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LONDON (AP) — The art world loves hype. Works are touted as the biggest, the rarest, the most expensive. Even in an age of superlatives, the British Museum has something special — the oldest known figurative art in the world. The artworks on display in the new exhibition "Ice Age Art" are so old that many are carved from the tusks of woolly mammoths. But it's not just their age that may surprise visitors. It's their artistry.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Golden Globe-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland has been named Man of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Sutherland will be roasted and receive his ceremonial pudding pot at a ceremony scheduled for Friday. The 46-year-old Sutherland has been in dozens of films but is perhaps best known for his role as Jack Bauer in the television series "24," for which he won Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy awards. He is currently starring in the television show "Touch."
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators are investigating how the Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe handled barrels of Cold War military waste that tribal members recovered last summer from Lake Superior. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency confirmed it has an open investigation into how the barrels were brought to shore and transported through Minnesota without proper permits or advance notification, the Duluth News Tribune reported Tuesday ( http://bit.ly/14Pty5I ).
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of federal background checks for firearm sales declined last month following a surge in gun sales toward the end of the year that's left many retailers out of stock as Washington considered new gun control measures.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota city is fighting a new state policy intended to protect water quality in Canada. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking to cut phosphorus emissions from Moorhead's wastewater treatment plant. The plant discharges into the Red River, which flows north into Lake Winnipeg.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress to come up with tens of billions of dollars in short-term spending cuts and tax revenue to put off the automatic across the board cuts that are scheduled to kick in March 1, White House officials said Tuesday. Obama will make his request this afternoon in a public statement at the White House.
NEW YORK (AP) — Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" became the soundtrack for endless viral online fun last year: U.S. infantry soldiers lip-synched to it in Afghanistan's Kunar Province. So did James Franco and the U.S. Olympic swim team. Models from Abercrombie & Fitch showed off their abs to it, as did hair-whipping Miami Dolphins cheerleaders. Dogs have barked the whole song. Parodies of it have been parodied. Fellow singers from Katy Perry to Selena Gomez embraced the pop goodness.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police officer killed in the line of duty could soon be remembered with a stretch of highway named in his honor. A state House committee planned Tuesday to consider a bill to designate portions of Highway 23 in central Minnesota the "Officer Tom Decker Memorial Highway." Signs would be put along the part of the highway leading from Wakefield township to the city of Richmond.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Poet Saw Wai parked himself on the lawn, unfurled a map of Myanmar with a blob of blood-red paint dripping down from a spot up north and invited people to make poetry with him. "He's calling for more trouble," said a passerby.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 2012 was a bad year for poachers in Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources says a surge in calls to its Turn In Poachers hotline led to a significant increase in poaching arrests.