Seahawks parade planned for Wednesday ... US athletes arriving in Sochi ... New Iraqi attacks

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Associated Press

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 9:00 AM

SEATTLE (AP) — A parade is planned for Wednesday in Seattle for the Seahawks, who beat the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in the Super Bowl. Last night, Seahawks fans took to the streets, setting of fireworks and waving flags. It was the first time since 1979 that a major Seattle sports franchise won a championship.

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The first U.S. athletes are arriving at the Sochi Games in Russia, where there are some 100,000 police, agents and army troops are on hand. The U.S. State Department has warned Americans about traveling to Sochi and advised U.S. athletes not to wear any team-issued uniform gear outside the venues, saying it could make them targets. U.S. bobsled member Dallas Robinson says he plans to wear his red, white and blue. He says he and a teammate rode bicycles outside the athlete's village yesterday.

BAGHDAD (AP) — A new series of car bombings in and around Baghdad has killed at least 13 people. In one attack today, a bomb in a parked car went off in the town of Mahmoudiya (mahk-moo-DEE'-ah), followed by another one nearby at an outdoor market. Eight people were killed and 21 were wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

BERLIN (AP) — Some computer hackers and human rights campaigners in Germany are accusing their government of allowing the U.S. National Security Agency and Britain's government to spy on German citizens. The Chaos Computer Club and the International League for Human Rights have filed suit against the German government, saying it tolerated and even helped the NSA and Britain's GCHQ spy on Germans.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he's getting ready for a possible run for president. The Democrat tells The Washington Post he can't waste time waiting for former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to decide whether she'll run in 2016. He says he needs to get started on the groundwork for a national campaign. O'Malley says he's been speaking with foreign- and domestic-policy experts to flesh out his thinking about "a better way forward for our country."

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