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April 9, 2014 - 6:59pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Emmy-award winning actress Katherine Heigl (HEYE'-guhl) has sued Duane Reade Inc., saying the company is using a picture of her leaving one of its pharmacies in its promotional materials.

The 35-year-old who acted in the television series "Grey's Anatomy" and in movies including "Knocked Up" and "27 Dresses" is seeking at least $6 million in damages. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan.

A Duane Reade...

April 9, 2014 - 6:57pm
1 week 4 days ago

Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.

This week's shots include a Paris Marathoner in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, a scramble for the ball during the women's NCAA basketball tournament, and a watery celebration by golfer Lexi Thompson.

This gallery contains photos published April 6-8.

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April 9, 2014 - 6:52pm
1 week 4 days ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Republican U.S. senator added his voice Wednesday to critics of a federal cattle roundup fought by a Nevada rancher who claims longstanding grazing rights on remote public rangeland about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas

Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said he told new U.S. Bureau of Land Management chief Neil Kornze in Washington, D.C., that law-abiding Nevadans shouldn't be penalized by an "overreaching" agency.

Republican Gov. Brian...

April 9, 2014 - 6:18pm
1 week 4 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican-controlled Ohio House has approved a proposal that says college athletes are not employees under state law.

The measure was approved as part of a broader bill Wednesday that heads next to the Ohio Senate.

It comes after a landmark National Labor Relations Board decision last month involving Northwestern University's football team. That ruling says full scholarship players can be considered employees and thus are...

April 9, 2014 - 6:16pm
1 week 4 days ago

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The green jacket is one of the most revered symbols in all of sports, right up there with an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup.

Yet, even with the strict sense of decorum that is afforded the prized garment awarded every Masters champion, it occasionally winds up in spots no one would ever expect.

Like underneath a garbage bag.

Or in Ohio.

Yep, an authentic green jacket is on display...

April 9, 2014 - 6:14pm
1 week 4 days ago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An effort to tax Illinois millionaires is on hold after the state's powerful House speaker couldn't get enough votes to push his plan through the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

House Speaker Michael Madigan blamed Republicans who "prefer and protect millionaires over school children," his spokesman said Wednesday.

The proposal sought to tack a 3 percent surcharge onto income of over $1 million, which Madigan said would...

April 9, 2014 - 6:13pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of senators seeking to protect jobs is calling on President Barack Obama's administration to fully enforce trade laws in deciding whether imported steel reinforcing bar from Turkey and Mexico unfairly undercuts U.S. prices.

In a letter sent Wednesday, the senators urged the Department of Commerce to consider the impact of cheaper imports on U.S. steel companies when it issues preliminary rulings later this month. Companies in Mexico and Turkey...

April 9, 2014 - 6:04pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan fix to the Affordable Care Act that would exempt U.S. health plans sold to expatriate workers from having to comply with the law's mandates.

The legislation was aimed at helping U.S. insurance companies like Cigna and Metlife that are now at a competitive disadvantage with overseas firms that do not have to comply with mandates such as the so-called Cadillac tax on high-end plans, patient protections and a...

April 9, 2014 - 6:04pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has raised $2.38 billion after selling a large chunk of its stock in Ally Financial Inc. as part of the government's ongoing effort to recoup the billions of dollars spent bailing out companies during the 2008 financial crisis.

Treasury said Wednesday that it got $25 each for the 95 million shares it sold in an initial public offering. The pricing of the IPO came at the low end of the forecast range of $25 to $28 per share....

April 9, 2014 - 6:04pm
1 week 4 days ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police have linked several apparently random shootings in the past month targeting vehicles on Kansas City-area roads and highways, but they didn't say Wednesday how many are connected or how they came to that conclusion.

Inconsistent statements by witnesses and the possibility that some of the incidents were isolated cases of road rage have made it difficult to pin down an exact number of vehicles involved, Kansas City, Mo., police said in a news...

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