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Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban named new ‘Idol’ judges

September 17, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

” American Idol” Season 12 judge Randy Jackson arrives for day one auditions at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) NEW YORK (AP) — The “American Idol” judges’ panel is now complete with the naming of singer-rapper Nicki Minaj and country crooner Keith Urban. The...

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Israeli PM makes case on Iran to US voters

September 17, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, speaks in a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. The top commander in Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard has warned that “nothing will remain” of...

‘The Master’ smashes box-office records

September 17, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Milla Jovovich, left, and Paul W.S. Anderson attend the US premiere of “Resident Evil: Retribution” at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Thomas...

FAMU holds first home game without famed band

September 16, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 file photo, Robert Champion, a drum major in Florida A&M University’s Marching 100 band, performs during halftime of a football game in Orlando, Fla. The parents of Robert Champion held a news conference...

NHL on ice: Lockout all but set with no bargaining

September 16, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Carolina Hurricanes’ Eric Staal leaves the locker room after an informal workout for the NHL hockey team at Raleigh Center Ice on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in Raleigh, N.C. Staal was taking his gear, which is normally stored in the lockers, with him as...

Calif. filmmaker: I won’t return to besieged home

September 16, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Attorney Steve Seiden speaks to reporters outside at a home believed to belong to the filmmaker associated with an anti-Muslim film, that has caused controversy and violence throughout the Middle East and elsewhere, in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos,...

Obama, Romney square off on China, jobs

September 16, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is seen in silhouette as he boards his campaign charter plane while the sun sets in Cleveland, Ohio, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, after holding a campaign rally and fundraising events. (AP...

Pro sports more gay-friendly as athletes speak out

September 16, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

In this July 28, 2012 photo, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is shown at NFL football training camp in Mankato, Minn. NFL punters are only seen on fourth down, and heard from less than that. But with a constitutional gay marriage ban on Minnesota’s...

Egan-Jones cuts US debt rating to AA- from AA

September 15, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE-In this July 18, 2012 file photo, credit card logos are seen on a downtown storefront as a pedestrian passes in Atlanta. Egan-Jones announced Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, that it is downgrading its rating on U.S. debt to AA- from AA, citing Federal Reserve...

Negotiators have ‘framework’ to end Chicago strike

September 15, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago teachers union, left, is greeted by a union member after her meeting with the union’s House of Delegates Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in Chicago. Lewis told the delegates that a “framework” was in place to...