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POSTED April 11, 2012 8:28 p.m.

MARC ANTHONY FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM JENNIFER LOPEZ: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marc Anthony has made his breakup from Jennifer Lopez official by filing for divorce months after the superstar couple announced their separation.

The Latin crooner filed his petition Monday in Los Angeles. He cited irreconcilable differences but did not put additional details of the split, including the date he and Lopez separated, in the filing.

The former couple announced they were ending their marriage in June after seven years. They have twin children together, and Anthony is seeking joint custody.

The pair had been a high-profile couple and maintained a business relationship even after their announcement, appearing in the reality television series "Q'Viva!" and promoting it together.

Anthony's marriage to Lopez was his second. She had been married twice before when the couple wed in June 2004.

Anthony has delved into acting and producing in recent years, and appeared in the 2006 film "El Cantante" with Lopez.

Lopez has seen her career rebound since joining "American Idol" as a judge. She released an album titled "Love?" last year.

PAUL NOT PLANNING TO ENDORSE ROMNEY ANYTIME SOON: FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Republican presidential contender Ron Paul says he's friendly with GOP front-runner Mitt Romney but that he's not planning to endorse Romney anytime soon.

Paul told reporters Wednesday in Fort Worth, Texas, that he and Romney know each other well. But Paul says he will continue his campaign and hasn't heard from Romney's camp about dropping out.

Paul says his supporters wouldn't want him to leave the race and that he hopes to collect more delegates for the GOP convention in August.

Paul says he sees the convention the same way he sees his job as a congressman from Texas — as a chance to change minds, even if he doesn't change laws.

Almost 3,000 people packed a Fort Worth auditorium Wednesday to hear Paul speak.

AXL ROSE DECLINES INDUCTION INTO ROCK HALL: NEW YORK (AP) — The acrimony that helped dissolve Guns N' Roses nearly 20 years ago still lingers.

Axl Rose announced Wednesday that he won't be showing up to see the band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and declined the honor for himself.

In a letter to the hall, band fans and "To Whom It May Concern," Rose listed several reasons for not attending Saturday's ceremony in Cleveland, including a feeling that the hall does not respect him.

In declining his own induction, he added: "I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf."

The hall said in a statement that it still plans to induct Rose with the rest of the group. "We are sorry he will not be able to accept his induction in person," it said.

RENO AIR RACES FACE STEEP CURVE ON NTSB PROPOSALS: RENO (AP) - Reno Air Races officials are facing an accelerated schedule and learning curve as they tackle suggestions by federal crash investigators and seek insurance and crucial permits for the only unlimited class, wingtip-to-wingtip flying competition in the nation.

In nine short weeks, up to 50 pilots are due to take to the skies at Reno Stead Airport, the site of a deadly crash last September that killed 11 people, seriously injured more than 70, and canceled the marquee National Championship Air Races.

"Nine weeks to implement a lot of changes," Michael Houghton, chief of the Air Races Association, said Wednesday.

The June 13-16 seminar won't involve competition or draw the 200,000 spectators expected three months later for the 49th annual Reno Air Races. But it will be the first time new and veteran pilots are expected to fly by rules tailored from suggestions unveiled Tuesday in Reno by the National Transportation Safety Board as a result of the crash.

The NTSB focused on course design, pre-race inspections, aircraft modifications and ramp safety — such as moving a fuel truck away from the area and installing more substantial spectator safety barriers.

ARMY LAB TO DEVELOP ENERGY-SAVING TECHNOLOGY: WARREN, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Army unveiled a new laboratory Wednesday that can simulate Afghanistan's desert heat and Antarctica's extreme cold in an effort to discover how to save energy and make combat vehicles fuel-efficient.

Officials said energy research is necessary to save money over the long term and to keep soldiers safe. U.S. fuel convoys, for example, have been targets for attack in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"We've got to reduce those convoys," Lt. Gen. Raymond Mason, a deputy chief of staff in Army logistics, said as he joined other military officials in opening the 32,000-square-foot site in Warren, just north of Detroit.

The facility, named the Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory, actually has eight separate labs under one roof. Research will be conducted on electrical systems, heating and cooling, fuel cells, hybrid powertrains, advanced batteries and even air filters.

MAGNITUDE 5.9 QUAKE OFF OREGON COAST; NO DAMAGE: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 5.9-magnitude earthquake has struck about 160 miles off the Oregon coast, but there are no reports of damage.

The quake was reported at about 3:40 p.m. local time Wednesday, west-northwest of the coastal city of Bandon, Ore.

The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center says no tsunami is expected.

Doug Gibbons of the U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake is not related to two massive earthquakes in Indonesia on Wednesday.

Gibbons says the earthquake was about 8 miles below the earth's surface.

 

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