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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Richard Pitino was regarded as one of the nation’s up-and-coming young coaches at Florida International and comes with a last name that draws immediate respect in all corners of college basketball. That combination was too good for Minnesota to pass up. Pitino has agreed to take over for the fired Tubby Smith, the university announced on Wednesday evening. Athletic director Norwood Teague said the final terms of the contract would be worked out as the week goes on and Pitino was expected to be introduced by Friday.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Officials say a Carnival cruise ship that had been disabled for days in the Gulf of Mexico has broken away from its moorings in a Mobile, Ala., shipyard. The U.S. Coast Guard tweeted Wednesday afternoon that high winds are likely to blame for the Triumph becoming dislodged. Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen says the ship drifted and is resting against a cargo vessel. Gulliksen says tug boats and U.S. Coast Guard officials are on the scene.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will return 5 percent of his salary each month to the Treasury in a show of solidarity with federal workers smarting from government-wide spending cuts, the White House said Wednesday. By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's no secret that Apple wants to get into the living room by making its own TV set, and there have been plenty of rumors and reports about how and when it's going to happen. By PETER SVENSSON AP Technology Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware will travel to the Final Four on his crutches and expects to be a big presence for the Cardinals. By GARY GRAVES AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware will travel to the Final Four on his crutches and expects to be a big presence for the Cardinals.
BOSTON (AP) -- The frugality and investing discipline that the 2008 financial crisis imposed on Americans appear to have led to permanent changes in behavior on money matters, according to a survey by the nation's second largest mutual fund company. By MARK JEWELL AP Personal Finance Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC on Wednesday announced its long-rumored switch in late night, replacing incumbent Jay Leno at "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon and moving the iconic franchise back to New York. By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker is introducing a bill to establish civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to legalizing same-sex marriage. Republican Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing plans to unveil his proposal at a Wednesday press conference at the Capitol. He says the bill has support from lawmakers in both parties.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. service companies expanded in March at a slower pace, dragged down by less growth in new orders and weaker hiring. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. service companies expanded in March at a slower pace, dragged down by less growth in new orders and weaker hiring.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers fired basketball coach Mike Rice on Wednesday after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs during practice. The videotape, broadcast Tuesday on ESPN, prompted scores of outraged social media comments as well as sharp criticism from Gov. Chris Christie. The head of the New Jersey Assembly called for Rice to be fired.