Wikipedia, Google protest US antipiracy proposals

NEW YORK — Jan. 18 is a date that will live in ignorance, as Wikipedia started a 24-hour blackout of its English-language articles, joining other sites in a protest of pending U.S. legislation aimed at shutting down sites that share pirated movies and other content.



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Hand found in LA park where human head discovered

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles investigators found a human hand Wednesday in the Hollywood wilderness park where a severed head in a plastic bag was discovered by dog walkers, and the search continued for other body parts.


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Obama rejects Canada-Texas oil pipeline

WASHINGTON — Raising the stakes on a bitter election-year fight with Republicans, President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected a Canadian company's plan to build a U.S.-spanning, 1,700-mile pipeline to carry oil across six U.S. states to Texas refineries.


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Dow, S&P 500 close at their highest since July

NEW YORK — A surprisingly strong report on the housing market and the prospect of more cash for the International Monetary Fund to fight off a financial crisis powered stocks Wednesday to their highest close since last summer.



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Indiana Republicans approve fines on boycotters

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Republicans on Wednesday approved $1,000-a-day fines against boycotting Democratic legislators who gathered in the Statehouse Rotunda with labor union supporters rather than show up to debate a divisive right-to-work bill.


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Italian cruise ship tally: 11 dead, 21 missing

ROME — The first victim from the Costa Concordia disaster was identified Wednesday — a 38-year-old violinist from Hungary who had been working as an entertainer on the cruise ship.



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7 charged in $78M record-setting inside trade case

NEW YORK — Greed on Wall Street set a new record, federal authorities said Wednesday as they unveiled a massive insider trading case charging a hedge fund co-founder with engineering a trade that earned a staggering $53 million in profits.


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SGA kicks off new semester

Mailing students educational material about alcohol poisoning awareness for their 21st birthday was among the many ideas suggested by the Student Government Association during their first meeting of the semester.



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Huntsman quits GOP race

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Jon Huntsman abandoned his once-promising campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday and endorsed Mitt Romney as the man "best equipped to defeat Barack Obama."


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Environmental fears mount in Italian cruise wreck

ROME — Italy's cruise liner tragedy turned into an environmental crisis Monday, as rough seas battering the stricken mega-ship raised fears that fuel might leak into pristine waters off Tuscany that are part of a protected sanctuary for dolphins, porpoises and whales.


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Band of Brothers

Austin Rich speaks in a drawl that makes one think of the Deep South. His voice has a twang to it that matches the vocal notes found is parts of Texas or Georgia that masks his Muncie heritage. Rich takes pride in his heritage, and his family. On his wrist, crawling up part of his forearm is a tattoo of flames. And on his shoulder is a tattoo of a firefighter talking to his son while walking into heaven.


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75 attend Unity March

Despite rainy weather, students and staff joined together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr by participating the annual Unity March.