS (AP) — In stark contrast to her previous three matches, top-ranked Serena Williams overpowered Sara Errani on Wednesday to reach the French Open semifinals with a 6-1, 6-3 win.

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Palestinian FIFA bid stirs opposite reactions among Israelis
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 10:15 am

JERUSALEM (AP) — An aborted bid by the Palestinians to expel Israel from FIFA, the world soccer federation, has set off an uproar in Israel, raising fears that more such diplomatic assaults are on the way. But some liberal Israelis are more accepting of the Palestinian move, seeing it as an unpleasant step that just might prod Israel onto a peace track.

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McConnell's role in surveillance bill bewilders his friends
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 11:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, generally seen as a master congressional deal-maker, walked into a legislative dead end on domestic surveillance that left some of his friends bewildered.

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Meryl Streep drama 'Suffragette' to open London Film Fest
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 10:30 am

LONDON (AP) — Historical drama "Suffragette," starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep as votes-for-women campaigners, will open this year's London Film Festival.

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Encouraging job market news sends US stocks higher
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 10:02 am

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as traders welcomed some encouraging news about the job market.

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10 Things to Know for Today
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 10:02 am

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

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Islamic State fighters attack northeastern Syrian city
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 10:02 am

BEIRUT (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State group launched a major attack on the predominantly Kurdish city of Hassakeh, activists and Syrian state media said Wednesday, in an apparent attempt by the extremist group to reverse some of the advances made recently by Kurdish fighters in the northeastern province.

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Survey: US business hiring picks up in May to 201,000
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 9:45 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies stepped up hiring in May, a private survey found, evidence that employers remain confident in the economy even after it contracted at the start of the year.

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Republicans, out of tune again
Posted: June 03, 2015

The press release went out last week:

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ECB raises inflation projection as economy recovers
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 11:30 am

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has raised its forecast for inflation this year to 0.3 percent from zero previously, another sign that the risk of crippling deflation — a long-term drop in prices — may be fading.

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AP Interview: Top Yemen Shiite rebel welcomes UN peace talks
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 11:30 am

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The second-in-command of Yemen's Shiite rebels on Wednesday assailed the Saudi-led airstrikes pounding his group's positions and allied forces, but insisted they are ready to travel to Geneva for U.N.-mediated peace talks on ending the country's civil war.

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No matter the venue drinking still is not wise
Posted: June 03, 2015

In the May 28 edition of the Bristol Herald Courier, there was a write up about an upcoming event: The Howling: Craft Beer & Music Festival, sponsored by Wolf Hills Brewing Co. There is a line-up of musical groups, but it seems that the emphasis is on the craft beer and getting drunk! The co-owner says, “It’s a grand scale representation of what we do at Wolf Hills with craft beer and music.”

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Gatlin says he _ not Bolt _ is the man to beat now
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 9:45 am

ROME (AP) — With the world leading times in both the 100 and 200 meters this season, Justin Gatlin says he — not Usain Bolt — is the man to beat right now.

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The Latest on China Boat Sinking: Ship cited for violations
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 11:00 am

7:30 p.m. (1130 GMT)

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Stones seeking new fans with 'Sticky Fingers' re-release
Posted: June 03, 2015

LONDON (AP) — Keith Richards doesn't keep a list of the Top 10 Rolling Stones albums. But he's happy to place "Sticky Fingers," being re-released in a deluxe edition next week, near the very top.

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Sepp Blatter back at work at FIFA headquarters
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 10:45 am

ZURICH (AP) — A day after announcing his decision to resign, Sepp Blatter was back at work at FIFA headquarters on Wednesday as the worst corruption crisis in the governing body's 111-year history continued to unfold.

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US, India move forward on joint military research projects
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 9:01 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — The U.S. and India are moving ahead with two joint research projects for the military that officials hope will set the stage for greater defense cooperation in the years ahead.

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Michelle Dockery swaps 'Downton' for 'Liaisons Dangereuses'
Posted: June 03, 2015

LONDON (AP) — "Downton Abbey" star Michelle Dockery is swapping one aristocratic world for another in a new production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses."

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Deaths, surge in fighting in Ukraine threaten cease-fire
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 10:15 am

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — More civilian deaths and a new and unusually intense round of fighting Wednesday in eastern Ukraine are rekindling fears that a shaky cease-fire deal reached in February may be teetering toward collapse.

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'Skylanders' injecting vehicles in next installment
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 9:01 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Skylanders" is pushing the pedal to the metal.

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Pollsters analyze mistakes after missed predictions
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 8:15 am

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — These are tough times for political pollsters.

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New Chinese restaurant's name: I Don't Know
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 10:15 am

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — There's a new Chinese restaurant in Rochester. The name? I Don't Know.

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Texas inmate, 67, set for execution in slayings 31 years ago
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 10:45 am

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 67-year-old man who was convicted of killing four men more than three decades ago, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to keep him from becoming the oldest Texas prisoner put to death in an execution scheduled for Wednesday evening.

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Maggi noodles ordered off India's shelves due to lead level
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 8:01 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian shopkeepers withdrew a popular brand of Nestle instant noodles from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained unsafe levels of lead.

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Rohingya expert: Dozens of corpses wash to shore in Myanmar
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 8:45 am

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Dozens of corpses have washed to shore in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine in the last month, an advocacy group and villagers said Wednesday. Some were believed to be Rohingya Muslims trying to escape trafficking ships, while others were Bangladeshi.

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Amnesty slams Nigeria army for abuses in Boko Haram battle
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 9:45 am

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian military abuses were responsible for the deaths of some 8,000 people in its fight against Boko Haram extremists said a report by Amnesty International released Wednesday, which names senior officers that should be investigated for alleged war crimes.

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Airbus says 3 of 4 engines failed on crashed A400M
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 7:30 am

PARIS (AP) — Airbus said Wednesday that three of the four engines on an A400M military plane failed before it crashed near Seville, Spain last month, killing four people.

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In Turkish parliamentary campaign, Erdogan is everywhere
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 6:45 am

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — As Turkey's president, Tayyip Recep Erdogan is supposed to be the invisible man in the upcoming general election, constitutionally bound to remain above the fray. Instead, it's been all about him.

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Christie's to sell works by Monet, Chagall, Picasso in June
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 5:45 am

LONDON (AP) — Christie's auction house is offering works by Claude Monet, Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso this month amid a voracious global appetite for impressionist and modern art.

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Interpol issues 'red notice' for 6 linked to FIFA probe
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 8:30 am

PARIS (AP) — Interpol added six men with ties to FIFA to its most wanted list on Wednesday, issuing an international alert for two former FIFA officials and four executives on charges including racketeering and corruption.

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Greek uncertainty acting as 'brake on growth' in eurozone
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 5:45 am

LONDON (AP) — Uncertainty over Greece is weighing on the eurozone economy, a closely-watched survey found Wednesday, as the clock was ticking on the country's efforts to avoid bankruptcy.

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San Francisco board rejects building suspension
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 5:30 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Supervisors rejected a plan late Tuesday night to temporarily block construction of luxury condos in the city's Mission District.

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Operator of capsized Yangtze ship one of oldest in business
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 8:45 am

Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corp., the operator of the cruise ship that capsized in the Yangtze river with more than 450 people aboard, is one of China's oldest pleasure cruise companies, struggling to compete with newcomers offering much fancier accommodations.

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Global watchdog slashes US economic forecast
Posted: June 03, 2015

PARIS (AP) — The world economy risks being bogged down in a low-growth spiral unless measures are taken to spur demand and incite businesses to boost their stubbornly sluggish investments.

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LEADING OFF: Tanaka rejoins Yanks, Giants off to White House
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 4:30 am

A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:

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UAB supporters showed president the money, got football back
Posted: June 03, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — When Justin Craft and other UAB supporters met with university President Ray Watts last fall, they were told that donations to the athletic department were welcome but to hold off on pledging money to save the football program.

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Oil and gas turn their backs on coal as climate deal nears
Posted: June 03, 2015

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Chemistry books say there are three fossil fuels: coal, oil and natural gas.

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Boat capsizes in Utah windstorm; man, 3 children killed
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 5:45 am

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A summery day on a Utah lake turned deadly for a family and friends when high waves and violent winds kicked up and capsized their boat, throwing all seven people into the cold water.

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Chafee to unveil presidential run, puzzling longtime allies
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 10:45 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee plans to formally open his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday, setting off on a quixotic political quest that has left even some of his closest allies scratching their heads.

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White House Brief: Things to know about Lincoln Chafee
Posted: June 03, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A snapshot of former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who is expected to announce Wednesday in Arlington, Virginia, that he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination:

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Questions and answers about newly approved USA Freedom Act
Posted: June 03, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law the USA Freedom Act, which extends three expiring surveillance provisions of the 9/11-era USA Patriot Act. It also overhauls the most controversial provision, which had been interpreted to allow bulk collection of U.S. phone records by the National Security Agency.

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Taiwan candidate seeks to reassure US on China ties
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 4:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taiwan's opposition presidential candidate will look to reassure U.S. officials this week that victory in next January's election for her party, which Beijing views with suspicion, won't revive tensions across the Taiwan Strait.

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