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Turkey, Armenia agree to establish diplomatic ties

YEREVAN, Armenia – Armenia and Turkey agreed Monday to final talks aimed at establishing diplomatic relations and resolving a seemingly intractable rift that dates to the massacres of Armenians under Ottoman rule nearly 100 years ago. Both sides said in a joint statement they expected the talks to take six […]

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Major cigarette makers sue over new tobacco law

RICHMOND, Va. – Two of the three largest U.S. tobacco companies filed suit Monday to block marketing restrictions in a law that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco, claiming the provisions violate their right to free speech. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., maker of Camel cigarettes, and […]

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Crist, Fla. Seminoles agree on new casinos deal

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Charlie Crist signed a new deal Monday to allow blackjack and other banked card games at all seven Seminole Indian casinos – not just the four that the Legislature authorized when setting parameters on the deal last spring. Still, Crist predicted the Legislature will accept the deal […]

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USF opens regular season against rival

The Bulls get to play meaningful soccer at last. After going 2-1 in preseason play, USF should be in for an early-season battle, coach George Kiefer said, when it hosts in-state rival UCF at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the USF soccer stadium. “UCF is a very good team,” he said. […]

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Hester has high hopes

Senior wide receiver Jessie Hester has taken on some big challenges and set plenty of marks in his career. Coming off an ankle injury that ended spring football, Hester said he’s ready to take his game to the next level. USF’s leading wide receiver and offensive MVP in 2008 looks […]

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Past adversity strengthens Plancher

On Sept. 5, 2008, a tribute to Central Florida running back Ereck Plancher, who collapsed and died five months earlier after an offseason-conditioning workout, was played before the Knights’ game against USF. Standing on the same field in a USF uniform was his cousin Mo Plancher. Mo Plancher, who started […]

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Dot-com decorator

While many students probably spent the summer at the beach or with friends and family, longtime pals Bryce Widelitz and Taylor Robinson worked to simplify dorm room decorating. Their result was collegeroomcreator.com, an interactive Web site that lets users digitally design their dream dorm. When the two college graduates were […]

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Bush’s daughter hired as NBC’s ‘Today’ reporter

NEW YORK – NBC’s Today show has hired someone with White House experience as a new correspondent – former first daughter Jenna Hager. The daughter of former President George W. Bush will contribute stories about once a month on issues like education to television’s top-rated morning news show, said Jim […]

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Separation of church and state should not be forgotten

Debates around the separation of church and state have re-emerged, with local events fueling the controversy. The separation of these two institutions is a founding principle of the United States, yet there are many who oppose it. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers exonerated Michelle Winkler, a clerk for […]

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Scholarship provides second chance

After dropping out of college 10 years ago, Matthew Dodd will receive his bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy this December with help from the Osher Re-entry Scholarship program. USF received its second $50,000 grant for the scholarship this month from the Bernard Osher Foundation, which funds Dodd and […]