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Friday, May 02, 2014 - Updated: 8:56 AM

Toll of abducted Nigerian girls at 276

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Police say the number of kidnapped schoolgirls missing in Nigeria has risen to 276, up by more than 30 from a previous estimate.

Police Commissioner Tanko Lawan said the figure increased because students from other schools were brought into one school for final exams last month after all schools in Borno state were shut because of attacks by Islamic extremists.

The mass abduction comes along with two bombings in three weeks in Nigeria's capital, Abuja. Hundreds of women protested the mass kidnapping in at least three cities this week and the failure of security forces to rescue the girls.

Police arrest Seattle protestors

SEATTLE (AP) -- Hundreds of peaceful demonstrators marched in Seattle on May Day for immigrant rights and a minimum wage increase, but a smaller group of sometimes-masked protesters kept police busy as the sun went down.

Police said they arrested nine people during the evening protest.

Officers said they used pepper spray after some of the Thursday night marchers threw bottles at police in downtown Seattle. Protesters later started trash can fires in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. One arrest came after a brick was hurled at police.

The anti-capitalist protesters had no permit but police accompanied them as they marched in a rambling circuit from Capitol Hill to downtown Seattle and back again before officers hemmed them in. Some tossed firecrackers at police, officers said.

Seattle police were out in force on bicycles, foot and horseback, supplementing their numbers with officers from several other jurisdictions.

Today's advice to graduates: No selfies

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Two schools' seemingly simple advice to graduates is generating headlines.

The University of South Florida in Tampa and Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., have asked the cap-and-gown set to refrain from selfies as they collect their diplomas.

Administrators saw their directives as innocuous, but they've stood out for placing the slightest curtailment on some students' nonstop use of social media.

The schools say they're simply trying to keep already long ceremonies from dragging on even longer.

But some wonder if the bans might backfire and prompt even more students to stop for self-portraits.

Norovirus caused diners' sickness

MADISON (AP) -- Public health authorities say a norovirus caused dozens of diners to fall ill after eating at a central New York restaurant's Easter buffet.

The Madison County Public Health Department tells local media that lab results confirmed that the gastrointestinal outbreak linked to the Hotel Solsville was caused by norovirus, which can result in nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

The agency says it has received more than 60 reports of people who got sick after eating Easter Sunday meals at the restaurant, located in the town of Madison 35 miles east of Syracuse.

Two Alaska state troopers killed

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Two Alaska State Troopers have been shot and killed during an investigation in a remote village, including at least one who had appeared in a television show about Alaska officers on the job.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters identified the two killed Thursday in Tanana as Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich and Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson.

She confirmed that Rich had been featured on the National Geographic show "Alaska State Troopers," and said Johnson might have also appeared but couldn't immediately confirm that.

Troopers have released few details about the violence in the isolated community located about 130 miles west of Fairbanks, other than saying one person has been detained. No roads lead to Tanana and travel there is mainly by aircraft. Residents live a largely subsistence lifestyle.

     

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