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Associated Press

Posted on March 3, 2013 at 3:30 AM

TOP STORIES:

SINKHOLE SWALLOWS MAN

SEFFNER, Florida — Engineers plan to resume their work at a Florida sinkhole at daylight on Saturday to do more tests on the unstable and dangerous ground that swallowed a man in his bedroom. They already determined that the soil in the slowly growing sinkhole around the home is very soft and believe the entire house could eventually be devoured. By Chris O'Meara and Tamara Lush.

AP Photos, video.

PRIVATE SPACE

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — Flight controllers managed to gain control of a commercial craft carrying a ton of supplies for the International Space Station after it ran into thruster trouble shortly after liftoff, but the earliest the Dragon capsule could show up is now Sunday, a full day late. By Marcia Dunn.

AP Photos, video.

VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ

CARACAS, Venezuela — Opposition leader Henrique Capriles accuses Venezuela's government of repeatedly lying about President Hugo Chavez's condition, and says the truth will be known within days. By Fabiola Sanchez.

AP Photo.

With:

— VENEZUELA-A REPORTER'S VIEW — As soon as my family arrived in Venezuela, we were robbed at gunpoint. It was an introduction to a country where events often collide in unpredictable and dramatic ways and where a wide gap frequently separates the reality on the street from the socialist-inspired dreams that President Hugo Chavez has instilled in his followers. An AP reporter looks back as he ends an eight-year posting in Venezuela. By Ian James. AP Photos.

COLOMBIA-PEACE TALKS

HAVANA — Colombian government delegates at talks with the hemisphere's largest guerrilla army say negotiations are at a critical juncture and must yield concrete results, while the rebels say a peace process has never before come so far. By Anne-Marie Garcia.

AP Photos.

ARGENTINA-PRESIDENT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — President Cristina Fernandez opens congress with a marathon, 3 1/2-hour speech describing her government's "victorious decade" in power and defending her management at a time of falling confidence in Argentina's economy. By Michael Warren.

AP Photos.

CUBANS-ESPIONAGE

HAVANA — Washington and Havana are trading barbs over U.S. treatment of a Cuban intelligence agent who left prison in 2011 but has been ordered to remain in America while he completes three years of parole. By Paul Haven.

ARGENTINA-DEBT SHOWDOWN

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A New York court orders Argentina to explain how it would issue new bonds rather than comply with a $1.3 billion cash judgment to resolve debts unpaid for more than decade. By Michael Warren.

AP Photos.

RUSSIAN ADOPTEE DEAD

ODESSA, Texas — The death of a 3-year-old adopted Russian boy has been ruled an accident by authorities, but officials say they are still investigating a case that has become a flashpoint in the debate over international adoption. By Betsy Blaney.

GUYANA-NO ELECTIONS

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — In colonial times, there would be hefty fines for officials who refused to show up and do their jobs. Today, this South American country has the opposite problem: Many city officeholders assumed their posts nearly 20 years ago and never left because there have been no elections to replace them. By Bert Wilkinson and Danica Coto.

AP Photos.

ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT:

RAPPER'S BUS-SHOOTING

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police say they're seeking witnesses after a gunman fired into a crowd of people surrounding the tour bus of Moroccan-born rapper French Montana, killing one person and injuring another, and prompting others in the crowd to return fire. By Patrick Walters.

AP Photo.

BUSINESS:

APPLE-SAMSUNG TRIAL

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge slashes nearly half of the $1 billion damage award a jury ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple Inc. after a high-profile trial over the rights to the design and technology running some of the world's most popular smartphones and tablet computers. By Paul Elias.

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