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APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking.

Your Rent Is Too Damn High

The average nationwide percentage of income spent on rent is now the highest it’s been in 30 years. Unaffordable rents aren’t just a New York problem anymore.

Why the GOP Needs Another Bush

Does anyone really believe Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, or Chris Christie can contend against Hillary Clinton? At least Jeb, the establishment’s establishmentarian, would put up a fight.

Rape Threats Over a Comic Book

After criticizing the new ‘Teen Titans’ cover, journalist Janelle Asselin was name-called and threatened with rape. The worst part? No one is surprised.

Abused by Military Justice

Over a year ago, a civilian woman accused her Marine ex-husband of beating and raping her. She’s still waiting for the incidents to be fully investigated.

Why You Can’t Debate Creationists

Advocates of the pseudo-scientific, secularized version of creationism love debates, because they give the appearance of two equal sides. Here’s what it’s like to participate in one.

SC GOP Snubs Desegregation Judge

Julius Waties Waring, a challenger of ‘separate but equal,’ finally got a statue, but Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, and Mark Sanford had better things to do than attend the dedication.

The Stupid War on the Common Core

An unholy alliance between the Tea Party and the teachers’ unions threatens to derail the most promising education reform in decades.

High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being.

‘The Boondocks’ Is Back

The show has been around for almost 20 years, and it’s come back from the dead more than once. This time, though, it’s returning without creator Aaron McGruder.

The Most Cynical Show on TV

Season 4’s third episode featured one of the most horrifying, taboo-violating encounters in the HBO series’ history. And that was just the tip of the iceberg. [WARNING: SPOILERS]

Game of Thrones’ WTF Sex Scene

The Kingslayer dishes on one of the most disturbing scenes ever featured on HBO’s violence- and sex-fueled fantasy epic. [WARNING: SPOILERS]

Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics

Five years after refashioning US foreign policy to emphasize Asia, President Barack Obama will face questions over his strategy's content and staying power in the region this week. Obama will counter the impression that events, including carnage in Syria and the East-West showdown over Ukraine have dragged his administration’s attention elsewhere. He will argue in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines that the "rebalancing" policy -- of withdrawing US military, economic and human resources from Middle East wars and deploying them to emerging Asia -- remains on track. Obama will embark on his fifth visit as president to Asia when he lands in Japan on Wednesday.

Snowden Regrets Staged Putin Q&A

Even the NSA leaker’s closest advisers now say his appearance on a Kremlin call-in show, which touched off yet another international firestorm, was a mistake.

Good Wife’s Heartbreaking Death

Christine Baranski on shooting the heartbreaking ‘Good Wife’ scene that left her sobbing—and then getting drunk and having a big laugh after his funeral.

GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday.

Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may have expected a quiet Easter, but his presence rallied a congregation eager to greet him and his family to the front of the church.

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

GOP making bold play for US Senate seat in Oregon

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elected to a statewide office in more than a decade.