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Saudi Arabia says strikes push Yemen rebels out of air bases
SANAA, Yemen (AP) ? A Saudi-led airstrike campaign targeting Shiite rebels who control much of Yemen has pushed them out of contested air bases and destroyed any jet fighter remaining in the Arab world's poorest country, the kingdom has said.
Lee Kuan Yew Singapore state funeral: LIVE REPORT
Hong Kong (AFP) - 05:47 GMT - World leaders arrive - World leaders have started to arrive for the state funeral, including Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and South Korean leader Park Geun-hye. The cortège has reached its final destination -- the University Cultural Centre at the National University of Singapore -- passing by the last rain-soaked crowds and lines of police honour guards, who inverted their rifles and bowed their heads in a sign of respect known as Resting On Arms Reversed. 05:39 GMT - Housing and education - The procession route has been carefully planned to take in landmarks considered emblematic of Lee's social achievements, including public housing estates -- 90.3 percent of Singaporeans own their own homes under a programme started by Lee, who believed home ownership gave citizens a stake in their country. It also passed by Singapore Polytechnic, a nod to the founding leader's emphasis on education as vital to the city-state's future.
Survived: No. 1 Kentucky holds off Notre Dame 68-66
CLEVELAND (AP) ? With everything at stake, Kentucky didn't panic and played to perfection.
Alabama DL Taylor charged with domestic violence a 2nd time
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) ? Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, signed about six months after Georgia dismissed him following his arrest in a girlfriend's assault, faces a new domestic violence charge, police said.
Singapore bids farewell to Lee Kuan Yew in elaborate funeral
SINGAPORE (AP) ? Tens of thousands of Singaporeans undeterred by heavy rains lined a 15 kilometer (9 mile) route through the Southeast Asian city-state to witness an elaborate funeral procession Sunday for longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew.
Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) ? Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black woman while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.
Anticipation and angst as Europe ends milk quotas
European dairy farmers are facing the end of three decades of milk quotas on Wednesday with a mixture of anticipation and angst as it will allow them to serve growing demand in emerging markets, but could also cause a crash in prices. In northern Europe, farmers have hailed the move as a chance to cash in on the growing global thirst for milk, particularly in China. The Netherlands and Germany, Europe's largest producer, are gearing up for increases of 20 percent.
Air Canada plane leaves Halifax runway on 'abrupt' landing
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) ? An Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing and left the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather, but there were no immediate reports of injuries, authorities said early Sunday.
Warriors secure top seed in west with win over Bucks
The Golden State Warriors secured the top seed in the NBA's Western Conference with a record-setting victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Stephen Curry scored 25 points and Klay Thompson added 21 in the 108-95 victory, which guarantees the Warriors the best record in the west and home-court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs. The Warriors also set a club record for wins in a season with their 60th triumph of the current campaign. Harrison Barnes scored 13 points and pulled down six rebounds and Marreese Speights supplied 12 points and seven rebounds for Golden State, who won their ninth straight game.
Lights out as millions around the world mark Earth Hour
The Empire State Building dimmed its lights and the Eiffel Tower went dark as iconic landmarks across the world observed Earth Hour, the global climate change awareness campaign. The usually glittering nighttime majesty of the Empire State Building was set to "faint sparkle" in New York, while theaters on Broadway also toned down the neon. Millions of people around the world were taking part in the annual Earth Hour organized by conservation group WWF, with a string of well-known sights plunging into darkness globally. The famous Las Vegas strip went dim, with the replica Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel turning its lights off, along with several hotels and casinos that normally illuminate the main drag in Sin City.
Stingrays' ECHL-record 23-game win streak stopped by Fuel
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? The South Carolina Stingrays' ECHL-record 23-game winning streak was stopped Saturday night with a 3-2 loss to the Indy Fuel.
Pence: Effort to 'clarify' religious objections law underway
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he would support legislation to "clarify the intent" of a new state law that has attracted widespread criticism over concerns it could allow discrimination against gay people.
Djokovic overcomes wobble to win Miami opener
Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams launched their Miami Open repeat bids in constrasting style on Saturday, Djokovic battling past Martin Klizan as Williams cruised into the third round. Djokovic, the top seed who is looking for a fifth Miami Masters crown, had to work for his 6-0, 5-7, 6-1 second-round victory over Slovakia's Klizan.
Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour
PARIS (AP) ? The Eiffel Tower went dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change.
Jolie delivers empowerment message at Kids' Choice Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The traditional green slime flowed at the Kids' Choice Awards, but it was Angelina Jolie's message of empowerment for youngsters that stuck.
Warriors beat Bucks 108-95, clinch top seed in West
MILWAUKEE (AP) ? The Golden State Warriors achieved two impressive milestones with another double-digit win on the road.
UN staff flee war-torn Yemen, Russia voices concern
The United Nations evacuated staff from war-torn Yemen as Russia warned Saudi-led air strikes on Iranian-backed rebels were affecting crunch nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran. Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi urged his Arab allies to keep up the bombing raids in his country until the Huthi Shiite rebels surrender, branding them Iran's "puppet". A Sunni Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies, is battling to avoid having a pro-Iran regime on its doorstep, as the Huthi rebels tighten the noose around Hadi's southern stronghold of Aden.
Wisconsin heads to Final Four after 85-78 win over Arizona
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Just call him Sam Dagger.
Painstaking search continues after NYC blast, but hope dims
NEW YORK (AP) ? Searching with hands and dogs through scoops of rubble from three apartment buildings leveled in an apparent gas explosion, emergency workers painstakingly looked for signs of two missing people Saturday, though authorities acknowledged the chances were slim.
'Animal House' or house of horrors? US fraternities at a crossroads
Fraternities have long been a fixture of American college life, but revelations about sexual assault and racism are casting a pall over hard-partying "Greek life" on campus. Some are going so far as to question the future of fraternities, an institution that dates back to the earliest days of the United States. "This is the biggest outcry I have seen in the past 50 years," Laura Hamilton, a sociology professor at the University of California at Merced, told AFP. Video of racist chants by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma touched off a national furor with their reference to lynching and use of the N-word.
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.
Serena Williams easily wins opening match at Miami Open
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) ? Serena Williams punctuated points Saturday with theatrics worthy of a Grand Slam final. There were squeals, knee kicks, pirouettes and fist pumps, sometimes all at once.
World-power foreign ministers press for Iran deal
World-power foreign ministers were due Sunday to make a final push to get Iran to agree to curtail its nuclear programme days before a looming deadline to agree the outlines of a deal. "We're moving forward," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, hunkered down with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Switzerland since Thursday, told reporters. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who like French counterpart Laurent Fabius joined the negotiations on Saturday, said the talks were in the "endgame". Russia's chief negotiator, Sergei Ryabkov was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying the chances of a deal were "more than 50/50".
Indiana governor supports clarifying religious objection law
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he would support legislation to "clarify the intent" of a new state law that has attracted widespread criticism over concerns it could allow discrimination against gay people.
Dominant Hamilton seeks Malaysian Grand Prix win
World champion Lewis Hamilton will try to maintain a 100 percent record in the nascent Formula One series with victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday. Torrential rain failed to derail Hamilton in qualifying on Saturday, when he shot to pole position despite suggestions of a block by his team-mate Nico Rosberg. Ferrari's four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel will start from second after sneaking between the Mercedes drivers in qualifying, a result he celebrated wildly. All eyes will be on the start at 3:00 pm (0700 GMT) at the Sepang circuit, where Hamilton will try to hold off Vettel and Rosberg will aim to pounce on his fellow German.
Decorated Boston cop in coma after being shot in face
BOSTON (AP) ? A decorated Boston police officer remained in a medically induced coma Saturday, a night after he was shot in the face by a man with several gun convictions during a traffic stop that ended when other officers fatally shot his attacker, the city's police commissioner said.
Death threats made to BBC chief after Clarkson axe
British police were on Sunday investigating death threats against BBC director-general Tony Hall following his decision to drop popular "Top Gear" presenter Jeremy Clarkson. Scotland Yard police headquarters confirmed it was examining allegations made on Wednesday, when Hall confirmed Clarkson's contract would not be renewed at the end of March after he hit a producer. "Police in Westminster (central London) are investigating an allegation of threats to kill. "Top Gear" is the world's most popular factual television programme, with 350 million viewers per week in 170 countries.
Walker stretches lead in hometown Texas Open
Hometown hope Jimmy Walker fired six birdies in a three-under-par 69 to stretch his lead in the US PGA Tour Texas Open to four strokes. Walker, who lives just a half-hour's drive from TPC San Antonio, had a 54-hole total of nine-under-par 207 and a comfortable cushion over rising US star Jordan Spieth. Spieth, the 21-year-old who also hails from Texas, carded a one-under 71 for 211. He was two strokes in front of last season's FedEx Cup playoff champion Billy Horschel, who birdied the last three holes in a 71 for 213.
LEADING OFF: Alex Rodriguez to play first base
A look at what's happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Sunday:
7 shot and injured at Florida spring break house party
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) ? Seven people were injured, some critically, during an early-morning spray of gunfire Saturday at a spring break party on the Florida Panhandle, police said. An Alabama man was quickly apprehended and charged with attempted murder.
AP sources: Texas fires coach Barnes after 17 years
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ? Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes will be released after yet another quick exit from the postseason, people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) ? Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history.
It's Izzo versus Pitino in showdown to settle East Region
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) ? Tom Izzo and Rick Pitino are Final Four regulars, and one of them will be back this year even though both of their teams were counted out weeks ago.
Are Houston Regional shooting woes due to stadium?
HOUSTON (AP) ? The South Regional of the NCAA Tournament is the only one being played in a football stadium.
Late goals save day for Netherlands, Italy
The Netherlands and Italy needed late equalisers to earn draws in Euro 2016 qualifying on Saturday, while Gareth Bale inspired Wales to a fine win in Israel that left them top of their group. The Dutch were heading to a first competitive defeat on home soil since October 2000 after Burak Yilmaz put Turkey ahead in Amsterdam, but a 92nd-minute shot by captain Wesley Sneijder deflected into the net off Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to spare Oranje blushes and secure a 1-1 draw. A defeat might have made Dutch coach Guus Hiddink's position untenable, and even the draw leaves last year's World Cup semi-finalists in third place in qualifying Group A, five points behind second-placed Iceland and two points ahead of Turkey.
Australia signs up to negotiations on Chinese-led bank
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) ? Australia announced on Sunday that it would join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that has emerged as a potential challenge to United States influence in a part of the world where the Obama administration has tried to forge stronger ties.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson works out with Texas Rangers
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) ? Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson spent Saturday at spring training with the Texas Rangers, hitting a home run in batting practice and drawing on his recent Super Bowl experience to deliver a message to the team.
Technical glitches, Boko Haram violence hit Nigerian election
Problems with new technology on Saturday forced voting to be extended in presidential elections in Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, as renewed Boko Haram violence hit the knife-edge polls. The Islamist militants were suspected of killing at least seven people in separate attacks in northeastern Gombe state, including at polling stations, while on Friday, 23 people were beheaded in Borno state. President Goodluck Jonathan was the most high-profile victim of the glitches with handheld readers, which scan biometric identity cards to authenticate voters to help cut electoral fraud. His main opponent, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, had no such problems and was accredited without a hitch in his hometown of Daura, in northern Katsina state.
Tom Brady posts video of cliff jump
Tom Brady really went deep.
Prince Bishop wins Dubai World Cup, California Chrome 2nd
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ? Prince Bishop pulled away from favorite California Chrome on the home straight and won the $10 million Dubai World Cup by 2 ¾ lengths at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday.