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Chris Brown bodyguard convicted of assault
08:35 AM, 04.21.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge convicted singer Chris Brown's bodyguard of assault Monday following a two-day trial that provided a preview of a similar case against Brown.

 
Report: Sandy's fallout affecting small business
08:34 AM, 04.21.2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says a third of small businesses in tri-state Superstorm Sandy disaster areas reported financial losses a year later.

 
High court will hear case of mistaken traffic stop
08:31 AM, 04.21.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether police have probable cause to make a traffic stop if it turns out the officer was mistaken in thinking the driver violated the law.

 
Sherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche
08:31 AM, 04.21.2014

Daughter of Nepalese mountaineer Ang Kaji Sherpa, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, cries during the funeral ceremony in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 21, 2014. Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. The avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpas. Three other Sherpas remain missing and are presumed dead. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community.


 
Gauge of US economy up for 3rd straight month
08:29 AM, 04.21.2014

In this March 26, 2014 photo, a builder works on a home under construction in northwest Chicago. The Conference Board reports on its index of leading economic indicators for March on Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in March for the third consecutive month, a sign of stronger growth after harsh winter weather caused the economy's pace to slow.


 
Esso shuts UK fuel pipeline after theft report
08:26 AM, 04.21.2014

Exxon's UK arm Esso has shut a pipeline running from its Fawley oil refinery near Southampton for checks, the company said on Monday, after a report that thieves tapped into the line and took thousands of litres of fuel. "Esso is committed to the very highest standards of safety. The pipeline has therefore been closed down and our specialists are working to check it and, if necessary, effect any repair," the statement said. A company spokesman said Esso did not expect its retail customers to be affected by the pipeline closure.

 
Thieves tap UK pipeline, steal 30,000 litres of fuel - paper
08:26 AM, 04.21.2014

UK police are hunting a gang of thieves who are thought to have tapped into an underground oil pipeline, stealing thousands of litres of fuel, a newspaper reported on Monday. More than 30,000 litres of diesel may have been taken from the pipeline running from Esso's Fawley Refinery, the Daily Echo reported. The pipeline, known as the Midline Pipeline and owned by Esso, is one of the UK's main underground pipelines that supply fuel including gas, diesel, gasoline and jet fuel.

 
Aesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks
08:25 AM, 04.21.2014

Love locks are fixed on the Pont des Arts in Paris, Wednesday April 16, 2014. A recent fad among travellers of hitching padlocks on bridges and at tourist attractions worldwide to symbolically immortalize their amorous attraction has swept up this reputed City of Love more than most. Now, two American-born women who live in Paris say they've had enough, launching a petition drive to try to get mostly laissez-faire city officials to step in and do something about what they call an unbearable eyesore in a majestic municipality. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)PARIS (AP) — Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?


 
Stock edge higher at start of busy earnings week
08:25 AM, 04.21.2014

FILE - In this Friday, April 11, 2014 file photo, trader Joseph Lawler, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stocks were mixed Monday, April 21, 2014, in light trading after Japan reported a record annual trade deficit and investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China and South Korea. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher Monday at the start of another major week for company earnings. The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its best week since July last week as first-quarter corporate earnings began to come in.


 
Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?
08:25 AM, 04.21.2014

FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo, a shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion aircraft is seen on low cloud cover while it searches for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there’s just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved on. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)PERTH, Australia (AP) — From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved on.


 
MARATHON WATCH: 'We're taking back our race'
08:24 AM, 04.21.2014

Race fans from left, Andrew Lembecke, of Chicago, Brandon Petrich of Fargo, N.D, Marlene Youngblood of Louisville, Ky, and Bill Januszewski cheer near the finish line at the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.


 
Emirati firm promises to send citizen into space
08:22 AM, 04.21.2014

FILE - This Sept. 25, 2013 file photo shows British entrepreneur Richard Branson at the Virgin Galactic hangar at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif. One lucky citizen of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space. Government-backed Aabar Investments on Sunday announced the start of a competition to award an Emirati a free spot aboard Virgin Galactic's spaceship when it begins ferrying space tourists briefly into space. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One lucky citizen of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space.


 
Teen survives five-hour flight to Hawaii 'in airplane wheel well'
08:20 AM, 04.21.2014

A general view of Kahalu'u bay on the island of Oahu, Hawaii on June 17, 2010A 16-year-old boy was lucky to be alive Monday after surviving a flight from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of an airplane, US media reported. The young stowaway endured freezing temperatures and a lack of oxygen aboard the five-and-a-half hour Hawaiian Airlines flight, which reached an altitude of some 38,000 feet, an FBI official told the Los Angeles Times. It's a miracle," FBI spokesman Tom Simon told the daily following the teen's harrowing journey halfway across the Pacific Ocean. Security video from the Mineta International Airport in San Jose showed the youth hopping a fence and making his way to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45, where he climbed, undetected, into the wheel well of the aircraft.


 
Celebrities gather for Peaches Geldof funeral
08:20 AM, 04.21.2014

The coffin of late Peaches Geldof, the daughter of rock singer Sir Bob Geldof, arrives at his home ahead of her funeral service at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in Davington, near Faversham, England, Monday April 21, 2014. The 25-year-old television presenter, model and socialite, Peaches Geldof died suddenly two weeks ago at her home, and the cause of death is not yet known after a post-mortem was inconclusive, and toxicology test results are not yet complete. The coffin is adorned with a painted picture of Peaches Geldof, her husband Thomas Cohen, their two young sons Astala, 23 months, and 11-month-old Phaedra, and pet dogs. (AP Photo / Gareth Fuller, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVESLONDON (AP) — Celebrities have joined the family of Peaches Geldof gathered for the funeral of the British model and TV personality, who died at age 25 earlier this month.


 
Obama hosting annual Easter Egg Roll
08:18 AM, 04.21.2014

Throngs of children and parents gather on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 21, 2014, for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Thousands of children are gathering at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will kick off the festivities on the White House South Lawn. This year's event features live music, cooking stations, storytelling, and of course, some Easter egg rolling. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of children are gathering at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll.


 
Alec Baldwin helps Rhode Island library _ again
08:18 AM, 04.21.2014

FILE - In this April 10, 2014 file photo, Alec Baldwin arrives 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival's Opening Night Gala at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Officials at the Adams Memorial Library in Central Falls, R.I., said Baldwin will headline a fundraiser for the struggling public library June 7, at Fete in Providence, R.I. (Photo by Annie I. Bang /Invision/AP, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A struggling public library in Rhode Island is getting help from actor Alec Baldwin — again.


 
Gunmen detain 3 journalists in eastern Ukraine
08:18 AM, 04.21.2014

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Three foreign journalists were temporarily detained by pro-Russia insurgents in city in eastern Ukraine.

 
UN condemns ethnic killings in South Sudan
08:17 AM, 04.21.2014

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The United Nations Mission in South Sudan on Monday condemned what it called "the targeted killings of civilians based on their ethnic origins and nationality" in a disputed town that is now under the control of anti-government forces.

 
Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson
08:17 AM, 04.21.2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have fired Mike Woodson after falling from division champions to out of the playoffs in one season.

 
Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school
08:16 AM, 04.21.2014

CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) — Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor Monday.

 
MARATHON WATCH: Race security monitored at center
08:10 AM, 04.21.2014

Elite women runners leave the start line of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.


 
Elizabeth Spencer wins $30,000 short story prize
08:06 AM, 04.21.2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Spencer, a revered Southern author still active in her 90s, has won a $30,000 short story prize.

 
Court to look at 'born in Jerusalem' passport case
08:05 AM, 04.21.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting an issue fraught with Middle East politics, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear for the second time to hear a passport dispute centering on whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list their place of birth as Israel.

 
Boston Marathon begins under tight security
08:04 AM, 04.21.2014

Mobility-impaired runners gather at the start line for a moment of silence before the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON (AP) — The 118th running of the Boston Marathon began under heavy security Monday morning, a year after the bombings near the race's finish line that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.


 
US justices hear arguments in Argentina debt case
08:03 AM, 04.21.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday in Argentina's decade-long battle with holders of its defaulted bonds.

 
Teen OK after riding in wheel well of Hawaii jet
08:03 AM, 04.21.2014

A 16-year-old boy, seen sitting on a stretcher center, who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014. The boy survived the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification. "Kid's lucky to be alive," Simon said. (AP Photo/The Maui News, Chris Sugidono)HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.


 
Court rejects Exxon Mobil appeal of $105M verdict
08:02 AM, 04.21.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to disturb a $105 million verdict against Exxon Mobil for contaminating New York City's groundwater.

 
Putin signs decree to rehabilitate Crimea Tatars
08:00 AM, 04.21.2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday to rehabilitate Crimea's Tatars and other minorities who suffered under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, courting a group that largely opposed Moscow's annexation of the region from Ukraine. Stalin deported Crimean Tatars to Central Asia en masse during World War Two, accusing them of sympathizing with Nazi Germany, and many died in grueling conditions on arrival in exile. The Muslim Tatars were allowed to return in the waning days of the Soviet Union, whose 1991 collapse left Crimea in an independent Ukraine. They now make up 12 percent of the Crimea peninsula's mostly ethnic Russian population of 2 million.

 
Court won't hear Arizona appeal over harboring ban
07:59 AM, 04.21.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from the state of Arizona over a ruling that blocked enforcement of part of Arizona's 2010 immigration law.

 
Syria calls presidential elections for June 3
07:52 AM, 04.21.2014

Syrian civilians carry a wounded woman following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian pro-government forces in Aleppo's Sakhur district on April 21, 2014Syria said Monday it will hold presidential elections expected to return President Bashar al-Assad to office on June 3, despite a civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people. Underlining the ongoing violence in the country, mortar fire hit near the parliament building shortly before the election date was announced, killing two people. Syria's first presidential election -- after constitutional amendments did away with the old referendum system -- will be held amid violence that has killed 150,000 people since March 2011, according to one monitoring group. He urged Syrians "to give voice to their will through the ballot box and participate in the democratic process by electing whoever they think is most able to lead Syria to victory."


 
Stocks edge higher as major earnings week starts
07:49 AM, 04.21.2014

FILE - In this Friday, April 11, 2014 file photo, trader Joseph Lawler, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stocks were mixed Monday, April 21, 2014, in light trading after Japan reported a record annual trade deficit and investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China and South Korea. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are edging higher as another big week for company earnings begins.


 
Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies
07:48 AM, 04.21.2014

Myanmar veteran dissident Win Tin, seen at his home in Yangon on June 6, 2013Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition and its longest-serving political prisoner, died Monday aged 84 after striving for decades to bring freedom to a nation under military dictatorship. He died in hospital in Yangon early Monday, National League for Democracy (NLD) party spokesman Nyan Win told AFP. Win Tin, a towering figure within the democracy movement, formed the NLD with Aung San Suu Kyi in 1988 in the wake of a student-led pro-democracy uprising.


 
UAW withdraws appeal of Volkswagen union vote
07:48 AM, 04.21.2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing its appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee.

 
Court won't hear Fla. employee drug testing rule
07:44 AM, 04.21.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal by Florida Gov. Rick Scott over his plan to require random drug tests for thousands of state workers.

 
Somali lawmaker killed in car bomb explosion
07:43 AM, 04.21.2014

A Somali police officer looks at the wreckage of the car in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, April, 21, 2014. . A Somali police official said a legislator in the country's parliament has been killed in the car bomb explosion in the Somali capital on Monday. Capt. Mohamed Yusuf said Monday that Isaq Mohamed Rino was killed after a bomb planted under his car exploded in Mogadishu's Hamarweyne neighborhood. The blast also wounded another lawmaker, Mohamed Ali, who was traveling with Rino in the car. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police official says a legislator in the country's parliament has been killed in a car bomb explosion in the Somali capital on Monday.


 
MARATHON WATCH: Americans seek win to end drought
07:41 AM, 04.21.2014

Mobility-impared runners David Abel, left, Juli Windsor, and Scott Rigsby compete in the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.


 
Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane
07:38 AM, 04.21.2014

Handout photo of staff checking Phoenix International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Artemis before search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, has narrowed to a 10 sq km (6.2 sq mile) patch of sea floor about 2,000 km (1,200 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth. Search authorities and the Australian and Malaysian governments have said a series of sonar signals, or "pings", traced to the area may have emanated from the plane's "black box" and present the most credible lead as to its whereabouts. However no pings have been detected in almost two weeks and authorities now fear that, with the flight data recorder's battery several weeks past its expected expiry date, the black box may not emit further signals. "Bluefin-21 has searched approximately two-thirds of the focused underwater search area to date.


 
Cancellation threat follows tragedy on Everest
07:37 AM, 04.21.2014

Relatives carry a casket bearing the body of a Mount Everest avalanche victim for cremation in Kathmandu on April 21, 2014Expedition leaders and guides threatened Monday to cancel all climbing on Mount Everest after the deadliest avalanche in its history as hundreds of Nepalese sherpas paid final respects to fellow guides. Accompanied by monks and pick-up trucks bearing the caskets of six victims, the mourners also carried a list of demands that they intend to present to the government, warning all expeditions would be cancelled unless action is taken within a week. The petition was penned after a meeting of expedition leaders, sherpa guides and climbers at base camp Sunday night to discuss how to respond to Friday's disaster, the worst single accident in Everest's history. In a statement, the Nepal Mountaineering Association said the meeting had agreed on "a seven-day ultimatum to the government to address their demands and threaten to stop climbing if the demands are not met".


 
Nearly 36,000 runners ready for first Boston Marathon since bomb attack
07:37 AM, 04.21.2014

Athletes from elite men field start during the 118th running of the Boston Marathon in HopkintonBy Scott Malone, Svea Herbst-Bayliss and Richard Valdmanis BOSTON/HOPKINTON (Reuters) - Nearly 36,000 athletes will run in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday in the first running of the race since last year's bombing, with top-ranked Kenyan and Ethiopian runners among the second-largest field in the race's history. Racers faced new security restrictions at the event, a reaction to the attack that killed three people and injured 264 when, authorities say, two ethnic Chechen brothers dropped homemade explosives in backpacks at the finish line. Thousands of runners gathered at a park in downtown Boston before the race, preparing to board buses that would take them to the race's start line in Hopkinton, 26.2 miles west of Boston. Track coach Robert Hollis, who had traveled from New Jersey for the race, admitted to some security worries.


 
Ukrainian journalist held by separatists says conditions 'OK'
07:36 AM, 04.21.2014

By Aleksandar Vasovic SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - A Ukrainian journalist being held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine was brought out by her captors on Monday and told reporters she was being questioned but not mistreated. Irma Krat, 29, emerged briefly from the Ukrainian state security service building in Slaviansk, where she is held, to tell journalists, a day after she was detained: "Conditions are OK. It is a bit cold, but they are giving me food, water." She said she was not aware of a second Ukrainian journalist reported to have been held there since last week. A member of the local militia holding her said Krat, who runs an online news site, was suspected of involvement in the mistreatment of riot policemen and a Russian journalist who were seized by activists during the "Euromaidan" protests in Kiev that led to the fall of the Moscow-backed president in February.

 
 
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