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Jenny Wallenda, matriarch of the 'Flying Wallenda' family, dies

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 12:14
(Reuters) - Jenny Wallenda, the matriarch of the "Flying Wallenda" family of acrobats known for their breathtaking high-wire stunts, has died, the family said on Sunday. Wallenda died in Sarasota, Florida, on Friday night after a long illness, her nephew Rick Wallenda said. "She contributed greatly to our family, our high-wire troupe and our community... she is going to be greatly missed," he said. Wallenda was the grandmother of Nik Wallenda, who completed high-wire walks across the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and two Chicago skyscrapers during the last three years.

Rolling Stone to retract botched rape story as damning review is released (Report)

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 12:09

The author of Rolling Stone’s discredited “A Rape on Campus” story, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, will apologize Sunday in conjunction with the release of the Columbia Journalism School’s external review of the erroneous story, according to media reports.

Law graduate named as Kenya massacre killer as country mourns

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 11:07

Kenya on Sunday began three days of national mourning for the 148 people massacred by Somalia's Shebab militants at a university as authorities identified one of the gunmen as a smart law graduate. Hundreds packed Nairobi's Anglican cathedral where Archbishop Eliud Wabukala said Easter services were overshadowed by "great and terrible evil" as police patrolled outside. Flags were at half mast and although President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to retaliate "in the severest way possible", there have also been calls for national unity. Kenyatta said people's "justified anger" should not lead to "the victimisation of anyone" -- a clear reference to Kenya's large Muslim and Somali minorities.

Jerry Brown defends drought order that doesn't limit farmers

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 10:38

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday defended his order requiring Californians statewide to cut back on their water use in a historic mandate that spares those who consume the most — farmers.

Dozens arrested near University of Kentucky after Final Four loss

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 09:14
(Reuters) - Thirty-one people were arrested overnight near the University of Kentucky after the school's previously undefeated men's basketball team was knocked out the NCAA's Final Four tournament in a semi-final loss to Wisconsin, police said on Sunday. Hundreds of fans flooded the streets around the school's Lexington, Kentucky campus after the Wisconsin Badgers stunned the No. 1-ranked Wildcats with a 71-64 win in Indianapolis. Kentucky had been a favorite to win the tournament. Those arrested face charges including public intoxication and disorderly conduct, Lexington Police Sgt. Scott May said.

Obama, first family attend boisterous Easter service

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 09:00

President Barack Obama attended a spirited Easter service at a historic black church on Sunday, in keeping with the first family's tradition of visiting local Washington area congregations. The president, his wife Michelle and their two teenaged daughters attended the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, its pews filled with congregants who could barely contain their excitement over the visit. "How fitting that on the day we celebrate the rising of our Lord and Savior, we also welcome our sitting president," Pastor Howard-John Wesley said to applause from enthusiastic worshippers, whom he urged to keep their cellphones in their pockets and purses. The Resurrection is indeed real," read the message, retweeted by the Alfred Baptist Church from its own Twitter account.

Man in custody after human remains found in bag near MIT campus

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 08:47
(Reuters) - A man was in custody on Sunday in connection with the discovery of human remains found in a duffel bag about a half-mile from the Cambridge campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, law enforcement authorities say.

Police: 1 of gunmen in attack that killed 148 was a Kenyan

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 03:10

Authorities identify him as the son of a government official.

Pope, thousands brave rain for Easter in St. Peter's Square

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 02:59

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In an Easter peace wish, Pope Francis on Sunday praised the framework nuclear agreement with Iran as an opportunity to make the world safer, while expressing deep worry about bloodshed in Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa.

Christians in Holy Land, across world celebrate Easter

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 01:59

Christians in the Holy Land and across the world are celebrating Easter, commemorating the day followers believe Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.

Wisconsin ends Kentucky's bid for an undefeated season

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 19:22

The Badgers shocked the Wildcats in the national semifinals and avenged their Final Four loss from a year ago.

Mormons vow support for traditional marriage

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 18:28

The church's leaders want to push the belief that marriage is an institution exclusive to a man and a woman.

Gay rights rally goes to Indianapolis NCAA Final Four site

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 15:18

Hundreds of people calling for Indiana to add protections for gays and lesbians to the state's civil-rights laws marched through downtown Indianapolis Saturday, attracting the attention basketball fans attending the NCAA Final Four, some of whom offered the protesters cheers of support. The march came two days after Indiana lawmakers responded to an uproar over a new religious objections law and tweaked the law to address concerns that it would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. We're good now, right?'' he told crowd, which shouted back ''no!'' Dorsey then led the gathering in chanting ''Hoosiers don't discriminate! - No more Band-Aids masking hate!'' as they began a march that carried them several blocks past the city's business district, bars and restaurants to the Lucas Oil Stadium, home of this year's men's Final Four.

Pope condemns indifference to jihadist atrocities against Christians

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 14:43

Pope Francis condemned indifference and "complicit silence" to jihadist attacks on Christians as he presided over Easter ceremonies in the wake of a massacre of nearly 150 people at a Kenyan university by Shebab Islamists. The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics brought up the extremist persecution of Christians as the holiest ceremonies of the Church calendar reached a climax Sunday, when believers celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. The Vatican has increasingly voiced frustration that attacks on Christians in places such as Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and Nigeria have not been more strongly condemned by Muslim authorities and Western governments.

Zarif stresses benefits to Iran of framework nuclear deal

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 14:07

All sanctions to Iran's nuclear program will be lifted if a final deal is agreed.

Many Iranian expats in California have doubts about nuclear deal

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 13:54

By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Many members of the Los Angeles-area Iranian community, the largest in the United States, are skeptical about a preliminary nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, even though a pact could end decades of international isolation for their homeland. The prevailing sentiment in part reflects the history of the Southern California's Iranian community, made up of those in the earliest wave of migration after Iran's 1979 revolution. Many are still distrustful of the Iranian government. A rollback of U.S. sanctions, which have contributed to Iran’s skyrocketing inflation and inability to obtain Western medical supplies, will do little to improve the lives of ordinary people, many expatriates say.

Exclusive: Jason Collins on Indiana's RFRA

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 12:45

The former basketball player - in Indianapolis to cover the Final Four for Yahoo Sports - gives his thoughts on the state's controversial act and its recent amendment.

Rolling Stone awaits review of debunked Virginia gang rape story

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 12:41
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Columbia University review of a now-discredited Rolling Stone story about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity is due out on Sunday, addressing the questions of journalistic ethics raised by the provocative article. Rolling Stone commissioned the review after backtracking on the story, "A Rape on Campus," which caused an uproar over the issue of campus sexual assault when it was published in November. The story's autopsy could lead to a shakeup at Rolling Stone, founded in 1967 by editor Jann Wenner. If the report is highly critical, it "will have an enormous impact on Rolling Stone.

Former drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd dies in car crash in Georgia

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 12:36
(Reuters) - Robert Burns Jr., a founding member and former drummer of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died in a car crash in Georgia, state officials said on Saturday. Burns was not wearing his seatbelt when his car went off a road late Friday, striking a mailbox and a tree near Cartersville, northwest of Atlanta, the Georgia State Patrol said. Burns was one of the founding members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, best known for hits including "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama." He remained in the group from its inception in the mid-1960s in Jacksonville, Florida until 1974, performing on the band's debut album, "Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd." The album launched the band to fame and helped define the sound of southern rock, which exploded in popularity during the decade. Burns left Lynyrd Skynyrd after growing tired of life on the road and was replaced by drummer Artimus Pyle, the band's biography said.

Rains hit South, Midwest; woman killed in flood

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 10:26

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky was swamped by wave after wave of heavy rain, unleashing flash flooding that killed a woman swept into a creek, stranded a school bus and forced more than 160 rescues in Louisville.