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Different views of bombing suspect to be given at trial

FILE - This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Opening statements are scheduled Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial for allegedly conspiring with his brother to place twin bombs near the finish line of the race, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)BOSTON (AP) Two dramatically different portraits of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are expected to emerge when prosecutors and Tsarnaev's lawyers give their opening statements at his federal death penalty trial.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:46:02 -0500
5 things to know about Clinton's State Department emails

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011, file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya. Clinton used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, rather than a government-issued email address, potentially hampering efforts to archive official government documents required by law. Clinton's office said nothing was illegal or improper about her use of the non-government account and that she believed her business emails to State Department and other .gov accounts would be archived in accordance with government rules. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)WASHINGTON (AP) Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a personal email account for State Department business has prompted questions about secrecy and the rules that govern the communications of senior government officials.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:39:04 -0500
U.S. mutual funds cut expenses by shifting billions to trusts

By Tim McLaughlin BOSTON (Reuters) - Mutual fund companies, including No. 2 Fidelity Investments, have slashed fees on their most popular funds by shifting billions of dollars into collective trusts not regulated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The growing shift to collective trusts could prove a weapon for actively managed mutual funds losing out to low cost passive investment products such as the exchange-traded funds offered by rivals such as Vanguard Group, the biggest mutual fund company. "CITs are more opaque to the outside world because reporting requirements are not as stringent," said Michael Rawson, manager of research at Morningstar Inc. Retirement plans sponsored by Delta Air Lines Inc cut fees by 23 percent last year when they shifted an estimated $1 billion in assets managed by Fidelity's Contrafund into a collective investment trust (CIT).

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:38:18 -0500
Email issue revives old questions about Clintons

House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, about former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton using her personal email account for official business. A spokesman for Clinton says there was nothing illegal or improper about her use of a personal email account during her time as Secretary of State, rather than a government-issued email address. The practice could hamper efforts to archive official government documents required by law. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a new set of questions about ethics and transparency the sort that have dogged her and husband Bill for decades.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:34:03 -0500
Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustrationBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage. The Court's ruling, expected by late June, will determine whether millions of Americans will keep receiving federal subsidies to help them pay for private health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. The White House, which said it is confident the justices will rule in favor of the subsidies that are a key element of Obamacare, said it has no immediate fix if the decision goes the other way. Worried about newly-insured patients such as those who have just begun treatment for cancer or other serious illnesses, they are dusting off playbooks they retired when Obamacare slashed the number of uninsured people.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:33:07 -0500
France braces for ticking off over smacking children

A top European rights body was expected to scold France on Wednesday for failing to completely ban the smacking of children, in a ruling likely to reignite debate over the controversial topicA top European rights body was expected to scold France on Wednesday for failing to completely ban the smacking of children, in a ruling likely to reignite debate over the controversial topic. The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe is expected to rule that French law is not "sufficiently clear, binding and precise" on the matter, according to daily Le Monde. France bans violence against children but does allow parents the "right to discipline" them. More than half of the 47 members of the Council of Europe, including Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, have completely banned smacking.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:32:12 -0500
Official says China to boost military budget by 10 percent

Chinese military officers arrive at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. China's military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, despite slowing economic growth that fell to 7.4 percent last year and is expected to further decline in 2015.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) China's military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, despite slowing economic growth that fell to 7.4 percent last year and is expected to further decline in 2015.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:32:05 -0500
Abandoned villa now a symbol of Boko Haram losses in former stronghold

Chadian soldiers walk in front of a building that Boko Haram insurgents used as their base before being driven out by the Chadian military in DikwaBy Madjiasra Nako DIKWA, Nigeria (Reuters) - A black and white Boko Haram flag still flutters on top of a deserted villa in the Nigerian town of Dikwa, overlooking a courtyard filled with dirty mattresses and charred vehicles.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:29:46 -0500
Australian convicts transferred to Indonesian island for execution

An armored vehicle which is believed to be carrying two Australian death row prisoners Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, leaves Kerobokan Prison for the airport, in DenpasarBy Johan Purnomo and Darren Whiteside CILACAP, Indonesia (Reuters) - Two convicted Australian drug smugglers were transferred on Wednesday from a Bali prison to an island for execution along with other foreigners, underlining Indonesia's determination to use the death penalty despite international criticism. The planned executions of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, have ratcheted up diplomatic tensions between Australia and Indonesia following repeated pleas for mercy on their behalf.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:25:52 -0500
Egyptians race to expand Suez Canal, hoping for trade surge

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2015 file photo, a dredger works on a new section of the Suez canal during a media tour in Ismailia, Egypt. The Suez Canal Authority is in a race to quickly expand the vital waterway for two-way traffic by August 2015. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has made the project a point of nationalist glory, not to mention a cornerstone of plans to revive the economy. But while shippers say more ships may be drawn by shorter waiting times, ambitions to nearly triple revenues depend mainly on growth in the world economy. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) Bulldozers push earth and dredgers spit mud round the clock at Egypt's Suez Canal in a race to quickly expand the strategic waterway for two-way traffic, a project trumpeted by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to revive both the country's damaged economy and visions of nationalist glory.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:23:41 -0500
FACT CHECK: Did Netanyahu go too far in US speech?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Netanyahu told Congress that negotiations underway between Iran and the U.S. would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world must avoid at all costs. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overstated Iran's domination of the Middle East and understated the timespan of the nuclear deal taking shape with Tehran, while neglecting the role of Congress in lifting Iranian sanctions, in his speech to U.S. lawmakers Tuesday.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:14:51 -0500
Hundreds of starving koalas killed in Australia

Close to 700 koalas have been killed off by authorities in southeastern Australiabecause overpopulation led to the animals starving, a state minister has confirmedClose to 700 koalas have been killed off by authorities in southeastern Australia because overpopulation led to the animals starving, an official said Wednesday, sparking claims of mismanagement. Victoria state Environment Minister Lisa Neville said the koalas were euthanised around Cape Otway near the scenic tourist drawcard the Great Ocean Road, in 2013 and 2014, with a caravan site owner saying the whole area "smelt like death" before they were put down. "The intervention was necessary to prevent suffering of koalas because they weren't able to find enough food," Neville said in a statement. Neville said 686 koalas were found to be in poor health and were humanely killed by veterinarians in consultation with koala experts and animal welfare personnel.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:08:19 -0500
Australians on Indonesia death row arrive on execution island

The plane reportedly carrying two Australian drug smugglers on death row, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, sits at Cilacap airport in Central Java following a flight from Bali on March 4, 2015Two Australian drug smugglers in Indonesia were transferred Wednesday to an island where they will be executed, as the Australian leader said his country was "revolted" by their looming deaths after frantic diplomatic efforts to save them. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug smuggling gang, were woken and given a few minutes to get ready before leaving Bali's Kerobokan jail in the early hours, said local justice ministry official Nyoman Putra Surya. The men, sentenced to death in 2006 for trying to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia, said "thank you" before leaving, and "we handcuffed them and they were quiet", he added. Michael Chan attempted to see his brother Andrew before the transfer but prison officials denied him entry, with Surya saying the decision was taken because "today is not visiting day".

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:56:17 -0500
AP Analysis: Speech fallout could determine Netanyahu's fate

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands as he leaves the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, after addressing a joint meeting of Congress. In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Netanyahu told Congress that negotiations underway between Iran and the U.S. would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world must avoid at all costs. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)JERUSALEM (AP) With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing a tough re-election fight in two weeks, the U.S. Congress has handed him an unprecedented boost with its effusive welcome to a message that resonates at home: Iran cannot be trusted as a threshold nuclear state.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:54:13 -0500
Kentucky still perfect, rallying from 9 down to beat Georgia

Kentucky forward Marcus Lee (00) reacts after scoring in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATHENS, Ga. (AP) As Kentucky exhaled after its first close call in a while, a Wildcats fan held up a sign that said it all: "UK. The Unbeatables."

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:45:12 -0500
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