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Supreme Court strikes down overall campaign contribution limits

WASHINGTON —The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees.

Deadline brings high interest for health insurance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy initiative.

Hoax startup a reminder that on the Internet, every day is April Fool’s Day

Livr, the social network for drunk people, had all the trimmings of an ascendant tech start-up. A slick promotional video featuring two Eisenbergian CEOs. A hip website littered with buzzwords and trademarks. Press releases. Stickers. Posters. T-shirts. An auspicious, grassroots buzz that began in Reddit’s technology forums and bubbled into the mainstream press.

Search for missing plane complicated by ocean trash problem

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Sometimes the object spotted in the water is a snarled fishing line. Or a buoy. Or something that might once have been the lid to an ice box. Not once — not yet at least — has it been a clue.

Worries simmer that Russia will extend reach in Ukraine

SIMFEROPOL, Crimea (AP) — Russia showered promises on Crimea on Monday, sending its prime minister on a surprise visit there to promise quick funds to improve power supplies, water lines and education. In Kiev, Ukraine’s acting president flatly rejected Russian pressure to turn Ukraine into a loose federation.

Court orders stay on Japanese Antarctic whaling

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The International Court of Justice on Monday ordered a temporary halt to Japan's Antarctic whaling program, ruling that it is not for scientific purposes as the Japanese government had claimed.

Students’ jobs pay off tuition at seven work colleges around country

CRAFTSBURY, Vt. — Many students spend years after college working off tens of thousands of dollars in school debt. But at seven “Work Colleges” around the country, students are required to work on campus as part of their studies — doing everything from landscaping, growing and cooking food to public relations and feeding farm animals — to pay off at least some of their tuition before they graduate.

High school senior project: Change state law

OLYMPIA — A 17-year-old Yakima County high school student is probably not the first student to do her senior project on ending senior projects.

New objects seen, but still no evidence of jet

PERTH, Australia — A day after the search for the Malaysian jetliner shifted to a new area of the Indian Ocean, ships on Saturday plucked objects from the sea to determine whether they were related to the missing jet.

Afghan official: Militants in standoff killed

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan police killed all five militants who attacked the election commission headquarters in Kabul on Saturday with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, ending a four-hour standoff, according to a top government official.

5.1 Calif. quake with aftershocks displaces residents

LOS ANGELES — A magnitude 3.4 earthquake struck near La Habra shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday, the latest in a series of aftershocks to hit the area after a 5.1 temblor Friday night displaced a number of residents.

Seth Rogen says West-Kardashian spoofs are in fun

AS VEGAS — Attention Hollywood casting agents: Seth Rogen is looking for someone to play the part of baby North in the next Kim Kardashian-Kanye West spoof with pal James Franco.

Designer award named for the late L’Wren Scott

NEW YORK — An award honoring emerging fashion designers has been named for L’Wren Scott.

Gwyneth Paltrow speaks, thanks supporters in split

NEW YORK — Gwyneth Paltrow took to her website, goop.com/, and the lifestyle site’s regular weekly email Friday to offer thanks to supporters standing by her and her “consciously uncoupled” husband, Chris Martin, in their freshly announced separation.

H&M withdraws vest over anti-Semitism concern

PARIS — Fashion retailer H&M has pulled a vest from its shelves worldwide after accusations its design, which featured a menacing skull in the center of a Star of David, was anti-Semitic.