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Doubling down on state government coverage

blog.ap.org — Building on The Associated Press' unmatched presence in all 50 U.S. statehouses, we are adding to our competitive advantage by creating a team of state government specialists. As announced today to the AP staff, the specialists will collaborate with statehouse reporters, as well as on their own projects and stories focused on government accountability and strong...
Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP_CorpComm: .@AP further strengthens coverage of state government. Q&A with Managing Editor @bcarovillano: apne.ws/1x2TITC #APS…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP_CorpComm: .@AP further strengthens coverage of state government. Q&A with Managing Editor @bcarovillano: apne.ws/1x2TITC #APS…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP_CorpComm: .@AP further strengthens coverage of state government. Q&A with Managing Editor @bcarovillano: apne.ws/1x2TITC #APS…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP_CorpComm: .@AP further strengthens coverage of state government. Q&A with Managing Editor @bcarovillano: apne.ws/1x2TITC #APS…

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Theater shooter's parents plead for his life

bigstory.ap.org — DENVER (AP) - The parents of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty. In a letter to The Denver Post published Friday, Robert and Arlene Holmes say they have always loved their son and do not want him to be executed.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @AP: Parents of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes plead for him to be spared death penalty: apne.ws/1z3eldf

Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

bigstory.ap.org — BEIJING (AP) - Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger. The Sony attack, which U.S.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @AP: Companies face threat of cybercrime after Sony hack, feel pressure to tighten information security: apne.ws/1sFGYek

Dec 19, 2014

RT @AP: Companies face threat of cybercrime after Sony hack, feel pressure to tighten information security: apne.ws/1sFGYek

'Team America' screenings also pulled from theaters

bigstory.ap.org — NEW YORK (AP) - Programmed as a playful substitute to "The Interview," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's North Korea comedy "Team America: World Police" also has been pulled from theaters. After Sony dropped its planned Dec.
Dec 18, 2014

Oh for... RT @AP: 'Team America' screenings, added after 'The Interview' cancellation, also pulled from theaters: apne.ws/1AwVSrU

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP: 'Team America' screenings, added after 'The Interview' cancellation, also pulled from theaters: apne.ws/1AwVSrU

Dec 18, 2014

RT @newsjean: Good luck finding a movie about #NKorea that isn't a caricature MT @AP: 'Team America' screenings also pulled apne.ws/1AwVSrU

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP: 'Team America' screenings, added after 'The Interview' cancellation, also pulled from theaters: apne.ws/1AwVSrU

Dec 18, 2014

Good luck finding a movie about #NKorea that isn't a caricature MT @AP: 'Team America' screenings also pulled apne.ws/1AwVSrU

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FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

bigstory.ap.org — MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) - FIFA will not reopen the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and will publish at least some of the confidential report into the bidding process, President Sepp Blatter said Friday.
Dec 19, 2014

Whatever you say, Sepp RT: @RobHarris: Blatter:"We have been in a crisis. The crisis has stopped" bigstory.ap.org/article/0e8f5f…

Dec 19, 2014

Latest: Blatter says Russia & Qatar won't lose WCs, bids report to be released eventually & declares "crisis stopped" bigstory.ap.org/article/0e8f5f…

Questions and answers about traveling to Cuba

bigstory.ap.org — NEW YORK (AP) - Don't rush to book that flight to Cuba just yet. While the U.S. plans to restore diplomatic ties with the Caribbean island nation, globe-trotting tourists won't be able to hop on a plane to Havana anytime soon. It remains illegal for most U.S.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP: Can US citizens vacation in Cuba? Probably not. Q&A piece about traveling to Cuba by @GlobeTrotScott: apne.ws/1zCj3Ts

Dec 18, 2014

Can US citizens vacation in Cuba? Probably not. Q&A piece about traveling to Cuba by @GlobeTrotScott: apne.ws/1zCj3Ts via @AP

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP: Can US citizens vacation in Cuba? Probably not. Q&A piece about traveling to Cuba by @GlobeTrotScott: apne.ws/1zCj3Ts

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Oklahoma official: Felt 'pressure' on executions

bigstory.ap.org — OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A longtime lawyer for Oklahoma's prison system said Thursday that he felt pressured by the governor's and attorney general's offices to make sure executions last spring happened on schedule, even though the state didn't have the drugs yet to carry them out.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP: Lawyer for Oklahoma prison system says he felt pressured to make sure executions last spring happened on time: apne.ws/1sEJ5iF

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP: Lawyer for Oklahoma prison system says he felt pressured to make sure executions last spring happened on time: apne.ws/1sEJ5iF

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hosted.ap.org — LA HABANA (AP) -- La hija del presidente Ral Castro, Mariela, asegur el jueves que la apertura de una nueva etapa en las relaciones entre Cuba y Estados Unidos no se traducir en que la isla vuelva a un sistema capitalista.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP_Noticias: Hija de Raúl Castro dice que EEUU sueña si con normalización piensa que Cuba volverá al capitalismo apne.ws/13EY1aX

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP_Noticias: Hija de Raúl Castro dice que EEUU sueña si con normalización piensa que Cuba volverá al capitalismo apne.ws/13EY1aX

New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center

bigstory.ap.org — NEW YORK (AP) - C'est la vie, fashionistas. The city of New York and Lincoln Center is evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches. A judge Friday approved a pretrial settlement in a complaint brought by community groups.

Next steps on Cuba: Normalizing could take awhile

bigstory.ap.org — WASHINGTON (AP) - How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba. It won't happen overnight.

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hosted.ap.org — NUEVA YORK (AP) -- A pesar de sus profundas diferencias polticas e ideolgicas todos estos aos, Cuba y Estados Unidos siempre han compartido el amor por el bisbol. Desde las Ligas Negras a la actual generacin de estrellas cubanas, la isla comunista y Estados Unidos estn ligados desde hace ms de un siglo por el bisbol.

Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba

bigstory.ap.org — WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior Obama administration official says Cuba has released American Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned for five years. The official says Gross has departed Cuba on a US government plane bound for the United States. He was released on humanitarian grounds by the Cuban government at the request of the United States, the official said.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @AP_Politics: Obama says US ending outdated and failed approach to Cuba, will normalize relations, by @jpaceDC + @APDiploWriter. apne.ws/1ztgbrO

Dec 17, 2014

RT @rzollAP: #PopeFrancis personally involved in US & #Cuba talks to re-establish diplomatic relations, @AP goo.gl/QqUYJQ

Dec 17, 2014

RT @rzollAP: #PopeFrancis personally involved in US & #Cuba talks to re-establish diplomatic relations, @AP goo.gl/QqUYJQ

Dec 17, 2014

#PopeFrancis personally involved in US & #Cuba talks to re-establish diplomatic relations, @AP goo.gl/QqUYJQ

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Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

bigstory.ap.org — BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP: BREAKING: Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears in court for first time since July 2013: apne.ws/13CV5vf

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP: BREAKING: Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears in court for first time since July 2013: apne.ws/13CV5vf

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP: BREAKING: Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears in court for first time since July 2013: apne.ws/13CV5vf

Dec 18, 2014

@AP: BREAKING: Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears in court for first time since July 2013: apne.ws/13CV5vf

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP: BREAKING: Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears in court for first time since July 2013: apne.ws/13CV5vf

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Review: 'The Interview' deserves to be seen

bigstory.ap.org — That I was one of the relative few to see "The Interview" is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It's with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's North Korean farce.
Dec 18, 2014

.@jakecoyleAP on 'The Interview': Kim plays hoops, loves Katy Perry and is likable. So why the brouhaha? apne.ws/13DSnpr

Dec 18, 2014

RT @jakecoyleAP: THE INTERVIEW is only scandalous if you happen to believe Kim is a god who rides around on unicorns. My review: bigstory.ap.org/article/7935e5…

Dec 18, 2014

.@AP review of #TheInterview, the flick North Korea doesn't want you to see. Unclear if it will ever be released. apne.ws/13DSnpr

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP: @AP review of 'The Interview' by @jakecoyleAP: Kim plays hoops, loves Katy Perry and is likable. So why the brouhaha? apne.ws/13DSnpr

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AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

bigstory.ap.org — BUTTE, Montana (AP) - At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP: Most of the 786 kids who died of abuse or neglect under child protective services were under the age of 4, AP finds: apne.ws/1wHHldy

Dec 18, 2014

AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect apne.ws/1sCZKDf

Dec 18, 2014

RT @garanceburke: MORE @AP: Most of the 786 kids who died of abuse or neglect under child protective services were under the age of 4. apne.ws/1wHHldy

Dec 18, 2014

MORE @AP: Most of the 786 kids who died of abuse or neglect under child protective services were under the age of 4. apne.ws/1wHHldy

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP: Most of the 786 kids who died of abuse or neglect under child protective services were under the age of 4, AP finds: apne.ws/1wHHldy

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FANTASY PLAYS: Beckham huge factor in title games

pro32.ap.org — Andrew Luck, DeMarco Murray and Antonio Brown all have more fantasy points, but Odell Beckham Jr. is the real fantasy MVP heading into the fantasy championship in Week 16. He's on more teams seeking a fantasy title than any other player - 20.5 percent, according to data across thousands of leagues hosted on CBSSports.com.
Dec 19, 2014

Odell Beckham Jr is on more fantasy teams playing for title than any other player: pro32.ap.org/article/fantas…

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hosted.ap.org — WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stephen Colbert's image is returning to the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. To mark the end of Colbert's nine-year persona on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," the museum borrowed Colbert's portrait. The picture was created for the show's final season. In 2008, Colbert contacted the museum and wanted to donate his portrait to the collection.
Dec 19, 2014

National Portrait Gallery @NPG installing picture of Stephen Colbert to mark end of his 'Report' - @AP: apne.ws/1v85Yfh

US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade

bigstory.ap.org — MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.

Stephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he played

bigstory.ap.org — NEW YORK (AP) - Stephen Colbert is dead. Stephen Colbert is immortal? Long live Stephen Colbert! Nine years of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewell.