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March 18, 2015 - 8:11pm
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MIAMI (AP) — Alcoa has announced plans to cut production at the Suralco alumina refinery in Suriname and to pursue a sale to the government of the South American country.

Alcoa has operated in Suriname since 1916, when the country was known as Dutch Guiana. But the company said it has been reviewing its production capacity around the world.

Suralco, which U.S.-based Alcoa runs with Australia's Alumina Ltd., will cut production by 443,000 metric to...

March 18, 2015 - 7:59pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A spokesman for the Mexican Consulate in New York says the Mexican government is committed to bringing to justice the people responsible for the disappearance of 43 students.

He says the government has undertaken an investigation without precedent because of its magnitude and transparency.

Some of the students' parents are visiting U.S. cities to bring attention to their cause. A spokesman for them spoke Wednesday at a protest in...

March 18, 2015 - 7:48pm
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Archdiocese of San Francisco says it has dismantled a sprinkler system it installed at the doorways of the city's cathedral to soak the alcoves and prevent homeless people from sleeping there.

The archdiocese made the announcement Wednesday after a barrage of criticism because the system installed at St. Mary's Cathedral during one of the worst droughts in California history was drenching homeless people at night.

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March 18, 2015 - 7:47pm
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California doughnut shop has come up with yet another guilty pleasure gone viral: a gigantic doughnut stuffed with a Pop Tart filling.

Donut Bar, with outlets in Fountain Valley and San Diego, calls the 1-pound creation the "Big Poppa Tart Donut."

It's appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," ''the Steve Harvey Show," BuzzFeed and TV news.

The 2-inch-thick square is stuffed with strawberry jam and a...

March 18, 2015 - 7:41pm
1 week 4 days ago

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Some of Hollywood's top fashionistas are standing behind Dolce & Gabbana; others aren't so sure.

The brand was on the minds — and bodies — of guests at the Hollywood Reporter's fourth annual luncheon honoring the industry's most influential stylists Wednesday.

Gwen Stefani wore a Dolce & Gabbana polka-dot ensemble to the private party at Soho House. And the first advertisement inside the trade magazine's "Stars...

March 18, 2015 - 7:31pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Attorneys say they've settled a long-running defamation lawsuit against former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens by his ex-trainer.

The lawyers and ex-trainer Brian McNamee appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge Wednesday in Brooklyn. They haven't disclosed the settlement amount. Clemens didn't attend.

Clemens attorney Chip Babcock says the seven-time Cy Young Award winner won't contribute any money to the...

March 18, 2015 - 7:22pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paula Patton and Robin Thicke are another step closer to divorce.

The actress from "Precious" and "2 Guns" was granted a divorce Tuesday from the "Blurred Lines" singer in Los Angeles. Their legal split will go into effect April 14.

The 39-year-old actress and 38-year-old singer announced they were separating last year after nine years of marriage. They have a 4-year-old son.

Patton was the inspiration behind...

March 18, 2015 - 7:18pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Legal experts say Los Angeles prosecutors will have to be careful if they present damaging portions of an HBO documentary in the murder case against millionaire Robert Durst.

Defense lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr. says the move could back fire as it did when interview footage was introduced at Michael Jackson's molestation trial.

Mesereau was allowed to provide unaired interview segments that presented Jackson favorably to counter a...

March 18, 2015 - 7:11pm
1 week 4 days ago

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords met with Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey after a talk with lawmakers, residents and advocates about how to protect women from gun violence.

Giffords sat down Wednesday for a round-table discussion at the Statehouse and talked to Christie behind closed doors afterward for about a half hour.

During the public discussion she said dangerous people with guns are a threat to women, and women can...

March 18, 2015 - 6:53pm
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A fraternity at the University of South Carolina has been suspended by its national chapter as authorities investigate the death of an 18-year-old member.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says the male student was found dead about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in a private home about a mile from the heart of campus.

Watts says there was no indication the student had suffered any trauma. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday. Watts didn'...

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