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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, center, waves a national flag during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas in dueling demonstrations on Saturday, with one group calling attention to a crackdown on opponents of the government and another showing support for the embattled socialist administration. At left is Venezuela's first lady Cilia Flores. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Venezuela to shrink US Embassy staff, require tourist visas

Venezuela will shrink the size of the U.S. Embassy staff, limit the activities of U.S. diplomats and require American citizens to apply for visas if they want to come bask on the beach. Speaking before a crowd that rallied to protest imperialism, President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday that "gringo" meddling ...

Rubio tells Club for Growth its picks are GOP's new leaders

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told the anti-tax group Club for Growth on Saturday that the Senate candidates they've backed recently represent the Republican Party's new leadership. The Florida senator was among a half-dozen presidential prospects who spoke at the group's three-day winter meeting, which ended Saturday at the Breakers Hotel ...

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses delegates at the California Republican Party Spring 2015 Organizing Convention in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Christie to Calif. Republicans: No rush to pick 2016 nominee

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told California Republicans on Saturday that the party should not rush to choose a 2016 presidential nominee because of pressure from pollsters, pundits and GOP donors. "I promise you that over the next few months, you will see article after article arguing that our party ...

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley addresses a conference hosted by the South Carolina Democratic Party in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2014.  O'Malley told reporters later he is seriously considering running for the Democratic presidential nomination and will make a decision this spring on whether to enter the race. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

O'Malley points to financial regulation as a campaign issue

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering entering the Democratic presidential race, said Saturday that financial regulation needs to be at the forefront of the 2016 campaign and suggested big banks need to be broken up if they might harm the nation. "If a bank's too big to fail ...

Kentucky's Trey Lyles (41) is fouled by Arkansas' Bobby Portis (10) as Anthlon Bell helps on the defense during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

No. 1 Kentucky beats No. 18 Arkansas 84-67 to clinch SEC

Of all the impressive wins top-ranked Kentucky has collected in marquee games this season, Saturday's 84-67 dismantling of No. 18 Arkansas speaks a little louder than most. The Wildcats clinched the Southeastern Conference regular-season title, and the Razorbacks rarely had a chance after the early minutes, a common theme in ...

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the free market Club for Growth winter economic conference at the Breakers Hotel Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Palm Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

Jindal: GOP leaders in Congress fear repealing health law

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday called congressional Republican leaders "fearful" of acting to fully repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. Jindal, a second-term Republican governor weighing a 2016 presidential candidacy, said the GOP had failed to act on their signature issue in the 2014 midterm elections. Republicans overtook ...

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, center, looks for a shot past New York Knicks' Lou Amundson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Cavaliers' Irving to miss second game with shoulder injury

The Cavaliers will be without at least one All-Star on Sunday in Houston. Point guard Kyrie Irving will miss his second straight game with a strained left shoulder, an injury the team had thought would only sideline him for one game. Irving injured his shoulder in the second half of ...

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook walks down court with only seconds to go during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Westbrook scored 40 points but missed an opportunity to tie the game, making only two of three free throws with just seconds left. Portland won 115-112. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Thunder's Russell Westbrook has surgery on cheekbone

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook had surgery to repair a fracture to his right cheek Saturday and the NBA's hottest player will miss at least a game. The Thunder said the surgery took place in Los Angeles, where they will play the Lakers on Sunday, and that Westbrook would be re-evaluated ...

Silicon Valley shuttle drivers vote to unionize

Shuttle drivers who ferry tech workers between Silicon Valley and San Francisco have voted for union representation. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://tinyurl.com/nf3ltp2) that drivers working for Compass Transportation voted 104-38 in favor of joining the Teamsters union Friday. They voted at secret polling booths set up at several locations ...

In this photo released by Rio Grande do Norte State Security secretary, American sect leader Victor Arden Barnard sits in a police station after being detained at Pipa beach, in the Northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Barnard is facing 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct related to two young women who said they were abused for nearly a decade at his secluded River Road Fellowship in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Rio Grande do Norte State Security Secretary)

Brazil arrests US sect leader wanted on sex charges

Brazilian authorities said Saturday they arrested a self-professed minister put on a U.S. most-wanted list for allegedly molesting two girls in a "Maidens Group" at his religious fellowship in rural Minnesota. A statement posted on the website of the Public Security Secretariat for the Rio Grande do Norte state government ...

Heat say Bosh has been released from hospital

Chris Bosh's first step toward recovery is complete. He's home. The Miami Heat forward has been discharged from a South Florida hospital where he was treated for blood clots on one of his lungs. Bosh was hospitalized for just over a week and will still be monitored closely, but simply ...

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Blind dog rescued after being lost for 2 weeks in the cold

A blind dog who wandered away from her Ester, Alaska, home during a cold snap has been reunited with her owner. The 11-year-old Labrador retriever named Madera ventured away from home on Feb. 6, when the temperature dipped to 40 degrees below zero. Her owner, Ed Davis, said he didn't ...

Firm agrees to refund to settle suit over weight-loss pills

A Salt Lake City-based company has agreed to pay refunds to consumers who purchased its weight-loss tablets to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed its advertising slogan, "Eat All You Want & Still Lose Weight," was deceptive. Under the proposed settlement, Basic Research will pay a refund of $25 per ...

Driver Jeff Gordon waits to leaves the garage for practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Hampton, Ga.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Jeff Gordon takes a final spin at track that meant so much

Jeff Gordon admired his latest retirement gift — a miniature race car for his two young children — and thanked the folks at Atlanta Motor Speedway for not going with the obvious choice. "I really appreciate it not being a rocking chair," Gordon quipped. There's enough time for that. On ...

Police tape surrounds one of five crime scenes near Tyrone, Mo., on Friday morning, Feb. 27, 2015. A gunman killed seven people and wounded an eighth person in an overnight house-to-house rampage in the small town in the Missouri Ozarks before apparently committing suicide in a vehicle, authorities said Friday. The victims were found in four homes in Tyrone, about 40 miles north of the Arkansas line. The 36-year-old gunman was discovered in a neighboring county, dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kinder said. (AP Photo/Houston Herald, Jeff McNiell)

Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills 7, then himself

Residents of a small southern Missouri town struggled to come to grips with the knowledge that one of their own had killed seven people in a spasm of violence that ended when the gunman shot himself to death on a rural county road. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, went to four ...

Moody's downgrades Chicago's rating over pensions

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Chicago's credit rating to two levels above junk status, citing the city's $20 billion mountain of unfunded pension liabilities. The agency said Friday that it lowered the rating on $8.3 billion in general obligation debt from Baa1 to Baa2. Moody's also maintained its negative outlook ...

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Stolen No. 44 NASCAR race car found in suburban Atlanta

The No. 44 race car returned to its NASCAR shop in North Carolina on Saturday after it was recovered along a remote road in suburban Atlanta, apparently abandoned by the thieves who stole it from a hotel parking lot. While the discovery didn't occur in nearly enough time for Team ...

Padraig Harrington, of Ireland, acknowledges the fans on the ninth hole during the second round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Harrington takes 36-hole lead, then more rain in Florida

Padraig Harrington is a 36-hole leader on the PGA Tour for the first time in nearly five years and he knows he has a long way to go. A vicious storm Saturday at the Honda Classic made his weekend even longer. Harrington made six birdies in the 12 holes he ...

A woman walks up the sidewalk to the New Mexico State Capitol as  snow began to fall Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Clyde Mueller)

Winter's reach: Southwest gets snow, California awaits storm

Parts of the Southwest dealt with a second day of snow Saturday as Californians spent the day waiting for the start of a storm that was expected to bring much-needed rain for much of the state. Sections of central and northern New Mexico received a record-breaking snowfall overnight, with more ...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig fields a ball during a spring training baseball workout Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Players' union head: future spring games in Cuba possible

Cuba could be a spring training destination once more. Major League Baseball is considering playing future spring exhibition games on the island nation and baseball hotbed, which used to routinely host American teams in the days before Fidel Castro came to power. Baseball players' association president Tony Clark said Saturday ...

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