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SYDNEY (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres is so excited to be Down Under, she's even tweeting that way. The talk show host's Twitter account had an upside-down message Friday saying, "I made it to Australia!" She's visiting Sydney and Melbourne on her six-day trip to the country for segments being filmed for her popular U.S. television show.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has shared a heartfelt goodbye to his dog, Mesabi, who died Thursday at the governor's residence. Dayton posted word of the passing on his Facebook page. He says the German sheperd died suddenly while recovering from surgery earlier in the week to remove its spleen and a potentially cancerous tumor.
ST. PAUL (AP) — When they started the season 1-7-2, hopes for competing in postseason tournaments seemed faint for the Wisconsin Badgers. Now, No. 14 Wisconsin is trying to keep its NCAA hopes alive while trying to end its tenure in the WCHA on a high note. Jefferson Dahl scored a pair of shorthanded goals, and Tyler Barnes added two goals and an assist as the Badgers (20-12-7) beat No. 8 Minnesota State 7-2 in the first round of the WCHA Final Five tournament on Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center.
NEW YORK (AP) — In just four years, Justin Bieber has gone from fielding innocuous questions about his haircut to denying that he's in desperate need of rehab. Bieber's grown up and into tabloid territory, with his recent troubles making some question whether he's just the latest teen star gone wild.
NEW YORK (AP) — Famed director Martin Scorsese wants New York's mean streets to keep some of their grittiness. The "Gangs of New York" director has joined an effort to curb redevelopment of the Bowery. That's the former skid row near where Scorsese grew up. Scorsese wrote to New York City Planning Commission Chairwoman Amanda Burden last week. He praises the neighborhood's grittiness, ambience and vivid atmosphere.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Thirteen minutes into the Oscar-winning movie "Argo," CIA agent Tony Mendez asks supervisor Jack O'Donnell what happened to a group of Americans when the U.S. Embassy was stormed in Tehran. "The six of them went out a back exit," O'Donnell tells Mendez, played by Ben Affleck. "Brits turned them away. Kiwis turned them away. Canadians took them in."
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — City and county officials have pleaded for permanent flood protection as residents along the Red River in Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn., were told to prepare for one of the top five crests in their history. The latest National Weather Service outlook includes a 50 percent chance that the river would top 38 feet later this spring, which would surpass the fifth-highest crest of 37.34 feet in 1969.
NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce, who seems to be everywhere as she prepares for her upcoming world tour, is going to be seen in even more places. The 31-year-old singer is featured in H&M's new ad campaign, announced by the retailer Thursday. Mrs. Carter, as she's called in the ads, is seen lounging on a beach wearing a sundress, short shorts, a bikini and other key items from the summer collection.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Simon and Garfunkel's song "Sounds of Silence," which was written amid the turmoil following President John F. Kennedy's assassination, will join Chubby Checker's 1960s dance hit "The Twist" as two of 25 recordings selected for preservation at the Library of Congress.
NEW YORK (AP) — Thanks to conservation efforts and the rise of e-books, the publishing industry is creating a leaner and cleaner paper trail. According to a new report by two environmental groups — the Book Industry Environmental Council and Green Press Initiative — paper suppliers use around 25 percent recycled fiber for book materials, compared with an estimated 5 percent in 2004.