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NEW YORK (AP) — Berry Gordy will be honored at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame gala. The organization announced Tuesday that the Motown founder will receive the Pioneer Award at its 44th annual induction ceremony on June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The award was established last year to honor people who have "been a major influence on generations of songwriters." It was presented posthumously to Woody Guthrie.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is planning to sue Hollywood over the Oscar-winning "Argo" because of the movie's allegedly "unrealistic portrayal" of the country, Iranian media reported Tuesday. Several news outlets, including the pro-reform Shargh daily, said French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre is in Iran for talks with officials over how and where to file the lawsuit. She is also the lawyer for notorious Venezuelan-born terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as Carlos the Jackal.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Upgrades for regional civic centers, construction at the Minneapolis Veterans Home and another phase of the Capitol renovation will all be part of a borrow-to-build package Gov. Mark Dayton intends to release next week. The Minnesota governor previewed elements of his roughly $750 million bonding proposal in comments Tuesday to reporters. The remarks came after he told a crowd of veterans that his plan would have some veterans home rehab money.
PARIS (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival has an American flavor this year, with a Hollywood icon heading the jury and a quintessential U.S. literary figure opening the event: The Great Gatsby. Organizers said Tuesday the film "The Great Gatsby," with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann, will open this year's Cannes festival — in 3-D, no less.
NEW YORK (AP) — White smoke or black smoke? Maybe it's easier just to wait for a text message that a new pope has been elected. A Catholic organization has set up a website, www.popealarm.com , that lets people register to receive a text or email notification when a pope has been selected. While the process of selecting a new pope is as old as the ages, there are enough changes to the media to make the last papal conclave — in 2005 — seem like ancient history.
HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis man is accused of posting a nude photo of a 15-year-old girl on Facebook. Dakota County prosecutors say 18-year-old Deuvontay Charles threatened to post numerous naked photos of the girl online unless she had sex with him. A criminal complaint says Charles had persuaded the girl to send him sexually explicit photos of herself. The complaint says he created a Facebook page with the girl's information and posted at least one of the photos.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — People want their dog to be a friend, not afraid. But sometimes, fear grips dogs so tightly they shake, cower, bite, growl or pee. It can be constant, painful and hard to overcome. Such dread can consume a dog when it's freed from a cage at a puppy mill or hoarder's home because that's the only life the dog has ever known.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals heard a final appeal for unity Tuesday before sequestering themselves in the Sistine Chapel for the conclave to elect the next pope, as they celebrated Mass amid divisions and uncertainty over who will lead the 1.2 billion-strong Catholic Church and tend to its many problems. Gregorian chant echoed through St. Peter's Basilica as the 115 cardinal electors filed in wearing bright red vestments, many looking grim as if the burden of the imminent vote was weighing on them.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota transportation officials might have to follow specific instructions from state lawmakers when disposing of parts from the collapsed Interstate 35W bridge. A bill introduced Monday would create a disposal priority list. Internal agency discussions about the steel remnants from 2007 bridge collapse began after litigation ended last fall.
HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged an Apple Valley man with killing his pregnant 37-year-old wife and her fetus. Thirty-six-year-old Roger Holland is charged with two counts of second-degree murder. Bail is set at $1 million. Holland called 911 last Thursday to report finding his wife, Margorie Ann Holland, in cardiac arrest at the foot of an apartment staircase. Margorie Holland and her unborn child died at a hospital later that morning.