• AP PHOTOS: Germany Young Ensemble

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    BERLIN (AP) — Hoping to demonstrate their posture, agility and strength, a handful of boys and more than 120 girls between ages 7 and 9 tried out for the Young Ensemble of Berlin's Friedrichstadt-Palast theatre in February. Hundreds of children apply every year for only 20-30 spots in...

  • 5 things to know about Estonia's parliamentary election

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    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's center-right government is being challenged by a party that draws its support from the Baltic country's Russian minority. Here are five things to know about Estonia's parliamentary vote on Sunday: UKRAINE FACTOR Security is a key concern for Estonian...

  • China's central bank cuts rates again to boost economy

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    BEIJING (AP) — China on Saturday cut interest rates for the second time in three months, adding to signs that Chinese leaders are worried that the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply. The People's Bank of China announced a rate cut on one-year loans by commercial banks by 0.25...

  • Too cold for overnighting at Miller Park

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    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers say it's too cold to camp out overnight for the Arctic Tailgate. The earliest fans were allowed to arrive for Saturday's event is 5 a.m. The event marks the beginning of individual ticket sales at Miller Park and they go on sale at 9 a.m. In the...

  • Activists count homeless before seeking to end homelessness

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    NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — In the woods behind a large business on Hartford Turnpike in Waterford, six volunteers found signs of camp: a trail of packed-down snow from footprints, a small bridge built over a brook, a baby stroller and a shopping cart. No one was there. But with a...

  • New Concert Hall set to open at St. Paul's Ordway Center

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Downtown St. Paul's new concert hall opens Sunday at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. A free community open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to launch "Rock the Ordway," a three-week music celebration. Gov. Mark Dayton and St. Paul Mayor Chris...

  • McIlroy lasts only 2 days in American return

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    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — As far as star power goes, the PGA Tour is like a fireworks show in the rain. The Phoenix Open was more high-charged than ever this year with the Super Bowl in town and Tiger Woods back to golf. Except that Woods was on his way home after two days and a...

  • Wisconsin's Walker adjusts to rigor of presidential politics

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    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Scott Walker may have won three elections in the past four years, but he's still finding his way in presidential politics. The Wisconsin governor made a splash last month in Iowa, marching on stage in shirt sleeves to wow Republicans and vault to the top of...

  • Kansas legislators takes break until Wednesday

    Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are on break until Wednesday. State lawmakers usually take several days off after the "turnaround" deadline that passed Friday. Most bills that have not been approved by their chamber of origin were discarded after the Friday deadline. Lawmakers...

  • Annoyance arises from gov't error on health care tax forms

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not uncommon to feel some trepidation around tax-filing season. But there's an added hassle this year for nearly a million consumers who got financial help with health insurance premiums under President Barack Obama's law. The government sent them erroneous...

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