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  • VENICE WATCH: Editor honored; surreal Swede shines

    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press. ___ HONOREE SCHOONMAKER TALKS SCORSESE The Venice Film Festival...

  • AP Analysis: Putin digs in for long Ukraine fight

    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — Riding a wave of military gains by pro-Russia rebels, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it exceedingly clear that he wants a peace deal for Ukraine on his terms and will not be stopped by economic costs. The four-month conflict has now reached a breaking point,...

  • Not Amused: Queen finds cell phone pics troubling

    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — It's official. She is not amused. The U.S. ambassador to Britain has told Tatler magazine that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II finds the obsession with mobile phone images a bit disconcerting. The monarch expressed her dismay to Matthew Barzun, who spoke with her when...

  • Tropical Storm Dolly heads for Mexico's coast

    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Dolly headed Tuesday for a soggy collision with Mexico's Gulf coast. The storm's maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph (85 kph) and some strengthening was possible as Dolly's center approaches the coast in the evening and moves over land overnight,...

  • Swiss urged to toughen anti-corruption law

    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    GENEVA (AP) — Advocacy group Transparency International is criticizing Swiss law as too soft on financial corruption. Switzerland has toughened its stance against money laundering in recent years, but Transparency International says the country still makes it too easy for corrupt...

  • 3 Frenchmen arrested over hedgehog hunting

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — France's animal protection society says it's filed a lawsuit against three men arrested last month in a northwestern Paris suburb for illegally hunting hedgehogs to eat. Tamara Guelton of the Animal Protection Society says they were contacted by police after the arrest of...

  • Muscular dystrophy telethon raises $56.9 million

    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Muscular Dystrophy Association's nationally broadcast annual telethon raised more than $56.9 million in contributions over the Labor Day weekend. The two-hour "MDA Show of Strength" aired Sunday on ABC. The organization said Tuesday morning that it raised...

  • Marijuana's hazy contribution to highway deaths

    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New York teenager Joseph Beer smoked marijuana, climbed into a Subaru Impreza with four friends and drove more than 100 mph before losing control. The car crashed into trees with such force that the vehicle split in half, killing his friends. Beer, who was 17 in...

  • Colorado struggles to adjust marijuana supply

    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado's pot regulators are trying to make sure the state's marijuana growers aren't producing more pot than they can legally sell — a hedge against state-grown pot ending up in places where it's not legal. But new marijuana production standards up for public review...

  • Poulter, Westwood, Gallacher picked for Ryder Cup

    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — It was not an easy phone call for European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley — breaking the news to Luke Donald that he was being left off the team to face the United States at Gleneagles this month. Donald is a former No. 1 who has lifted the trophy with...

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