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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,, 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.

Looted Nazi art to be returned

The son of infamous German art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, who helped Adolf Hitler hoard art looted from Jews during the Holocaust, says he’s now willing to return works his father had acquired to the heirs of their owners.

Study: Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober

CHICAGO — A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.

NYC stables in developer crosshairs as carriage ban looms

NEW YORK — New York City carriage driver Cornelius Byrne doesn’t need horse sense to figure out what’s happening on Manhattan’s far west side.

Spelling bee participants almost run out of words

SAN DIEGO (AP) — David Hay had no words for what was about to happen.

New Malaysia plane search area turns up objects

PERTH, Australia — Australian officials moved the search area for the lost Malaysian jetliner 680 miles to the northeast Friday following a new analysis of radar data, and planes quickly found multiple objects in the new zone.