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The Latest: Kenya’s Rotich is Boston Marathon women’s champ

Caroline Rotich, of Kenya, breaks the tape to win the women's division of the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 20, 2015 in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)12 p.m.:



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Desisa wins 119th Boston Marathon; Rotich takes women’s race

Caroline Rotich, of Kenya, breaks the tape to win the women's division of the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 20, 2015 in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia has won the 119th Boston Marathon in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 17 seconds.



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Ethiopia’s Desisa wins men’s Boston Marathon

Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa notched his second win in the men’s race of the Boston Marathon on Monday in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 17 seconds, easily beating 2014 champion Meb Keflezighi, who last year became the first U.S. man to win the race in three decades. Desisa pulled away from Yemane Adhane Tsegay, also of Ethiopia, in the final miles of the race.
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TSA adding new security measures for airline, airport staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is tightening security rules for airline and airport workers in the wake of a criminal case in which an Atlanta baggage handler was accused of smuggling guns on commercial jets, Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Monday.
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Britain orders sale of Russian billionaire Fridman’s North Sea fields

By Karolin Schaps LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Monday ordered Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman to sell his newly acquired North Sea gas fields within six months, ratcheting up the pressure on one of Russia’s most influential businessmen just two weeks before the May 7 national election. Upping the ante in a standoff that some Russian businessmen say shows Russian capital is no longer welcome in the West, Britain’s energy minister Ed Davey notified Fridman’s LetterOne investment vehicle that its North Sea licences would be revoked unless their ownership changes.
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Kenyan Rotich wins women’s race in 119th Boston Marathon

Carlos Arredondo, a 2013 Boston Marathon first-responder, holds a "Boston Strong" banner beside his wife Melida, right, in the grandstand near the Boston Marathon finish line Monday, April 20, 2015 in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — Caroline Rotich (ROW-tish) has won the women's race at the Boston Marathon in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 55 seconds.



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Al-Shabab bombs UN van in Somalia, 4 UNICEF workers killed

This image made from video shows the scene following a bomb attack on a van carrying U.N. employees in Garowe, in the semiautonomous Puntland region of northern Somalia Monday, April 20, 2015. A bomb exploded Monday in northern Somalia, killing at least 10 people and wounding many others, police and U.N. officials said, with the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the group's Andalus radio. (AP Photo)MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremists set off a bomb in a U.N. van in normally tranquil northern Somalia on Monday, killing at least seven people, including four employees of the U.N. children's agency in an attack that was widely denounced.



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Utah woman to be sentenced in deaths of her 6 newborns

FILE - This Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, Megan Huntsman arrives in court in Provo, Utah. Huntsman who pleaded guilty to killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage is set to be sentenced. She faces up to life in prison at a hearing Monday, April 20, 2015 in Provo. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool,File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman who pleaded guilty to killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage is facing up to life in prison at a sentencing hearing set for Monday.



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Conservatives four points ahead of Labour in pre-election poll

Britain's Prime Minister Cameron delivers a speech at Arriva TrainCare in Crewe in northern EnglandBritish Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have notched up a four point lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of a May 7 election, an Ashcroft poll showed on Monday, the party's largest lead in the polling series in six weeks. If replicated across the country in the election, the lead would not be enough to give the Conservatives an overall majority, however, and was within the margin of error. The closeness of the race was underlined by two earlier polls on Monday, one of which had the Conservatives two points ahead while the other had the same lead for Labour. With no sign yet of a surge in support for either the Conservatives or Labour, polls indicate that a hung parliament is the most likely outcome, potentially handing the role of king maker to the leader of a smaller party, such as the Scottish National Party or Liberal Democrats.



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Oil up on partial draw in U.S. crude stocks, Saudi tensions

Crude oil drips from a valve at an oil well operated by Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA, in the oil rich Orinoco belt, near Morichal at the state of MonagasOil prices rose on Monday after data showing a partial draw in stockpiles at the delivery point for U.S. crude helped steady a market weighed earlier by near record highs in Saudi production. Tensions in the Middle East and a drop last week in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States also put a floor beneath U.K. North Sea Brent and U.S. crude futures, traders said. Oil services firm Genscape reported a draw of more 900,000 barrels at the Cushing, Oklahoma delivery point for U.S. crude between Tuesday and Friday last week, market sources who saw the data said. Saudi Arabia put its security forces on alert for a possible militant attack on a shopping mall or energy installation.



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Cirque du Soleil sells majority stake to private equity

Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte speaks at a news conference in Montreal Monday, April 20, 2015. Cirque du Soleil has signed a deal to sell a majority stake in the famed circus group to U.S. private equity firm TPG for an undisclosed price. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITMONTREAL (AP) — The Cirque du Soleil has signed a deal to sell a majority stake to U.S. private equity firm TPG for an undisclosed price, the world-renowned circus troupe announced Monday.



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Kenya’s Rotich wins women’s Boston Marathon

BOSTON (Reuters) – Kenyan runner Caroline Rotich won the women’s race at the Boston Marathon on Monday with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 55 seconds. Rotich narrowly beat Ethiopia’s Mare DiBaba in a closing sprint at the 119th edition of the world’s longest-running annual marathon, which was the target of a fatal bombing attack two years ago. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Frank Pingue)
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Somali militants kill six in bomb attack on U.N. vehicle

A U.N. van is seen damaged by an improvised explosive device outside the U.N. compound in GaroweBy Abdiqani Hassan BOSASSO (Reuters) – Somali militant group al Shabaab bombed a minivan carrying staff to a United Nations office in the semi-autonomous Puntland region on Monday, killing six people including four from the global body's children's fund UNICEF, officials said. UNICEF said in a statement the improvised explosive device attack occurred when its staff were travelling to the office from their guest house nearby and that four more of its staff were seriously wounded. All of us at UNICEF are deeply saddened and deeply angered," said Anthony Lake, its executive director. Nicholas Kay, the U.N. Special Representative for Somalia, said two guards also died in the attack.



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US stocks gain, rebounding from Friday’s slump

Trader Timothy Nick works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, April 20, 2015. U.S. stocks are opening higher as more big companies turn in healthy financial results for the first quarter of the year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising in midday trading, bouncing back from a big loss on Friday, as companies turn in healthy earnings reports.



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Vatican goes on offensive to defend US-Spanish saint

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is mounting a campaign to defend an 18th century Franciscan missionary who will be canonized by Pope Francis in the U.S. against protests from Native Americans who have compared his conversion of natives to genocide.
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Facing the second album challenge with Alabama Shakes

In this April 10, 2015 file photo, Alabama Shakes, from left, Zac Cockrell, Brittany Howard, Steve Johnson and Heath Fogg pose for a portrait at the 2015 Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. The band will release their latest album "Sound & Color," on Tuesday, April 21. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — So many promising music careers are tripped up by the challenge of following a successful debut that its perils are an industry cliche.



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Lawyer: Washington Post reporter in Iran faces 4 charges

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A lawyer says a Washington Post reporter jailed in Iran faces four charges, including an espionage charge.
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OSCE chief urges Ukraine rivals to seize ‘good chance for peace’

A soldier of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) secures a street in the frontline town of Shyrokyne, east of Mariupol, on March 20, 2015The OSCE chief said Monday a truce was holding in a key village in eastern Ukraine and urged the warring sides to "embrace a good chance for peace" in the region. "The news this morning is that our people, our monitors have brokered a truce in Shyrokyne, down near Mariupol," OSCE secretary general Lamberto Zannier said. The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe sent a monitoring mission to Ukraine in March 2014. Close to the strategic port of Mariupol, Shyrokyne has been the latest flashpoint in a year-long conflict that has left more than 6,000 people dead.



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Lawyer tells Washington Post its reporter jailed in Iran faces 4 charges, including espionage

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Lawyer tells Washington Post its reporter jailed in Iran faces 4 charges, including espionage.
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Tony Romo pokes fun at Pats with deflated footballs joke

Tony Romo appears on stage at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo wants country fans to know that when he throws, his footballs are properly inflated.



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6 from Minnesota charged with trying to join Islamic State

File- This March 9, 2012, file photo shows FBI spokesman Kyle Loven giving a tour of the Emergency Operations Center at the new Minneapolis-area field office in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Loven, spokesman for the Minneapolis office of the FBI, said six people were arrested Sunday, April 19, 2015, but gave no further details. An FBI spokesman in San Diego referred questions to Loven. (AP Photo/Amy Forliti, File)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Six Minnesota men have been charged with terrorism in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, the latest Westerners accused of traveling or attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.



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Tulsa sheriff: Volunteer’s training record wasn’t falsified

FILE - This Tuesday, April 14, 2015 file photo provided by the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Office shows Robert Bates. Defense attorneys released some of the training records Saturday April 18, 2015 for a 73-year-old volunteer sheriff's deputy charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed suspect in Oklahoma. The records for Robert Bates include certificates showing what training he received, job evaluation reports and weapons training and qualification records dating to 2008. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa County sheriff said Monday he doesn't believe training records were falsified in connection to a volunteer deputy who fatally shot a man after mistaking his handgun for a stun gun.



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The Latest: Cowbells, ‘Boston Strong’ in chalk greet runners

Runners, including Jeffrey Martin, center, of Edmonds, Wash., start the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 20, 2015, in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)11:35 a.m.:



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Iran charging U.S. journalist Rezaian with four crimes: Washington Post

A November 6, 2013 photo provided by the Washington Post shows reporter Jason Rezaian at the newspaper's office in WashingtonIran is charging Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian with four crimes, including espionage, the newspaper said on Monday in a report offering the first details about the exact charges against him. Rezaian, the Post's bureau chief in Tehran, was detained last year in Iran. Among the charges, he is accused of "collaborating with hostile governments" and "propaganda against the establishment," according to a statement from Rezaian's attorney, Leilah Ahsan, the Post reported. The Post said Ahsan is the only individual outside of Iran's judiciary to have read the indictment.



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Vice News, NPR, CNN, WNYC win double Peabody Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice News won two Peabody Awards, including one for reporter Medyan Dairieh’s report on Islamic state fighters, with CNN, NPR and New York public radio station WNYC also winning twice in the annual honors for electronic media.
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U.N. rights chief says EU migrant policy is callous, xenophobic

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) – The European Union should take a “more sophisticated, more courageous and less callous approach” to migrants who often die trying to reach the EU in boats that are not seaworthy, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Monday. The EU should open up legal channels to enable the migrants to enter, while acknowledging that the EU needed the migrants’ low-skilled labor, that refugees had a right to seek asylum, and that families are entitled to live together, he said.
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UN rights chief says EU migrant policy is callous, xenophobic

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attends the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Bayan PalaceBy Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) – The European Union should take a "more sophisticated, more courageous and less callous approach" to migrants who often die trying to reach the EU in boats that are not seaworthy, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said on Monday. The EU should open up legal channels to enable the migrants to enter, while acknowledging that the EU needed the migrants' low-skilled labour, that refugees had a right to seek asylum, and that families are entitled to live together, he said.



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Parking lot honker: Grumpy goose takes over high school lot

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — There’s a lot of honking going on at a suburban New York high school parking lot, and it’s not coming from the drivers.
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