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Report: Apple on verge of buying Beats for $3.2B

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is orchestrating a $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and music streaming distributor founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine, according to a published report.

Texas town shaken by officer shooting 93-year-old

HEARNE, Texas (AP) — Friends say 93-year-old Pearlie Golden still shopped at the grocery store and greeted friends with a jubilant "Hey, baby!" Now they and the mayor of this small Texas town want the police officer who shot and killed her gone.

NFL DRAFT: Texans pick Clowney; Manziel to Browns

NEW YORK (AP) — For nearly three years, Jadeveon Clowney couldn't wait to get to the NFL, and the league was just as eager to add the player some called the best defensive prospect in a decade.


Obama popular in tech world, policies less so

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Silicon Valley recoils at the government's cyber data-gathering done in the name of national security. It bristles at new potential Internet rules. Its fast-paced ethos doesn't understand Washington's gridlock.


Attorney: Shelly Sterling wants to keep Clippers

The estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team, her lawyer said Thursday, adding an unwanted twist to the NBA's plan to force new ownership on the franchise.


No surprises: Clowney taken 1st by Texans

NEW YORK (AP) — The Houston Texans have made South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon (jah-DAY'-vee-ahn) Clowney the first pick in the NFL draft.


Detectives: 4 found dead in Florida home were shot

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A man, his wife and their two teenage children were shot before the million-dollar home they were renting burned down in what investigators called arson, a fire perhaps exacerbated by fireworks and gasoline, authorities said Thursday.


Geithner: Suggested Clinton as possible successor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Timothy Geithner says in a new memoir that he considered stepping down as Treasury secretary in 2010 after the financial crisis and suggested Hillary Rodham Clinton as a possible successor.

'Hitler album' of art looted during WWII given to National Archive

A photo album depicting troves of precious art works looted by the Nazis during World War II was donated Thursday to the National Archives, America's repository of historical artifacts. The album was given to the National Archives at a ceremony that fell on the anniversary of the war's end in Europe. The event was attended by Harry Ettlinger, 88, one of six surviving soldiers from a US army unit tasked with recovering thousands of art works confiscated by the Nazis. The album was donated to the National Archives by the \"Monuments Men\" Foundation, whose mission is to disseminate the story about the lost works of art and the Allied soldiers who helped recover them.


Bitterly divided House votes to launch new Benghazi investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Thursday rammed through a measure opening a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya, vowing to dig deeper in a search for truth. Democrats declared it merely a political ploy to raise campaign cash and motivate voters.


Putin to face Western leaders at D-Day anniversary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Complicating the West's efforts to isolate Russia, the Kremlin announced Thursday that Vladimir Putin will join President Barack Obama and European leaders in France next month for a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that hastened the end of World War II.


Ignoring Putin, Ukraine insurgents to hold vote

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — In an obscure government office guarded by a man in a red T-shirt armed only with a stick, two photocopy machines churned out ballots Thursday for eastern Ukraine's referendum on secession, as they have been doing around the clock for days.


Oklahoma court agrees to 6-month stay of execution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals agreed Thursday to a six-month stay of execution for a death row inmate while an investigation is conducted into last week's botched lethal injection.


The 'essential skills' needed to be an Obama 'ambassadonor'

They might not speak a relevant foreign language or have any diplomatic experience, but big donors to President Obama’s re-election campaign have “essential skills” qualifying them for ambassador jobs, according to State Department documents obtained by Yahoo News.


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