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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.
OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) — Lena Dunham is urging her fellow "Obies" to stick together as her alma mater in Ohio wrestles with reports of racism. The creator and star of HBO's "Girls" wrote on her Twitter account Monday after learning about racist graffiti at famously liberal Oberlin College. The school about 30 miles from Cleveland was among the first to admit blacks. And the city of Oberlin was a stop on the Underground Railroad that aided escaped slaves.
PARIS (AP) — Jerome Savary, a director who broadened the appeal of theater to French audiences and helped popularize musicals, has died at age 70. Known for joyous, entertaining productions, the prolific Savary staged everything from Shakespeare to a play about comic book hero Asterix. He also embraced musical theater, considered an Anglo-Saxon genre.
NEW YORK (AP) — You know the whole thing about a woman's prerogative to change her mind? Venus Williams can't do it — at least not when it comes to her tennis wardrobe.
PRAGUE (AP) — A court acquitted on Tuesday the frontman of a U.S. heavy metal band of causing a teenage fan's death at a concert in the Czech Republic. Lamb of God's Randy Blythe was charged in December in Prague with causing bodily harm to another person with lethal consequences. Blythe was accused of pushing a 19-year-old who had climbed onto the stage during a 2010 concert at Prague's Abaton club. The man hit the floor with his head and later died of a head injury.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's unemployment rate ticked up slightly in January but state officials say the state has more than 12,000 new jobs compared to a year earlier. The Department of Employment and Economic Development released its monthly tally of state economic indicators on Tuesday. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was two tenths of a percent higher than in December, but as usual outperformed the national unemployment rate of 7.9 percent.
LONDON (AP) — Justin Bieber apologized Tuesday to his young fans — and their outraged, overtired parents — after they accused him of taking the stage inconsiderately late for a concert in London. The singer insisted he had only been 40 minutes behind schedule, and blamed "technical issues." But, he added in a tweet to his 35 million followers: "There is no excuse for that and I apologize for anyone we upset. However it was great show and I'm proud of that."
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis can now read Playboy 'for the articles' as a Hebrew language edition came to the holy land Tuesday. Playboy has been widely available in Israel for years but this marks the first local edition of the magazine. It features Israeli models and articles by Israeli writers. Owner and publisher Daniel Pomerantz launched Playboy Israel in Tel Aviv on Tuesday at a press conference, standing next to a tall model wearing the trademark ears and tail of a Playboy bunny.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A former girlfriend of O.J. Simpson has been sentenced on a felony robbery charge in North Dakota. Christie Prody, of Moorhead, Minn., was given a suspended four-year prison term and two years of supervised probation after entering an Alford plea Monday. The plea means she did not admit guilt but acknowledged there likely was enough evidence for a jury to convict her.
SHAKOPEE (AP) — A puppy-snatching in Shakopee was caught on video surveillance. The pet store owner says a man carried the $2,500 male puppy like "a football" and fled with his getaway driver Monday. Store owner Heather Latko tells the Star Tribune the store has video surveillance of the man with the 9-week-old longhair Chihuahua. Latko says the dog also has a tracking microchip, and the store has a description of the vehicle that took the puppy away.