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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is conceding "we're probably not going to be able to get a deal" on budget, tax and spending issues with Congress if Republicans continue to insist that no new revenues can be raised unless entitlement programs are significantly overhauled. Obama, who has been stepping up efforts to talk to both Republicans and Democrats this week, tells ABC News that "ultimately, it may be that the differences are just too wide."
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals remained divided over who should be pope on Wednesday after three rounds of voting, an indication of disagreements about the direction of the Catholic church following the upheaval unleashed by Pope Benedict XVI's surprise resignation. In the second day of the conclave, thick black smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, prompting sighs of disappointment from the thousands of people gathered in a rain-soaked and chilly St. Peter's Square.
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Movie director Steven Spielberg says he chooses his work based on emotion, not business. The multiple Oscar-winning American director told Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan in a television interview aired Tuesday that he chooses to work only on films that call out to him. Spielberg is in the western city of Mumbai - the home of Bollywood - to celebrate the success of "Lincoln," which was co-produced by the Indian company Reliance Entertainment.
MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio had his first career triple-double with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 107-83 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. Rubio made 9 of 17 shots and grabbed his 10th board with 9:14 to play in the game, giving his home fans something to cheer about in a long, frustrating season. Alexey Shved broke out of a big slump to score 16 points and J.J. Barea added 17 points for the Wolves, who hit 12 3-pointers.
EDEN PRAIRIE — Anyone could see the trade of Percy Harvin coming. The Minnesota Vikings departing with Antoine Winfield was the surprise as free agency began Tuesday. The Vikings terminated the 35-year-old Winfield’s contract to clear more space under the salary cap right before the marketplace opened. Then they finalized their deal with the Seahawks to send Harvin to Seattle for three draft picks, and re-signed right tackle Phil Loadholt to a multi-year contract, keeping a durable anchor of their offensive line off-limits to the rest of the league.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Black smoke has poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try. The cardinals held the first day of the conclave Tuesday deeply divided over the problems of the church and who best among them could fix them following the stunning resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican made clear it didn't expect a winner on the first ballot.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- The judge in the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting case entered a not guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes on Tuesday after the former graduate student's defense team said he was not ready to enter one. By DAN ELLIOTT and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press
Update 11:30 a.m. VATICAN CITY (AP) — The heavy wooden door to the Sistine Chapel has been closed and locked, signaling the start of the conclave to elect a new pope to succeed Benedict XVI following his stunning resignation. Monsignor Guido Marini, master of liturgical ceremonies, closed the double doors after shouting "Extra omnes," Latin for "all out," telling everyone but those taking part in the conclave to leave the frescoed hall. He then locked it.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A divided Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday narrowly approved a Democratic bill expanding required federal background checks for nearly all gun purchases, but put off immediate consideration of an assault weapons ban. By ALAN FRAM Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers advertised more job openings in January, suggesting that hiring will remain healthy in the coming months. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers advertised more job openings in January, suggesting that hiring will remain healthy in the coming months.