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Sheriff: Young brothers cooking before shooting kills 2

HUDSON, Fla. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy was cooking with his older brother when an argument erupted, and the boy shot his 6-year-old brother to death, wounded his older brother in the leg and killed himself, a sheriff said Thursday.
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‘Downton Abbey’ to end after upcoming 6th season

In this image released by PBS, Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess Grantham, is shown in a scene from the second season on "Downton Abbey." Producers of the popular British period drama on Thursday, March 26, 2015, confirmed it will end after its sixth season, scheduled to air in the U.S. in early 2016. The series, which airs earlier in England, will have its finale on Christmas Day, 2015. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)NEW YORK (AP) — A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after "Downton Abbey" concludes next year.



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FACT CHECK: Myths in the political roar over Common Core

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, seventh-grade students take part in a trial run of a new state assessment test on laptop computers at Annapolis Middle School in Annapolis, Md. The new test, which is scheduled to go into use is linked to the Common Core standards, which Maryland adopted in 2010 under the federal No Child Left Behind law, and serves as criteria for students in math and reading. In the Republican roar over Common Core, various myths are being peddled as fact. Even so, the 2016 GOP presidential prospects who are criticizing Common Core have a point _ if an overstated one _ when they dispute the notion that it is strictly a voluntary initiative that bubbled up from communities and states. In complicated but unmistakable ways, the federal government does put pressure on states to live up to the standards. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)ATLANTA (AP) — In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact.



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How gov’t aims to protect low-income users of ‘payday’ loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what’s advertised as a brief loan.
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Oil up 5 percent after Saudi strikes in Yemen; dollar limits gains

A pump jack is seen at sunrise near BakersfieldBy Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil jumped about 5 percent on Thursday, rallying a second straight day, after air strikes in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies sparked fears of a bigger Middle East battle that could disrupt world crude supplies. The military operation against Houthi rebels, who have driven the president from Yemen's capital Sanaa, has not affected oil facilities of major Gulf producers. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, called for an "immediate ceasefire." Pakistan, a Riyadh ally far away from the conflict, promised a "strong response" to any threat to Saudi integrity. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry touched on the conflict with Iran's foreign minister before talks on Thursday on Tehran's nuclear program.



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Police: Woman’s ‘evil’ kidnapping plot led to baby’s death

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 woman masterminded a scheme to kidnap two babies and pass them off as her own to cover up a lie she told her boyfriend about giving birth to twins, police revealed about a chilling plot that left a 3-week-old baby girl dead and four relatives of the children injured.



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Obama praises payday lender rules, vows veto of limitations

President Obama meets with the 89th Air Wing Commander Col. John Millard as he gets off Marine One and before boarding Air Force One, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, March 26, 2015, before traveling to Alabama to speak about the economy. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Embracing proposed new rules aimed at payday lenders, President Barack Obama on Thursday warned Republicans that he would veto attempts to unravel regulations that govern the financial industry.



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Co-pilot ‘intentionally’ destroyed plane, prosecutor says

Graphic shows aircraft and victims by country; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;PARIS (AP) — Ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door, the co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself inside the cockpit and deliberately rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps as passengers screamed in terror, a prosecutor said Thursday.



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US soldier, cousin arrested in IS plot

A flag of the Islamic State (IS) is seen on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Islamist militants in Rashad, on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, on September 11, 2014A US military reservist was arrested as he tried to travel to fight for Islamic State jihadists, along with a cousin planning to carry out attacks on military installations, authorities said Thursday. A Justice Department statement said Army National Guard soldier Hasan Edmonds, 22, was detained at Chicago Midway International Airport on Wednesday as he attempted to fly to Egypt. A cousin, Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his home in Aurora, Illinois at the same time. Both had allegedly conspired to wage war on behalf of Islamic State jihadists, with Hasan Edmonds planning to use his military training to join the group on its frontlines in Iraq and Syria.



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US drops graphic leaflet to possible Islamic State recruits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has dropped 60,000 copies of a graphic leaflet near the northern Syrian city of Raqqah that depict potential Islamic State recruits being fed into a meat grinder.
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House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to members of the media during his weekly news Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.



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Saudi Arabia has no immediate plans for ground operation in Yemen: military spokesman

Saudi Arabia has no immediate plans to launch ground operations inside Yemen but its forces and those of its allies are ready to do so if needed, the military spokesman of the operation said on Thursday. “There are no plans at this stage for ground forces operations, but if the need arises, the Saudi ground forces and those of the friends and sisterly forces are ready and will repel any aggression,” Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told a news conference.
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The Latest: easyJet to require 2 crew to be in cockpit

A rescue worker is lifted into an helicopter at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and ìintentionallyî rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captainís frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. In a split second, he killed all 150 people aboard the plane. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)8 p.m. (1900 GMT, 3 p.m. EDT)



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Turkey’s Erdogan says can’t tolerate Iran bidding to dominate Middle East

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Iran has been trying to dominate the Middle East and its efforts have begun annoying Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries. Iran has to understand,” Erdogan told a press conference, adding that Tehran should withdraw any forces it has in Yemen as well as Syria and Iraq, and respect the territorial integrity of these countries.
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Dean Smith’s trust sends $200 checks to his UNC lettermen

FILE - This Oct. 9, 1997, file photo shows North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith during a news conference where he announced his retirement, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Dean Smith is still giving to his North Carolina players _ even after his death. Tim Breedlove, the Charlotte-based trustee of the trust that bears the late coach's name, said Thursday, March 26, 2015, that letters were sent earlier this month to each of the players who lettered for Smith's Tar Heel teams _ about 180 in all. The letter says Smith directed that following his death, each letterman was to be sent a $200 check with the message "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith."The checks were attached to the letters. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan, File)CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Dean Smith is still giving to his North Carolina players — even after his death.



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Royals, Cumberbatch help bury comeback King Richard III

Sophie The Countess of Wessex arrives at Leicester Cathedral to attend a service for the re-reinterment of the mortal remains of Richard III at Leicester Cathedral, Leicester, England, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The skeleton of King Richard III was discovered in 2012 in the foundations of Greyfriars Church, Leicester, 500 years after he was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)LEICESTER, England (AP) — A maligned monarch found under a parking lot was buried in pomp Thursday, as Britain embraced comeback King Richard III, a long-reviled ruler who is experiencing a remarkable posthumous renaissance.



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Watchdog says senior Homeland official broke no laws

FILE - In this July 25, 2013 file photo, Alejandro Mayorkas, then-President Obama's nominee to become deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. A new inspector general’s report has concluded that Mayorkas, now the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department improperly intervened on behalf of foreign investors. It happened in three cases involving the U.S. government soliciting foreign investments in exchange for American visas. Investigators said Tuesday that his involvement created the appearance of favoritism and special access. The investigation could not suggest a motive for his involvement. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Obama administration official violated agency ethics policies but did not break any laws when he intervened in three visa cases involving foreign investors with ties to prominent Democrats, a government watchdog told Congress Thursday.



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Kasich calls on Clinton to support balanced budget amendment

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is calling on Hillary Rodham Clinton to support his effort to require a balanced federal budget.
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Uncle denounces police claim that California kidnap was hoax

This undated photo released by the Vallejo Police Department shows Denise Huskins. Police say Huskins, who was reported kidnapped from her boyfriend's San Francisco Bay area home and held for ransom, has contacted her father to say she's in the Southern California city of Huntington Beach. (AP Photo/Vallejo Police Department)VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The uncle of a Northern California woman who was reported kidnapped says police were reckless and overzealous in calling it a hoax after she turned up safe.



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Vice to start daily newscast on HBO

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO and Vice Media announced an expansion of their partnership on Thursday, including the launch of a daily Vice newscast on the pay cable outlet.
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‘Fifty Shades’ director Taylor-Johnson bows out of franchise

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015 file photo, director Sam Taylor-Johnson, left, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson attend a special fan screening of "Fifty Shades of Grey" hosted by The Today Show at the Ziegfeld Theatre, in New York. Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be returning to direct the sequels to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” she announced Wednesday night, March 25, 2015. “Directing 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful,” she said in a statement to industry site Deadline in which she thanked Universal Pictures. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be returning to direct the sequels to "Fifty Shades of Grey," she announced Wednesday night.



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Experimental Ebola vaccine effective in monkeys: study

A Liberian worker reacts as he dismantles shelters in an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia on March 25, 2015An experimental Ebola vaccine has been shown to effectively protect monkeys against the often-deadly virus, according to a study published Thursday. "The new vaccine differs from other Ebola vaccines," a statement from the University of Wisconsin-Madison read. The vaccine was constructed on an experimental platform that lets researchers safely work with the virus by deleting a key gene the Ebola virus needs to make a protein required to reproduce. The Ebola virus has only eight genes.



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Expert doubts source of $1M for house of Sterling ‘friend’

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, sits with V. Stiviano as they watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. Sterling's wife, Shelly Sterling, is going after the $2.5 million in real estate and cars her husband lavished on V. Stiviano in a trial scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Los Angeles Superior Court. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An accountant says the woman who recorded offensive racial remarks by Donald Sterling made unbelievable claims about where she got $1 million to buy a house.



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Petrobras audits did not hint at graft: former chair

Petrobras former president Jose Graca Foster speaks during a hearing with the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry that investigates accusations of corruption in Petrobras, in Brasilia, March 12, 2015Brasília (AFP) – Regular audits of Petrobras gave no hint of the massive corruption scandal now engulfing the Brazilian state oil giant, its former chair said Thursday. Graca Foster, who resigned last month amid a widening probe into allegations of kickbacks, bribery and political payoffs at the company over nearly a decade, told a congressional panel there had been no warning from auditors something was amiss. She was referring to a group of prominent construction firms that allegedly joined in a scheme to share inflated Petrobras contracts. Foster, a close associate of President Dilma Rousseff, has not been accused of any irregularities during her three year stewardship of the company.



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Leader of Yemen’s Houthis denounces Saudi ‘aggression’ after strikes

ADEN (Reuters) – The leader of Yemen’s Houthi group said the country’s people would confront “criminal, unjust and unjustified aggression” by Saudi Arabia, in his first public comment on Saudi-led air strikes against his positions. “Our Yemeni people are more resolved and determined to defend themselves, to defend their freedom and defend its dignity,” Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said in a televised speech broadcast by his group’s al-Masirah television. (Reporting by Ali Abdelaty in Cairo and Sami Aboudi; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
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Michelle Obama: My challenge to you


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Suburban Chicago cousins arrested in Islamic State case

CHICAGO (AP) — A member of the Illinois Army National Guard and his suburban Chicago cousin have been arrested on charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a Thursday statement.
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AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software

This image provided by the U.S. Army shows a page from a brochure about the Distributed Common Ground System. Records obtained by The Associated Press show that the military has been trying to force the use of DCGS, an unpopular government-built intelligence system on special operations units deploying to war zones while blocking soldiers from using the commercial alternative they say they need. (AP Photo/U.S. ArmyWASHINGTON (AP) — Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by the Pentagon, according to government records and interviews.



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