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Jim Yong Kim, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next World Bank President, stands in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 23, 2012. Kim is currently the president of Dartmouth College. (AP Photo/ Haraz N. Ghanbari)

World Bank chief Kim acknowledges staff dissent over changes

- The Washington Times

The World Bank’s president acknowledged for the first time publicly on Friday internal clashes at the international lending institution, where hundreds of rank-and-file economists and staffers have walked off the jobs in recent weeks to protest what they say is management secrecy over budgets cuts and a massive structural reorganization.

In this May 14, 2012 file photo, shoppers walk into Sears in Peabody, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Sears refutes store-closing report

- Associated Press

Sears Holdings Corp. discredited a report Thursday that says it will be shuttering 116 Sears and Kmart stores, resulting in the layoffs of more than 6,000 workers.

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Tax dollars wasted on humanities projects, critics charge

- The Washington Times

It takes a lot of taxpayer dollars to subsidize a culture. American taxpayers are spending tens of millions of dollars this year funding National Endowment for the Humanities grants that, among other things, finance research projects that look into the lives of pets during Victorian England, consider the history of black Americans in golf and study the culture of tea consumption in India.

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Union questions NFL's domestic violence plan

- Associated Press

The players' union has questioned why the NFL's domestic violence training and education program "treats all players as perpetrators."

AP-NY--New York Digest,ADVISORY, NY

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In this Oct. 20, 2014 photo provided by Paragon Space Development Corporation, Google executive Alan Eustace is shown before a test flight for his Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 leap from the edge of space that broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert outside Roswell. Eustace's supersonic jump was part of a project by Paragon Space Development Corp. and its Stratospheric Explorer team, which has been working secretly for years to develop a self-contained commercial spacesuit that would allow people to explore some 20 miles above the Earth's surface.(AP Photo/Paragon Space Development Corporation)

Google exec sets records with leap from near-space

Associated Press

Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space.

First Niagara shares drop after $800M charge in 3Q

Associated Press

First Niagara Financial Group Inc.'s shares sank Friday after the bank took an $800 million charge that caused a quarterly loss and said it was dealing with a "process issue" with its deposit accounts.

News outlets seek access in football hazing case

Associated Press

The Associated Press has joined other media organizations requesting access to juvenile court hearings for seven high school students charged in a football hazing investigation.

Nevada puts stop to ridesharing Uber for now

- Associated Press

It didn't take long for Uber to come to a screeching halt in Nevada. District Court Judge James Russell in Carson City has blocked Uber from offering any rides in the state through at least Nov. 7. A hearing is set for Nov. 6.

In this Sept., 2010 photo, Bill Aossey Jr. poses for a portrait in front of an image of Damascus, at Midamar Corp. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Iowa-based Midamar, which Aossey founded in 1974, is a leading U.S. halal company that sells beef, turkey, chicken and other products around the world. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Mary Willie)

US halal food supplier indicted over beef exports

- Associated Press

The founder of a popular line of food products for observant Muslims has been charged with fraudulently shipping beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet the countries' import requirements, federal prosecutors in Iowa said Friday.

Shipping company pleads guilty in molasses spill

- Associated Press

A shipping company pleaded guilty Friday to criminal charges from a 233,000-gallon molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor, but a federal judge said he wants to examine the legality of $600,000 in community service payments the company has agreed to pay.

Cockroach disrupts pest control chief's testimony

Associated Press

A cockroach embarrassed a Chicago official in charge of pest control when it took a stroll near him in full view of some aldermen, and its stunt just might have cost it and its buddies their lives.

Washington sheriff stands by pro-marijuana ad

- Associated Press

The sheriff of King County, Washington, is standing by his statements in a TV ad in support of a measure to legalize marijuana in Oregon after Oregon sheriffs trying to defeat the measure called them false and misleading.

DuVal attacks Ducey on education priorities

- Associated Press

Democrat Fred DuVal lashed out at his Republican opponent in the Arizona governor's race over his education funding plans Friday, upping his rhetoric in the campaign as the race nears its final week.

Judge halts New Jersey's sports betting plan

- Associated Press

A federal judge on Friday granted a request from the four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA to temporarily stop New Jersey from allowing legalized sports betting.

In this Oct. 8, 2014 photo, casino workers union members sit down on the Atlantic City Expressway in Atlantic City N.J. and block traffiic to protest givebacks demanded and later won by the Trump Taj Mahal casino in its efforts to avoid closing down. On Oct. 22, 2014, the company backed off its threat to close the Taj Mahal on Nov. 13, saying it still may close by the end of the year, but will remain open throughout the month of November.  (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Union picket lines go up at Taj Mahal casino

- Associated Press

The battle over the future of the Trump Taj Mahal entered what could be its final phase on Friday as union picket lines went up outside the struggling casino, which even its would-be savior says is likely to close.

Nixed grant would have sent 5,700 to preschool

Associated Press

The federal grant application that Republican Gov. Mike Pence decided not to submit would have helped send 5,700 more Indiana children to preschool programs, documents show.

AP-NY--New York Weekend Advisory, NY

Associated Press

Here's a look at AP's plans in New York for the weekend. Questions are welcome, and should be directed to New York State Editor James Martinez at 212-621-1607 or Upstate Administrative Correspondent George Walsh at 518-458-7821.

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Associated Press

Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Detroit bureau at 313-259-0650 or Ed White is on the desk. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or