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New Hampshire clash of Republican presidential contenders

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush jokes with a member of the audience at a "Politics and Eggs" event, a breakfast fixture for 2016 presidential prospects, Friday, April 17, 2015, at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Republicans already in the 2016 presidential race or thinking about it have swarmed New Hampshire for an early state showdown that has highlighted the diversity, challenges and size of the emerging field.



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South Africa’s Zuma visits immigrants displaced by anti-foreigner violence

Locals harass a motorist who was driving past a hostel during the anti-immigrant violence in JohannesburgSouth Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Saturday canceled a state visit to Indonesia to deal with a wave of anti-immigrant violence at home and promised peace to those who wished to remain in Africa's most advanced economy. The unrest which began in the port city Durban two weeks ago and spread to Johannesburg, Africa's economic hub, appeared to have died down on Saturday as police patrolled trouble spots. "We are certainly going to stop the violence," Zuma told hundreds of displaced African immigrants at a camp in Chatsworth, south of Durban, in a speech televised on eNCA. Thousands of foreigners have sought refuge in camps set up in Johannesburg and Durban and the governments of Zimbabwe and Malawi began bussing their nationals back home.



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Civil War ‘Silent Sentinels’ still on guard in North, South

In this Monday, April 6, 2015 photo, a Civil War statue is on display at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In the decades after the Civil War ended in April 1865, statues depicting Union and Confederate soldiers were placed in countless American communities, from New England commons to the grounds outside Southern courthouses. A century and a half later, these weathered “Silent Sentinels” still stand guard, most of them at “parade rest” with their muskets at the ready, gazing off in the distance. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — After the Civil War ended in April 1865, statues depicting Union and Confederate soldiers went up across the country, from New England squares to Southern courthouses. A century and a half later, these weathered "Silent Sentinels" still stand guard, rifles at the ready, gazing off in the distance.



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Afghan suicide bombing blamed on Islamic State kills 35

Afghan security forces members inspect the site of a suicide attack near a new Kabul Bank in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April, 18, 2015. A security official says that dozens of people have been killed after a suicide bomber attacked a bank branch in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo)FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a bank branch Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 people in a deadly attack the country's president said was claimed by the Islamic State group.



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Officers shoot and kill man with knife in St. Louis suburb, police say

(Reuters) – A 23-year-old man who barricaded himself in his mother’s house in a St. Louis suburb and spoke of a “black revolution” was shot and killed by police when he rushed at them with a knife, authorities said on Saturday. His death follows a string of police shootings around the United States, many involving African Americans, that have raised questions about the use of force by law enforcement. St. Louis County police did not say whether the man was black and could not immediately be reached for comment. In November, a Missouri grand jury’s decision to bring no charges against an officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson triggered a wave of protests from coast to coast.
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Diplomacy out, blunt talk in as Obama gets tough on GOP

In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama on Friday said it was "crazy" and "embarrassing" the way the Republican-led Senate has held up confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch. "What are we doing here?" Obama said. "I have to say there are times when the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far. This is an example of it. It's gone too far. Enough. Enough. "Call Loretta Lynch for a vote," he said emphatically. "Get her confirmed." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomacy is out, blunt talk is in as President Barack Obama and his White House team single out Republican lawmakers by name for criticism over their words and actions on Iran, Cabinet nominations and climate change.



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Caged puppies on car roof trigger dozens of 911 calls

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police finally caught up with a minivan carrying four caged puppies on its roof after dozens of calls poured in to 911 centers in northeast Ohio.
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Iraqi soldiers enter refinery amid Islamic State attacks

Iraqi security troops head to Ramadi on the orders of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to re-enforce troops there, Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, April 18, 2015. Thousands of displaced people form Ramadi city continue to pour to Baghdad, fleeing the ongoing fighting in Anbar provincial capital between Iraqi security forces and fighters from the Islamic State militant group. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi soldiers surrounded and entered the country's biggest oil refinery Saturday, which has been besieged for days by Islamic State militants, a senior official said.



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Obama’s Earth Day trek to Fla. to highlight climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to celebrate Earth Day by visiting the Florida Everglades.
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Saudi vows to cover UN aid call for Yemen, keeps up air raids

A Tribal gunman loyal to the Shiite Huthi movement holds his weapon on April 16, 2015 in the capital SanaaSaudi Arabia pledged Saturday to cover the entire $274 million in humanitarian aid sought by the UN for conflict-torn Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been bombing Shiite rebels for three weeks. The United Nations says hundreds of people have died and thousands of families fled their homes in the war, which has also killed six Saudi security personnel in border skirmishes. Saudi King Salman ordered the humanitarian pledge following a United Nations appeal on Friday for $274 million (253 million euros) in emergency assistance for the millions affected by Yemen's war. The kingdom "stands with its Yemeni brothers" and hopes for "the restoration of security and stability", the state Saudi Press Agency said, quoting an official statement.



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South Africa faces crisis over anti-immigrant attacks

Refugees wait to be settled at a temporary refugee camp set up for foreign nationals fleeing attacks from South Africans in, In Johannesburg, South Africa Saturday, April 18, 2015. Mobs in South Africa attacked shops owned by immigrants in poor areas of the city overnight following similar violence in another part of the country that killed six people, according to media reports. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president on Saturday canceled a foreign trip in order to deal with a wave of attacks on immigrants that have killed at least six people. In the latest violence, mobs attacked shops owned by foreign nationals in a poor area of Johannesburg.



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Singer Sam Hunt rising in both country and pop worlds

In this Monday, Nov. 23, 2014 photo, country singer Sam Hunt poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Rising country star Sam Hunt may be finding success on the pop charts, but don't fret — he won't pull a Taylor Swift.



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The Latest: Presidential contenders woo New Hampshire voters

Republican pesidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., shakes hands with a patron during a campaign stop at the D.W. Diner in Merrimack, N.H., Saturday, April 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)10:30 A.M. (EDT)



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Pope asks Europe to do more for migrants flooding into Italy

Migrants wait to board on a cruise ship as they leave the Island of Lampedusa, Southern Italy, to be transferred in Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Friday, April 17, 2015. An unprecedented wave of migrants has headed for the European Union's promised shores over the past week, with 10,000 people making the trip. Hundreds — nobody knows how many — have disappeared into the warming waters of the Mediterranean, including 41 migrants reported dead Thursday after a shipwreck. (AP Photo/Francesco Malavolta)ROME (AP) — Pope Francis joined Italy in pressing the European Union Saturday to do more to help the country cope with rapidly mounting numbers of desperate people rescued in the Mediterranean during journeys on smugglers' boats to flee war, persecution or poverty.



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IS claims deadly Afghan suicide attack: President Ghani

A burqa-clad Afghan pedestrian walks past security personnel at the site of a suicide attack outside a bank in Jalalabad on April 18, 2015The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Afghanistan Saturday that killed 33 people and wounded more than 100 others, President Ashraf Ghani said, in what appears to be the first major attack by the jihadists in the country. Ghani's government has repeatedly raised the ominous prospect of IS making inroads into Afghanistan, though the group that has captured swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq has never formally acknowledged having a presence in Afghanistan. The Taliban have seen defections to the group in recent months, with some self-styled IS insurgents voicing their disaffection with their one-eyed supreme leader Mullah Omar, who has not been seen since the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan.



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Islamist group claims attack on U.N. peacekeepers in Mali

Undated still image from a video showing Mokhtar Belmokhtar speaking at an unknown locationBy Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) – A group headed by former al Qaeda fighter Mokhtar Belmokhtar has claimed responsibility for a suicide raid on U.N. peacekeepers in northern Mali earlier this week as two people were killed in an attack targeting truck convoy. At least three civilians were killed and nine peacekeepers from Niger were seriously injured in Wednesday's attack on a U.N. base in the town of Ansongo, around 80 km (50 miles) south of the city of Gao. The authenticity of the recording could not be verified, but Alakhbar is often sent statements by Islamist militants in Mali. The group has also said it was behind an attack on a restaurant in Mali's capital Bamako last month that killed five people including a French citizen and a Belgian security officer.



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Al Shabaab militants kill regional Somali lawmaker in capital

Gunmen from Somali Islamist group al Shabaab killed a regional lawmaker on Saturday after he had taken his wife to hospital in the capital Mogadishu, the group and officials said. Aden Haji Hussein, a legislator from the semi-autonomous Puntland region, was sprayed with bullets when he returned to his parked car outside the hospital, witnesses said. Al Shabaab, which wants to impose its strict interpretation of Islamic law, often targets officials and politicians. On Tuesday al Shabaab militants stormed a government building housing two ministries in the heart of Mogadishu, killing at least 10 people.
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Mugabe "shocked, disgusted" by South African anti-immigrant violence

Zimbabwe's President Mugabe speaks during a press briefing at the Union building in PretoriaBy MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday expressed shock and disgust at attacks on immigrants in neighbouring South Africa and said his government was working to bring back home affected Zimbabwean citizens. At least four people have been killed in a wave of anti-immigrant violence in South Africa that started two weeks ago in the port city of Durban and spread to Johannesburg. Mugabe said during a speech at a football stadium in the capital Harare to mark 35 years of Zimbabwe's independence that all Africans in South Africa should be treated with dignity. "The act of treating other Africans in that horrible way can never be condoned by anyone," said the 91-year-old, speaking on behalf of the regional Southern African Development Community and African Union, both of which he currently chairs.



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S.Africa’s Zuma cancels foreign trip over anti-immigrant unrest

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma responds to questions on his State of the Nation address in Cape TownSouth Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Saturday cancelled a state visit to Indonesia to deal with a wave of anti-immigrant violence at home. The unrest which began in the port city Durban two weeks ago and spread to Johannesburg, Africa's economic hub, appeared to have died down on Saturday as police patrolled trouble spots. Thousands of foreigners have sought refuge in camps set up in Johannesburg and Durban and the governments of Zimbabwe and Malawi began bussing their nationals back home. "The president once again expresses his condemnation of the attacks on foreign nationals and has urged the police to continue working round the clock to protect communities and bring perpetrators to book," the presidency said in a statement, adding that Zuma would visit a displacement camp on Saturday.



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2015 – VSquamish – Fergies Cafe

Ted’s photos – For me & you has added a photo to the pool:

2015 - VSquamish - Fergies Cafe

It was a gorgeous sunny, warm Sunday and a nice drive up the Sea to sky Highway 99 for brunch at Fergies Cafe north of Squamish. Small cafe, only 3 tables inside with lots of seating on the patio or on picnic tables around the front yard.

Fergie’s is situated on the banks of the Cheakamus River in the Squamish Valley between Whistler and Vancouver. This hidden gem has a large, well shaded lawn with picnic tables for the summer months and a cozy fireplace and heated deck for the winter.

They serve a locally sourced, creative menu featuring all day breakfasts, lunch, home made sausages, smoked meats, fish and baked goodies. Everything is made in-house, from the sausages to the brisket to the brownies. Vegetarian, dairy- or gluten-free? You are well looked after.

Fergies location offers stunning views of Mount Alpha and the sound of the river rushing. In the winter months enjoy watching eagles flying over the Cheakamus River.

Fergie’s Cafe is open daly year round.

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School districts, parents at odds over breakfast in class

In this Wednesday, April 8, 2015 photo, students are served breakfast at the Stanley Mosk Elementary School in Los Angeles. In this Los Angeles Unified School District program, and in other major urban school districts, breakfast is increasingly being served inside the classroom. The number of breakfasts served in the nation’s schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food. Instead of providing low-income students free or reduced-price meals in the cafeteria, they’re increasingly serving all children in the classroom. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of breakfasts served in the nation's schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food.



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Ringo Starr, Green Day headline eclectic Rock Hall class

Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, places a 1961 Fender stratocastor guitar played by Stevie Ray Vaughn at the opening of the Class of 2015 exhibit Friday, April 17, 2015, in Cleveland. Ringo Starr, who was previously enshrined with the Beatles in 1988, will be honored along with pop punks Green Day, soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers, underground icon Lou Reed, guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The "5" Royales. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — Ringo Starr was always behind the other Beatles.



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Jeb Bush tries to make name for self

Jeb Bush took the podium at the mainstay presidential primary event “Politics & Eggs” in Manchester Friday morning, flanked by photos of his father and older brother.


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Philanthropist, shopping mall developer Taubman dies at 91

FILE - Real estate mogul and Michigan billionaire A. Alfred Taubman is shown in his office in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., in this April 4, 2007 file photo. Taubman, whose business success and philanthropy was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, died Friday night April 17, 2015 at his home after a heart attack. He was 91 (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success — including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture — was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, has died. He was 91.



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Yemen militia says it is besieging rebels at strategic base

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Militiamen loyal to Yemen’s embattled president besieged an air base once crucial to the U.S. drone program targeting al-Qaida militants in the country, trying to dislodge the Shiite rebels holding the complex, a spokesman said.
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Putin says ready to work with United States: TV

Putin takes part in a live broadcast call-in in MoscowRussia has key interests in common with the United States and needs to work with it on a common agenda, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday in a television interview. In his comments to the state-run Rossiya channel, Putin appeared to soften his anti-American rhetoric after being highly critical. Relations between Moscow and Washington and other Western powers have soured over the conflict in Russia's neighbor Ukraine, sinking to an all-time low. We have a common agenda." Putin has in the past fiercely attacked the United States and the West in general, blaming them for the Ukraine crisis, which Russia says was the result of a Western-backed "coup" against Ukraine's former leader Viktor Yanukovich.



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UN: Assailants attack convoy, kill 2, wound 1 in north Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Two assailants attacked a United Nations convoy of civilian workers in northern Mali, killing two and wounding another, the peacekeeping mission said Saturday.
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McCain: It’s denial of reality

CNN’s Jim Sciutto has the latest on a car bombing near the U.S. consulate in Irbil, Iraq, that killed several people and injured others.


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