Monday, March 30, 2015

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INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that's garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination against gays and lesbians and said yesterday it wasn't a mistake to have enacted it.
MORRISTOWN, N.J. - Advocates of tougher gun-control measures made a pit stop in North Jersey during their third annual bike ride from Newtown, Conn., to Washington.
Robert Holmes runs the methadone clinic across the street from the Gallery mall, and he's got news for those intent on building expensive condominiums and glittery stores in the Market East corridor:
NEW YORK - Two bodies were found Sunday amid rubble from the Manhattan apartment building collapse three days earlier and authorities said everyone was accounted for after the apparent gas explosion that caused a massive fire and leveled three buildings and damaged a fourth.
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - A house party that dissolved into a hail of gunfire and left seven young people hurt Saturday has officials on the Florida Panhandle pondering what to do with a spring-break season they say has gotten out of control.
ABUJA, Nigeria - Boko Haram fighters attacked poll stations in northeast Nigeria and a governor demanded elections be canceled in an oil-rich southern state Sunday as the count started for a presidential election too close to call.
BOSTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who died of brain cancer in 2009, had insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the institution he loved and toiled in for more than half his life, family members said.
Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Sunday defended the religious freedom bill that he signed last week, saying the growing outrage over the legislation stems from "a tremendous amount of misinformation and misunderstanding."
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits.
SINGAPORE - Singaporeans bid farewell to longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday with an elaborate procession and a three-hour state funeral at which his son, the current prime minister, eulogized the statesman and declared that the wealthy city-state he helped build is his monument.
MONTABAUR, Germany - The pastor of the Lutheran church in Andreas Lubitz's hometown said Sunday that the community stands by him and his family, despite the fact that prosecutors blame the copilot for causing the plane crash that killed 150 people in France.
BEIJING (AP) - China is evacuating its citizens from Yemen and suspending anti-piracy patrols in the area amid the growing violence in the Middle Eastern country.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Appeals judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal say Serbian far-right leader Vojislav Seselj has breached conditions of his provisional release and must return to the court's cellblock in The Hague.
MADRID (AP) - Spanish police say they have arrested 12 people suspected of belonging to an anarchist group with terrorist aims.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) - A series of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition shook Yemen's capital, Sanaa, overnight and early Monday morning as dozens of families fled the capital seeking safety.
SYDNEY (AP) - A pair of strong earthquakes has struck off the South Pacific nation of Tonga, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered a critical phase on Monday with differences still remaining less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement.
HONG KONG (AP) - World stock markets were buoyant Monday as investors cheered Fed chief Janet Yellen's comments signaling that U.S. interest rates would rise only gradually. Chinese stocks soared on hopes for more economic stimulus measures.
BAGHDAD (AP) - A pair of car bombings in a Baghdad suburb on Monday killed at least 11 people and wounded dozens, officials said, hours after the arrival of the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, for talks with the Iraqi officials.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The Philippines military chief says a monthlong offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels in the south has ended after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and their bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - A wild rhino has entered a city in southern Nepal, killing a woman and injuring several other people.
LONDON (AP) - Britain's prime minister David Cameron is paying a farewell visit to Queen Elizabeth II as the country begins formal campaigning for an election seen as the most unpredictable in decades.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - A blogger was hacked to death by three men in Bangladesh's capital on Monday, with two of the suspected attackers caught near the scene, police said.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea has chosen a state-run aircraft maker as the sole preferred bidder for a contract to develop a midlevel fighter jet for about $7.8 billion with the help of Lockheed Martin Corp.
PARIS (AP) - France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen says she was satisfied with her party's performance in local council elections, though it won just 62 of the 4,108 seats at stake.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that's garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination and said Sunday it wasn't a mistake to have enacted it.