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  • 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.




  • 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.




  • Greeks gone wild: Can schools solve the fraternity problem?

    Students and others demonstrate on the Penn State campus in support of women police say were depicted on Kappa Delta Rho fraternity's private Facebook pages, Friday, March 20, 2015, in State College, Pa. Police are investigating allegations Kappa Delta Rho fraternity members used two secret Facebook pages to post photos of nude females, some of whom appeared to be sleeping or passed out, as well as posts relating to hazing or drug deals. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)After at least seven fraternities have been suspended for offensive, dangerous and in some cases potentially criminal behavior this month, some schools are asking what they can do to get a handle on Greek life.




  • Harry Reid retiring: Democrats who could replace him




  • Astronauts blast off for 1-year trip to space station

    Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-16M that will carry a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) is installed at the launch pad in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Friday, March 27, 2015. The new Soyuz mission is scheduled for Saturday, March 28.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — American astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko blasted off early Saturday on a mission to spend an entire year away from the Earth.




  • Inside the elaborate, often unglamorous world of presidential hotel stays

    President Barack Obama has visited scores of foreign countries in his six years in the White House, conducting high-stakes diplomacy amid high-priced luxury at some of the world’s poshest destinations.




  • Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan, following House

    FILE - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this March 24, 2015 file photo. Senators worked into Friday's pre-dawn hours March 27, 2015 on a stack of amendments to the balanced-budget plan, which closely follows a blueprint the House passed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.




  • Jury clears Kleiner firm of gender bias, judge rejects one verdict

    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) - A California jury ruled Friday to clear venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination in a lawsuit brought by a former woman partner, but the judge ordered jurors to resume deliberations on a claim of retaliation. The jury in California Superior Court decided that gender was not the reason Kleiner did not promote the partner, Ellen Pao. The jury cleared Kleiner on three claims and voted eight to four in favor of Kleiner on a fourth claim by Pao that the firm retaliated against her after she sued in 2012. Pao, now interim chief executive at social-news service Reddit, claimed her standing at Kleiner crumbled after she ended a brief affair with partner Ajit Nazre.




  • Woman charged with scamming Boston bombing victims fund

    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 race(Reuters) - A Boston woman has been indicted with fraudulently obtaining $8,000 from the fund set up for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and thousands more from other fundraising, officials said on Thursday. Investigators found that Joanna Leigh, 41, was at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 when two bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260, but they argued that she was not injured, the Boston Police Department said in a statement. Leigh was indicted earlier this month by a Suffolk County grand jury on five larceny counts and a charge of making a false claim to the government, the police department said. It said Leigh received $8,000 from The One Fund Boston, which raised nearly $80 million in the aftermath of the attack.




  • Arkansas Senate approves controversial religion bill
    (Reuters) - The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a bill its authors said is to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow business owners to refuse service to gays and lesbians because of their beliefs. As the bill advances in the Republican-dominated Arkansas statehouse, the governor of nearby Indiana signed into law a similar "religious freedom" bill on Thursday, prompting protests from human rights groups and some business leaders. The Arkansas measure says "governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification." Supporters have said that a business should not be forced to cater a same-sex wedding if it violates the religious belief of the owner. Governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, has said he would sign the measure.

  • Is Moore, Okla., the ‘tornado alley of tornado alley’?

    This May 21, 2013 file photo shows an aerial view of Plaza Towers Elementary School which was damaged during a May 20, 2013 tornado, in Moore, Oklahoma. For the second time since a tornado ravaged Moore, killing 24 people including seven students at Plaza Towers Elementary School, organizers plan to circulate an initiative petition calling for a statewide vote to fund the construction of school storm shelters. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)Residents are wondering why their community has been a frequent target of twisters.




  • Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why

    In this undated photo provided by the French Interior Ministry, French emergency rescue services work at the site of the Germanwings jet that crashed on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and intentionally rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. (AP Photo/French Interior Ministry, Francis Pellier)PARIS (AP) — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.




  • Photos: Building collapse in New York City's East Village
    Photos: Building collapse in New York City's East VillageNew York City firefighters work the scene of a large fire and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Orange flames and black smoke are billowing from the facade and roof of the building near several New York University buildings. (AP Photo/Suzanne Mitchell)


  • Icelandic whaling: Conservationists split over efficacy of Obama’s sanctions

    Icelandic whaling: Conservationists split over efficacy of Obamaâs sanctions, E.U. protestThe 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?




  • Explosion rocks NYC neighborhood

    Building collapse in New York City's East VillageThe blast causes a fire and partial collapse at an apartment building in Manhattan.




  • Politicians are the only people who can't be addicted to their phones

    Life inside a presidential campaign bubble has long been maligned as a suffocating, alienating experience.




  • Germanwings tragedy: How post-9/11 safety measures factored into crash
    After Sept. 11, many airline carriers strengthened cockpit doors and made it more difficult for anyone to get inside once the pilot activated the lock switch — which prevented the captain of Flight 4U 9525 from regaining control.

  • National Guardsman, cousin arrested for trying to join Islamic State

    US National Guardsman and His Cousin Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS, Authorities SayThe FBI has arrested two men -- one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard -- for allegedly trying to join ISIS, the brutal terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, authorities said. Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport as he was trying to fly to Egypt, according to authorities. His cousin, Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his home. Hasan Edmonds first came onto the FBI’s radar in late 2014 as he hatched a plan for Hasan Edmonds to join ISIS overseas while Jonas Edmonds launched an attack inside the United States, according to the Justice Department.




  • 'Distrust and Verify': How Obama will sell an Iran nuke deal

    The White House is gearing up for an unprecedented campaign to sell a potential pact.




  • Grateful Oklahomans salvage belongings after killer storm

    People survey storm damage in Sand Springs, Okla., Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The slow start to the nation's tornado season came to a blustery end Wednesday when tornadoes hit Arkansas and Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Joey Johnson) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUTSAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Oklahomans salvaged soggy belongings Thursday after the Plains' first tornado outbreak of 2015, expressing gratitude that casualties were low but understanding that nature's next punch could be far worse.




  • Bergdahl says he tried to escape Taliban captors a dozen times

    File - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The U.S. military says it will make an announcement Wednesday on the case against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl tried to escape his Taliban captors a dozen times in five years as a prisoner of war, once remaining free for nine days, but each time he was found and brutally beaten, he said in a statement released on Wednesday. The statement, Bergdahl's first account of his time as a Taliban prisoner, was released by his attorney, Eugene Fidell, after the Army charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior in the face of the enemy in connection with his capture.




  • Saudi Arabia begin airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen

    In this Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 file photo,Yemen's Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi gestures as he enters a polling center to cast his vote in Sanaa. Yemen's embattled president fled his palace in Aden for an undisclosed location Wednesday as Shiite rebels offered cash bounty for his capture and arrested his defense minister. Hadi left just hours after the rebels' own television station said they seized an air base where U.S. troops and Europeans advised the country in its fight against al-Qaida militants. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia began airstrikes Wednesday against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen, vowing that the Sunni kingdom will do "anything necessary" to restore a deposed government that has been routed by the Iranian-backed group.




  • James O'Keefe video purportedly catches Cornell dean encouraging pro-IS groups

    Exclusive: James O'Keefe exposes Hollywood environmentalistsA video released this week by Project Veritas, O’Keefe’s nonprofit investigative organization, purports to expose Cornell as a welcoming environment for terrorist groups like IS and Hamas.




  • Bergdahl may face life in prison

    File - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The U.S. military says it will make an announcement Wednesday on the case against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)The Army sergeant is charged with misbehavior before the enemy and desertion.




  • Germanwings plane went down in French Alps within a mile of 1953 crash site

    A French army helicopter heads to the Germanwings flight crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, after the jetliner crashed Tuesday in the French Alps. French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of a German jetliner on Wednesday and sealed off the rugged Alpine crash site where 150 people died when their plane on a flight from Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf, Germany, slammed into a mountain. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)The Germanwings airplane fell from the sky extremely close to an Air France crash site from 1953.




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