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Obama: Surprised Russian missile ban to Iran held so long

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’s surprised that Russia’s suspension of missile sales to Iran “held this long.”
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Parents of child killed in Boston bombings ask to drop death sentence

This handout photo released March 30, 2015 by the US Department of Justice/US Attorney’s Office – District of Massachusetts, presented to jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial shows a view of the crowd, including members of the Richards familyThe parents of an eight-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon attacks have asked prosecutors to take the death penalty off the table for convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in a letter published Friday. Bill and Denise Richard said instead they want to see Tsarnaev, 21, sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. The Muslim immigrant of Chechen descent, who became a US citizen in 2012, faces either life in prison or the death penalty for the April 15, 2013 attack. "To end the anguish, drop the death penalty," the Richards wrote in an emotional letter published in the Boston Globe.



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Trade-off: Deal splits Democrats between business, labor

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah speaks in Salt Lake City. Top lawmakers struck a bipartisan agreement on Thursday to allow President Barack Obama to negotiate trade deals subject to a yes-or-no vote from Congress without the possibility of changes. The "fast-track" legislation comes as Obama seeks a sweeping trade deal with 11 Pacific nations. The Trans-Pacific Partnership proposes a trade agreement involving the United States, Japan, Vietnam, Canada, Mexico and seven other Pacific-rim nations. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pushed back Friday against Democrats who oppose a bipartisan accord on trade, dismissing their stand as a "ratification of the status quo" that would give countries like China a leg up on global commerce.



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The globe’s record heat keeps on broiling into this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s been no break from the globe’s record heat — the first three months of 2015 have set new high temperature marks.
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Large measles outbreak traced to Disneyland is declared over

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California health authorities on Friday declared an end to a large measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and triggered a national debate about vaccinations.
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Army shutting down wounded warrior transition care units

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in two years, the U.S. Army is shutting down a number of the specialized medical units that were set up at military bases around the country to help care for severely wounded warriors returning from battle.
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Brent choppy ahead of rig data, Yemen turmoil supports

Oil storage tanks are seen at sunrise with the Rocky Mountains and the Denver downtown skyline in the backgroundBy Robert Gibbons NEW YORK (Reuters) – Brent crude seesawed, while U.S. crude fell on Friday as turmoil in Yemen and the region limited losses ahead of fresh data on rig counts in the United States. Brent and U.S. crude contracts rallied to 2015 peaks on Thursday, lifted by the conflict in Yemen and the prospect that lower prices are starting to curb U.S. shale output. Brent June crude was up 2 cents at $64.00 a barrel at 12:31 p.m. EDT, after posting Brent's 2015 high at $64.95 on Thursday. Military units protecting Yemen's Masila oilfields, withdrew on Friday and handed over security responsibilities to local tribes, in a sign of the weakening grip of the Yemeni state over its land and resources.



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Don’t plan to line up for Apple Watch next week

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If you’re planning on buying the new Apple Watch, don’t expect to walk into a store and leave with one next week.
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Wave of bombings kills 40 people in Iraqi capital

BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of bombings ripped through Baghdad on Friday, mainly targeting public places and killing at least 40 people, Iraqi officials said.
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Italy’s Renzi says must work toward agreement with Greece

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday said Europe must work to reach an agreement with Greece and that the vote of citizens in Greece must be respected.
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Police: Man kills 2 brothers, mom, woman over business fight

Phoenix Police Department officers stand out in front of a home where authorities say five people were killed inside after a shooting Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Phoenix. The names and ages of the three men and two women weren't immediately released, but police said they all were adults. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police said Friday that a man who had been in a business dispute with his two brothers shot and killed them, his mother and one of their wives before taking his own life.



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UK prosecutors drop reporter bribe charges after acquittals

Journalist Graham Brough talks to media as he leaves the Old Bailey court in London after he and three other tabloid journalists were cleared of paying public officials for stories, following the controversial Operation Elveden investigation, Friday April 17, 2015. The trial is the latest to be triggered by Britain's 2011 phone-hacking scandal, with the Sun newspaper journalists Tom Wells, Neil Millard and Brandon Malinsky, and former Daily Mirror reporter Graham Brough found not guilty of the charges. (John Stillwell / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVESLONDON (AP) — An expensive and wide-ranging British investigation into alleged bribery by reporters crumbled Friday, after a jury acquitted four tabloid journalists of paying prison officers for information.



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Iraqi TV: ‘King of Clubs’ killed

The former Saddam Hussein deputy was a leader in terrorist groups, state TV said. FULL STORY


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Ohio man pleads not guilty to plotting military base attack

In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, left, speaks with his defense attorney, Sam Shamansky, during a hearing to set bond on charges of money laundering and providing support for terrorism in Columbus, Ohio. A Thursday, April 16 indictment says Mohamud left the country a year ago to train and fight with terrorists in Syria. The indictment says Mohamud, who was arrested in Columbus earlier this year, weighed which extremist group in Syria was more effective before his travels. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man described by his attorney as "a normal 23-year-old kid" pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he traveled to Syria and trained alongside terrorists, then returned to the U.S. with plans to attack a military base in Texas or a prison.



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ACM hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan work as comedic duo

Blake Shelton, right, and Luke Bryan, co-hosts of Sunday's 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, laugh during a news conference on the event at AT&T Stadium on Friday, April 17, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Expecting music at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards? You should be ready for comedy.



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Sentencing underway in killing of teacher in oil boom town

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 file photo, Michael Keith Spell, appears at a hearing in the Williams County Courthouse in Williston N.D. Spell is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, April 17, 2015, convicted of the murder of a Montana teacher whose death highlighted the downsides of an oil boom that’s brought thousands of newcomers to the Northern Plains. Prosecutors are recommending 100 years in prison for Spell, 25, of Parachute, Colo., in the 2012 killing of Sherry Arnold. Defense attorneys want Spell sentenced to an institution for the mentally disabled.(AP Photo/Elijah Nouvelage, File)SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — A mentally disabled Colorado man will be sentenced Friday for the murder of a Montana teacher whose death highlighted the downsides of an oil boom that has brought thousands of newcomers to the remote Northern Plains.



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Transportation officials issue oil train safety measures

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal transportation officials say they’re taking a series of steps to improve the safety of trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids, including an emergency order limiting train speeds to no more than 40 mph in “high impact” urban areas.
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Germany flies over 100 people from Yemen to Djibouti

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it has flown more than 100 citizens of Germany and other countries out of Yemen on a plane chartered from a Jordanian airline.
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Al-Qaida in Yemen takes massive weapons depot from army

A Yemeni boy holding a weapon poses for a picture during a demonstration against an arms embargo imposed by the U.N. Security Council on Houthi leaders, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen seized Thursday control of a major airport and sea port and oil terminal in southern Yemen, consolidating their hold of the country’s largest province amid wider chaos that is pitting Shiite rebels against forces loyal to the country’s exiled president and a Saudi-led air campaign. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida's Yemen branch routed government forces from a large weapons depot in the country's east on Friday, seizing dozens of tanks, Katyusha rocket launchers and small arms, security officials said, as airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition intensified in the capital, Sanaa, and also in Yemen's second-largest city.



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The Latest: White House hopefuls gather in New Hampshire

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to a group at a Politics and Pie at the Snow Shoe Club Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Concord, N.H. Bush said Thursday he will make up his mind "in relatively short order" whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)12:25 p.m. (EDT)



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Obama, Renzi pledge to focus on threats from Libya

President Barack Obama reaches to shake hands with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 17, 2015. The leaders are expected to discuss Europe's economy, a pending trade pact between the U.S. and Europe, climate change and energy security.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pledged Friday to work more intensely with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on threats coming from instability in Libya that have led to an influx of migrants across the Mediterranean.



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Greece dismisses report that it needs to tap reserves to pay salaries

Greece on Friday dismissed reports that it needed to tap remaining cash reserves to meet salary payments. “News agencies’ reports that refer to the state’s cash reserves are groundless, we categorically deny them,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement, without providing further details. Reuters reported earlier on Friday that Greece will need to tap all its remaining cash reserves across the public sector, a total of 2 billion euros, to pay civil service wages and pensions at the end of the month.
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NFL star’s ‘indifference’ surprised jury in murder case

The trial took an emotional toll, a juror said in the jury’s first nationally televised interview. FULL STORY


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President of Emirates air denies US accusations of state aid

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline speaks during a press conference in London, Friday, April 17, 2015. The Emirates airline says it will buy 9.2 billion US dollars worth of Rolls Royce engines, the largest ever order for the engine maker. The deal announced Friday calls for the purchase of Trent 900 engines and a long term maintenance package. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) — The president of Emirates airline pledged Friday to combat suggestions that the company received subsidies from the United Arab Emirates, even as his ever-expanding airline placed a whopping $9.2 billion order to buy Rolls-Royce engines.



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US stocks drop in noon trading following a slump in Europe

FILE-This Oct. 29, 2014 file photo shows the Wall Street subway stop on Broadway, in New York's Financial District. U.S. stocks are falling broadly in early trading on Friday, April 17, 2015, following steep declines in Europe and some results from big U.S. companies. Nine of the 10 industry groups of the Standard and Poor’s 500 are down, led by information technology companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are falling broadly in midday trading on Friday following steep declines in Europe. Investors are worrying that Greece may default on its debt. Several big U.S. companies including American Express fell after reporting disappointing results.



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Interior seeks feedback on fees for drilling on federal land

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration took a first step Friday toward a possible increase in fees charged for oil and gas companies to drill on federal lands.
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Spanish language ‘Sabado Gigante’ ends 53-year run

FILE- In this photo taken on Feb. 3, 2012, Chilean born host of the Univision network variety show "Sabado Gigante," Mario Kreutzberger, popularly known as Don Francisco, poses on the set of his show in Miami. Univision announced Friday, April 17, 2017 that the the beloved show “Sábado Gigante” will end on Sept. 19, 2015 after 53 years on the air. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)MIAMI (AP) — Television's longest-running variety show is calling it a wrap after 53 years.



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Bloomberg blames ‘internal network issue’ for global outage

LONDON (AP) — Bloomberg LP’s trading terminals, which are used by most of the world’s biggest financial firms, went down for a few hours Friday due to apparent technical problems, a crash that prompted the British government to postpone a planned 3 billion-pound ($4.4 billion) debt issue.
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