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Saudi Arabia says strikes push Yemen rebels out of air bases

Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, wearing an army uniform, ride on an armed truck to patrol the international airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Yemen's President Abed Raboo Mansour Hadi, speaking at an Arab summit in Egypt on Saturday, called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)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

Kentucky players celebrate with the regional championship trophy after a 68-66 win over Notre Dame in a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional finals, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)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

An army officer arranges funeral service programs on seats ahead of a state funeral for the late Lee Kuan Yew, at the University Cultural Center, Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Singapore. During a week of national mourning that began Monday after Lee's death at age 91, some 450,000 people queued for hours for a glimpse of Lee's coffin at Parliament House. A million people visited tribute sites at community centers across the island and leaders and dignitaries from more than two dozen countries attended the state funeral. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)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!'

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a taping of the Black Girls Rock award ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Newark. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)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 pricesEuropean 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

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, pictured on March 18, 2015, scored 25 points as the Warriors secured the top seed in the NBA's Western Conference with a record-setting victory over the Milwaukee BucksThe 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

A WWF activist dressed as a panda bear stands next to an illuminated globe in front of the Brandenburger Gate in Berlin during the the global climate change awareness campaign Earth Hour on March 28, 2015The 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

Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015. Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)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

Novak Djokovic of Serbia acknowledges the crowd after his win over Martin Klizan of Slovakia during day 6 of the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 28, 2015 in Key Biscayne, FloridaDefending 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

COMBINATION PHOTO - In this two photo combination picture, the Eiffel Tower with its usual lighting at left, and after the lighting was switched off at right, at the occasion of the Earth Hour, in Paris, France, Saturday March 28, 2015. This Saturday, 28 March 8:30 p.m. local time, individuals, businesses, cities and landmarks around the world are switching off their lights for one hour to focus attention on climate change. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)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

Angelina Jolie accepts the award for favorite villain for ?Maleficent? at Nickelodeon's 28th annual Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)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

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 28, 2015 in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)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

Shiite Huthi militiamen sit on a pick-up truck mounted with a heavy machine-gun in the Yememi capital Sanaa on March 26, 2015The 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

Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker (15) celebrates after Wisconsin beat Arizona 85-78 in a college basketball regional final in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. Wisconsin advances to the Final Four in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Just call him Sam Dagger.


Painstaking search continues after NYC blast, but hope dims

A pile of debris remains at the site of a building explosion in the East Village neighborhood of New York, Friday, March 27, 2015. Nineteen people were injured, four critically, after the powerful blast and fire sent flames soaring and debris flying Thursday afternoon. Preliminary evidence suggested that a gas explosion amid plumbing and gas work inside the building was to blame. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Nancy Borowick, Pool)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

Students walk on the University of Oklahoma campus on March 11, 2015 in Norman, OklahomaFraternities 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

Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015. Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)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

Serena Williams celebrates after winning a point against Monica Niculescu, of Romania, during their match at the Miami Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)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

US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (L) US Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L) US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (Far R) attend Iranian nuclear talks in Lausanne on March 28, 2015World-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

Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton takes pole position in the qualifying session at the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang on March 28, 2015World 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

cop shotBOSTON (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

Television presenter Jeremy Clarkson (C) is surrounded by media as he leaves his home on a bicycle in London on March 26, 2015British 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

Jimmy Walker tees off on the ninth hole during round three of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course on March 28, 2015 in San Antonio, TexasHometown 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

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez hits a second-inning single in a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)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

This Saturday, March 28, 2015 photo shows a rental home, foreground, along Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach, Fla. where seven people were injured in an early morning shooting during a house party. (AP Photo/News Herald, Heather Leiphart) MANDATORY CREDIT: NEWS HERALD, HEATHER LEIPHARTPANAMA 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

FILE - In this Feb. 2015, file photo, Texas head coach Rick Barnes calls to his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State in Austin, Texas. Barnes, who shaped Texas into a national basketball power with three Big 12 championships and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 years, will be released after yet another quick exit from the postseason, people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)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

People displaced following attacks by Islamist militants lineup for accreditation before casting their votes, in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday March 28, 2015. Nigerians went to the polls Saturday in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)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

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo calls out to his team during the first half of a regional semifinal against the Oklahoma in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Friday, March 27, 2015, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)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?

In this multiple exposure photo, UCLA's Thomas Welsh shoots a free throw during a practice session for a college basketball regional semifinal game in the NCAA Tournament Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Houston. UCLA plays Gonzaga on Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)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

Turkey's defender Serdar Aziz (L) vies with Dutch forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar during the Euro 2016 qualifying round football match on March 28, 2015 in AmsterdamThe 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

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson works out at second base with the Texas Rangers prior to a Rangers spring training baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)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

Incumbent Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan arrives to cast his ballot during presidential elections at a polling station in Otuoke on March 28, 2015Problems 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

William Buick, jockey of Prince Bishop holds the trophy as he celebrates with the owner, Dubai crown Prince Sheik Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, left, after winning the $ 10,000,000 Dubai World Cup, during the Dubai World Cup horse racing event, at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)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.


 
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