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Crash co-pilot's personality 'serious lead' but not only one: French investigator

The co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U9525 Andreas Lubitz taking part in the Airport Hamburg 10-mile run on September 13, 2009 in Hamburg"We have a certain number of elements which allow us to make progress on this lead, which is a serious lead but which can't be the only one," police chief Jean-Pierre Michel told AFP in the western German city of Duesseldorf. The investigation so far has not turned up a "particular element" in the life of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz which could explain his alleged action in the ill-fated Airbus plane, he added.




Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'puppets of Iran'

A Yemeni man carries a box of ammunition he took from a military depot in Aden, Yemen, Friday, March 27, 2015. Shiite rebels, known as the Houthis, has seized the city since Wednesday. Looters have then taken weapons and ammunition from two abandoned army camps. (AP Photo/Yassir Hassan)SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender.




Student group that revealed racist SAE video causes change at Oklahoma

The national headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is shown in this photograph taken March 27, 2015. The SAE national headquarters is in Evanston, Illinois. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)At a press conference announcing the findings of an investigation into a racist chant that prompted the shuttering of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Oklahoma University chapter and the expulsion of two fraternity members, OU President David Boren saluted the student activists of Unheard, who first brought the now widely viewed SAE video to light.




Defense moves into spotlight in Boston Marathon bombing trial

A still image captured from surveillance video at the Boston Marathon shows the scene moments before a second bomb exploded near the finish line of the raceBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing trial shifts sharply in tone next week when prosecutors rest their case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and turn proceedings over to his lawyers, who have already admitted he planted explosives at the finish line in April 2013. One of Tsarnaev's lawyers, death penalty specialist Judy Clarke, opened the trial on March 4 with a blunt statement to the jury that "it was him" who killed three people and injured 264 in the attack. Clarke contended, however, that the 21-year-old played a secondary role to his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in planning and executing the plot. Her goal: Persuade jurors in federal court in Boston that Tsarnaev deserves a sentence of life in prison rather than the death penalty.




Jury clears top Silicon Valley firm of gender bias, retaliation

Ellen Pao leaves court as her sexual bias trial against fomer employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byerr continues in San FranciscoBy Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley powerhouse venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers was cleared on Friday of claims it short-circuited the career of a former partner because she is a woman, in a gender discrimination trial that shook the tech world. A California jury also rejected a claim that Kleiner, the firm that backed Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc, had retaliated against its former partner, Ellen Pao, by firing her after she sued in 2012. Despite days of courtroom drama about affairs, books of erotic poetry and office flirting, juror Steve Sammut, who mostly voted for Kleiner, said the decision came down to Pao's effectiveness at her job. The verdict dashed Pao's hopes for personal vindication, but the trial revealed embarrassing disclosures about how Pao and other women were treated at Kleiner and Silicon Valley's corporate culture and its lack of diversity.




Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays
The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The bill advancing in the Republican-led Arkansas legislature says "governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification." Supporters say a business should not be forced to, for example, cater a same-sex wedding if doing so would violate the religious beliefs of the owner. Two of the most powerful companies in the United States, retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which has its home office in Arkansas, and technology giant Apple Inc have criticized the measure. "We feel this legislation is counter to this core basic belief of respect for the individual and sends the wrong message about Arkansas, as well as the diverse environment which exists in the state," a Walmart spokesman said in a statement.

Prosecutors: Evidence Germanwings co-pilot hid illness

Investigators carry boxes from the apartment of Germanwings airliner jet co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, in Duesseldorf, Germany, Thursday March 26, 2015. On Thursday, French prosecutors said Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, "intentionally" crashed the jet into the side of a mountain Tuesday in the French Alps. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Police have searched the homes of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in two cities.




Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

Raffaele Sollecito leaves Italy's highest court building in Rome, Italy, 27 March 2015. American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend expect to learn their fate Friday when Italy's highest court hears their appeal of their guilty verdicts in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate Meredith Kercher. (AP Photo/Massimo Percossi, ANSA) ITALY OUTItaly's highest court rules in favor of the American and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.




Report: Alps crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name'

German and Spanish police officers pay tribute to the victims of the Germanwings plane crash at a memorial in Le Vernet on March 27, 2015German prosecutors cite "medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment."




Ferguson grand jury wanted to make public statement, documents reveal

Attorney Daryl Parks, center, talks to reporters as Lesley McSpadden, left, and Michael Brown Sr., right, parents of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr., listen during a news conference, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Dellwood, Mo. Neither McSpadden nor Brown spoke or took questions. The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared former Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown Jr., but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)A week before the Ferguson grand jury chose not to charge police Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, it was denied a request to make a public statement about the controversial case, court documents filed Friday reveal.





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Crash co-pilot's personality 'serious lead' but not only one: French investigator

The co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U9525 Andreas Lubitz taking part in the Airport Hamburg 10-mile run on September 13, 2009 in Hamburg"We have a certain number of elements which allow us to make progress on this lead, which is a serious lead but which can't be the only one," police chief Jean-Pierre Michel told AFP in the western German city of Duesseldorf. The investigation so far has not turned up a "particular element" in the life of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz which could explain his alleged action in the ill-fated Airbus plane, he added.




Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'puppets of Iran'

A Yemeni man carries a box of ammunition he took from a military depot in Aden, Yemen, Friday, March 27, 2015. Shiite rebels, known as the Houthis, has seized the city since Wednesday. Looters have then taken weapons and ammunition from two abandoned army camps. (AP Photo/Yassir Hassan)SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender.




Student group that revealed racist SAE video causes change at Oklahoma

The national headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is shown in this photograph taken March 27, 2015. The SAE national headquarters is in Evanston, Illinois. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)At a press conference announcing the findings of an investigation into a racist chant that prompted the shuttering of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Oklahoma University chapter and the expulsion of two fraternity members, OU President David Boren saluted the student activists of Unheard, who first brought the now widely viewed SAE video to light.




Defense moves into spotlight in Boston Marathon bombing trial

A still image captured from surveillance video at the Boston Marathon shows the scene moments before a second bomb exploded near the finish line of the raceBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing trial shifts sharply in tone next week when prosecutors rest their case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and turn proceedings over to his lawyers, who have already admitted he planted explosives at the finish line in April 2013. One of Tsarnaev's lawyers, death penalty specialist Judy Clarke, opened the trial on March 4 with a blunt statement to the jury that "it was him" who killed three people and injured 264 in the attack. Clarke contended, however, that the 21-year-old played a secondary role to his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in planning and executing the plot. Her goal: Persuade jurors in federal court in Boston that Tsarnaev deserves a sentence of life in prison rather than the death penalty.




Jury clears top Silicon Valley firm of gender bias, retaliation

Ellen Pao leaves court as her sexual bias trial against fomer employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byerr continues in San FranciscoBy Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley powerhouse venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers was cleared on Friday of claims it short-circuited the career of a former partner because she is a woman, in a gender discrimination trial that shook the tech world. A California jury also rejected a claim that Kleiner, the firm that backed Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc, had retaliated against its former partner, Ellen Pao, by firing her after she sued in 2012. Despite days of courtroom drama about affairs, books of erotic poetry and office flirting, juror Steve Sammut, who mostly voted for Kleiner, said the decision came down to Pao's effectiveness at her job. The verdict dashed Pao's hopes for personal vindication, but the trial revealed embarrassing disclosures about how Pao and other women were treated at Kleiner and Silicon Valley's corporate culture and its lack of diversity.




Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays
The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The bill advancing in the Republican-led Arkansas legislature says "governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification." Supporters say a business should not be forced to, for example, cater a same-sex wedding if doing so would violate the religious beliefs of the owner. Two of the most powerful companies in the United States, retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which has its home office in Arkansas, and technology giant Apple Inc have criticized the measure. "We feel this legislation is counter to this core basic belief of respect for the individual and sends the wrong message about Arkansas, as well as the diverse environment which exists in the state," a Walmart spokesman said in a statement.

Prosecutors: Evidence Germanwings co-pilot hid illness

Investigators carry boxes from the apartment of Germanwings airliner jet co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, in Duesseldorf, Germany, Thursday March 26, 2015. On Thursday, French prosecutors said Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, "intentionally" crashed the jet into the side of a mountain Tuesday in the French Alps. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Police have searched the homes of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in two cities.




Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

Raffaele Sollecito leaves Italy's highest court building in Rome, Italy, 27 March 2015. American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend expect to learn their fate Friday when Italy's highest court hears their appeal of their guilty verdicts in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate Meredith Kercher. (AP Photo/Massimo Percossi, ANSA) ITALY OUTItaly's highest court rules in favor of the American and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.




Report: Alps crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name'

German and Spanish police officers pay tribute to the victims of the Germanwings plane crash at a memorial in Le Vernet on March 27, 2015German prosecutors cite "medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment."




Ferguson grand jury wanted to make public statement, documents reveal

Attorney Daryl Parks, center, talks to reporters as Lesley McSpadden, left, and Michael Brown Sr., right, parents of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr., listen during a news conference, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Dellwood, Mo. Neither McSpadden nor Brown spoke or took questions. The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared former Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown Jr., but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)A week before the Ferguson grand jury chose not to charge police Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, it was denied a request to make a public statement about the controversial case, court documents filed Friday reveal.





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Janet Yellen: U.S. economy not good enough yet
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More undocumented workers moving into management
Some 13% of undocumented immigrants are managers or professionals, up from 10% in 2007.

China pulls back tax breaks for foreign companies
China is ordering local governments to roll back tax breaks promised to foreign businesses.

More than half of middle-class kids fail to earn bachelor's degrees
Lots of attention is paid to college graduation rates of lower-income students, but many middle-class kids don't finish their bachelor's degrees either.

Oil surges after Saudi strikes in Yemen
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American cash is flooding into European stocks
U.S. investors are throwing money at European stocks lately, but they are careful to hedge the currency risk.

The average tax refund is now $2,893
The IRS has paid out more than $191 billion in refunds so far this tax season to 66.1 million filers.

The middle class is getting smaller
The middle class is shrinking in every state. While some Americans are moving up the economic ladder, others are falling down.

Distraught Germanwings pilots refuse to fly
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What next for Singapore after Lee's death?
Lee Kuan Yew's death will usher in a period of uncertainty for Singapore as the growing middle class seeks more control over its future.


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U.S.-Russian crew reaches space station for year-long stay

ISS crew of Kelly of the U.S. and Kornienko and Padalka of Russia walk after donning space suits at the Baikonur cosmodromeBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, sending a U.S.-Russia crew to the International Space Station for a year-long flight, a NASA Television broadcast showed. Four Soviet-era cosmonauts lived on the now-defunct Mir space station for a year or longer, but the missions, which concluded in 1999, did not have the sophisticated medical equipment that will be used during International Space Station investigations, NASA said.




Primordial sea creature with spiky claws unearthed in Canada

A freshly excavated fossil specimen of Yawunik kootenayi is seen in this undated handout pictureBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fossil site in the Canadian Rockies that provides a wondrous peek into life on Earth more than half a billion years ago has offered up the remains of an intriguing sea creature, a four-eyed arthropod predator that wielded a pair of spiky claws. Scientists said on Friday they unearthed nicely preserved fossils in British Columbia of the 508 million-year-old animal, named Yawunik kootenayi, that looked like a big shrimp with a bad attitude and was one of the largest predators of its time. The fossil beds in Kootenay National Park where it was found were in a previously unexplored area of the Burgess Shale rock formation that for more than a century has yielded exceptional remains from the Cambrian Period, when many of the major animal groups first appeared. Yawunik, whose name honors a mythical sea monster in the native Ktunaxa people's creation story, was a primitive arthropod, the highly successful group that includes shrimps, lobsters, crabs, insects, spiders, scorpions, centipedes and millipedes.




Valeo's self-driving car systems learn from Safran drones

The new self-driving car unveiled by Valeo and Safran drives during a presentation in front of the Invalides in ParisBy Laurence Frost and Gilles Guillaume PARIS (Reuters) - French auto parts maker Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade. While demonstrating an autonomous car and other prototype systems jointly developed with Safran, the French defense and aerospace group, Valeo said on Friday the first applications may reach carmaker clients within three years. "We realized very quickly that we had much more in common than we'd expected," Valeo innovation chief Guillaume Devauchelle told Reuters. "It turns out that an autonomous vehicle is really a terrestrial drone." Cars that complete whole journeys without human input are still many years away, but creeping automation is well underway, with models already on sale that can pilot themselves through slow traffic and hit the brakes when a pedestrian steps out.




U.S. Air Force overstepped bounds in SpaceX certification: report

The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch pad 40 the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape CanaveralBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force overstepped its bounds as it worked to certify privately held SpaceX to launch military satellites, undermining the benefit of working with a commercial provider, an independent review showed on Thursday. The report cited a "stark disconnect" between the Air Force and SpaceX, or Space Exploration Technologies, about the purpose of the certification process and recommended changes. Air Force Secretary Deborah James ordered the review after the service missed a December deadline for certifying SpaceX to compete for some launches now carried out solely by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co. The Pentagon is eager to certify SpaceX as a second launch provider, given mounting concerns in Congress about ULA's use of a Russian-built engine to power its Atlas 5 rocket.




EU to resume Galileo satellite launch program
By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is set to send two navigation satellites into orbit on Friday aboard a Russian rocket, in its first launch since a botched deployment in August that cost several million euros to fix. The Galileo project to set up an EU alternative to the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) is obliged to use the Russian Soyuz system until a development of Arianespace's European Ariane 5 rocket is ready around the end of the year, despite strained relations with Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine. An official at the European Commission, which oversees the program, said the EU executive was tendering for insurance cover for future satellites and had set up an insurance scheme for the launches. The two launched in August have since been nudged into viable orbits and are fit for use, a spokesman for the European Space Agency said.

Ancient 4-Eyed Predator Wielded Wicked Toothy Claws

Ancient 4-Eyed Predator Wielded Wicked Toothy ClawsIt is the first new species reported from a stunning fossil find in Marble Canyon in British Columbia's Kootenay National Park. The Marble Canyon fossil beds, located in 2012, rival the iconic Burgess Shale for their diversity of soft-bodied fossils and exquisite preservation, scientists said. Yawunik is one of the most abundant species at the Marble Canyon site, and so, as a predator, likely held a key position in the food chain, said lead study author Cédric Aria, a graduate student in paleontology at the University of Toronto in Canada. The animal was named Yawunik kootenayi after the Ktunaxa people who have long inhabited the Kootenay area where the Marble Canyon locality was found.




Deadly Oklahoma Twister Ends Slow Start to Tornado Season

Deadly Oklahoma Twister Ends Slow Start to Tornado SeasonA damaging tornado touched down outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, last night (March 25). A small twister was also reported in Moore, the Oklahoma City suburb that has been repeatedly ravaged by deadly twisters this decade. The two weak tornadoes ended a long dry streak for the 2015 tornado season. For only the second time since the 1950s — when good record keeping began — the first three weeks of March were tornado-free throughout the United States, according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.




Proving Einstein Wrong with 'Spooky' Quantum Experiment
Quantum mechanics is one of the best-tested theories in science, and it's one of the few where physicists get to do experiments proving that Einstein was wrong. That's what a team at Griffith University and the University of Tokyo in Japan did this week, showing that a weird phenomenon — in which the measurement of a particle actually affects its location — is real. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, Albert Einstein said he couldn't support this idea, which he called "spooky action at a distance," in which a particle can be in two places at once and it's not until one measures the state of that particle that it takes a definite position, seemingly with no signal transmitted to it and at a speed faster than light. When the particle takes its definite position, physicists refer to this as its wave function collapsing.

Star Power: Spring's Night Sky Dazzles with Constellations Aplenty

Star Power: Spring's Night Sky Dazzles with Constellations AplentyPart of the reason these constellations will be disappearing can be traced to the Earth's rotation. Contrary to popular belief, our planet does not turn on its axis once in 24 hours.




One-Year Crew Begins Epic Trip on International Space Station

One-Year Crew Begins Epic Trip on International Space StationThree new crewmembers just arrived at the International Space Station, and two of them won't be leaving for about one year. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are expected to spend about 342 days living and working on the International Space Station — marking the orbiting outpost's first yearlong space mission. Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka also joined Kornienko and Kelly on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft that docked with the space station at 8:33 p.m. EDT (0033 GMT). Padalka will stay on the space station for about six months, the usual amount of time people live on the space laboratory.





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Republican lawmaker says Clinton wiped clean email server

Hillary Clinton delivers remarks during the 2015 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting award in WashingtonThe Republican chairman of a House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said on Friday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had failed to respond to the panel's subpoena for documents in the case. Representative Trey Gowdy said Clinton had not provided a single new document and her lawyer told the committee a server she used for emails while she was the top U.S. diplomat had been wiped clean. "We learned today, from her attorney, Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server," Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement. Clinton, who was sharply criticized after it was revealed she used a private email address while secretary of state, has said she has already given copies of all her work-related emails to the State Department.




Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays
The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The bill advancing in the Republican-led Arkansas legislature says "governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification." Supporters say a business should not be forced to, for example, cater a same-sex wedding if doing so would violate the religious beliefs of the owner. Two of the most powerful companies in the United States, retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which has its home office in Arkansas, and technology giant Apple Inc have criticized the measure. "We feel this legislation is counter to this core basic belief of respect for the individual and sends the wrong message about Arkansas, as well as the diverse environment which exists in the state," a Walmart spokesman said in a statement.

Senate Democrat Reid to retire; wants Schumer as next leader

Video grab shows U.S. Senate Democratic leader Reid announcing he will not seek re-election in WashingtonBy Susan Heavey and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Friday he will retire next year and threw his weight behind New York Senator Chuck Schumer to replace him as leader after he leaves office. Reid will stay in his post for another 22 months but his announcement positions Schumer, a New Yorker and Wall Street ally, as his heir apparent as the party gears up to try to regain control of the Senate in elections next year. Schumer immediately began rounding up supporters, while his nearest potential rival, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, announced through a spokesman that he will support Schumer to be the Senate Democrats' next leader after the November 2016 elections. "I am honored and humbled to have the support of so many of my colleagues and look forward to our Senate Democratic Caucus continuing to fight for the middle class," Schumer said in a statement.




Exclusive: Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting some campaign donations

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks at a news conference to warn about the abolishment of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the proposed budget put forward by Senate RepublicansBy Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - Big Wall Street banks are so upset with U.S. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren's call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said. Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften their party's tone toward Wall Street, sources familiar with the discussions said this week.




Obama talks to David Simon about the war on drugs and his favorite character from ‘The Wire’
In a TV news magazine-style sit-down at the White House, President Obama interviewed David Simon about the devastating impact of the drug war on urban communities, as depicted in Simon’s enduring HBO series ‘The Wire.’

Icelandic whaling: Conservationists split over efficacy of Obama’s sanctions, E.U. protest
The Icelandic Hvalur whaling company’s killing of endangered fin whales has been denounced by the United States and the European Union. Is it time for greater action?

DNC unveils clip reel tying Jeb Bush to brother’s policies

George and Jeb BushThe Democratic National Committee put together a clip reel of Jeb Bush backing up his older brother’s policies in office — hinting at a potential line of attack should he become the GOP’s presidential nominee.




Live updates: Day 13 at the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
This is day 13 of testimony in admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s federal death penalty trial in Boston. Prosecutors are expected to continue with additional testimony about evidence found in Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

Ted Cruz looks to revive the evangelicalism of the past

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at Liberty University, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, Monday, March 23, 2015 in Lynchburg, Va., to announce his campaign for president. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on twitter in the early morning hours, is the first major candidate in the 2016 race for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)It’s actually an open question whether the majority of evangelicals agree with Cruz that America should be, or can be, what it once was — a nation with a dominantly Protestant culture and overwhelmingly Christian religious orientation.




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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Jury clears top Silicon Valley firm of gender bias, retaliation

Ellen Pao leaves court as her sexual bias trial against fomer employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byerr continues in San FranciscoBy Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley powerhouse venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers was cleared on Friday of claims it short-circuited the career of a former partner because she is a woman, in a gender discrimination trial that shook the tech world. A California jury also rejected a claim that Kleiner, the firm that backed Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc, had retaliated against its former partner, Ellen Pao, by firing her after she sued in 2012. Despite days of courtroom drama about affairs, books of erotic poetry and office flirting, juror Steve Sammut, who mostly voted for Kleiner, said the decision came down to Pao's effectiveness at her job. The verdict dashed Pao's hopes for personal vindication, but the trial revealed embarrassing disclosures about how Pao and other women were treated at Kleiner and Silicon Valley's corporate culture and its lack of diversity.




Intel in talks to buy Altera, shares of firms surge

Dancing spider-like robots are displayed at the Intel booth during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas(Reuters) - Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter, making it Intel's biggest purchase ever and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector. The acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the military and other industrial applications, would underscore Intel Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich's determination to expand into new markets as the personal computer industry loses steam. Earlier this month, Intel slashed nearly $1 billion from its first-quarter revenue forecast to $12.8 billion, plus or minus $300 million, as small businesses put off upgrading their personal computers. Shares of Altera shot up about 28 percent after the talks were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, closing at $44.39 per share on the Nasdaq.




Uber plans legal taxi service in Germany - manager in WiWo magazine

An illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi signUber aims to launch a service in Germany by this summer that will allow its novel taxi-hailing service to operate legally in Europe's biggest economy, the company's German chief was quoted saying by weekly magazine Wirtschafts Woche (WiWo). The move comes after a German court earlier this month banned Uber from running services using unlicensed cab drivers and set stiff fines for any violations of local transport laws. Under the new service, drivers would hold commercial passenger transport licenses whose cost of between 100 euros ($109) and 200 euros will be paid by Uber, the magazine quoted Uber's Fabien Nestmann as saying. "We will also pay the 150 to 200 euros it would cost our partners to have the Chamber of Commerce license them as taxi companies," he said.




Salesforce aims to surpass SAP on German market: executive tells WiWo
Cloud software company Salesforce.com Inc aims to overtake SAP in terms of sales on the German company's home market in the coming years, the Europe chief of Salesforce told a German magazine. "We want to become the biggest software company in Germany by sales," weekly Wirtschafts Woche quoted Joachim Schreiner as saying, without saying exactly when U.S.-based Salesforce aimed to surpass its rival.

BlackBerry posts fourth-quarter profit; seeks to end revenue slide

Blackberry's Chief Executive Chen gestures during a news conference at the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd posted a surprise quarterly profit on Friday and said it is pushing to end a slide in its revenue in this fiscal year, sending the stock up as much as 5.1 percent. We're now turning our attention to revenue stabilization," BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen said on a conference call. Chen plans to grow BlackBerry's small but high-margin software division by moving more customers onto its products, including a system that allows companies and government agencies to manage multiple employee devices. The stock rose as high as $9.77, before easing to $9.59, up 3.1 percent on the Nasdaq, despite a much bigger-than-expected decline in fiscal fourth quarter revenue.




Yahoo, Microsoft extend search partnership talks for 30 days

A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in RolleYahoo Inc and Microsoft Corp agreed to extend by 30 days the deadline to re-negotiate a ten year search deal, as the two Internet companies attempt to revamp a thorny partnership crafted by former chief executives. The search partnership, which took effect in 2010, allowed the companies to negotiate changes or to terminate the arrangement entirely after five years. According to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Yahoo and Microsoft mutually agreed to extend that deadline to a 60-day period following Feb. 23. "We value our partnership with Microsoft and continue discussions about plans for the future.




In NYC, an unusual task force fights home-as-hotel rentals

Fashion icon Audrey Smaltz listens during a interview in her rooftop penthouse at the Branson building, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in New York. Smaltz, who is being pressured to move, is a permanent tenant in the building where the city is suing the landlord, saying a swath of the apartments were being used as hotel rooms. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — From an office by the Brooklyn Bridge, a specialized team of investigators tackles a fast-growing concern in New York City: apartments being rented like hotel rooms.




One the most useful iPhone apps ever is coming to Apple Watch – here’s what it will look like
We’ve written about popular to-do list app Wunderlist plenty of times before, and with good reason — if you’re looking for a way to make lists of your most important daily tasks, it’s one of the best apps around. MacRumors writes that Wunderlist will be making a companion app for the Apple Watch and it’s posted some pictures showing what the popular productivity app will look like when it’s on your wrist. DON’T MISS: Android fans confess what they envy most about iOS As you’d expect, the app is pretty simple from a functionality standpoint, given the limited screen space it has to work with. It will show you one task at a time that you’re free to dismiss once it’s

Windows 10 preview will soon be available for many more phones

Windows 10 preview will soon be available for many more phonesMicrosoft opened up its Windows 10 Technical Preview to Windows Phone users last month, but only a scant few Lumia devices were supported. That's soon about to change. Microsoft has announced a second round of devices that will be able to run the very latest builds of Windows 10, and the good news is that the list has expanded considerably. The bad news is that there are still a few notable absences, including the Lumia 930 and any HTC Windows Phone devices.




Volvo designed a reflective spraypaint to make cycling safer at night

Volvo designed a reflective spraypaint to make cycling safer at nightVolvo is turning its attention to two-wheeled safety, for the moment. The Swedish car manufacturer and UK design firm Grey London have partnered with Albedo100 to create a reflective spraypaint that's only visible at night. "Every year more than 19,000 cyclists are injured on the UK’s roads," Nick Connor, managing director at Volvo Car UK said in a statement.





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President Xi says China should not focus on growth rate only

Jinping speaks during a media conference in the Great Hall of the People in BeijingChinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday that the country should not focus on its economic growth rate only, reiterating China's push for a more sustainable, higher-quality expansion. Chinese leaders have announced an economic growth target of around 7 percent for this year, below the 7.5 percent goal in 2014 and the slowest rate in a quarter-century. Analysts anticipate further interest rate cuts in China this year.




Fed's Yellen sees gradual rate hikes starting this year

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen arrives for a luncheon at the Federal Reserve in San Francisco, CaliforniaBy Ann Saphir and Michael Flaherty SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled that the U.S. central bank will likely start raising borrowing costs later this year, even before inflation and wages have returned to health, but emphasized the return to normal interest rates will be gradual. A downturn in core inflation or wage growth could force the Fed to delay the first increase to borrowing costs since 2006, the central bank's chief said on Friday, but policymakers should not wait for inflation to near the Fed's 2-percent goal before tightening monetary policy. The Fed has held short-term borrowing costs near zero since December 2008. After the first rate increase, Yellen said, a further, gradual tightening in monetary policy will likely be warranted.




Intel in talks to buy Altera, shares of firms surge

Dancing spider-like robots are displayed at the Intel booth during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas(Reuters) - Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter, making it Intel's biggest purchase ever and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector. The acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the military and other industrial applications, would underscore Intel Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich's determination to expand into new markets as the personal computer industry loses steam. Earlier this month, Intel slashed nearly $1 billion from its first-quarter revenue forecast to $12.8 billion, plus or minus $300 million, as small businesses put off upgrading their personal computers. Shares of Altera shot up about 28 percent after the talks were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, closing at $44.39 per share on the Nasdaq.




Stocks likely to drift as investors await Fed, earnings

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeWall Street investors may find little reason to make big moves next week as they await monthly U.S. jobs data and any news that could change expectations for the first interest rate hike in almost a decade. The Labor Department report is due on Friday, when the stock market will be closed for Good Friday, leaving investors unable to trade on the data until the following week. In the meantime, investors will continue adjusting to lowered earnings forecasts for the first quarter and the uncertain direction of the dollar. Stocks have trended downward since rallying on the Federal Reserve's March 18 statement, in which it suggested a less-aggressive approach to raising interest rates than investors had expected.




Chevron exits Caltex Australia stake for $3.7 billion

A Caltex sign is seen at a petrol station in MelbourneBy Morag MacKinnon PERTH (Reuters) - U.S. energy giant Chevron sold its entire stake in refiner Caltex Australia Ltd for A$4.7 billion ($3.7 billion) in Asia’s biggest block deal this year, as falling oil prices and high costs hurt margins. Offshore institutional investor demand for the 50 percent stake in Australia’s biggest refiner was strong, with bidding driving the final price to A$35 a share, a spokeswoman for Goldman Sachs, the sole underwriter for the deal, confirmed on Saturday. The $3.7 billion deal is Asia's largest block transaction this year, eclipsing the government of India’s $3.6 billion sale of its stake in Coal India Ltd in January. Australia has seen a rush of block trades in the past month as investors look to capitalise on strong valuations following a share market that is rising on hopes of more interest rate cuts.




Oil dives 5 percent as worries about Iran talks trump Yemen

A general view shows oil tanks at the Bashneft-Ufimsky refinery plant outside Ufa, BashkortostanOil tumbled 5 percent on Friday, erasing the previous session's gains, as Yemen's conflict looked less likely to disrupt Middle East crude shipments and investors turned their focus to talks for a potential Iran nuclear deal that could put more supply on the market. Oil prices still notched their second straight weekly gain, boosted by the dollar's weakness in recent sessions. On Thursday, oil jumped 5 percent on fears that the conflict in Yemen could disrupt cargoes on the neighboring Bab el-Mandeb Strait, where 3.8 million bpd of crude and oil products flow. Yemen's Houthi rebels made broad gains in the country's south and east despite a second day of Saudi-led air strikes meant to check the Iranian-backed militia's efforts to overthrow President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.




U.S. economic growth slows in fourth quarter; corporate profits fall

A man pushes his shopping cart down an aisle at a Home Depot store in New YorkBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth cooled in the fourth quarter as previously reported and after-tax corporate profits took a hit from a strong dollar, which could undermine future business spending. Corporate profits from outside the United States fell at an 8.8 percent rate, the steepest decline since the 2007-2009 recession. "Slower profit growth could mean slower investment in the coming months," said Thomas Costerg, an economist at Standard Chartered in New York. For all of 2014, after-tax corporate profits fell 8.3 percent, the largest annual drop since 2008.




Lender says will make 'significant' new bid for RadioShack

A RadioShack store is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New YorkA lender to bankrupt RadioShack Corp told a U.S. judge on Friday it was prepared to present a new offer that was a "significant improvement" over a rival proposal that was selected as a winning bidder at an auction this week. Clark's announcement came at the end of two days of hearings to consider the sale of the company to Standard General, a hedge fund. RadioShack's advisers declared that Standard General had outbid Salus, RadioShack's largest creditor, at a four-day auction that concluded Thursday morning.




Yahoo, Microsoft extend search partnership talks for 30 days

A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in RolleYahoo Inc and Microsoft Corp agreed to extend by 30 days the deadline to re-negotiate a ten year search deal, as the two Internet companies attempt to revamp a thorny partnership crafted by former chief executives. The search partnership, which took effect in 2010, allowed the companies to negotiate changes or to terminate the arrangement entirely after five years. According to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Yahoo and Microsoft mutually agreed to extend that deadline to a 60-day period following Feb. 23. "We value our partnership with Microsoft and continue discussions about plans for the future.




Brazil police arrest Grupo Galvão CEO in Petrobras probe

Woman waves a flag with Petrobras' logo as she takes part in a demonstration in defense of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and the state-run oil company Petrobras, in Rio de JaneiroBy Caroline Stauffer SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian police on Friday arrested the CEO of Grupo Galvão, the latest executive seized in a corruption probe focused on state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA. Dario Galvão, chief executive of the construction group, and Guilherme Esteves, a lobbyist who is being investigated for funneling bribe money, were taken to federal police headquarters in the southern city of Curitiba, a court spokeswoman said. Trials are underway in Curitiba, in what has become Brazil's biggest-ever corruption probe known as Operation Car Wash. In December, prosecutors accused the CEO of participating in a cartel of construction executives that fixed prices on contracts at Petrobras, as the oil company is known.





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Colorado town microcosm of art urban development movement
LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A national movement that counts on painters, dancers and musicians to help revitalize downtowns is coming to this Colorado city as the first residents prepare to move into new low-income apartments built for artists and their families.

Venezuelan theater chronicles absurdity of life in crisis

Virginia Urdaneta (L) performs during the play “Pa Lante, presented at the Sambil shopping mall in Caracas on March 18, 2015The two characters in Venezuelan playwright Virginia Urdaneta's new play come together doing something that real people in her homeland spend long hours doing, across the country, every day: waiting in line to buy scarce products from barren supermarket shelves. As the South American oil giant has gone from boom to bust in recent years, shortages, violent crime and the temptation to move abroad have become inescapable markers of Venezuelans' daily reality. The trend is an antidote to Venezuela's mainstream theater scene. "Venezuela is living a moment of pure absurdity.




Back door: Duke bettors win on last free throw after review

Duke's Justise Winslow (12) and Tyus Jones (5) react after a college basketball regional semifinal game against Utah in the NCAA Tournament Friday, March 27, 2015, in Houston. Duke won 63-57. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Think that last free throw was meaningless for Duke as it beat Utah in the Sweet 16? Thousands of gamblers in Las Vegas disagree.




Taraji P. Henson apologizes for racial profiling allegation

FILE - In this Thursday, March 12, 2015 file photo, Taraji P. Henson attends the LA Academy Screening of "Empire" at the Theater at the Ace Hotel, in Los Angeles. Henson has apologized to a Southern California police department that she accused of racially profiling her son. Henson posted a statement on Instagram Friday afternoon, March 27, 2015, hours after the Glendale Police Department released video of a traffic stop of the actress’ son that showed the officer respectfully dealing with the 20-year-old. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Taraji P. Henson has apologized to police in the Southern California city of Glendale for accusing an officer of racially profiling her son.




End of 'Mad Men,' but show's relics find new life at museum

“Mad Men,” cast member Jon Hamm who played Donald Draper, poses beside Don's charcoal grey suit and some objects AMC and Lionsgate TV series, "Mad Men" that were donated to the National Museum of American History, Friday, March 27, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Don Draper is making his exit with "Mad Men" this year, but his image as a 1960s advertising man will live on at the Smithsonian Institution.




An empowered but persecuted Arab woman, as a violin

In her latest incarnation, a 40-minute dramatic symphony by US composer John Adams, Scheherazade is depicted by a violin as an empowered yet persecuted modern womanScheherazade, the story-telling Arabian queen from "One Thousand and One Nights," has captured the Western artistic imagination for centuries. In her latest incarnation, she is depicted by a violin as an empowered yet persecuted modern woman. John Adams, one of the leading US composers, has created a new Scheherazade who is chased by religious fanatics in the turmoil of the Arab Spring in a work which premiered Thursday evening at the New York Philharmonic. Adams called his 40-minute work a dramatic symphony -- the term coined by Berlioz for an orchestra pushing the boundaries of narrative -- and the violin expresses the full range of emotion of Scheherazade.




Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

Romania questions ex-minister over 3 Picassos, 100 paintings

In this picture taken on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, former Romanian finance minister Darius Valcov exits handcuffed from the prosecutors office in Bucharest, Romania. Romanian prosecutors investigating an alleged bribery scheme have questioned the former finance minister about the origins of 100 paintings, including three works by Pablo Picasso. Prosecutors questioned Darius Valcov on Friday March 27, 2015, saying the paintings had been hidden by four of his friends. The works have been sent to art experts for evaluation. Valcov, under house arrest since Thursday, declined to comment. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUTBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian prosecutors investigating an alleged bribery scheme have questioned the former finance minister about the origins of 100 paintings, including three works by Pablo Picasso.




Gun owned by agent who toppled Capone headed to Vegas museum

This Wednesday, March 25, 2015 photo shows a Smith & Wesson .38 Special in Mountainside, N.J. The gun belonged to IRS investigator Michael Malone, the man who went undercover to infiltrate Al Capone's gang in the 1930s and eventually brought down the feared mobster. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J. (AP) — The gun is a triumph of American craftsmanship from the early 20th century, its sleek barrel familiar to anyone raised on the movies of Bogart and Cagney, "Scarface" and "Little Caesar."




Lesnar marks WWE loyalty with main event at WrestleMania

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2011, file photo, Brock Lesnar enters the ring before his UFC heavyweight mixed martial arts match against Alistair Overeem of the Netherlands in Las Vegas. Lesnar decided this week to spurn an MMA return where he ruled for years as the heavyweight champion of both the cage and pay-per-view buyrates and signed a multi-year extension with WWE. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)Brock Lesnar will keep his heavyweight championship defenses on the WWE Network.





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