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Rolling Stone retracts UVA gang rape story

In this Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 photo, students participating in rush pass by the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)A review says the magazine failed in its reporting at every step of the editorial process.




Obama casts Iran talks as part of broader foreign policy

FILE - In this April 2, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. Obama staunchly defended a framework nuclear agreement with Iran as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to prevent a bomb and bring longer-term stability to the Middle East. “It’s been a hard period,” Obama said in a weekend interview with Thomas Friedman, a columnist for The New York Times published Sunday, April 5. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is casting the Iran talks as part of a broader foreign policy doctrine that sees American power as a safeguard that gives him the ability to take calculated risks.




Kentucky star's age does not excuse slur toward Wisconsin player

Kaminsky, Collins on Harrison's controversial commentsAround the Kentucky program they'll describe Andrew Harrison as uniquely competitive and occasionally emotional, much of which plays out on the court.




Boston bombing jury to hear closing arguments, begin guilt deliberations

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and federal prosecutors who say he killed four people are due to make their closing statements on Monday before a jury begins deliberations on whether he is guilty of the attack in 2013. The first half of Tsarnaev's trial in Boston federal court proceeded at a blistering pace, with the two sides making their case in just 16 days, less time than it took to select the jury. Monday's closing statements could be a preview of the arguments each side plans to make during the next phase of the trial, when the same jury will hear a fresh round of witness testimony before determining whether to sentence Tsarnaev to life in prison without possibility of parole, or to death. "The rules of evidence are severely relaxed during the penalty phase of a capital trial and much more open to any sort of mitigating evidence of any sort that limits the defendant's responsibility," said Peter White, a lawyer at Schulte Roth & Zabel in Washington and former federal prosecutor.




Rolling Stone rebuked in independent review of campus rape story
By Frank McGurty NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rolling Stone magazine failed to follow basic journalistic safeguards in publishing a story about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house, according to an outside review of the matter released on Sunday. The discredited story was intended to call attention to the issue of sexual violence on college campuses, but instead “the magazine's failure may have spread the idea that many women invent rape allegations,” a team from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism concluded in its critique. The Rolling Stone article, written by contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely and published in November, detailed an alleged 2012 gang rape that a first-year student identified as "Jackie" said she had endured at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. "Rolling Stone's repudiation of the main narrative in 'A Rape on Campus' is a story of journalistic failure that was avoidable," the Columbia team wrote in the report, which the magazine requested and published on its website.

Jenny Wallenda, matriarch of the 'Flying Wallenda' family, dies
(Reuters) - Jenny Wallenda, the matriarch of the "Flying Wallenda" family of acrobats known for their breathtaking high-wire stunts, has died, the family said on Sunday. Wallenda died in Sarasota, Florida, on Friday night after a long illness, her nephew Rick Wallenda said. "She contributed greatly to our family, our high-wire troupe and our community... she is going to be greatly missed," he said. Wallenda was the grandmother of Nik Wallenda, who completed high-wire walks across the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and two Chicago skyscrapers during the last three years.

Obama defends Iran deal as 'once in a lifetime' opportunity

FILE - In this April 2, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. Obama staunchly defended a framework nuclear agreement with Iran as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to prevent a bomb and bring longer-term stability to the Middle East. “It’s been a hard period,” Obama said in a weekend interview with Thomas Friedman, a columnist for The New York Times published Sunday, April 5. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama staunchly defended a framework nuclear agreement with Iran as a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to prevent a bomb and bring longer-term stability to the Middle East. He insisted the U.S. would stand by Israel if it were to come under attack, but acknowledged that his pursuit of diplomacy with Tehran has caused strain with the close ally.




NYC's Easter Parade brings out creative hats

Sasha Bryant, left, and her sister India Bryant walk in the Easter Parade along New York's Fifth Avenue on Sunday, April 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)NEW YORK (AP) — The bonnets appeared on Fifth Avenue for the annual Easter Parade — outlandish 21st century headpieces that were hardly bonnets, featuring everything from bunnies and butterflies to grassy, egg-dotted lawns and even a tall ship on the high seas.




Niger's Christians try to forgive on first Easter after church attacks

Nigerien Christians attend an Easter mass in Niamey on April 5, 2015, a few months after the anti-christian riots in January that killed ten peopleThousands of Christians across Niger tried to forgive and move on as they celebrated the first Easter since their churches were torched during deadly riots spurred by the publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. The walls and ceiling are still black from flames at the Saint Gabriel parish church in the capital Niamey, which was left without doors or windows by the unrest in January that killed 10 people and destroyed eight out of ten of the country's churches. We have forgiven, but what happened is still in our hearts," said Father Paul Wendyam Sandwidi, a priest at Saint Gabriel's. Saint Gabriel and 44 other churches were torched -- causing three million euros in damage -- during protests set off when the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo published the image of the Prophet Mohammed on its cover three months ago.




Obama, first family attend boisterous Easter service

US President Bararck Obama looks on while making a statement at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 2, 2015President Barack Obama attended a spirited Easter service at a historic black church on Sunday, in keeping with the first family's tradition of visiting local Washington area congregations. The president, his wife Michelle and their two teenaged daughters attended the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, its pews filled with congregants who could barely contain their excitement over the visit. "How fitting that on the day we celebrate the rising of our Lord and Savior, we also welcome our sitting president," Pastor Howard-John Wesley said to applause from enthusiastic worshippers, whom he urged to keep their cellphones in their pockets and purses. The Resurrection is indeed real," read the message, retweeted by the Alfred Baptist Church from its own Twitter account.





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Rolling Stone retracts UVA gang rape story

In this Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 photo, students participating in rush pass by the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)A review says the magazine failed in its reporting at every step of the editorial process.




Obama casts Iran talks as part of broader foreign policy

FILE - In this April 2, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. Obama staunchly defended a framework nuclear agreement with Iran as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to prevent a bomb and bring longer-term stability to the Middle East. “It’s been a hard period,” Obama said in a weekend interview with Thomas Friedman, a columnist for The New York Times published Sunday, April 5. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is casting the Iran talks as part of a broader foreign policy doctrine that sees American power as a safeguard that gives him the ability to take calculated risks.




Kentucky star's age does not excuse slur toward Wisconsin player

Kaminsky, Collins on Harrison's controversial commentsAround the Kentucky program they'll describe Andrew Harrison as uniquely competitive and occasionally emotional, much of which plays out on the court.




Boston bombing jury to hear closing arguments, begin guilt deliberations

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and federal prosecutors who say he killed four people are due to make their closing statements on Monday before a jury begins deliberations on whether he is guilty of the attack in 2013. The first half of Tsarnaev's trial in Boston federal court proceeded at a blistering pace, with the two sides making their case in just 16 days, less time than it took to select the jury. Monday's closing statements could be a preview of the arguments each side plans to make during the next phase of the trial, when the same jury will hear a fresh round of witness testimony before determining whether to sentence Tsarnaev to life in prison without possibility of parole, or to death. "The rules of evidence are severely relaxed during the penalty phase of a capital trial and much more open to any sort of mitigating evidence of any sort that limits the defendant's responsibility," said Peter White, a lawyer at Schulte Roth & Zabel in Washington and former federal prosecutor.




Rolling Stone rebuked in independent review of campus rape story
By Frank McGurty NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rolling Stone magazine failed to follow basic journalistic safeguards in publishing a story about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house, according to an outside review of the matter released on Sunday. The discredited story was intended to call attention to the issue of sexual violence on college campuses, but instead “the magazine's failure may have spread the idea that many women invent rape allegations,” a team from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism concluded in its critique. The Rolling Stone article, written by contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely and published in November, detailed an alleged 2012 gang rape that a first-year student identified as "Jackie" said she had endured at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. "Rolling Stone's repudiation of the main narrative in 'A Rape on Campus' is a story of journalistic failure that was avoidable," the Columbia team wrote in the report, which the magazine requested and published on its website.

Jenny Wallenda, matriarch of the 'Flying Wallenda' family, dies
(Reuters) - Jenny Wallenda, the matriarch of the "Flying Wallenda" family of acrobats known for their breathtaking high-wire stunts, has died, the family said on Sunday. Wallenda died in Sarasota, Florida, on Friday night after a long illness, her nephew Rick Wallenda said. "She contributed greatly to our family, our high-wire troupe and our community... she is going to be greatly missed," he said. Wallenda was the grandmother of Nik Wallenda, who completed high-wire walks across the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and two Chicago skyscrapers during the last three years.

Obama defends Iran deal as 'once in a lifetime' opportunity

FILE - In this April 2, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. Obama staunchly defended a framework nuclear agreement with Iran as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to prevent a bomb and bring longer-term stability to the Middle East. “It’s been a hard period,” Obama said in a weekend interview with Thomas Friedman, a columnist for The New York Times published Sunday, April 5. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama staunchly defended a framework nuclear agreement with Iran as a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to prevent a bomb and bring longer-term stability to the Middle East. He insisted the U.S. would stand by Israel if it were to come under attack, but acknowledged that his pursuit of diplomacy with Tehran has caused strain with the close ally.




NYC's Easter Parade brings out creative hats

Sasha Bryant, left, and her sister India Bryant walk in the Easter Parade along New York's Fifth Avenue on Sunday, April 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)NEW YORK (AP) — The bonnets appeared on Fifth Avenue for the annual Easter Parade — outlandish 21st century headpieces that were hardly bonnets, featuring everything from bunnies and butterflies to grassy, egg-dotted lawns and even a tall ship on the high seas.




Niger's Christians try to forgive on first Easter after church attacks

Nigerien Christians attend an Easter mass in Niamey on April 5, 2015, a few months after the anti-christian riots in January that killed ten peopleThousands of Christians across Niger tried to forgive and move on as they celebrated the first Easter since their churches were torched during deadly riots spurred by the publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. The walls and ceiling are still black from flames at the Saint Gabriel parish church in the capital Niamey, which was left without doors or windows by the unrest in January that killed 10 people and destroyed eight out of ten of the country's churches. We have forgiven, but what happened is still in our hearts," said Father Paul Wendyam Sandwidi, a priest at Saint Gabriel's. Saint Gabriel and 44 other churches were torched -- causing three million euros in damage -- during protests set off when the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo published the image of the Prophet Mohammed on its cover three months ago.




Obama, first family attend boisterous Easter service

US President Bararck Obama looks on while making a statement at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 2, 2015President Barack Obama attended a spirited Easter service at a historic black church on Sunday, in keeping with the first family's tradition of visiting local Washington area congregations. The president, his wife Michelle and their two teenaged daughters attended the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, its pews filled with congregants who could barely contain their excitement over the visit. "How fitting that on the day we celebrate the rising of our Lord and Savior, we also welcome our sitting president," Pastor Howard-John Wesley said to applause from enthusiastic worshippers, whom he urged to keep their cellphones in their pockets and purses. The Resurrection is indeed real," read the message, retweeted by the Alfred Baptist Church from its own Twitter account.





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Greece: We have the money to avoid default
After searching government accounts -- and maybe under the sofa cushions -- Greece appears to have found the money needed to make a crucial debt payment.

Warning sign: U.S. economy only adds 126,000 jobs
Unemployment remains low at 5.5%, but March had the weakest hiring since December 2013.

Good news: More workers are quitting
Read full story for latest details.

Where the highest U.S. earners live
In terms of paycheck, New Yorkers do better on average than the rest of the country. But if the focus is on investment income and overall income, residents in one Wyoming county take the top spot.

Did China profit from corrupt Sri Lanka deals?
Construction deals between Chinese state-owned firms and Sri Lanka have come under scrutiny, tarnishing the legacy of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

McDonald's gives workers a raise, but is criticized for not going far enough
McDonald's is under fire for offering a raise to workers at company-owned stores, which account for just 10% of its workforce.

Get up to speed with the Greek debt crisis 3.0
Here is what you need to know to get up to speed with the third round of Greece's debt crisis.

Looking for a job? Follow the money
Many of the companies that increased their headcount by a lot in 2014 have stocks that are doing well too.

Why Wall Street isn't cheering wage hikes yet
Pay hikes at McDonald's and elsewhere are great news for Main Street. However, they will increase costs on companies and may not help the stock market unless consumers increase spending.

Everyone wants to go to Cuba now. Too bad for the rest of the Caribbean
With Airbnb's announcement Thursday, it's clear Americans will go to Cuba soon. The rest of the Caribbean could suffer.


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CERN restarts Large Hadron Collider, seeks dark universe

A general view of the LHC experiment is seen during a media visit to CERN in the French village of Saint-Genis-PouillyBy Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - Scientists at Europe's physics research center CERN on Sunday restarted their "Big Bang" Large Hadron Collider (LHC), embarking on a bid to probe into the "dark universe" they believe lies beyond the visible one. CERN reported that particle beams were successfully pushed around the LHC in both directions after a two-year shutdown for a major refit described as a Herculean task that doubled its power -- and its reach into the unknown. Study of many billions of collisions in the LHC's first run from 2010-2013 produced proof by 2012 of the existence of the Higgs boson and its linked force field, a long sought mechanism that gives mass to matter. With its capacity to smash particles together at almost the speed of light and at a collision energy twice that of its first run, scientists hope that the revamped LHC will produce evidence of what has been dubbed "New Physics".




Rodent romance: male mice use 'love songs' to woo their women

Mice run away from a silo in a farm near ParkesBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs. I'd like to know," Paul McCartney sings in his 1976 song "Silly Love Songs." Mice might agree. "I do think there is more going on with animal communication than we humans have been attuned to," Duke University neurobiology professor Erich Jarvis said.




U.S. to halt expanded use of some insecticides amid honey bee decline
(Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday it was unlikely to approve new or expanded uses of certain pesticides while it evaluates the risks they may pose to honey bees. The EPA notice came the day after Oregon's largest city suspended the use of the pesticides on its property to protect honey bees. The unanimous vote on Wednesday by the Portland City Commission came despite protests from farmers, nursery owners and others who claimed the insecticide was crucial in combating pests that destroy crops and other plants. Portland is among at least eight municipalities that have banned the chemicals.  The EPA is conducting an assessment of the six types of neonicotinoids and their impact on honey bees, with its evaluation of four expected by 2018 and the remaining two a year later.

Deadly snakes 'milked' to create potent new anti-venom
By Mathew Stock LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND / KADUNA, NIGERIA - A new anti-venom to treat victims of potentially deadly snake bites in sub-Saharan Africa is just a few years away from reality, according to scientists at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). They aim to create a potent new anti-venom that can be stored safely at room temperature, without the need for refrigeration. Dr. Robert Harrison is leading the research at LSTM's Alistair Reid Venom Research Unit, where he has collected 21 species - 450 animals in total - of sub-Saharan Africa's most deadly snakes.

Oh, baby: study shows how surprises help infants learn
"Our hypothesis was that infants might be using these surprising events as special opportunities to learn, and we show that is indeed the case," said cognitive psychologist Aimee Stahl of Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University, whose research appears in the journal Science. The study involved 110 11-month-olds, with roughly equal numbers of girls and boys.

The World's Most Powerful Atom Smasher Restarts With a Big Bang

The World's Most Powerful Atom Smasher Restarts With a Big BangThe world's most powerful atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, which provides a window into the universe just milliseconds after the Big Bang, came back to life this morning, after more than two years of maintenance and upgrade work, and it's stronger than ever. Then at 12:27 p.m. Geneva time, another proton beam trekked around the ring in the opposite direction, officials at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) reported today (April 5). In the first run of the restart, the LHC hit energies of 450 GeV, where one GeV is equivalent to the mass of a proton. In the coming days, LHC operators plan to amp up the energy of the proton beams to the highest ever achieved.




How Easter Helped Bring Down a Medical Myth About Ulcers
Some people will celebrate Easter this Sunday. Some scientists, meanwhile, will celebrate the birthday of the humble bacterium Helicobacter pylori. H. pylori infects more than half of the world's population. Many people who carry the bacterium won't ever experience any symptoms of the infection, but it's the culprit behind most ulcers and many cases of stomach cancer — and it hid, unidentified, inside human stomachs for thousands of years.

Bizarre Syndrome Makes Visitors to Jerusalem Go Crazy

Bizarre Syndrome Makes Visitors to Jerusalem Go CrazyAs Christians and Jews around the world prepare to celebrate the holidays of Easter and Passover, many will flock to the city of Jerusalem. Some psychiatrists have dubbed this condition "Jerusalem syndrome," and say it happens in people who have no prior history of mental illness. "I'd never heard of it before," admitted Simon Rego, director of psychology training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Jerusalem syndrome was first identified in 2000.




Hot, Young Star 'Missing Link' of Stellar Evolution

Hot, Young Star 'Missing Link' of Stellar EvolutionA massive young star may prove to be the missing link between two stages of star formation. Describing how scientists understood stars with spherical expanding winds, Carlos Carrasco-González, of the Centre of Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics in Mexico, said, "We were speculating that these stars were in a younger stage, and that they would develop collimated winds in the future.




John Travolta to 'Share Space' with Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin at Gala

John Travolta to 'Share Space' with Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin at GalaActor John Travolta will lead a celebration of the first manned moon landing this summer, joining with astronaut Buzz Aldrin to launch a new education initiative. Travolta on Thursday (April 2) was announced as the host of the "launch gala" for Aldrin's not-for-profit ShareSpace Foundation to be held July 18 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The black-tie event will be staged under one of the last surviving Saturn V rockets, the same type of booster that Aldrin and his fellow Apollo 11 crewmates Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins flew atop to begin their journey to the moon in 1969. "They have flown together, celebrated together, and now Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and celebrity and aviator John Travolta will be launching Aldrin's non-profit together while honoring the Apollo 11 mission!" stated ShareSpace officials in a release.





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Republicans push demand for a vote on Iran nuclear deal

Corker speaks with reporters after Democratic and Republican party policy luncheons at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans on Sunday pressed their demand that the U.S. Congress be allowed to vote on a nuclear agreement with Iran, but signaled they are willing to wait for last week's interim agreement to be finalized before passing judgment. "Look, the president needs to sell this to the American people, and Congress needs to be involved," said Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Corker did not condemn the framework deal reached by Iran and major powers in Switzerland on Thursday after months of negotiations, but he cited concerns over inspection provisions and differing accounts from Washington and Tehran over what was actually agreed.




Obama promises 'tough conversation' with Arab allies over security: NYT

President Obama speaks about the framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama said he would have a "tough conversation" with America's Gulf Arab allies in which he would promise strong U.S. support against external enemies but tell them they must address internal political challenges. In an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman published on Sunday, he said he would tell Gulf states they also needed to be more active in addressing regional crises. "I think when you look at what happens in Syria, for example, there’s been a great desire for the United States to get in there and do something," he said in the interview, conducted on Saturday. "But the question is: Why is it that we can’t have Arabs fighting [against] the terrible human rights abuses that have been perpetrated, or fighting against what Assad has done?" he added, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.




U.S. Republican Graham says Hillary could have reached better deal on Iran

Former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton smiles as she attends the early childhood development initiative "talk to you baby" in Brooklyn, New YorkSenator Lindsey Graham, a possible 2016 Republican presidential contender, said the United States should put off a final nuclear agreement with Iran until after the U.S. election and said Democrat Hillary Clinton could get a better deal. The South Carolina Republican sharply criticized President Barack Obama's negotiating skills in talks to contain Iran's nuclear program. Hillary Clinton would do better. I think everybody on our side except maybe Rand Paul could do better." Many Republicans have criticized the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran as not tough enough and greeted the framework agreement reached last week in Lausanne, Switzerland, with skepticism.




Framework nuclear agreement with Iran does not threaten Israel: U.S. senator

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) walks to the Senate Chamber to vote on legislation for funding the Department of Homeland Security(Reuters) - A nuclear framework agreement reached between world powers and Iran does not threaten the survival of Israel, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday. Feinstein, a leading Democratic voice on foreign affairs as vice chairman of the Senate select committee on intelligence, was responding to comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticizing the deal. Netanyahu has rejected the framework agreement reached on Thursday, saying it risks Israel's security and would make it easier for Iran to obtain an atomic bomb. ...




Boy Scouts ‘looking into’ N.Y. chapter’s open defiance with gay hire
Socially progressive members of the Boy Scouts of America celebrate the New York chapter’s hiring of an openly gay man.

Gathering reaction to the Iran nuke deal
Yahoo News and Finance anchor Bianna Golodryga talks with Washington post columnist Dan Balz and Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari about the nuclear deal with Iran that President Obama calls a good deal.

Donations flood Indiana’s Memories Pizza after RFRA fallout
Supporters of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act Memories Pizza are donating en masse to a pizzeria that said it would refuse to cater a gay wedding.

World powers, Iran reach framework for nuke deal
Iran and six world powers have agreed on the outlines of an understanding to limit Iran's nuclear programs, officials told The Associated Press Thursday. Negotiations continued on a dispute over how much of it to make public.

The Menendez indictment: ‘Girlfriend 2,’ the doctor and the senator
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez personally intervened to arrange U.S. visas for a Dominican model, a Brazilian student and a Ukrainian actress — girlfriends of a wealthy Florida doctor who plied the senator with nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions, according to a Justice Department indictment released Wednesday.

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face Life

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face LifeAmerican soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion over his disappearance from an Afghan outpost in 2009 and could face life in confinement, the Army announced today. As part of the deal, the Taliban five were relocated to Qatar. After Bergdahl's dramatic return to the U.S., the Army launched an investigation into whether the soldier willfully left his post in Afghanistan before he was taken by the Taliban in 2009, as some Afghan war veterans alleged.





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Samsung Electronics shares rise more than 3 percent ahead of guidance

Samsung Galaxy Edge smartphones are displayed during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las VegasSEOUL (Reuters) - Shares of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd rose more than 3 percent early on Monday ahead of the release of its guidance on first-quarter earnings scheduled for Tuesday. Samsung Electronics was up 3.2 percent and trading at 1,480,000 won as of 9.09 p.m. EDT. (Reporting by Yeawon Choi; Editing by Edmund Klamann)




Alibaba-backed ShopRunner gains momentum, eyes China
By Edwin Chan and Peter Henderson SAN MATEO, Calif. (Reuters) - ShopRunner Inc, the e-commerce startup backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd that styles itself in some ways as the anti-Amazon, more than doubled its users over the past year and hopes to do so again in 2015, Shoprunner's chief executive said in an interview. The five-year old online retailer's gains may allow it to win over more customers who prize convenience and experience over cost savings, while taking advantage of its Alibaba relationship to help American retailers sell to China's still-growing middle class. ShopRunner borrows some of Amazon.com Inc's innovations: it charges $79 for two-day shipping to Amazon's $99. It also gives partners - ranging from Cole Haan and Under Armour to Neiman Marcus [NMRCUS.UL] - ownership of customer data and relationships.

Swiss launch of Apple Watch hit by patent issue: TV

Apple watches are displayed following an Apple event in San FranciscoApple is not able to launch its new smartwatch in Switzerland until at least the end of this year because of an intellectual property rights issue, Swiss broadcaster RTS reported on its website. The U.S. tech giant cannot use the image of an apple nor the word "apple" to launch its watch within Switzerland, the home of luxury watches, because of a patent from 1985, RTS reported, citing a document from the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. The document, reprinted on the RTS website, was published by trade magazine Business Montres & Joaillerie, RTS said.




Consumers withdraw U.S. lawsuit against Google over Android app limits

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in Zenica(Reuters) - Plaintiffs in an antitrust lawsuit against Google Inc on Friday withdrew their case accusing the search engine company of harming smartphone buyers by forcing handset makers using Android operating system to make Google's own applications the default option. The class action lawsuit, filed by two smartphone customers in May 2014, was dismissed on Feb. 20 by U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose, California. The lawsuit argued that Google requires Android handset manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd favor Google's apps such as YouTube and restrict competing apps like Microsoft Corp's Bing search.




Sharp may spin off LCD unit, seek investment from government-backed fund: source

Shopper using a smartphone rides an escalator past under a logo of Sharp Corp at an electronics shop in TokyoLoss-making Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp may spin off its LCD panel business and seek funding for it from the government-backed Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), a source familiar with the plan said on Sunday.  The Nikkei business daily earlier reported that the LCD unit, which supplies displays to smartphone and tablet manufacturers, will be spun off in the current fiscal year and that INCJ could invest 100 billion yen in the new entity. The source said Sharp, as part of its restructuring plan, wants to keep a majority in the LCD unit, and that details of an INCJ stake have not been decided. A Sharp spokesman, while confirming the company was considering various reforms for its LCD business, said no decision had been made. Sources say its main lenders Mizuho Bank and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ are seeking a radical overhaul and an exit from loss-making businesses. Mizuho Bank is a unit of Mizuho Financial Group Inc and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ is part of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc .




Exclusive: IBM hire advisers to deal with restless investors - sources

Visitors walk past the IBM booth at the 9th China International Software Product & Information Service Expo in NanjingBy Nadia Damouni and Svea Herbst-Bayliss NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) - Some top shareholders of IBM, disappointed by 11 straight quarters of falling revenues, are seeking help from activist investors to shake up the company, but have been turned down by both Bill Ackman's Pershing Square and Jeffrey Ubben's ValueAct, according to people with knowledge of the matter. ...




Furious 7 breaks box office records with explosive opening weekend

Furious 7 breaks box office records with explosive opening weekendThe recently released Furious 7 isn't just the most ridiculous entry in the fourteen-year-old Fast and Furious franchise — it's also become by far the biggest opening weekend earner in the entire series. Furious 7's domestic launch was the biggest since 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sixth biggest movie launch in US history, which raked in $158 million on its first weekend. The newest movie is certainly bigger and brasher than previous outings (amazing such a thing was actually possible), but keeping track of fifteen years of increasingly wacky antics from Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and the sadly departed Paul Walker was a tricky task for first-time Furious director James Wan.




Roku 3 refreshed with voice search, but the new Roku 2 is an even better buy

Roku 3 refreshed with voice search, but the new Roku 2 is an even better buyRoku is refreshing its very successful line of set-top boxes today. First up, the flagship Roku 3 is gaining voice search, which should put it on better footing against Amazon's Fire TV box. Results come up instantly, and in a brief demo, the Roku proved very accurate at understanding a spoken name or film title. As usual, you can click through and Roku's software will tell you where you can watch a specified movie or show based on which video services you currently subscribe to.




Roku upgrades players, adds more ways to discover and search content

Roku upgrades players, adds more ways to discover and search content




The dream of an arrow-shaped road car still lives

The dream of an arrow-shaped road car still lives





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Asia up after dismal U.S. jobs data, dollar pressured

An employee of the Tokyo Stock Exchange looks at a stock quotation board as he works at the bourse at TSE in TokyoBy Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares rose and the dollar steadied but remained under pressure on Monday, after a dismal U.S. jobs report led investors to pare bets the U.S. Federal Reserve would hike interest rates anytime soon. Labor Department data showed U.S. employers added the fewest jobs in more than a year in March. The rise of 126,000 jobs was well below expectations for a gain of 245,000 forecast by a Reuters poll of economists. U.S. stock markets were closed on Friday for the Easter holiday, but U.S. stock futures fell after the jobs data, suggesting a lower open on Wall Street later on Monday.




Oil up more than $1 after Saudi's Asia price hike

Vehicles are seen in queues as drivers wait to fill their tanks at a Sinopec gas station before the fuel price hike, in ZhengzhouBy Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil futures climbed more than $1 a barrel on Monday, after Saudi Arabia raised prices for crude sales to Asia for a second month, signaling better demand in the region. International benchmark Brent regained ground after tumbling as much as 5 percent on Thursday, when a preliminary nuclear deal was finally reached between world powers and Iran. Brent crude for May delivery touched a high of $56.19 a barrel and was up $1.19 from Thursday at $56.14 by 2.35 a.m. EDT. Despite the sanctions on Iran, China's imports from the OPEC producer are set to rise from August as a Chinese state trader has signed a deal with the National Iranian Oil Company to buy more condensate.




Greece moves to quell default fears, pledges to meet 'all obligations'

Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis is surrounded by members of the media as he finishes comments on the "informal discussions" he just concluded with the International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, in WashingtonBy Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Sunday that Greece "intends to meet all obligations to all its creditors, ad infinitum," seeking to quell default fears ahead of a big loan payment Athens owes the IMF later this week. Following a meeting with the head of the International Monetary Fund, Varoufakis told reporters the government plans to "reform Greece deeply" and would seek to improve the "efficacy of negotiations" with its creditors. Most urgently, Athens is on the hook for a roughly 450 million euro ($494 million) loan repayment to the IMF due this Thursday. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a statement after meeting with Varoufakis that she welcomed his confirmation that the loan payment due would be made on schedule.




Top Herbalife members contacted by law enforcement agencies: CNBC

An Herbalife product is seen at a clinic in the Mission District in San FranciscoThe inquiries are focused on the activities of about 10 top Herbalife members, CNBC said, citing sources. The identities of the members and what law enforcement asked them is unclear, CNBC said. In an emailed statement, Herbalife said it is cooperating with authorities on requests for information relating to trading of its shares and to its business practices. It did not comment on CNBC's report about the agencies contacting its top members but said it remained confident in the integrity of its business practices.




Battered by currency swings, European firms unpick global production model

A picture illustration shows U.S. Dollar and Euro banknotes on a pair of scales in ViennaA dramatic fall in the euro has created an opportunity for European manufacturers to enjoy cheap production costs at the bases from which they can supply world markets. Sweden's Volvo Cars is one such firm embracing regionalization. Last month it announced plans to build a $500 million plant in the United States, looking past the dollar's current strength to build in a longer-term protection. "We're eliminating short-term currency fluctuations, which are never good for long-term commitment to customers in different regions, and we're creating a natural hedge," explained Volvo Chief Executive Hakan Samuelsson.




Samsung Electronics shares rise more than 3 percent ahead of guidance

Samsung Galaxy Edge smartphones are displayed during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las VegasSEOUL (Reuters) - Shares of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd rose more than 3 percent early on Monday ahead of the release of its guidance on first-quarter earnings scheduled for Tuesday. Samsung Electronics was up 3.2 percent and trading at 1,480,000 won as of 9.09 p.m. EDT. (Reporting by Yeawon Choi; Editing by Edmund Klamann)




Argentine central bank to send regulators to local Citibank HQ: media

Window washers work above a logo of Citibank in downtown Buenos AiresArgentina's central bank will send regulators to the headquarters of Citibank Argentina on Monday, the head of the monetary authority has said, the latest move between the bank and the state over defaulted debt. The regulators will perform "an integral inspection" to "guarantee normal functioning of (Citibank Argentina)," central bank chief Alejandro Vanoli said in a story published on Sunday in local newspaper Tiempo Argentina, four days after stripping authority from the bank's CEO. Last month Argentina's securities regulator said Citibank Argentina had violated local laws in striking a deal with litigating U.S. hedge funds and suspended the bank from conducting capital market operations.




Holcim looked at HeidelbergCement before Lafarge deal: newspaper

The logo of Swiss cement maker Holcim is seen on a railway-car in the town of SchlierenHolcim looked at buying Germany's HeidelbergCement towards the end of 2013 before agreeing to merge with France's Lafarge , a Swiss newspaper reported on Sunday, citing two sources. Then-Holcim chairman Rolf Soiron spoke with HeidelbergCement's biggest shareholder, Ludwig Merckle, who owns around 25 percent of HeidelbergCement shares through the family-run Spohn Cement, the SonntagsZeitung newspaper reported. "Right before the talks with Lafarge, Soiron discussed a merger with Heidelberg," the Swiss newspaper quoted one of the sources as saying. A spokesman for Zurich-based Holcim declined to comment on the report.




Sharp may spin off LCD unit, seek investment from government-backed fund: source

Shopper using a smartphone rides an escalator past under a logo of Sharp Corp at an electronics shop in TokyoLoss-making Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp may spin off its LCD panel business and seek funding for it from the government-backed Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), a source familiar with the plan said on Sunday.  The Nikkei business daily earlier reported that the LCD unit, which supplies displays to smartphone and tablet manufacturers, will be spun off in the current fiscal year and that INCJ could invest 100 billion yen in the new entity. The source said Sharp, as part of its restructuring plan, wants to keep a majority in the LCD unit, and that details of an INCJ stake have not been decided. A Sharp spokesman, while confirming the company was considering various reforms for its LCD business, said no decision had been made. Sources say its main lenders Mizuho Bank and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ are seeking a radical overhaul and an exit from loss-making businesses. Mizuho Bank is a unit of Mizuho Financial Group Inc and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ is part of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc .




Japan's wary manufacturers resist Abe's urge to splurge

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media at his official residence in TokyoHirotoshi Ogura, a self-described “factory geek”, is Daikin Industries' master of doing more with less – and part of the reason Japan’s recovery remains stuck in the slow lane. As Japan heads into the season of peak demand for room air-conditioners, Ogura and other Daikin managers have been tasked with figuring out how to boost output by some 20 percent at a plant in western Japan that six years ago the company had almost given up on as unprofitable. The wrinkle: they have no budget for new capital investment at the 45-year-old Kusatsu plant. Like Daikin, a number of Japanese manufacturers are shifting production back to Japan from China and elsewhere to take advantage of a weaker yen.





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Actor Tom Cruise attends women's Final Four game

Actor Tom Cruise, top left, watches play between Connecticut and Maryland during the first half of the NCAA Women's Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game, Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Cruise took in a women's Final Four game on Sunday night, watching UConn beat Maryland 81-58.




Doerr, Wright among finalists for Carnegie Medal
NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Doerr's World War II novel "All the Light We Cannot See" and Lawrence Wright's book on the Camp David talks are among the finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.

Composer-conductor Gunther Schuller wins MacDowell Medal
NEW YORK (AP) — Gunther Schuller, the award-winning composer and conductor, has won the prestigious Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement.

With Placido Domingo ill, Luca Salsi sings Met doubleheader

In this March 2015 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, Luca Salsi performs in the role of Enrico in Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" during a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The 40-year-old baritone from Parma, Italy, was taking a walk with his wife Saturday, April 4, when he received a telephone call from Placido Domingo's son, who asked him if he could get to the Metropolitan Opera to take over as Don Carlo in a performance of Verdi's "Ernani." (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Cory Weaver)NEW YORK (AP) — Luca Salsi was at the corner of Broadway and 72nd Street, taking a walk with his wife, when he got a call from Alvaro Domingo, son of the famous singer.




Beyonce releases surprise love ballad on Jay Z's streaming site

Entertainer Jay-Z (L) and wife Beyoncé watch the men's final at the US Open tennis tournament in New York on September 12, 2011R&B queen Beyonce has quietly released a love song dedicated to her husband, hip hop mogul Jay Z, available only on his new streaming service Tidal. Songstress Queen Bey posted a 15-second preview of the acoustic ballad "Die With You" on her Facebook page Saturday in celebration of the couple's seven-year wedding anniversary. "I don't have a reason to be if I can't be with you," Beyonce sings softly as she plays the piano, wearing a backwards cap, blond pigtails and appearing make-up free. The camera moves around her as she croons, eventually turning on the filmer: the lucky man himself, husband Jay Z.




Kentucky's 1st loss draws best audience for semi since '96

Wisconsin's Sam Dekker (15) shoots over Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein, from left, Aaron Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Harrison, right, during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Wisconsin's win over previously undefeated Kentucky drew the most viewers for an NCAA semifinal in 19 years.




'Furious 7' races past expectations with $143.6 million

This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Tyrese Gibson as Roman, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty, Paul Walker as Brian, and Chris Ludacris as Tej, in a scene from "Furious 7." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Scott Garfield)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The high-octane "Furious 7" peeled out of the gates in its opening weekend, picking up a stunning $143.6 million from 4,004 locations to easily top the domestic box office, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.




Mexico non-violence art features guns with knotted barrels

A knotted gun sculpture painted by Mexican artist Paola Delfin is displayed at a park in the city of Monterrey, Mexico, Thursday April 2, 2015. Thirteen knotted gun sculptures painted by various artists are on display in this city that for years has been plagued with violence generated by warring drug cartels. The original knotted gun sculpture was designed and created by Carl Fredrik Reutersward as a memorial to John Lennon after he was shot and killed in 1980 and is now displayed outside of the United Nations headquarters in New York City. (AP Photo/Emilio Vazquez)MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Replicas of a sculpture of a knotted pistol that was designed in honor of the late musician John Lennon are being displayed this month in Monterrey, a northern industrial city that knows about gun violence.




'Furious 7' races to top of North American box office

Actor Vin Diesel arrives at the premiere "Furious 7" on April 1, 2015 in Hollywood, CaliforniaLos Angeles (AFP) - The latest "Fast and Furious" installment raced to pole position in the North American box office this weekend, easily overtaking last week's winner "Home" for the top spot, according to industry estimates Sunday.




Old Texas dance halls decaying, but some won't let them fade

In this Dec. 6, 2014, photo, girls dance to fiddle music at Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Blanco, Texas. A preservation group says old Texas dance halls that for years served as important social centers in rural areas of the state are decaying and closing, with comparatively few still operating. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)KENDALIA, Texas (AP) — Some 40 miles north of San Antonio, along a lonely two-lane road, stands a bedraggled, tin-sided building that hints at Texas' past.





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