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US university, foundation invested in frozen Chinese stocks

In this photo taken Aug. 12, 2014, the headquarters of Morgan Stanley, near Times Square, in New York. Two Morgan Stanley-backed Chinese companies will not be filing their financial statements on time and have stopped trading in their stocks, raising concerns about their accounting and the U.S. banking giant’s stewardship of $1.4 billion entrusted to its Asian investing arm. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)WASHINGTON (AP) — The University of Michigan, defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. and a foundation helping Appalachian children all own stakes in an Asian investment fund backing two major Chinese companies, which froze their stocks late last week after failing to file their financial statements on time.



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SEC files fraud charges against Lynn Tilton, firms

In this Jan. 16, 2015 photo, Wall Street executive Lynn Tilton attends the 12th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, March 30, 2015 announced they filed civil fraud charges against Tilton and her Patriarch Partners group of investment firms. They are accused of concealing the poor performance of fund assets linked to loans to distressed companies. (Photo by Rob Latour/Invision/AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators filed civil fraud charges against prominent Wall Street executive Lynn Tilton and her investment firms, who are accused of concealing the poor performance of fund assets linked to loans to distressed companies.



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Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee: Discarded box smelled like weed

Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, testifies during his murder trial, Friday, March 27, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/CJ Gunther, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has testified in his murder trial that a box he asked her to get rid of smelled skunky and she thought it contained marijuana.



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Venus Williams beats Wozniacki to reach Miami Open quarters

Venus Williams returns the ball to Caroline Wozniacki during their match at the Miami Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — A resurgent Venus Williams defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 7-6 (1) Monday to reach the Miami Open quarterfinals.



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US stocks move sharply higher, led by energy companies

FILE - This July 16, 2013 file photo shows a Wall Street street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks are starting the week sharply higher Monday, March 30, 2015, led by energy companies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)U.S. stocks moved sharply higher in afternoon trading Monday, on course for a second consecutive gain. Investors cheered encouraging economic data and the latest batch of corporate deal news. Expectations that any increase in the Federal Reserve's key interest rate this year will be gradual also helped lift the market.



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Aidan Gillen of ‘Game of Thrones’ narrating ‘The Art of War’

NEW YORK (AP) — A new audiobook recording of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” will soon be available with the perfect narrator — the scheming royal adviser Littlefinger from “Game of Thrones.”
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Latest on NSA shooting: Driver refused orders to stop

A Maryland State Police cruiser sits at a blocked southbound entrance on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway that accesses the National Security Agency, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Fort Meade, Md. A spokeswoman at Fort Meade says two people have been injured near a gate to the NSA. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)2:15 p.m.



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1 of 2 victims of NYC explosion is officially identified

Rubble is moved Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the site of an apparent gas explosion that took place three days earlier in the East Village neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)NEW YORK (AP) — After two bodies were pulled from the rubble of an apartment building collapse, authorities shifted their focus to the cause of the massive explosion and fire and investigated the possibility that someone might have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings.



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Federal agents charged with stealing digital currency

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two former federal agents were charged with fraud in the theft of digital currency during an investigation into an online black market known as Silk Road that let users buy and sell drugs and other illegal items, authorities said Monday.
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Kaminsky, Okafor lead 2014-15 AP All-America team

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2015, file photo, Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky dunks against Indiana during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Madison, Wis. Kaminsky was selected to the AP All-America team, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)Frank Kaminsky and Jahlil Okafor are as different as stories can be in college basketball. The two, however, have a lot in common — both are in the Final Four and both were the top selections on The Associated Press' 2014-15 All-America team.



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Kwality Koffee

David Hulme has added a photo to the pool:

Kwality Koffee

Well, I will say this for Starbucks, it’s ubiquitous You can get that over-roasted, burnt-tasting, black brew just about anywhere that you go in America.
Luckily, we don’t get these all-purpose, drive-through, brick blocks. Just change out the branding and it could be anyone’s "Drive-Thru".
This one is just off Veterans Parkway, Normal, IL., on the strangely named "Hobby Lobby Drive".

[From the November, 2008 archive]

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Church van crashes into canal, killing 8 and injuring 10

MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — An overloaded church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a dark rural highway and nosedived into a canal, killing eight people and injuring 10 early Monday in southwest Florida, authorities said.
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Guinea shuts border with Sierra Leone in effort to end Ebola

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea closed its border with Sierra Leone on Monday as part of new efforts to stamp out Ebola, an official said.
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NEWS GUIDE: The gaps as Iran talks hit crunch time

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, points as he walks back to the talks venue after a lunch break during the Iran nuclear program talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday, March 30, 2015. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered a critical phase on Monday with differences still remaining less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)Centrifuges. Sanctions. Nuclear research. Sticking points remain on some of the most basic points as the negotiations between world powers and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program hit crunch time.



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Prosecution rests its case against Boston Marathon bomber

FILE - In this March 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston. Prosecutors rested their case against Tsarnaev on Monday, March 30, 2015, after jurors saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack.



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Trevor Noah set to replace Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’

In this photo taken Oct. 27 2009 South African comedian Trevor Noah is photographed during an interview. Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to "The Daily Show" a handful of times during the past year, will become Jon Stewart's replacement as host, Comedy Central announced Monday March 30, 2015. Noah was chosen a little more than a month after Stewart unexpectedly announced he was leaving "The Daily Show" following 16 years as the show's principal voice. (AP Photo/Bongiwe Mchunu-The Star) SOUTH AFRICA OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVENEW YORK (AP) — Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to "The Daily Show" a handful of times in recent months, will become Jon Stewart's replacement as host, Comedy Central announced Monday.



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2 men tried to enter main gate at intelligence agency

National Security Agency police shot one of the men dead and injured the second after their vehicle accelerated toward a police car blocking its way, the NSA said. FULL STORY


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Wallace: When will women’s teams get equal sports buzz?

Last month, my husband and I took our daughters to a Columbia University women’s basketball game. We live nearby, had already attended a men’s game and were excited for our girls, one of whom plays basketball, to watch college women in action.


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Prosecution rests in Boston bombing trial

The prosecution rested its case Monday in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the ethnic Chechen facing the death penalty for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings. Prosecutors yielded to the defense after summoning 92 witnesses to the stand over the past weeks as they built a case against the 21-year-old as an active and willing participant in the bombings that ripped through crowds gathered near the finish line of the famous race on April 15, 2013. Three people were killed and 264 others wounded in the blasts, the worst in the United States since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The prosecution’s final witness was forensic expert Henry Nields, who recounted in gruesome detail the injuries suffered by the youngest victim, eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was torn apart by the pressure-cooker bomb that Tsarnaev placed in the crowd near the finish line.
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NFL suspends Browns GM for texting, team holds onto picks

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. The NFL has suspended Browns general manager Ray Farmer for four games for sending text messages to the sideline last season during games. Farmer has acknowledged sending the messages, which is prohibited under league rules. The league's punishment handed down on Monday, March 30, 2015, includes a $250,000 fine on the Browns. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — The NFL sent a tough message to Browns general manager Ray Farmer for texting.



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Navy SEAL, shot 27 times, plans to run half Ironman

Mike Day plans to compete in a half Ironman race to raise money for fellow veterans. CNN affiliate WTKR reports.


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Attorney: Robin Williams’ wife wants to keep wedding tuxedo

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2011 file photo, Susan Schneider, from left, Robin Williams, and Zelda Williams arrive at the premiere of "Happy Feet Two" at Grauman's Chinese Theater, in Los Angeles. Attorneys for Robin Williams’ wife and children are headed to court in their battle over the late comedian’s estate. The attorneys are scheduled to appear before a San Francisco probate judge on Monday, as they argue over who should get clothes and other personal items the actor kept at one his Northern California homes. In papers filed in December, Williams' wife, Susan, says some of the late actor's personal items were taken without her permission. She has asked the court to set aside the contents of the home she shared with Williams from the jewelry, memorabilia and other items Williams said the children should have. (AP Photo/Katy Winn, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Attorneys for the wife and adult children of Robin Williams have agreed to try to resolve their dispute out of court involving personal items of the late actor.



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UK judge: Suspect in Litvinenko death can testify at inquiry

LONDON (AP) — One of the main suspects in the poisoning of ex-Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko can testify by video link at an inquiry into the death, the judge in charge said Monday.
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Police: Auditor spokesman left note before apparent suicide

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2002 photo is Robert "Spence" Jackson in Jefferson City, Mo. Jefferson City police said Monday, March 30, 2015 that Jackson, a spokesman for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, a month after the state auditor also killed himself. (AP Photo/Kelley McCall, File)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The spokesman for the Missouri auditor's office left a note before he was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound late Sunday, about a month after his boss killed himself, police said Monday.



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French lawmakers debate punishing prostitutes or clients

Sexual work union (STRAS) members protest against a plan to penalize the clients of prostitution, on March 30, 2015 in ParisFrench senators will on Monday debate whether the law should punish prostitutes or their clients, as France resumes a divisive discussion on how to crack down on the world's oldest profession. The legislation completely revises a bill passed by France's lower house in 2013 that never took effect.



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High court: Sex offender can challenge GPS monitoring

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a North Carolina sex offender should have another chance to challenge an order that he wear a GPS monitoring bracelet around the clock and for the rest of his life.
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Saudi-led forces strike Yemen rebels, blockade ports

Smoke rises from an area due to Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led naval forces imposed a blockade on Yemen's ports as coalition airstrikes on Monday repelled an advance on the southern port city of Aden by Shiite rebels and forces loyal to a former president.



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One dead, one hurt at US spy agency after trying to ram gate

The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, pictured from the air in this image taken on January 29, 2010One person was killed and another injured at the headquarters of the US National Security Agency outside Washington on Monday when they tried to ram their vehicle through an entrance, officials said. "One person was killed and another injured when they attempted to drive a vehicle into the National Security Agency portion of the installation without authorization," the base said in a statement.



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