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WWII Museum’s PT Boat Nearly Restored

AP NEW ORLEANS—The National World War II Museumhas nearly finished restoration of a patrol torpedo boat that sank two armored German supply barges and carried commandos to French shores. Officials hope to have PT-305 back on the water in about a year, carrying tourists and history buffs on the lake where it was first tested in 1944. "There's quite a bit of difference in understanding an artifact when it's sitting and when it's operating,'' said Tom Czekanski, the museum's senior curator and restoration manager. After World War II, PT-305 was cut down to 60 feet and spent decades as a…
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Humorous Muslim Film Ads Go Up in NYC Subway Stations

AP NEW YORK—A series of humorous ads promoting a film about Muslims are appearing in New York City subway stations five months after a federal judge ruled the ads should go up. The MTA said the ads for the 2013 film "The Muslims Are Coming!'' violated its ban on political ads. But Judge Colleen McMahon ruled in October that the ads were not primarily political. The series of six ads started going up Monday. One ad reads "Those Terrorists Are All Muslim." The word "Muslim'' is crossed out and replaced with "Nutjobs.'' One of the creators of the ads, comedian Dean…
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Elton John’s Photo Collection to Be Featured in Tate Exhibition

AP LONDON—Images from Elton John's vast collection of 20th-century photography are going on display at Britain's Tate Modern. The gallery announced Wednesday that the exhibition, "The Radical Eye,'' will feature more than 150 images by modernist masters of photography including Man Ray, Alexander Rodchenko, Andre Kertesz, Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange. Tate Modern says John owns "one of the world's greatest private collections of photography'' - some 7,000 images - and the show includes portraits of some of the century's great cultural figures, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Jean Cocteau. The musician said "each of these photographs…
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US Trying to Forge Second Coalition to Stop IS Growth in Africa

Jeff Seldin officials are pushing a select group of allies to expand their sights beyond Iraq and Syria in the global effort to destroy the Islamic State (IS) terror group. Spurred on by IS's growing strength in Libya as well as the deadly terror attacks in Paris this past November, officials see a clear need for a broader, more comprehensive approach. "They have talked about it," a Western diplomat told VOA on condition of anonymity. "There are discussions on their side." Those discussions have become more urgent as intelligence shows an increasing number of IS fighters and recruits making their…
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Cuba Warns Against US Meddling; White House Unconcerned

Mary Alice Salinas WHITE HOUSE—The White House said it is “not particularly concerned” about an editorial published in Cuba’s state newspaper warning the United States against meddling in its internal affairs. The editorial comes as President Barack Obama prepares for a historic visit to Havana, March 21-22. The editorial published on Wednesday in the Communist Party’s official newspaper, Granma, said while Barack Obama will be warmly welcomed, the communist government has no plans to change its political system as the two nations normalize relations after more than 50 years. The article noted there should be no doubt about the Cuban…
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US Jury Convicts Ex-Air Force Member of Trying to Join IS

Ken Schwartz A federal jury in New York Wednesday found a former member of the Air Force guilty of trying to enter Syria and join Islamic State. Forty-eight year-old Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh faces up to 35 years in federal prison when he is sentenced later this year. This is the first time a jury has convicted a suspect for trying to join the Islamic State terrorist group. Others have entered plea bargains to avoid trial. Attorney Robert L. Capers said Wednesday "the evidence presented at trial and the jury's verdict instill confidence that our law enforcement agencies and their…
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Nancy Reagan’s Casket Moved to Husband’s Presidential Library

Ken Bredemeier The casket bearing former first lady Nancy Reagan has been moved to the presidential library in California of her late husband, President Ronald Reagan, where she will lie in repose. Members of the public will be allowed to pay their respects Wednesday afternoon and on Thursday before a private funeral on Friday. First lady Michelle Obama is planning to attend the funeral, as are three former first ladies: Hillary Clinton, who is now the leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2016 campaign, Laura Bush and Rosalynn Carter. Former President George W. Bush will also attend.…
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This Day In History

This Day In History – 1974 Pearl Bailey and Richard Nixon serenade a White House audience

On March 1, 1974, in addition to handing up criminal indictments against seven former high-ranking officials in the Nixon administration, a grand jury in the District of Columbia named the president himself as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Watergate cover-up. The drumbeat of bad news was growing louder by the month for President Nixon, as was talk of his possible impeachment. But in politics as in entertainment, the show must go on, and though engulfed in a scandal that would soon bring his presidency to a disgraceful end, Nixon still found time to provide piano accompaniment to the legendary singer…
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Slip Sliding Away, Atop a Los Angeles Skyscraper

Reuters LOS ANGELES—Don't look down!The owner of a 73-floor tower in Los Angeles that ranks as the tallest building in the United States west of the Mississippi River is building a glass slide to hang off the exterior of the structure, and it will invite visitors to ride the attraction. Starting in June, thrill-seekers will be able to ride the "Skyslide" at the Bank Tower, getting on at the 70th floor and looking down at the pavement nearly 1,000 feet (305 meters) below as they sit down and slide for 45 feet (14 meters) to an outdoor platform at the…
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Tennis Star Maria Sharapova Fails Drug Test

VOA News Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova says she failed a drug test at the Australian Open in January due to a substance she has been taking for 10 years for health reasons. Sharapova told a news conference in Los Angeles Monday that the drug, meldonium, was only added to the list of banned substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the start of this year. She said she did not look at the updated ban list before taking her medication. "I made a huge mistake. I let my fans down and I let the sport down. I have…
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