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Belmont, Richmond lead the pack

If you want to impress in your NCAA tournament office pool, you'll need to pick the right double-digit seeds to win in the early rounds. AP Basketball writer Jim O'Connell says schools like Belmont and Richmond should lead your sleeper list.

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The playful puppies are a critically endangered species

The Brookfield Zoo near Chicago debuted 10 African wild dog puppies to the public Tuesday. The litter was one of only three successful breeding groups among North American zoos in 2010. The species is critically endangered


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Alexandra Wallace issued an apology through the campus Daily Bruin newspaper for the video called 'Asians in the Library'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Officials at the University of California, Los Angeles, are evaluating what to do about a white student who posted a video on YouTube mocking her fellow Asian classmates and criticizing them for calling family members in the library following the tsunami.


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Jeffrey Allan Maxwell, 58, is jailed in Parker County on charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A man accused of kidnapping and torturing a woman for two weeks in a "house of horrors" after she repeatedly rejected him is being investigated in two cold cases of missing women, including his ex-wife's disappearance


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The bus driver, Ophadell Williams, was ticketed in 1995 for speeding and twice for driving without a license

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Investigators looking into a weekend tour bus crash in New York City that killed 15 people are focusing on the driver, a man with a decades-old manslaughter conviction


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Kentucky gutted its mental health budget by an astounding 47 percent over the last two years

DENVER (AP) — State budget writers looking for cash to balance the books have stripped a cumulative $1.8 billion from mental health services over the last 2½ years, putting the public at risk as the mentally ill crowd emergency rooms and prisons, according to the nation's largest mental health advocacy group.


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 Clogging the Wisconsin Capitol grounds and screaming angry chants, tens of thousands of undaunted pro-labor protesters descended on Madison again Saturday and vowed to focus on future elections now that contentious cuts to public worker union rights have become law.


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'No matter what we do, we're not totally safe'

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Take the world's most earthquake-prepared country, jolt it with one of the biggest quakes in history and add a devastating tsunami minutes later. In the classic battle of Man vs. Nature, Nature won again.


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Obama wants to address issues of Medicare, Medicaid after spending deal is reached

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell warned on Friday that GOP senators will not vote to increase the government's borrowing limit unless President Barack Obama agrees to rein in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, laying down a high-stakes marker just weeks before the debt ceiling is reached.


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2011 Carnival season which has been among the most raucous since Hurricane Katrina

Police on foot, some on horseback, on Wednesday ushered in the Christian season of Lent by clearing Bourbon Street


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