• Obama golfs with big money, oil moguls in Florida

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    PALM CITY, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama is teeing off in Florida with a trio of oil and private equity moguls. The president is spending the weekend in Palm City in eastern Florida, at the private Floridian National Golf Club. Obama was joined for his round of golf Sunday by Jim Crane, who owns the Floridian. Crane is a major Democratic donor who also owns the Houston Astros and golfed with Obama and Tiger Woods in 2013. He's also a major player in the Texas energy industry. Also in Obama's foursome is Milton Carroll. He's on the board of directors of Halliburton, the oil company closely associated with former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney. Private equity investor Glenn Hutchins rounds out the pres

  • Israel installs solar panels at parliament to save energy

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has installed solar panels on the roof of its parliament building, creating what it calls the largest solar field of any national assembly in the world. The office of the parliament speaker says energy generated from some 1,500 solar panels will provide 10 percent of the electricity used at the Knesset, Israel's parliament. The Knesset is also advancing other energy-saving projects, like installing energy-saving lights, automatically shutting down lawmakers' computers at the end of each workday, and using air conditioning systems to help irrigate the gardens surrounding the building. The statement says the measures will reduce the Knesset's energy use by a third. Scientists will also cond

  • Egypt prosecutor names Brotherhood leaders as terrorists

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top prosecutor on Sunday named 18 Muslim Brotherhood members, including the group's leader and his deputy, as terrorists in the first implementation of an anti-terror law passed earlier this year. In a statement, chief prosecutor Hisham Barakat said the decision follows a February court ruling that convicted Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie; his deputy Khairat el-Shater; the head of the group's political party Saad el-Katatni and others of orchestrating violence in 2013 that killed 11 people and wounded over 90 outside their office. The clashes were at the start of mass protests against President Mohammed Morsi, also a member of the group, and days before the military ousted him.

  • MMA amateurs say NY should let them turn pro here

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    COLONIE, N.Y. (AP) — While proposals to legalize professional mixed martial arts have been deadlocked for eight years at New York's statehouse, the amateur sport has grown in gyms across the state. Some MMA fighters training at Brian Beury Jiu Jitsu in suburban Albany, just down the road from the Capitol, say they'd like to turn pro. Thirty-one-year-old hairdresser and mother of two Heather LeFevre says they already put into it their blood, sweat and tears and money would be good. New York is the last state to prohibit professional MMA. Opponents say it's too violent. Supporters say it's already here and should be regulated.

  • Farmer tries to find balance with genetically modified crops

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    TOLSTOY, S.D. (AP) — A farmer in South Dakota's northern half is taking a middle road as to whether he should grow genetically modified crops. Tolstoy farmer Corey Johannsen tells the Aberdeen American News (http://bit.ly/1a06J6O ) he grows crops that are genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, as well as those that aren't. He says the subject is a touchy one among farmers. Johannsen says he believes those who favor non-GMO crops have some legitimate concerns but "well over 90 percent" of South Dakota farmers make their money from GMO crops. Johannsen got interested in non-GMO crops because of consumer demand but also over concerns about using a herbicide called glyphosate for weeds. About a third of his farm w

  • Northeast, despite highest gas costs, resists more pipelines

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Most people agree the Northeast must expand its energy supply to trim the nation's highest costs and natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. Still, there is loud opposition to building or expanding pipelines here. Last year, a Massachusetts route selected by Texas-based Kinder Morgan generated so much venom that the company moved it to New Hampshire — where it's also generating plenty of venom. That line is one of about 20 pipeline projects being proposed throughout the Northeast, where savvy environmental and political forces combine with population density to provide formidable opposition. The lines are in a region looking to tap the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation.

  • Syrians flee Idlib, fearing government reprisals

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrians fled Idlib Sunday, fearing government reprisals a day after opposition fighters and a powerful local al-Qaida affiliate captured the northwestern town, activists said. Idlib, with a population of around 165,000 people, is the second provincial capital to fall to the opposition after Raqqa, which is now a stronghold of the Islamic State group. Its capture by several factions led by the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front underscores the growing power of extremist groups in Syria, who now control about half the country. The Nusra Front and Syrian rebels have controlled the countryside and towns across Idlib province since 2012, but Assad's forces had maintained their grip on Idlib city, near the border with Turk

  • Israel premier expresses 'deep concern' on pending Iran deal

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he has "deep concern" over a pending nuclear deal the West appears close to signing with Israel's arch-enemy Iran. Netanyahu said that he conveyed those fears to visiting American lawmakers, warning that the looming deal appears to "corroborate all our concerns and then some." Netanyahu has been a fierce critic of American-led efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran and publicly has clashed with the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama over the issue. Negotiators in the Swiss town of Lausanne are working on an initial agreement just three days before their self-imposed deadline.

  • Defense tests accusers' credibility as drug cops face trial

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A sweeping police corruption case starting Monday in Philadelphia largely is expected to be a showdown between the accused drug investigators and about 20 drug suspects. But there's one exception. Convicted former officer Jeffrey Walker is expected to spend days on the witness stand testifying against his long-time colleagues. Walker admits he planted evidence in a suspect's car and stole $15,000 from him. Defense lawyers for the six defendants call Walker an unfit officer and unreliable trial witness. The trial is expected to last about 10 weeks. Prosecutors say the defendants beat and robbed drug suspects and stole large sums of drugs and cash.

  • Lee Kuan Yew eulogized at funeral as architect of Singapore

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Singaporeans bid farewell to longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday with an elaborate procession and a three-hour state funeral at which his son, the current prime minister, eulogized the statesman and declared that the wealthy city-state he helped build is his monument. Undeterred by heavy rain, about 100,000 people lined a 15-kilometer (9-mile) route through the city to catch a glimpse of the funeral cortege. Lee's coffin, draped in Singapore's red and white flag and protected from the downpour by a glass casing, lay atop a ceremonial gun carriage that was solemnly led past city landmarks from Parliament to a cultural center where the state funeral was held.

  • Cookie monster: Thief takes cash box at Girl Scout sale

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A thief in New Hampshire apparently had a craving for cash, not cookies. Rochester police say they are looking for a man who stole a cash box from Girl Scouts selling cookies outside a local drug store. Police say the theft occurred Saturday evening during a cookie sales event outside Walgreen's on South Main Street. WMUR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1EkPM3A ) that a man wearing a black winter hat and New England Patriots jacket swiped the cash box and dashed into a car with New Jersey license plates and two other people inside. Police say it's unclear how much money was stolen. Anyone with information about the case should call Rochester police at 603-335-6500.

  • Q&A: Plans for an Arab joint intervention force

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Arab League member nations formally announced on Sunday an agreement to form a joint military force. While details of how such a force would actually operate remain thin, the agreement is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or Iran-backed groups. ___ HOW WILL THE JOINT FORCE WORK? Senior officials from participating counties have been dispatched to collectively examine the issue, and a full proposal is to be presented to the Arab League's Joint Defense Council within four months. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, has described the force as an absolute necessity.

  • Cameroon residents kill suspected C. African Republic rebels

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Residents of eastern Cameroon killed several suspected fighters from a Central African Republic rebel group who were trying to carry out a large-scale kidnapping, a local official said Sunday. The incident occurred Saturday night near the border town of Garoua-Boulai, said Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua. He said 15 heavily armed men initially seized eight people before the residents, who had armed themselves with guns and machetes, attacked. The eight would-be hostages were released, several fighters were killed and two are being held by the population. The area is remote, making it impossible to immediately confirm how many fighters were killed and if residents were also killed, Ivaha Diboua said.

  • New England takes on ocean pollution, state by state

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of state legislators in New England want to form a multi-state pact to counter increasing ocean acidity along the East Coast, a problem they believe will endanger multi-million dollar fishing industries if left unchecked. The legislators' effort faces numerous hurdles: They are in the early stages of fostering cooperation between many layers of government, hope to push for potentially expensive research and mitigation projects, and want to use state laws to tackle a problem scientists say is the product of global environmental trends.

  • Waving fronds around the world, Christians mark Palm Sunday

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Christians around the world are marking Palm Sunday by waving fronds, attending church services and visiting sites in the Holy Land at the start of the Holy Week that ends with Easter. Crowds of faithful gathered in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Many waved the fronds to symbolize how worshippers greeted Jesus over 2,000 years ago as he triumphantly returned to Jerusalem. Later in the day, hundreds of Christian pilgrims are expected to march behind a white donkey from the Mount of Olives to the holy city, retracing Jesus' traditional route into Jerusalem.

  • Vettel wins Malaysian GP to end Mercedes streak

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Fears that Mercedes would dominate the 2015 Formula One season were swept aside in a flash of Ferrari red on Sunday as a tearful Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix and announced himself as a genuine title contender. Most observers were gloomily predicting another one-sided season after Mercedes recorded a comfortable one-two finish in the season opener in Australia, but two weeks later the picture was very different as Ferrari capitalized on searing track temperatures and some rare Mercedes mistakes to take a drought-breaking victory. Coming off eight-straight wins and with Lewis Hamilton on pole, there was every reason to expect another Mercedes stroll.

  • Max Verstappen makes F1 history as youngest in points

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — The glory belonged to Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, but the history was made by the other Italian team as Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen became the youngest driver to score points in Formula One history. At 17 years and 180 days, the Dutch teenager is almost 2 1/2 years younger than Daniil Kvyat when he set the record on debut at last year's Australian Grand Prix. The record for youngest in the points has been tumbling regularly in recent years — it is the fifth time it has changed hands in the 2000s — but Verstappen looks likely to hold it for many years to come, as F1 changed the rules soon after he was hired and from now on drivers must be at least 18 to compete at the top l

  • India's upstart anti-graft party shows signs of unraveling

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Just a few weeks ago, the upstart Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man's Party, was seen by many as a breath of fresh air in the chaotic, corruption-tainted world of Indian politics, promising to root out graft and display complete transparency. Now, however, with its top leaders spending the weekend slugging it out in public, it seems the party that promised to transform India's political landscape is more likely to bring disappointment to millions of Indians despairing of their politicians. "To think that commentators were actually advising older political parties to be more like #AAP seems #AAP has decided to be more like us," Omar Abdullah, a former chief minister of Indian-controlled Kashmir, tweeted Saturda

  • Scenes of emotion as Singapore mourns Lee Kuan Yew

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Singaporeans turned out in the tens of thousands Sunday to pay final respects to longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew. Singapore's prime minister for more than three decades until 1990, Lee died last Monday at age 91. His cortege took a 15-kilometer (9-mile) route through the city-state before a three-hour state funeral. Singaporeans credit Lee's leadership with laying the foundation of the Southeast Asian country's current prosperity, and his death triggered a wave of emotion rarely seen in Singapore. Some scenes from Sunday: ___ As the funeral cortege left Parliament, where Lee lay in state for four days, heavy rain poured down on onlookers, some of whom had waited for hours for a glimpse of the procession.

  • LA light rail train hits car, partially derails; 21 hurt

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A light rail train slammed into a car at a crossing in front of the University of Southern California, seriously injuring the driver and the train's operator. Nineteen passengers on the train suffered lesser injuries. The Metro Expo Line train was heading east toward downtown shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday when authorities said it appeared the car's 21-year-old driver didn't see it and tried to make a left turn across the tracks from a major thoroughfare. The car, a silver Hyundai, was all but demolished. The first two of the train's four cars slightly derailed, but they remained upright. "We had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver, and we transported him to a local hospital. He was in




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