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Obama urges expansion of ‘take child to work’ day

President Barack Obama talks about antibiotic-resistant bacteria as he meets with members of the his Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, Friday, March 27, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the White House will open next month's annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day to children whose parents don't work in the building.



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California woman, friend charged in alleged baby-theft plot

Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, left, and Mayor Robert Garcia stand during a news conference in Long Beach, Calif., Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Southern California authorities have arrested four people in a plot to kidnap two newborn babies. The plot ended with the death of a 3-week-old girl and the shooting and beating of the children’s mothers, police said Wednesday. At left is an image of baby Eliza Delacruz, who was snatched Jan. 3, 2015, in Long Beach by a gunman who wounded her parents and uncle, Luna said. Her body was found the next day in a trash bin near the Mexican border. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Scott Varley) MAGS OUT; NO SALESLONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 47-year-old woman and a friend were charged Friday with kidnapping, murder and attempted murder in an alleged plot to steal babies that investigators say was an effort by the woman to convince her married boyfriend that she had given birth to his twins.



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Judge orders jury to resume deliberations in bias case

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015 file photo, Ellen Pao leaves the Civic Center Courthouse during a lunch break in her trial in San Francisco. The jury of six men and six women are due back in San Francisco Superior Court on Friday, March 27 in Pao's lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Pao says the firm discriminated against her because she was a woman and then retaliated by denying her a promotion and firing her when she complained about gender bias. Kleiner Perkins denies the allegations. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge has ordered a jury to resume deliberations in a Silicon Valley gender bias case after a discrepancy was discovered in the jury count.



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Rooney, Kane on target in England stroll

England's Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during a Euro 2016 Group E qualifying football match between England and Lithuania at Wembley Stadium in north London on March 27, 2015Wayne Rooney and debutant Harry Kane scored as England sank Lithuania 4-0 at Wembley on Friday to claim a fifth consecutive win in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship. Rooney's early header took him to 47 England goals — two shy of Bobby Charlton's record — and Tottenham Hotspur breakthrough star Kane netted with his second touch after coming on as a substitute to mark his first international appearance with a goal. Raheem Sterling also claimed his first goal in an England shirt, while Danny Welbeck capped a man-of-the-match performance with his sixth strike of the qualifying campaign.



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The Knox-Sollecito retrial


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Italy’s Supreme Court clears Amanda Knox

Italy’s highest court has overturned the conviction of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of her British roommate, the court announced Friday night. FULL STORY


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Germanwings pilot found ‘unfit’

Notes found in the home of the co-pilot suspected in this week’s crash suggest he “kept his illness secret,” a prosecutor said. FULL STORY | The victims | Cockpit rules change | Watch CNNgo | Coverage


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Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader

FILE - In this March 3, 2015 file photo, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid is backing Schumer to succeed him as Democratic leader. Reid issued his endorsement Friday morning, shortly after announcing he would be retiring next year instead of running for re-election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he's retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of a party desperate to regain the Senate majority.



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NY mayor: Someone may have ‘inappropriately’ tapped gas line

A man distributes pastries to weary firefighters at the site of an explosion and fire in the East Village neighborhood of New York, Friday, March 27, 2015. Thursday's inferno caused the collapse of three buildings and fire damage to a fourth, the fire department said. It left four people in critical condition and more than a dozen others injured and at least one family searching for a loved one. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen people, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday as firefighters soaked the still-smoldering buildings and police searched for at least two missing people.



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Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court

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 OUTROME (AP) — Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case.



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North Dakota loses lowest jobless rate as oil prices slide

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — For the first time in more than six years, North Dakota doesn’t have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, due in part to sliding oil drilling activity spurred by low crude prices.
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Italy’s highest court overturns Amanda Knox murder conviction, closing legal saga

ROME (AP) — Italy’s highest court overturns Amanda Knox murder conviction, closing legal saga.
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Mystery of California hilltop piano solved

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — For a couple of days this week, a Southern California hilltop was alive with the sound of — mystery.
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Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain

Mitchelle Blair stands during her video arraignment at the 36th District Court, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Detroit. The Detroit woman charged with child abuse after the bodies of two of her children were found in her home freezer has been ordered to stay in jail Thursday unless she can post a $1 million bond. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Jose Juarez ) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — A brother and sister whose bodies were found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home had been beaten to death, autopsies determined Friday, painting a more complete picture of the horrors that unfolded inside the home for years but that apparently went unnoticed by the outside world.



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Indiana religious freedom law triggers gay rights fury

Governor Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 101 at a closed-door ceremony attended by Catholic nuns, orthodox Jews and socially conservative lobbyistsSupporters of gay rights united in outrage Friday after the US state of Indiana adopted a law critics say would allow businesses to deny service to homosexuals on religious grounds. Governor Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 101 on Thursday at a closed-door ceremony attended by Catholic nuns, orthodox Jews and socially conservative lobbyists. "It is vitally important to protect religious freedom in Indiana," the Republican governor said in a statement.



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AP Interview: Ukraine PM: Russia could spark new offensive

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk talks with reporters during an interview with the Associated Press in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, March 27, 2015. Yatsenyuk said in an interview with The Associated Press, Friday, that Russia was uninterested in de-escalating Ukraine’s conflict with separatist forces, despite a commitment to maintain the peace made in a February cease-fire agreement. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia plans to eliminate Ukraine as an independent state and could spark a new offensive in the east to achieve that aim, Ukraine's prime minister told The Associated Press on Friday.



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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)MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside.



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Feds: Baltimore jail illegally keeping juveniles in solitary

FILE - In this June 6, 2013, file photo, a prisoner transport van departs from the Baltimore City Detention Center in Baltimore. A U.S. Justice Department review says the jail is holding juveniles in isolation far too long. State corrections officials told The Associated Press on Friday, March 27, 2015, that they are committed to improving the situation. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)BALTIMORE (AP) — Teenagers awaiting trial on adult charges in Baltimore are being kept in solitary confinement for far too long — up to 143 days in one case, according to a highly critical review by the U.S. Justice Department's Division of Civil Rights.



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Lawmakers, police chiefs clash over secrecy of officer names

FILE - In this May 26, 2010, file photo, Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor, gestures during a news conference outside the Justice Department in Washington. Villasenor, writing as chief of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police has sent a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey urging him to veto a bill requiring police to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for two months. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers thought they were doing police a favor when they passed a measure that would keep secret for two months the name of any officer involved in an on-duty shooting.



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Mystery behind ancient treasures solved

In March, the U.S. recovered and returned 60 stolen Iraqi artifacts that were illegally smuggled out of the country.


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Jury decides Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015 file photo, Ellen Pao leaves the Civic Center Courthouse during a lunch break in her trial in San Francisco. The jury of six men and six women are due back in San Francisco Superior Court on Friday, March 27 in Pao's lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Pao says the firm discriminated against her because she was a woman and then retaliated by denying her a promotion and firing her when she complained about gender bias. Kleiner Perkins denies the allegations. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that shined a light on gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.



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Astronaut starts year in space

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Authorities: Woman posed as lawyer for decade, named partner

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman used forged documents to pose as an estate lawyer for a decade and made partner at her small firm before her fraud was discovered, according to charges announced Friday.
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Romania questions ex-minister over 3 Picassos, 100 paintings

In this picture taken on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, former Romanian finance minister Darius Valcov exits handcuffed from the prosecutors office in Bucharest, Romania. Romanian prosecutors investigating an alleged bribery scheme have questioned the former finance minister about the origins of 100 paintings, including three works by Pablo Picasso. Prosecutors questioned Darius Valcov on Friday March 27, 2015, saying the paintings had been hidden by four of his friends. The works have been sent to art experts for evaluation. Valcov, under house arrest since Thursday, declined to comment. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUTBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian prosecutors investigating an alleged bribery scheme have questioned the former finance minister about the origins of 100 paintings, including three works by Pablo Picasso.



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Notre Dame eyes history with shot at beating Kentucky

Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey answers questions during a news conference at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 27, 2015, in Cleveland. Notre Dame plays unbeaten Kentucky a regional final on Saturday, with the winner advancing to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — If there's one school unafraid to take on Kentucky, it's Notre Dame.



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From stoner to accused Boston bomber

Listen closely to the testimony in federal court and you begin to learn how a 19-year-old stoner who played Jay-Z, watched “The Walking Dead” and referred to himself on a resume as “nice” and a “people person” came to embrace violent global jihad.


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Jury decides Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate against female worker who filed lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jury decides Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate against female worker who filed lawsuit .
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Durant to have another surgery, miss rest of season

FILE - In this March 8, 2015, file photo, injured Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, left, pumps his fist as teammates Enes Kanter, center, and Steven Adams, right, cheer during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Oklahoma City. Durant will have bone graft surgery next week to deal with a fractured bone in his right foot, and he will miss the rest of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — NBA MVP Kevin Durant will miss the rest of the season and have bone graft surgery next week to treat a fractured bone in his right foot.



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