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  • BC-WEA--Global Weather-Fahrenheit

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Minimum and maximum temperatures in Fahrenheit, precipitation in inches and weather conditions as recorded for the previous day and forecast for the current and following day in each city as of 1400 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND Amsterdam;47;63;rn;0.00;48;64;rn;50;64;rn Athens;53;69;pc;0.00;54;72;pc;54;70;pc Atlanta;52;70;rn;0.00;52;77;clr;48;82;clr Auckland;57;68;rn;0.00;55;70;rn;61;72;rn Basra;78;100;pc;0.00;73;99;rn;72;97;clr Bahrain;75;84;pc;0.00;81;97;pc;81;90;clr Bangkok;83;98;pc;0.00;82;97;rn;82;97;rn Barbados;77;85;pc;0.00;77;84;pc;77;84;rn Barcelona;57;67;rn;0.08;55;68;clr;57;66;pc Beijing;46;80;clr;0.00;55;82;clr;55;73;pc

  • APNewsBreak: Clemency after 10 years in prison?

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will begin considering clemency applications from nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars, according to a person familiar with the matter. The initiative is part of a broader Obama administration effort to trim the nation's prison population and ease sentencing disparities arising from drug possession crimes. The goal of the new criteria, which were to be detailed Wednesday, is to create a broader pool of eligible prisoners the Justice Department can recommend to the president to consider for shorter sentences.

  • Guyana residents seek improvements to 911 system

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    GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — People in the South American country of Guyana are pressuring the government to improve its 911 emergency system amid accusations that numerous calls about serious incidents are going unanswered. National Security Minister Clement Rohee has blamed the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Co. for the problems, but the company has denied wrongdoing. The company on Wednesday accused police officers of ignoring calls and leaving phones off the hook. Officials said they do weekly checks to ensure the system is working and found problems with personnel failing to answer calls even during standard working hours. Guyana Telephone and Telegraph is a subsidiary of Atlantic Tele-Network, based in Beverly, Mas

  • U.S. should pivot again on Asia, this time toward action

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    (c) 2014, Bloomberg News. The following editorial appears on Bloomberg View: In its short life, the Obama administration's much-hyped "pivot" to Asia has become a magnet for derision. Some critics say the strategy needlessly antagonizes China; others complain it's not tough enough. Either the "rebalancing" lacks sufficient resources — ships, planes and troops — or it's draining such assets from needier parts of the world. It's all show and no substance. Or perhaps, given how many trips to the region President Obama canceled before this week's visit to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, it boasts little enough of either.

  • Bryan woman gets 11 years for health care fraud

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    HOUSTON (AP) — A Central Texas medical supply operator has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison in a nearly $3.4 million health care fraud scheme. Prosecutors in Houston on Wednesday announced the penalty for 42-year-old Yolanda Nowlin of Bryan. Nowlin must also repay more than $850,000 to government programs. A federal jury last September convicted Nowlin of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, conspiracy to commit kickback fraud and aiding and abetting Social Security fraud. Investigators say Nowlin, who was sentenced Tuesday, ran two durable medical equipment companies and Carla Parnell of Bryan was an office manager. The fraudulent claims involved operations from 2003 through 2009.

  • Florida university opens TB lab in Haiti

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The University of Florida is opening a state-of-the-art lab in Haiti to train researchers to better understand and fight tuberculosis. Dr. Michael Lauzardo says that the 1,500 square-feet (139 square-meters) facility will bring graduate students from outside Haiti to work with Haitian technicians who will then go on to work at the national laboratory. There are only three other TB labs in Haiti and more are greatly needed. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that Haiti has the highest rate of TB in the hemisphere, and that nearly 40 percent of the people with TB go undiagnosed. The lab was built for less than $150,000 and is housed in a compound west of the Port-

  • Court won't overturn death sentence for Ky. man

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says there will be no new sentencing hearing for a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky. The justices in a 6-3 ruling Wednesday refused to overturn Robert Keith Woodall's death sentence for abducting and killing Sarah Hansen on Jan. 25, 1997, after forcing her from a convenience store in western Kentucky. A federal court ruled that the judge at Woodall's state trial should have instructed the jury not to draw any negative conclusions about his refusal to take the stand at his 1998 capital sentencing hearing. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling.

  • Martin Schram: Searching for an angle on a dithering Obama

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    Geometrically speaking, it just can’t happen, architects sniff. Yet people who work for presidents or cover them for a living know that it does. Presidents sometimes, somehow manage to paint themselves into a corner in their Oval Office. And President Obama may even hold the unenviable indoor record for Oval Office corner-painting. Today we will look at a few of the lowlights of how and why this reputation has befallen a president for whom so many of us had highest hopes on the day he first entered that Oval Office. But his first corner-painting lowlight actually began before that, early in his campaign for the presidency. On Aug. 2, 2007, then-Sen.

  • First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents. First lady Michelle Obama was announcing the launch of the new Veterans Employment Center on Wednesday at Fort Campbell, Ky., during a special veterans' jobs summit organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Labor.

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    AP WASHINGTON DAYBOOK, Thursday, April 24 WHITE HOUSE, ECONOMY, COURTS

  • Sri Lanka to deport UK tourist with Buddha tattoo

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    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities will deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm, an official said Wednesday. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said Naomi Coleman was detained at Colombo's airport after she arrived from India on Monday when authorities spotted the tattoo of Buddha seated on a lotus flower. She was sent before a magistrate who ordered her deportation. Rohana said that Coleman has been handed over to immigration authorities, who are taking steps to deport her. He said Coleman was arrested for "hurting others' religious feelings." Immigration officials did not answer calls seeking a comment. Coleman could not be reached and it wasn't clear if she was trav

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    AP WASHINGTON DAYBOOK, Thursday, April 24 CONGRESS-SENATE

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    AP WASHINGTON DAYBOOK, Thursday, April 24 CONGRESS-HOUSE

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    AP WASHINGTON DAYBOOK, Thursday, April 24 GENERAL

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    AP WASHINGTON DAYBOOK, Thursday, April 24 AGENCIES

  • High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has thrown out a nearly $3.4 million judgment against a man convicted of possessing two pornographic images of a child that have been seen by thousands of online viewers. The justices said in a 5-4 ruling Wednesday that courts can order people convicted of child pornography to pay restitution to their victims, but only to the extent that there is a strong tie between the victim's losses and the convicts' actions. Justice Anthony Kennedy said for the court that federal judges should exercise discretion in awarding restitution. The case involved a woman known as "Amy." Doyle Randall Paroline was held liable by a federal appeals court for the nearly $3.

  • Ex-CEO admits stealing from prominent NYC charity

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The politically connected former CEO of a prominent New York City charity has admitted he helped steal $5 million in an insurance scheme that authorities linked to campaign contributions. William Rapfogel pleaded guilty Wednesday to grand larceny, money laundering and other charges. He admitted he stole more than $1 million from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, which he led from 1992 until his August firing. Authorities say Rapfogel and several conspirators inflated the price of the organization's insurance so they could pocket the overcharge. Authorities say they split more than $5 million over 20 years. Rapfogel has already turned over nearly $1.5 million.

  • Spacious new Heathrow Terminal 2 set for opening

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    LONDON (AP) — The rundown, overcrowded Terminal 2 at London's sprawling Heathrow Airport is long gone, about to be replaced by a spacious new building built to handle 20 million passengers each year. The new facility was hailed as a cornerstone of Heathrow's revitalization when shown to reporters Wednesday ahead of the June 4 opening. Lead architect Luis Vidal said its extensive use of natural light and high quality acoustics should make it a calm space for travelers accustomed to high anxiety at dark, noisy airports. "If you make it intuitive, pleasant, joyful, you can take away a completely different memory of the terminal," he told The Associated Press. "You can never completely erase your memory of the former Term

  • Snowflake Ridge preliminary design approved

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    Except for scattered individual lots, Ruidoso doesn't have much land left for subdivision development. But Jack N. Mousa recently received preliminary plat approval from the Ruidoso Planning and Zoning Commission to develop 138 residential lots on 116 acres of land on the north side of town in Unit 2 of Alto Crest subdivision. Ten acres were designated for roads and seven acres for green space. The average lot size will be .8 of an acre, with the largest at 1.8 acres. He first presented a sketch plat to the commission in October to receive feedback on any problems commissioner spotted. A plat is the legally approved layout of a piece of property.

  • Vega named interim magistrate judge

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    Mickie Vega of Carrizozo was appointed Friday by the governor to serve as Lincoln County Magistrate Court judge until the election later this year. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Vega's appointment along with that of Alan Brown of Elephant Butte to the Sierra County Magistrate Court. "Mickie has nearly 20 years of experience with legal and administrative work in courts, law enforcement and government," Martinez said. "This diverse and extensive background makes her the ideal candidate to serve the people of Lincoln County on the magistrate court." Vega is filling the vacancy in Division I created by the retirement in January of former judge Martha Proctor.