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Reel Big Fish on tour to meet music business challenges

- The Washington Times

California ska/punk band Reel Big Fish has been entertaining audiences for two decades with their upbeat songs celebrating partying, drinking and slyly enjoying life — usually peppered with a rather colorful vocabulary. The band spends a good chunk of the year on the road, as most established bands must now do to turn a profit.

Jude Law


- The Washington Times

There was a time in Hollywood where genre-bending was all the rage, and this year’s first major entry in cinema hybrid comes in the form of “Black Sea,” a combination submarine/heist thriller from Scottish helmer Kevin Macdonald, who directed the Oscar-winning “Last King of Scotland.”

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NC legislature could step in on clinic rule proposal

- Associated Press

Abortion-rights groups and their allies tried Thursday to preserve clinic rules proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory's administration from potential changes by the General Assembly this year they fear would erode constitutionally protected rights to the procedure.

In this Jan. 21, 2015 photo, a youth on her bicycle soaks herself in a water fountain at a park in Santiago, Chile. Kids are cooling off during one of the hottest summers ever in public fountains, plastic pools and open fire hydrants. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

AP PHOTOS: Chilean kids cool off during summer heat wave

- Associated Press

When the news spreads through the neighborhood that a small aquatic park is being installed in the local plaza, the children are the first to show up and excitedly watch a water truck fill up inflatable swimming pools.

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court talks about proposals to raise the profile of judicial races in Ohio during an address at the annual Associated Press Legislative Forum on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. O'Connor wants to move judicial races to odd years and move the races higher on ballots.  (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

Ohio leaders weigh in on policy issues facing state in 2015

- Associated Press

Four of Ohio's statewide officers expressed opposition Thursday to an effort to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, with the state's attorney general calling one proposal "a stupid idea."

WHO: Ebola response shifts to ending epidemic

- Associated Press

Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the deadly virus' spread, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Correction: Super Bowl-No More Ad story

- Associated Press

In a story Jan. 28 about a domestic violence , The Associated Press misspelled the name of a singer who was quoted. It is American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, not Jordan Sparks.

Myanmar tallies 1,114 bird species, 20 previously unrecorded

- Associated Press

An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black and white falconet with a surprised, panda-like expression.

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, right, listens during his murder trial as defense attorney Charles Rankin, left, looks on, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, 27, in June 2013.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez goes on trial on murder charges

- Associated Press

With his ex-teammates about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defense table as prosecutors said DNA on a shell casing and security-camera video from his own home connect him to the crime.