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Google redesigns search results on PCs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Web surfing through the Internet's main gateway now looks slightly different on personal computers, thanks to a few cosmetic changes to Google's search engine this week.

The tweaks to the way Google's search results appear on desktop and laptop computers mirror a makeover on smartphones and tablets introduced a few months ago.

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Jurors return partial verdict in Hawaii meth ring

HONOLULU (AP) — After deliberating for about two weeks in what's been described at Hawaii's biggest crystal meth case, jurors convicted a California man of a conspiracy to distribute 400 pounds of the drug to the islands.

The jury on Friday acquitted two of his co-defendants, including Kaisa Tai, who walked out of the Honolulu federal courthouse a free man after three years in custody.

"Freedom is always something you should hold on to dearly," Tai said as he walked away from the courthouse.



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Elephants prove discerning listeners of us humans

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dr. Seuss had it right: Horton really does hear a Who. Wild elephants can distinguish between human languages, and they can tell whether a voice comes from a man, woman or boy, a new study says.

That's what researchers found when they played recordings of people for elephants in Kenya. Scientists say this is an advanced thinking skill that other animals haven't shown. It lets elephants figure out who is a threat and who isn't.

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Utah polygamous family says going on TV liberating

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The newest Utah polygamous family featured in a reality TV show says sharing their story with a wide audience has been liberating.

Brady Williams and his five wives were a bit apprehensive ahead of the airing of a pilot episode in September, but they said this week an interview with The Associated Press that it felt liberating to be open about who they are and what they believe.

"It really is like coming out of the closet," said Brady Williams, 43. "It's very liberating."



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Cold, gray day doesn't stop Mardi Gras revelers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Revelers endured winter temperatures and a chilling rain along parade routes Tuesday as New Orleans' 2014 Carnival season neared a close.

Die-hards, some in Mardi Gras costumes, braved the weather along the traditional St. Charles Avenue parade route and in the French Quarter.

"We'll drink, drink, drink until it gets drier," said Dean Cook of New Orleans as he walked Bourbon Street dressed as a pirate with vampire fangs.

"Mermaids love the water," he said of his wife, Terrina Cook, who was dressed in a shiny blue mermaid costume, complete with a fin.

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Video: Highlights From the 2014 Oscars

Hollywood names the brutal drama "12 years a slave" best picture at the 86th Academy Awards, and Lupita Nyong'o wins best supporting for her role in that film. Cate Blanchett and Matthew McConaughey take home best actor awards in video #1

In Video 2 winners at this year's Academy Awards - including Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto - joke around backstage after collecting their Oscars.

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Woman who killed baby in convent pleads guilty

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Samoan woman studying to become a nun pleaded guilty Friday to killing her newborn son at a convent in Washington.
 
Sosefina Amoa, 26, took a plea deal and pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Friday in a Washington courtroom. The charge is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, but the prosecutor handling the case said she would ask for at least four but no more than 10 years.
 



Laie woman faces sentence for bankruptcy fraud

HONOLULU (AP) - The wife of a former Oahu prison guard is expected to be sentenced for bankruptcy fraud.

Michelle Malufau is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Thursday.

A jury found her guilty in November of making false statements on documents and lying under oath in a 2011 bankruptcy proceeding.

Prosecutors say the Laie woman concealed assets including a North Sore Oahu home, a bank account and rental income while clearing more than $1 million of debt by filing for bankruptcy.

She faces up to five years in prison on each charge.



Google aims to provide broadband in 34 more cities

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google wants to offer ultra-fast Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in the company's boldest challenge to cable and telecommunications providers.

The ambitious expansion of "Google Fiber" announced Wednesday targets major U.S. cities including Atlanta; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; San Antonio and parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.



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AP Exclusive: Misconduct forces more soldiers out

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of U.S. soldiers forced out of the Army because of crimes or misconduct has soared in the past several years as the military emerges from a decade of war that put a greater focus on battle competence than on character.

Data obtained by The Associated Press shows that the number of officers who left the Army due to misconduct more than tripled in the past three years. The number of enlisted soldiers forced out for drugs, alcohol, crimes and other misconduct shot up from about 5,600 in 2007, as the Iraq war peaked, to more than 11,000 last year.

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