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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass on Tuesday to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest, mapping out a clear focus of his priorities as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Tony Awards are going back to the place where the Rockettes high-kick it. The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, joint producers of the show that honors the best of Broadway, said Monday the glittery event will be broadcast live by CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9. Nominations will be announced April 30.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ten years and tens of millions of copies later, "The Da Vinci Code" is on the house. Doubleday announced Monday that a free e-book edition of Dan Brown's blockbuster novel will be available at online retailers through March 24. The e-book will include the prologue and first chapter of Brown's next novel, "Inferno," coming out in May. "The Da Vinci Code" was published March 18, 2003. It has since sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police say they welcome any citizen searches for clues in the disappearance and presumed death of a St. Paul woman. Authorities, family members, friends and even strangers searched this past weekend at Keller Regional Park for any evidence that could lead them to Kira Trevino. The 30-year-old woman disappeared Feb. 21. Her husband, Jeffrey Trevino, has been charged with her murder after large amounts of blood were found in their home.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Rural Minnesota residents and state regulators are facing challenges in keeping up with demand for water. They're dealing with a prolonged drought, a thirst for job-creating growth and the prospect that current water practices in some areas are unsustainable. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the situation is especially stark the farther south and west one travels in the state.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's working to muster support in Minnesota and Washington for money to add a new Interstate 94 lane in each direction between the western suburbs and St. Cloud.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard's 240-foot-long ship Mackinaw is busy breaking ice in the Twin Ports in preparation for the upcoming shipping season. The huge ship is the largest U.S. icebreaker on the Great Lakes. Cmdr. Mike Davanzo says 10 officers and 46 enlisted members serve on the Mackinaw.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her support for gay marriage Monday, putting her in line with other potential Democratic presidential candidates on a social issue that is rapidly gaining public approval. Clinton made the announcement in an online video released Monday morning by the gay rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign. She says in the six-minute video that gays and lesbians are "full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship."
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Ramsey County probate judge has declared a missing Falcon Heights man dead and has blocked his former girlfriend from receiving any of his estate. Fifty-seven-year-old Harold Schroetter vanished in 2009 while on the way to his attorney's office where he planned to remove his estranged girlfriend as a beneficiary of his holdings, estimated at $750,000. His body has never been found.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Japanese architect Toyo Ito, whose buildings have been praised for their fluid beauty and balance between the physical and virtual world, has won the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the prize's jury announced Sunday.