• Closing arguments expected in Cleveland slayings trial

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    CLEVELAND (AP) — Closing arguments are expected Wednesday in the trial of a Cleveland man accused of killing three women and hiding their bodies in garbage bags. Thirty-eight-year-old Michael Madison could face the death penalty if he's convicted on murder charges. Madison was arrested in July 2013, shortly after the bodies were found near the East Cleveland apartment building where he lived. During the trial that began last month, prosecutors played a recording of statements that Madison made after his arrest. He told police during an interrogation that he strangled two of the women during fits of rage. His defense attorney hasn't disputed that Madison killed the women.

  • Cuba Chanel

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    EDS NOTE NUDITY - Models wear creations from the Karl Lagerfeld "cruise" line for fashion house Chanel, at the Paseo del Prado street in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. With the heart of the Cuban capital effectively privatized by an international corporation under the watchful eye of the Cuban state, the premiere of Chanel 2016/2017 "cruise" line offered a startling sight in a country officially dedicated to social equality and the rejection of material wealth.

  • Trump virtually clinches Republican presidential nomination

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    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In a stunning triumph for a political outsider, Donald Trump all but clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a resounding victory in Indiana that knocked rival Ted Cruz out of the race and cleared Trump's path to a likely November face-off with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Trump still needs about 200 delegates to formally secure the nomination, but Cruz's decision to end his campaign removed his last major obstacle. "Ted Cruz — I don't know if he likes me or he doesn't like me — but he is one hell of a competitor," Trump said of his last fierce competitor whom he had dubbed "lyin' Ted." Trump, in a victory speech that was much lower-key than usual, promised victory in

  • Lawsuit: Nevada worker fired for not accepting Scientology

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Catholic woman fired from her job at a bottled water company led by a Nevada lawmaker has filed a federal lawsuit against the business, saying she was pressured to watch videos on Scientology and was denied pay raises because of her religious beliefs. Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez filed a discrimination lawsuit April 26 against Las Vegas-based AffinityLifestyles.com, also known as Real Alkalized Water. Republican Assemblyman Brent Jones is president of the company. His son, Blain Jones, is executive vice president of the company and is running for a Nevada Assembly seat. "I have not seen the legal documents at this time, so I cannot comment on the alleged claims," Jones said in a statement Tuesday.

  • The Latest: Cousin says girl was kind, loved to play music

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    SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the kidnapping and killing of an 11-year-old girl from the Navajo Nation (all times local): 8:13 p.m. The cousin of an 11 year old girl who was abducted on the Navajo Nation and found dead says she was a kind, smart girl who loved music and played the xylophone. Shawn Mike's comment Tuesday night came after a meeting and candlelight vigil at a small community center south of Shiprock. Hundreds of people packed the tiny hall while hundreds more stood outside of the building in support of Ashlynn Mike. Mike, who is serving as a spokesman for the girl's family, says they are overwhelmed by the community's support.

  • Pig attacks, injures 2 people at Massachusetts farm

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    TOWNSEND, Mass. (AP) — A pig attacked and seriously injured a man less than two hours after the same animal attacked a woman at a Massachusetts farm. Townsend Police Chief Robert M. Eaton Jr. said his department was investigating "two very unfortunate farm incidents" in the town about 50 miles northwest of Boston. Police and emergency responders were called to the farm Tuesday evening for a report of an injured woman. When they arrived they found a 38-year-old woman with lacerations on her body from an apparent pig attack. She was taken to a hospital for further treatment. Less than two hours later, rescuers were called to the same location for a report of a man who had received more serious injuries from the same ani

  • Haiti Dysfunctional Democracy

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    FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2016, file photo, Haiti's provisional President Jocelerme Privert stands for the national anthem after delivering his speech at an installation ceremony, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haitian lawmakers chose Privert, the country's former Senate chief to lead a caretaker government to fill the void left by the departure of ex-President Michel Martelly.

  • Asian stocks fall 2nd day on global growth concern

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    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks fell again Tuesday after weaker Chinese manufacturing and a cut in Europe's growth outlook fueled fears about the global economy. KEEPING SCORE: Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 retreated 1.1 percent to 5,293.70 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index shed 0.9 percent to 20,478.21. Seoul's Kospi lost 0.5 percent to 1,976.14 and the Shanghai Composite Index declined 0.2 percent to 2,987.74. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. New Zealand gained while benchmarks in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines declined. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 0.8 percent and the Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 0.9 percent. The Nasdaq composite shed 1.1 percent.

  • Colombia Argentina Soccer Copa Libertadores

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    Argentina's Huracan's Matias Fritzler, left, looks down next to teammate Mario Risso at the end of a Copa Libertadores round of sixteen second leg soccer match against Colombia's Atletico Nacional in Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Atletico Nacional won 4-2 and qualified to the quarterfinals.

  • Prime minister says Australia to have July 2 election

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    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's election campaign will officially start soon with climate change policy and union corruption in the national building industry shaping into key battlegrounds for the July 2 poll. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Wednesday that he was likely to visit Governor-General Peter Cosgrove this weekend to lock down the date and officially start the election campaign. A heartening historical fact for Turnbull is that no Australian federal government has lost power after a single three-year term since the tumultuous early years of the Great Depression. But Australia is now in an extraordinary era of political volatility as it grapples to diversify an economy that thrived on a mining boom that

  • Argentina Daily Life

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    Mariano Arias, pushes Joshep Sumer's wheelchair, accompanied by Sumer's wife Marie Claire, during a visit to the Aconcagua National park in Las Heras, Argentina, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The couple who are from Belgium are visiting the park, to see the Aconcagua, marked as the highest peak in the American continent.

  • 'Happy Together' copyright dispute in NY top court

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    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's highest court has agreed to rule on a case pitting the owner of The Turtles' 1967 hit "Happy Together" against Sirius XM Radio. The issue is whether the copyright owners of recordings made before 1972 have a common law right to make radio stations and others pay for their use. The case has been referred to the Court of Appeals from a federal appeals court. Federal law established limited copyright protections to recordings after Feb. 15, 1972, while preserving state law property rights on earlier recordings. The case pits Flo & Eddie Inc., which owns The Turtles recordings, against Sirius XM Radio Inc., one of the largest radio and internet-radio broadcasters in the U.S.

  • US combat death in Iraq reflects intensifying war

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    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — The combat death of a U.S. Navy SEAL who was advising Kurdish forces in Iraq coincides with a gradually deepening American role in fighting a resilient Islamic State, even as the Iraqis struggle to muster the military and political strength to defeat the militants. Over the course of the nearly two-year-old campaign, the Pentagon has slowly expanded the American military role. The strategy, criticized by some as incremental and inadequate, aims to ensure that the Iraqis do the ground combat, supported by U.S. airpower, special operations advisers and others. As the Iraqis have gained competence and confidence and prepared an assault in hopes of retaking Mosul, the Pentagon has announced plans to pu

  • Detroit teachers to return to classroom after 2-day sick-out

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    DETROIT (AP) — Teachers who closed Detroit schools for two days by calling out sick announced Tuesday that they would return to the classroom after receiving assurance from the district's manager that they would be paid. The move by the Detroit Federation of Teachers came hours after Michigan lawmakers advanced a $500 million plan to restructure the public schools by creating a new district. The vote was intended to ease teachers' fears that they might not get paid if the district runs out of money. But the union quickly blasted the legislation endorsed by the House Appropriations Committee. It would forbid existing labor agreements from transferring to the new district and restrict collective bargaining over work schedules

  • Navy SEAL killed in Iraq was close to disgraced grandfather

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    PHOENIX (AP) — The Navy SEAL killed in Iraq on Tuesday was identified as Charlie Keating IV, a former Phoenix high school star distance runner and the grandson of the late Arizona financier involved in the 1980s savings and loan scandal. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Keating died in an Islamic State group attack near the city of Irbil. He's the third American serviceman to die in combat in Iraq since the U.S.-led coalition launched its campaign against the Islamic State in the summer of 2014, according to military officials. Ducey ordered all state flags be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Wednesday in honor of Keating, who also was the cousin of former Olympic swimming champion Gary Hall Jr. Kea

  • Brazil Olympic Torch Relay

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    Brazil's Indian athlete Kamukaika Lappa of the Yawalapiti ethnic group carries the Olympic torch during the torch relay in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The three-month torch relay across Brazil will end at the opening ceremony on Aug. 5 at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Mexican officials searching for missing Seattle woman

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    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say they are searching for a Seattle woman who disappeared while backpacking in southern Mexico. Authorities in the state of Oaxaca have issued an alert for information on Jenney Chen, saying she was last heard from around April 11. They say she had been hitchhiking and was headed to the coastal resort of Cancun. Officials say she may have traveled west down the Isthmus of Tehuantepec or could have taken a more northerly route through Veracruz state. Some parts of Veracruz have been plagued by violence and disappearances. Chen's husband is Seattle resident Jonathan Reinhard, and he is carrying out efforts to find her. Reinhard wrote Tuesday that he hoped for "some positive results

  • The Latest: UN Security Council to hold meeting on Aleppo

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    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria's civil war and the escalating violence in the contested northern city of Aleppo (all times local): 1 a.m. The U.N. Security Council has scheduled a meeting on the escalating violence in Aleppo in response to an urgent request from Britain and France. Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft and France's U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre called for a briefing by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Diplomats said instead U.N. political chief Jeffrey Feltman will brief the council on Wednesday afternoon. "Aleppo is burning ... and its civilians are being killed," Rycroft told the Security Council after members adopted a resolution demanding an end to attacks on hospitals and medi

  • Trump virtually clinches Republican presidential nomination

    BY JULIE PACE and SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press | Updated: 4 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Donald Trump took a major step toward sewing up the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a victory in Indiana's primary election, dashing the hopes of rival Ted Cruz and other GOP forces who fear the brash businessman will doom their party in the general election. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were vying for victory in the Democratic primary, though it was too early to call the race as votes were being tallied. Clinton already is 91 percent of the way to her party's nomination. While Trump can't mathematically clinch the GOP nomination with his victory in Indiana, his path now becomes easier and he has more room for error in the remaining primary contests.

  • Another big verdict in talc case against Johnson & Johnson

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Twice in the past three months, juries have awarded tens millions of dollars to ovarian cancer victims who blamed Johnson & Johnson talcum powder for their illness — among the first verdicts in a gathering courtroom assault by law firms that are aggressively recruiting clients through TV ads and the Internet. While the link between ovarian cancer and talc is a matter of scientific dispute, a St. Louis jury Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million to a South Dakota survivor of the disease. In February, another St. Louis jury awarded $72 million to relatives of an Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer.




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