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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A story about Manti Te'o's girlfriend dying of leukemia, which the Notre Dame All-American credited with inspiring him as he led the Fighting Irish to the BCS title game, turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker, the school said Wednesday. The university issued a news release Wednesday after Deadspin.com reported it could find no record that Lennay Kekua ever existed.
NEW YORK (AP) — GLAAD has named the film "Cloud Atlas," AMC's reality show "Small Town Security," and the New Yorker magazine among its nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced on Wednesday 120 nominees in English-language categories and 33 nominees in Spanish-language categories.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Without waiting for Congress, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a sweeping $500 million program to curb gun violence, setting up a fight over universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.
SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — Cabela's Inc. is planning to open two new stores to sell outdoor gear and sporting goods in South Carolina and Minnesota in 2014. The Sidney, Neb., company said Tuesday that the Greenville, S.C., store will be its first in that state. The Woodbury, Minn., store will be fourth Minnesota store. The Greenville store will have 100,000 square feet when it opens in spring 2014 near the intersection of Interstates 385 and 85.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Advocates of nutrition education for food stamp recipients in Minnesota say they're bracing for a deep cut in federal assistance. Nutrition educators expect Minnesota will lose nearly a fourth of its $9.7 million dollar funding in 2013. Congress recently took about $110 million from the nutritional education component of food stamps and used it to keep the dairy industry's price support system from expiring.
BEREZNIKI, Russia (AP) — A Russian court has turned down the attempt by an imprisoned member of the Pussy Riot feminist punk band to defer serving her sentence until her preschool son becomes a teenager. Maria Alekhina on Wednesday asked the court to let her serve the rest of her two-year sentence after her 5-year-old son turns 14, arguing that separation from her child now will do irreparable psychological damage.
LONDON (AP) — Elton John and David Furnish say they have become parents for a second time. The couple say they are "overwhelmed with happiness" at the birth of Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John. John's spokeswoman Fran Curtis confirmed an announcement on the singer's website that the baby was born Friday in Los Angeles. The infant, born to a surrogate mother, weighs 8 pounds, 4 ounces (3.7 kilograms).
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — The next court appearance for a Little Falls man accused of fatally shooting two teenage intruders at his home on Thanksgiving has been moved to May. Morrison County Judge Douglas Anderson on Tuesday rescheduled Byron Smith's Jan. 22 hearing for May 6. Smith's attorney, Steven Meshbesher, requested the delay.
NEW YORK (AP) — How bad is this flu season, exactly? Look to the children. Twenty flu-related deaths have been reported in kids so far this winter, one of the worst tolls this early in the year since the government started keeping track in 2004. But while such a tally is tragic, that does not mean this year will turn out to be unusually bad. Roughly 100 children die in an average flu season, and it's not yet clear the nation will reach that total.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A study finds that cyclists and drivers may be almost equally at fault when bikes and motor vehicles collide, at least in Minneapolis. Bikers' actions contribute to 59 percent of the 270 bike-motor vehicle collisions that the city averages annually, compared to 64 percent for drivers, according to a new analysis of 10 years of crash data presented to the City Council on Tuesday, the Star Tribune reported. Sometimes the investigating officers faulted both sides.