Greek PM Tsipras says he seeks no rift with Europe

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday that he sought no rift with Europe after his cash-strapped country submitted a list of reforms to its lenders in a bid to secure much-needed funds. Tsipras’s leftist government … Continue reading


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Thousands march in Indiana to protest law seen targeting gays

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Thousands of people marched in Indiana’s largest city on Saturday to protest a state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people. Waving signs reading … Continue reading


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Modi’s popularity in rural India punctured by discontent, suicides

VAIDI, India (Reuters) – Over a dozen debt-laden farmers have committed suicide in recent weeks in India, and discontent in many rural areas against government policies is turning into anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi less than a year after … Continue reading


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Singaporeans bid final farewell to founding father Lee

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people braved heavy rain and lined the streets of Singapore on Sunday to catch a last glimpse of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as his funeral procession wound through the country he … Continue reading


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Tunisians march against extremism after museum massacre

Tunis (AFP) – Thousands of Tunisians, led by their president and joined by several foreign dignitaries, are to march in the capital Sunday to denounce terrorism after the museum massacre of 22 tourists. On March 18, two gunmen targeted the … Continue reading


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The political kingmaker nobody knows

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — The tiny bottles of 5-hour Energy that made Manoj Bhargava a billionaire are just about everywhere. But the Princeton dropout and former Hindu monk is nearly invisible. Bhargava’s investment firm ETC Capital gave $2.5 million to … Continue reading


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Michigan governor pardons key adviser to 5-hour Energy megadonor

A top adviser to 5-hour Energy founder Manoj Bhargava was given a rare pardon in 2014 by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, according to the Associated Press. Snyder pardoned Alan Gocha Jr. in December following the Michigan parole board’s recommendation,  “one of … Continue reading


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Fore! Obama golfs with Alonzo Mourning on Florida getaway

PALM CITY, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama kicked off the spring season on Saturday with a weekend golf getaway in Florida, teeing off with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning and former sportscaster Ahmad Rashad. During his stay at the … Continue reading


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US State Dept: Difficult work remains on Iran nuke talks

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program grew frantic on Saturday amid signs of discord, with the French and German foreign ministers joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Tehran’s top diplomat ahead of an … Continue reading


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Hundreds rally against Indiana law, say it’s discriminatory

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of people, some carrying signs reading “no hate in our state,” gathered Saturday outside the Indiana Statehouse for a boisterous rally against a new state law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people. Since … Continue reading


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Michigan’s Auto Insurance Catastrophic Injury Fee to Drop to $150

The annual auto insurance fee that Michigan drivers pay toward caring for people catastrophically injured in crashes is dropping from $186 to $150. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association announced March 25 that the new per-car assessment for the 12 months … Continue reading


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Los Angeles Mayor Backs Retrofit Tax Measure for Quake Upgrades

Saying a big earthquake is inevitable, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is supporting a state measure that would offer incentives for people to make their buildings safer during a temblor. City News Service says Garcetti has backed a measure that … Continue reading


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