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  • Jodie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison
    Jodie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jodie Foster is a married woman.

  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor: Affirmative Action 'Opened Doors in My Life'
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor: Affirmative Action 'Opened Doors in My Life'

    In a dissent to today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan’s voter-approved ban on affirmative action programs in its public colleges, Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks from experience about the complex impact of such programs on her own life. Sotomayor’s 58-page dissent, joined by Justice Ruth Bader...

  • IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes
    IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes

    The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said ...

  • Tunisia divided over Jews' use of Israel passports

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's elected assembly accepted a petition Wednesday to question the tourism minister over a decision allowing Israelis to use their passports to enter the country for an annual religious pilgrimage.

  • 10-Year-Old Escapes Kidnapper by Repeatedly Singing Gospel Song
    10-Year-Old Escapes Kidnapper by Repeatedly Singing Gospel Song

    A 10-year-old in Atlanta escaped a kidnapper in the most improbable way. Now, a number of organizations in the area are teaming up to offer a $10,000 reward in the investigation. On the night of March 31, Willie Myrick was outside taking care of his pet Chihuahua. The boy spotted a few dollars near a tree. When he walked over to the money, a man grabbed Willie and forced him into a four-door Honda Civic.

  • Scholars analyze bones of Swedish medieval king
    Scholars analyze bones of Swedish medieval king

    UPPSALA, Sweden (AP) — Researchers from Uppsala University on Wednesday opened a small gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160.

  • Cow-milking robots make farmers, animals happier
    Cow-milking robots make farmers, animals happier

    The cows, it turns out, are perfectly capable of deciding when they need to be milked. A new trend in farm-based robotics has dramatically changed the way cows are cared for and milked at farms in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and New York, according to a report from the New York Times.

  • 230 girls abducted in Nigeria still missing
    230 girls abducted in Nigeria still missing

    CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) — A week after Islamic extremists stormed a remote boarding school in northeast Nigeria, more than 200 girls and young women remain missing despite a "hot pursuit" by security forces and an independent search by desperate fathers who headed into a dangerous forest to find their daughters.

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