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The Latest: Trump's lawyers 'pleased' report has been sent
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  • 2019-03-22 22:00:59Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation (all times local):

Text of letter announcing AG Barr received Mueller report
Text of letter announcing AG Barr received Mueller report
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  • 2019-03-22 21:59:12Z

Attorney General William Barr delivered a letter to Congress on Friday notifying the leaders of the Judiciary committees that special counsel Robert Mueller had submitted his report on the Russia investigation. The letter was addressed to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Democratic Rep

U.S. lawmaker urges FAA, Boeing employees to disclose details on 737 MAX approval
U.S. lawmaker urges FAA, Boeing employees to disclose details on 737 MAX approval
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  • 2019-03-22 21:27:36Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Peter DeFazio on Friday urged current or former Boeing Co and Federal Aviation Administration employees to come forward with any information about the government's aircraft certification program. Federal prosecutors, the Transportation Department's inspector general and lawmakers are investigating the FAA's certification of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft that has been involved in two fatal crashes since October. ...

Christchurch brings global white supremacist threat into sharp relief
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  • 2019-03-22 21:17:05Z

The setting alone was shocking: a pastoral, oceanside city in New Zealand, the country ranked the planet's second-most peaceful, after Iceland. When a white-supremacist terrorist opened fire in two Christchurch mosques on March 15, taking 50 lives including those of a 3-year-old child and 78-year-old man, the brutal display of racial hatred - live-streamed on social media - jolted the world. The perpetrator of the deadliest terrorist attack in New Zealand history carefully calculated his actions for maximum impact on a global audience.

May pushes for Brexit deal with new timetable
May pushes for Brexit deal with new timetable

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday tried to persuade MPs to back the Brexit deal, seeking to build bridges after lashing out at lawmakers for their indecision on Brexit. May wrote to all MPs to spell out the possible paths forward after European Union leaders granted a short delay to Britain's departure date at this week's EU summit. The premier faces daunting odds to persuade British lawmakers to support the plan -- something they have already overwhelmingly rejected twice -- by a new April 12 deadline agreed with the EU.

Trump-Netanyahu: True bromance, or marriage of convenience?
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  • 2019-03-22 20:43:51Z

As president, Donald Trump has had his share of bromances with world leaders - certainly more than his predecessor, the cool Barack Obama, ever did. There was the short-lived fling with French President Emmanuel Macron, an early dalliance with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that failed to launch, and a cozying up to strongman leaders - from Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines - that remain a feature of Mr. Trump's presidency.

Markets Right Now: Stocks, yields drop on growth worries
Markets Right Now: Stocks, yields drop on growth worries

NEW YORK (AP) - The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Suspicion and strife strain Ethiopian plane crash probe
Suspicion and strife strain Ethiopian plane crash probe
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  • 2019-03-22 18:54:45Z

The office - with three investigators and an annual budget of less than 2.5 million Birr ($89,000) - is leading a multi-party, multi-nation probe into what caused an Ethiopian Airlines flight to crash on March 10, killing all 157 people on board. This modest agency is under intense international scrutiny

Puerto Rico mayor, Trump critic announces run for governor
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  • 2019-03-22 18:50:22Z

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital has announced that she is running for governor of the U.S. territory.

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Trump's Golan statement draws strong regional condemnation

From Syria to Turkey and beyond, President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights drew strong condemnation on Friday. The Syrian government called it "irresponsible" and a threat to international

In the growing gospel of 'workism,' is all work holy?
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  • 2019-03-22 18:39:07Z

Jake Hammel kinda gets why a bunch of Hollywood celebrities and Manhattan muckety-mucks might try to spend their considerable dime trying to finagle their kids into a big-name college. "You know, wherever you're at financially, you can just kind of scale it down and think, well, if I had a percentage

Israeli forces kill two Gazans during border protest
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  • 2019-03-22 18:36:39Z

Israeli forces killed two Palestinian men on Friday and wounded 55 others taking part in weekly protests along the fortified Israel-Gaza border, the Palestinian health ministry said. Medical officials said two men aged 29 and 24 were killed by Israeli fire at two sites in central Gaza. The Israeli

Ram Rebel TRX Pickup Spied, Likely to Get the Supercharged Hellcat V-8
Ram Rebel TRX Pickup Spied, Likely to Get the Supercharged Hellcat V-8

Looks like the Ford F-150 Raptor isn't going to have the sandbox to itself anymore.

Ex-President Temer to give testimony in Brazil after arrest
Ex-President Temer to give testimony in Brazil after arrest

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazilian federal police expect to take testimony from ex-President Michel Temer and his former Cabinet minister Wellington Moreira Franco on Friday, a day after both were arrested as part of the country's sprawling Car Wash corruption probe.

A cyclone's wake-up call on climate adaptation
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  • 2019-03-22 17:36:14Z

A cyclone that struck the southern African countries of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi earlier this month has left a devastated landscape. It also left questions about how to better prepare for similar powerful storms predicted by climate scientists. Cyclone Idai caused hundreds of casualties, perhaps many more, and widespread flooding.

Why is the Dow falling? Banks and tech stocks drag down market on Wall Street
Why is the Dow falling? Banks and tech stocks drag down market on Wall Street

U.S. stocks moved broadly lower on Wall Street Friday, dragged down by banks and industrial companies.

Algeria stages new mass protests against Bouteflika
Algeria stages new mass protests against Bouteflika
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  • 2019-03-22 15:56:36Z

Tens of thousands of Algerians once again staged huge demonstrations Friday, a month after ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term sparked a protest movement that shows little sign of abating. Like the past two Fridays, the Muslim day of prayer, when record numbers of protesters

With Turkey on edge, can architecture bridge divides?
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  • 2019-03-22 15:39:00Z

For decades, the Atatürk Cultural Center had been an architectural icon. It stood in one of Turkey's most dynamic political spaces, Istanbul's Taksim Square, the scene of countless confrontations, many violent, between protesters and police. A bastion of arts and culture with a bold facade of metal cladding, the Cultural Center, or AKM, was built in the late 1960s to show the modern face of a new, secular nation envisioned by its revered founder, Mustafa Kamal Atatürk.

U.S. says Russian ship suspected of illicit North Korea trade
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  • 2019-03-22 15:31:13Z

The Treasury Department, which oversees U.S. sanctions, included the Russian vessel, the Tantal, on a new list of "vessels believed to have engaged in ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean tankers." The list was included in updated https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs

20+ Delicious Appetizers Perfect For Spring
20+ Delicious Appetizers Perfect For Spring

Midwest flooding shuts down nearly a sixth of U.S. ethanol production
Midwest flooding shuts down nearly a sixth of U.S. ethanol production

Rail lines are washed out, and corn in storage is flood-damaged.

Pole vaulter, 84, sets her sights on more records
Pole vaulter, 84, sets her sights on more records
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  • 2019-03-22 12:49:46Z

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - An 84-year-old pole vaulter isn't putting her pole down anytime soon.

Protesters block Iraq president
Protesters block Iraq president's pathway over ferry sinking
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  • 2019-03-22 12:49:21Z

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi residents of the northern city of Mosul, angry over the sinking of a ferry in the Tigris River that killed 95 people, blocked a road where Iraq's presidential convoy was passing on Friday, chanting "no to corruption" and pelting the provincial governor's car

Hillary Clinton replied to AOC
Hillary Clinton replied to AOC's take down of Jared Kushner and we all need a minute

Brace yourself: AOC and Hillary Clinton have joined forces on Twitter to create a clapback so powerful that you may need to take a some deep breaths to compose yourself.It went down on Thursday night, when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a very straightforward "But his WhatsApp," after it was alleged that Jared Kushner had been communicating with foreign officials using WhatsApp. > But his WhatsApp https://t.co/kLO3ZHvdbO> > -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 22, 2019Kushner's behavior is obviously problematic on any number of levels, not least of which is that his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, ran his campaign against Hillary Clinton almost exclusively...

Lori Loughlin chose acting roles her children wouldn't 'have to pay the price for'
Lori Loughlin chose acting roles her children wouldn't 'have to pay the price for'

In a 2014 interview, Lori Loughlin, now embroiled in the college admissions scandal, explained how she didn't want her kids to suffer for her choices.

Indonesia's Garuda asks to cancel 737 MAX order it had been reconsidering before Ethiopia crash

Garuda is the first airline to publicly confirm plans to scrap an order for the jets after the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people. "Many passengers told us they were afraid to get on a MAX 8," Garuda CEO Ari Askhara told Reuters on Friday. Analysts last week said the grounding of the 737 MAX fleet could give some airlines a good excuse to delay or cancel purchases, saving cash on their balance sheets.

More Misconceptions about College
More Misconceptions about College

Now that we've all had a good airing of grievances about elite colleges and their attendant injustices, let's get some perspective.While the numbers of high-school graduates heading off to college have increased in recent years, the percentages graduating with a four-year degree have not increased much. Many students, especially those who are the first in their families to attend college, drop out before receiving a degree. (They cannot drop out of student-loan payments, though.)Data from the Lumina Foundation show that among Americans aged 25-64, 52.4 percent have no more than a high-school diploma (though 15.4 percent of them attended college for a while). An additional 5.2 percent...

Google, Facebook, Amazon: Warren's toothless break-up plan ignores real Big Tech threats
Google, Facebook, Amazon: Warren's toothless break-up plan ignores real Big Tech threats

Surveillance and manipulation are the real threats these companies pose. They'd still have more unchecked power than any dictator under Warren's plan.

Points of Progress: Thai social media helps free speech, and more
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  • 2019-03-22 10:00:01Z

Social media is enabling a resurgence of free speech in the country. In 2014, Thailand's military took over the country in a coup, and since then, the junta has tightly controlled the media landscape and prosecuted critics under computer crime laws. A solar business started by Eritrean brothers is holding its own. There's a booming market for solar power in East Africa, and many companies in the area are connected to foreign investors.

Facebook Stopped Bangladeshi Ad Farm Targeting Utah in Midterms

Political news in a Utah congressional district wasn't coming from inside the U.S. -- a mismatch Facebook had tuned its software algorithms to detect. A data scientist in the election-monitoring center at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, inspected the activity manually and discovered, at 11:47 a.m., that the source spreading the content was an ad farm in Bangladesh. The slides, viewed by Bloomberg News, show in detail how Facebook has improved its process for rooting out bad actors using tactics similar to those Russian operatives used in 2016.

Boko Haram fighters kill 23 Chadian soldiers: security sources
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  • 2019-03-22 09:58:41Z

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Boko Haram militants killed at least 23 Chadian soldiers overnight, two Chadian security sources said on Friday, in what appeared to be the deadliest ever such attack inside Chad by the Islamist militants. The raid occurred in the town of Dangdala, near the banks of Lake Chad

Kremlin: hope Trump
Kremlin: hope Trump's statement on Golan Heights will remain just 'a call'
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  • 2019-03-22 09:57:21Z

The Kremlin said on Friday there was a hope that U.S. President Donald Trump's call to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights would remain just a call, and not be enacted. Let's hope it will remain a call," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call. Trump tweeted

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones named Six Nations
Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones named Six Nations' best player
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  • 2019-03-22 09:55:21Z

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) - Alun Wyn Jones was chosen as the Six Nations' best rugby player after leading Wales to the Grand Slam.

EU leaders give Britain
EU leaders give Britain 'last chance' for orderly Brexit
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  • 2019-03-22 09:17:42Z

Arriving for a second day of a summit dominated by talks over Britain's departure, Belgium's prime minister said he hoped for a "rational" decision by British lawmakers to back the withdrawal treaty that May concluded with Brussels. Preparations for a no-deal, in which Britain would

New Zealand broadcasts Muslim call to prayer on day of mourning for mosque shooting victims
New Zealand broadcasts Muslim call to prayer on day of mourning for mosque shooting victims

The Muslim call to prayer sounded out over Christchurch and around New Zealand on Friday, as thousands gathered to remember the 50 people killed by a lone gunman at two mosques a week ago. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined about 20,000 people standing quietly at Hagley Park, in front of the Al Noor mosque where most of the victims were killed during Friday prayers last week. "New Zealand mourns with you. We are one," she said in a short speech, followed by two minutes of silence. Ms Ardern, who swiftly denounced the shooting as terrorism, has announced a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles. The country is under heightened security alert since the attack,...

Pound up but still faces pressure after Brexit delay deal
Pound up but still faces pressure after Brexit delay deal

The pound rose Friday but was struggling to claw back its latest losses after the EU gave Britain a Brexit deadline extension, while equity markets were boosted by a positive lead from Wall Street. At a summit in Brussels, Prime Minister Theresa May was given until April 12 to push her divorce agreement through a fractious parliament next week. The sterling has come under pressure owing to the uncertainty in the past few days, falling to as low as $1.3004 Thursday, though it has recovered slightly and is still maintaining its position, helped by this week's dovish outlook on interest rates from the Federal Reserve.

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Indonesia's Garuda says to cancel 49-jet Boeing 737 deal after crashes

Indonesia's national carrier Garuda has told Boeing it will cancel a multi-billion-dollar order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after the model was involved in two fatal crashes. The move could spark more cancellations from other major carriers, an aviation analyst said, as Boeing and US federal regulators get set to face their first public grilling by Congress since the deadly incidents. "We have sent a letter to Boeing requesting that the order be cancelled," Garuda spokesman Ikhsan Rosan said.

'Unprecedented' Spring Flood Season to Put 200 Million People in the U.S. at Risk, NOAA Warns
'Unprecedented' Spring Flood Season to Put 200 Million People in the U.S. at Risk, NOAA Warns

Some 200 million people across the U.S. are at risk of experiencing spring flooding, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned

Syria slams Trump, vows to recover Israeli-occupied Golan
Syria slams Trump, vows to recover Israeli-occupied Golan
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  • 2019-03-22 06:50:32Z

The Syrian government condemned on Friday U.S. President Donald Trump's statement that it was time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and said Syria was determined to recover the area "through all available means". In a statement published by the Syrian state news

WRAPUP 3-Indonesian airline cancels Boeing order, citing passenger fear

JAKARTA/OSLO, March 22 (Reuters) - Indonesian airline Garuda plans to cancel a $6 billion order for Boeing 737 MAX jets, it said on Friday, saying some passengers would be frightened to board the plane after two fatal crashes, although analysts said the deal had long been in doubt. The news came as another 737 MAX customer, Norwegian Air , played down the significance of a move by Boeing to make a previously optional cockpit warning light compulsory. Norwegian said that, according to Boeing, the warning light would not have been able to prevent erroneous signals that Lion Air pilots received before their new 737 MAX plane crashed off Indonesia in October, killing 189 people.

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan
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  • 2019-03-22 06:45:20Z

The U.S. military's mission is focused on guiding and aiding Afghan forces battling the Taliban, who were ousted from power in 2001. The latest deaths bring the tally of U.S. service members' deaths in Afghanistan to at least four in 2019, and a total of at least 65 U.S. military deaths since

Top Asian News 6:41 a.m. GMT
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  • 2019-03-22 06:41:23Z

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) - New Zealanders observed the Muslim call to prayer Friday in reflecting on the moment one week ago when 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques were slain - an act an imam told the crowd of thousands that had left the country broken-hearted but not broken. In a day

US forces say 2 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan
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  • 2019-03-22 06:41:12Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Two American service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on Friday, the U.S. and NATO forces said without providing any other details on the combat deaths.

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Republicans' silence over Trump's attacks on McCain is truly shameful

The mealy-mouthed responses of the late senator's former colleagues demonstrates the extent to which Trump has recast the party in his own imageJohn McCain was brutalized in captivity in Vietnam for his sense of duty and honor. Photograph: ABC Photo Archives/Getty ImagesIn death as he was in life, John S McCain is an American patriot and hero, regardless of what Donald Trump may think or say. As the Vietnam war raged, McCain was held for five years as a prisoner of war at the so-called Hanoi Hilton. Rather than trade on his family's connections - his father and grandfather served as navy admirals - the young McCain elected to stay with his fellow prisoners, and was brutalized for his...

U.S.-backed Syrian force still battling Islamic State
U.S.-backed Syrian force still battling Islamic State

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battled Islamic State militants holed up in the Baghouz area overnight, supported by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, the SDF said, seeking to defeat the last pockets of jihadist resistance. The SDF has been battling for weeks to defeat Islamic State at the Baghouz enclave in southeastern Syria at the Iraqi border, all that remained of the territory the militants ruled, which once spanned a third of Syria and Iraq. While the U.S.-backed SDF has captured most of the area, Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF media office, told Reuters SDF fighters were clashing late on Thursday with IS militants in more than two positions where they were refusing to surrender.

American Airlines pilots expect to test 737 MAX software fix in Boeing simulator
American Airlines pilots expect to test 737 MAX software fix in Boeing simulator

American Airlines pilots expect to test Boeing Co's 737 MAX software fix on simulators this weekend, the pilots' union told Reuters on Thursday, a key step in restoring their confidence in the jet after two fatal crashes. Boeing has been working on a software upgrade for an anti-stall system and pilot displays on its fastest-selling jetliner in the wake of the deadly Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October. Similarities between the flight path in the Lion Air incident and a fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10 have raised fresh questions about the system, and pilots want assurances that the update is solid.

Super Rugby: Japan
Super Rugby: Japan's Sunwolves out of competition after 2020
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  • 2019-03-22 03:44:33Z

SYDNEY (AP) - Super Rugby's governing body said Friday that Japan's Sunwolves will be cut from the competition at the end of the 2020 season.

New Zealand prays, falls silent, a week after mosque massacres
New Zealand prays, falls silent, a week after mosque massacres

The Muslim call to prayer rang out across New Zealand on Friday followed by two minutes of nationwide silence to mark a week since a white supremacist gunned down 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. As the call was broadcast around the country, thousands -- including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and wounded survivors -- stood in a park opposite the mosque where the killing began, as the nation of 4.5 million came to a standstill. New Zealand is still in shock following the killings by alleged shooter Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian national who had hoped to foment an ethnic war with his attacks.

Ex-cop says he thought he saw a gun when he shot black teen
Ex-cop says he thought he saw a gun when he shot black teen

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A white former police officer said Thursday he thought a weapon was pointed at him when he shot and killed an unarmed black teenager outside Pittsburgh last summer.

U.S. imposes first new North Korea sanctions since failed summit
U.S. imposes first new North Korea sanctions since failed summit
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  • 2019-03-22 02:18:58Z

The U.S. Treasury Department also issued an updated advisory that listed 67 vessels that it said had engaged in illicit transfers of refined petroleum with North Korean tankers or were believed to have exported North Korean coal. The department identified the newly sanctioned firms as Dalian Haibo International Freight Co Ltd and Liaoning Danxing International Forwarding Co Ltd, which it said had helped North Korea evade U.S. and international sanctions. The move prohibits U.S. dealings with the designated companies and freezes any assets they have in the United States.

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