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Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill
04:25 PM, 04.01.2015

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, lisens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics that included his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.


 
Will Indiana law force 2015 women's Final Four to relocate?
04:24 PM, 04.01.2015

FILE - In this May 27, 2015, file photo, workers at Lucas Oil Stadium install the court in Indianapolis as they prepare to host the men's NCAA Final Four college basketball games on April 4 and 6, 2015. NCAA officials say they are troubled by the new law in Indiana that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians, and they "will assess all our championships in the state of Indiana," including next year's women's Final Four. Other sports organizations from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to the NBA's Pacers to the PGA have all scrambled to tell the public that they oppose discrimination. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As pressure builds for repeal or revision of Indiana's new religious objection law, the NCAA faces a decision about whether to call for next year's women's Final Four to find a new venue.


 
Rebels seize Syria-Jordan border as IS storms Damascus
04:21 PM, 04.01.2015

A fighter from the Al-Qaeda group Al-Nusra Front next to the flag in a destroyed building in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp on September 22, 2014Rebels backed by Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate seized control Wednesday of the last border crossing with Jordan that had been under regime control, dealing a major blow to President Bashar al-Assad. "Armed groups, joined today by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, took over the Nasib border point from regime soldiers" on the Syrian side of the frontier, said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. A coalition of rebel groups had launched the offensive Tuesday, and Al-Nusra joined them late Wednesday.


 
GOP's Ted Cruz calls religious liberty a defining issue
04:19 PM, 04.01.2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a town hall event at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concerns about religious freedom could unite Republicans and rally conservative Democrats to the GOP in 2016.


 
Judge ends man's attempt to salvage Cape Cod shipwreck
04:19 PM, 04.01.2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A treasure hunter's effort to salvage what he calls $3 billion in platinum from a World War II shipwreck off Cape Cod has been ended by a federal judge.

 
Zarif says 'seize the moment' as Iran talks hit final stretch
04:10 PM, 04.01.2015

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif walks through a courtyard at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel during an extended round of talks on April 1, 2015 in LausanneIran's foreign minister Wednesday told world powers to "seize the moment" and drop "excessive demands" as marathon high-stakes nuclear talks headed into another long bruising night of hard bargaining. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrived back in Switzerland to rejoin the negotiations saying the talks were in the final stretch. Fabius was re-joining US Secretary of State John Kerry and their counterparts from Germany and Britain. "Iran has shown its readiness to engage with dignity and it's time for our negotiating partners to seize the moment," Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters late on a seventh day of talks in Lausanne.


 
Serena Williams earns 700th win to reach Miami Open semis
04:06 PM, 04.01.2015

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT 400TH to 700TH WIN - Serena Williams poses with a cake celebrating her 700th career win after she defeated Sabine Lisicki during their quarterfinal match at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Williams won the match 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Serena Williams abused her racket, scolded herself and even made angry faces at the sun.


 
Hot cars at the New York International Auto Show
04:06 PM, 04.01.2015

The McLaren 570S Sport Series, the company's first sports market car derived from racing technology, is unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — The New York International Auto Show opens this week with a mix of mainstream sedans and glitzier models from automakers across the globe.


 
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges
04:05 PM, 04.01.2015

FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ speaks in Garwood, N.J. Menendez has been indicted on federal corruption charges.(AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million worth of gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors on the donor's behalf.


 
Seattle begins to phase in $15 minimum wage
03:58 PM, 04.01.2015

In this photo taken Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Rubin Sanchez sends flames upward as he cooks lunch for a customer at the Skillet Diner in Seattle.Seattle’s new minimum wage law went into effect Wednesday, April 1, 2015, that will eventually raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. Starting Wednesday, large businesses and national chains must raise their minimum pay to at least $11 an hour. Smaller businesses must pay at least $10 an hour. Seattle's current minimum wage is $9.47, the same as the Washington state minimum wage. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages.


 
Inmate overpowers guard, escapes from eastern Illinois jail
03:57 PM, 04.01.2015

In this photo taken Feb. 27, 2015, Kamron T. Taylor, sits in a Kankakee County courtroom in Kankakee, Ill., after being convicted of murder. Authorities said Wednesday, April 1, 2015, that Taylor, who escaped from jail early Wednesday, may be traveling with a 15-year-old girl. The 23-year-old Taylor was awaiting sentencing when authorities say he beat a guard into unconsciousness, took his keys and uniform and sped off in his SUV. (AP Photo/The Daily Journal, Mike Voss)KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A man awaiting sentencing for murder escaped from a jail in eastern Illinois Wednesday after beating a guard into unconsciousness, taking his keys and uniform and speeding off in his SUV.


 
Sources: Menendez stepping down as top Dem on Senate panel
03:56 PM, 04.01.2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two sources say indicted New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is voluntarily stepping aside from his post as top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

 
Kentucky's 5-9 Tyler Ulis coming up big in NCAA Tournament
03:56 PM, 04.01.2015

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 file photo, Kentucky's Tyler Ulis (3) looks for an open teammate between Alabama defenders, from left, Justin Coleman, Riley Norris and Retin Obasohan, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky. Being Kentucky’s smallest player on the floor hasn't prevented 5-foot-9 point guard Tyler Ulis from repeatedly coming up big for the Wildcats. He’ll likely need to do it again this weekend, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/James Crisp, File)LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Being Kentucky's smallest player on the floor hasn't prevented 5-foot-9 point guard Tyler Ulis from repeatedly coming up big for the Wildcats.


 
'Boyhood' actress Patricia Arquette planning memoir
03:56 PM, 04.01.2015

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Patricia Arquette arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Arquette has a deal with Random House for a memoir about her “unconventional family,” single parenthood and life in Hollywood, the publisher announced Wednesday, April 1. The book is currently untitled and a release date has not been set. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette has lot more to say off screen than her Oscar acceptance speech.


 
Reid's exit sets off Senate leadership scramble
03:51 PM, 04.01.2015

FILE - In this March 3, 2015 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, flanked by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the wake of the announced retirement of Reid, a very public feud has opened between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats and former long-time housemates, Schumer and Durbin. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire has sparked a very public feud between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New York.


 
McDonald's joins Wal-Mart, Gap, other cos. in raising wages
03:50 PM, 04.01.2015

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's said Wednesday it is raising pay for workers at restaurants that the company owns. Here's a look at all the big companies that recently have announced they are boosting hourly wages for their employees:

 
Obama signs law on donations to slain NY officers' families
03:47 PM, 04.01.2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure allowing people to write off donations they made this year to the families of two slain New York police officers.

 
Cosart: 'I never have, never will bet on baseball'
03:44 PM, 04.01.2015

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jarred Cosart (23) works in the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Speaking directly about the topic for the first time since gambling-related tweets appeared on his Twitter account last week, Miami pitcher Jarred Cosart denied ever betting on baseball.


 
McDonald's: Workers to get pay hikes at company-owned stores
03:44 PM, 04.01.2015

FILE- This May 2, 2012, file photo shows a sign advertising job openings outside a McDonalds restaurant in Chesterland, Ohio. McDonald's on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 said it's raising pay for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy.


 
Dish's Internet TV, Sling, gets HBO service for $15 a month
03:43 PM, 04.01.2015

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO lovers have one more way to watch "Game of Thrones."

 
McDonald's to boost wages for 90,000 US employees
03:39 PM, 04.01.2015

McDonald's announced that it would increase wages for 90,000 employees in company-owned restaurants in the United States, as well as offering them paid time-offFast-food giant McDonald's announced Wednesday that it would increase the wages of 90,000 employees in company-owned restaurants in the United States and offer them paid time-off. The pay rise, however, will not apply to workers in McDonald's restaurants owned by franchisees, which comprise some 90 percent of the 14,000 McDonald's outlets across the country. McDonald's USA said that from July 1 this year, the starting wages for full and part-time workers in its own restaurants will be one dollar above the local official minimum wage. On the other hand, five US states have no minimum wage, and it was not clear how McDonald's would set pay in those.


 
11 former Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal
03:37 PM, 04.01.2015

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, center, holds a press conference following the conviction of 11 of 12 defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools test cheating case Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in Atlanta. A jury of six men and six women rendered their verdicts in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Jurors sorted through roughly five months of testimony against 12 former educators accused of engaging in a racketeering conspiracy to inflate test scores. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson, Pool)ATLANTA (AP) — In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams.


 
Duke's Mike Krzyzewski adapts to '1-and-done' world
03:36 PM, 04.01.2015

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2012, file photo, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, left, speaks with Austin Rivers (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida State in Durham, N.C. There was a time when Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski led Final Four teams built around players who stayed for years to grow into tournament-tested veterans. No longer, not in today’s one-and-done world in which top players rarely stick around long. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — There was a time when Duke's Mike Krzyzewski led Final Four teams built around players who stayed for years to grow into tournament-tested veterans.


 
Coroner: 2005 post-Katrina police shooting was a homicide
03:31 PM, 04.01.2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans' coroner has classified the death of a man shot by a police officer in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina as a homicide.

 
California governor orders mandatory water restrictions
03:29 PM, 04.01.2015

ECHO LAKE, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.

 
Iran extensions underscore Obama's dilemma in talks
03:26 PM, 04.01.2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's willingness to extend Iranian nuclear talks at least twice this week has laid bare the dilemma he faces as he pursues a high-stakes accord.

 
Marlon James among winners of Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
03:26 PM, 04.01.2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist Marlon James and poet Marilyn Chin are among this year's winners of the Anisfield-Wolf (AN'-is-feeld) Book Awards, given for literature that "confronts racism and examines diversity."

 
Too much iced tea caused Arkansas man's kidney problems
03:26 PM, 04.01.2015

This May 21, 2007 file photo shows a glass of iced tea in Concord, N.H. Doctors have traced an Arkansas man's kidney failure to an unusual cause — his habit of drinking a gallon of iced tea each day. He said he drank about 16 8-ounce cups of iced tea every day. Black tea has the chemical oxalate which known to cause kidney stones or even kidney failure in excessive amounts. The man is on dialysis, perhaps for the rest of his life. The case report is in the Thursday, April 2, 2015 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)NEW YORK (AP) — Doctors traced an Arkansas man's kidney failure to an unusual cause — his habit of drinking a gallon of iced tea each day.


 
Why businesses are speaking out on religious-objections laws
03:23 PM, 04.01.2015

FILE - In this June 7, 2013 file photo, Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart International, speaks at the shareholders meeting in Fayetteville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer and America’s largest private employer, waded into the religious-objections legislation debate this week when McMillon urged Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinsen to veto a bill in Arkansas that critics said would open the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/April L. Brown, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A bevy of big-name businesses including Apple, Gap and Levi Strauss are publicly speaking out against religious-objections legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas.


 
Trinity Test site opening to face protest from residents
03:21 PM, 04.01.2015

FILE - In this July 16, 2005 file photo, visitors at the Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb was tested 60 years ago, look at historic photographs from the project at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Seven decades after an atomic bomb helped end World War II, families in New Mexico's Tularosa Basin want tourists to know nearby residents later suffered from health problems. Protesters are planning a demonstration Saturday, April 4, as the Trinity Test site opens to visitors. (AP Photo/Randy Siner,File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Seven decades after an atomic bomb helped end World War II, descendants of families near a New Mexico test want tourists to know residents suffered for years afterward and some of their children may have been affected.


 
Antiquities looted from India end up at Honolulu museum
03:19 PM, 04.01.2015

Marc Thomas, chief preparator at the Honolulu Museum of Art, holds one of seven stolen artifacts that were on display in the museum’s collection, Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in Honolulu. An international investigation into antiquities looted from India and smuggled into the United States has taken authorities to the Honolulu Museum of Art, which handed over the rare artifacts that it acquired without museum officials realizing they were ill-gotten items. Agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are taking the items back to New York and from there, eventually returning them to the government of India. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)HONOLULU (AP) — An international investigation into antiquities looted from India and smuggled into the United States has taken authorities to the Honolulu Museum of Art.


 
Hillary Clinton dodges Brooklyn campaign headquarters talk
03:16 PM, 04.01.2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton talks to a youngster during a visit to an early childhood development center in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Clinton and New York City first lady Chirlane McCray joined forces with the city's deputy mayor in announcing a program to get parents to talk to their young children to enhance their development. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, Pool})NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is playfully dodging talk about where her Democratic presidential campaign headquarters might be.


 
Justice Dept.: No contempt charges for former IRS official
03:16 PM, 04.01.2015

FILE - In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner listens during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Justice Department won’t seek criminal contempt charges against Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department won't seek criminal contempt charges against Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups.


 
Canadian diplomat's ex-husband says their son killed in US
03:05 PM, 04.01.2015

This booking photo made available Tuesday, March 31, 2015, by Miami-Dade Department of Corrections, shows Anthony Rodriguez. Rodriguez in under arrest for second degree murder and other charges relating to the shooting death of Jean Wabafiyebazu, 17, the son of Roxanne Dube, Canada's counsel general in Miami. Wabafiyebazu and his brother Marc Wabafiyebazu, 15, were trying to buy marijuana when the shooting occurred on Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Miami-Dade Department of Corrections)MIAMI (AP) — One teenage son of a Miami-based Canadian diplomat was killed and a younger son is under arrest after they were involved in an alleged drug deal that turned into a gun battle, according to police records and the diplomat's ex-husband.


 
Cynthia Lennon, first wife of John Lennon, dies of cancer
03:04 PM, 04.01.2015

File- In this Sept 26, 2005 file photo, Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of Beatle's band member John Lennon, sits behind copies of her newly released book entitled 'John' during a book signing at Foyle's bookshop in central London. Cynthia Lennon passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at her home in Mallorca, Spain, following a short but brave battle with cancer. (AP Photo/ Jane Mingay, File)LONDON (AP) — Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatles guitarist John Lennon, died of cancer Wednesday at her home in Spain. She was 75.


 
US stocks ease for second day; price of crude oil soars
03:04 PM, 04.01.2015

Trader Frederick Reimer works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. U.S. stocks moved lower in early trading Wednesday, extending losses from the day before. A report indicating that U.S. businesses slowed their pace of hiring last month weighed on the market. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)A batch of discouraging economic news deepened investors' concerns about corporate earnings, pulling major U.S. stock indexes down on Wednesday for the second day in a row.


 
As Nigeria celebrates Buhari's stunning win, challenges loom
03:01 PM, 04.01.2015

Nigerian former Gen. Muhammadu Buhari speaks moments after he was presented with a certificate to show he won the election in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat to Buhari, a 72-year-old former military dictator, who was elected in a historic transfer of power following the nation's most hotly contested election ever. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — As Nigerians celebrated the electrifying victory Wednesday that returned one of its harshest former dictators to power, sobering challenges confront Muhammadu Buhari, from an Islamic insurgency that has killed thousands to widespread poverty and graft.


 
'Miracle dog' survives being hit by car, clubbed, abandoned
03:00 PM, 04.01.2015

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Ryann Simmons sits with the dog his girlfriend is fostering at their home in Moses Lake, Wash. The dog, Theia, survived being run over, beaten with a hammer and buried, and now needs surgery. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Jesse Tinsley)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The stray dog was hit by a car, clubbed in the head and left for dead in a ditch in Washington state. Days later, the 1-year-old bully breed mix showed up sickly and covered in dirt at a nearby farm.


 
US Senator Menendez indicted on corruption charges
02:56 PM, 04.01.2015

US Senator Robert Menendez was indicted on charges of public corruption, following a two-year federal investigation into his ties to a friend who contributed large sums to his re-election campaignUS Senator Robert Menendez was indicted Wednesday on charges of public corruption, following a two-year federal investigation into his ties to a friend who contributed large sums to his re-election campaign. Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and lead author of legislation aimed at tightening sanctions against Iran, faces 14 charges including conspiracy and making false statements, and eight counts of bribery.


 
Senate has new deadline to avoid doctors' Medicare cuts
02:52 PM, 04.01.2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress will get a little extra time to prevent a threatened 21 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors.

 
 
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