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Car bomb wounds several at gendarmes base in Turkey -official

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - A vehicle laden with explosives rammed into a gendarmes’ base in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast on Monday, wounding several people, a security source said. (TURKEY-KURDS/CARBOMB (URGENT), moved, 117 words)

Obama, Fed’s Yellen discussed economic risks in White House meeting

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen discussed risks to the economy and progress from Wall Street reform during a rare meeting in the Oval Office on Monday, the White House said. (USA-OBAMA/FED-YELLEN (URGENT), moved at 4:40 p.m., 99 words)


Trump lashes out at ‘rigged’ Republican delegate rules

WASHINGTON - Republican front-runner Donald Trump lashed out at his party’s “rigged” delegate selection rules on Monday after rival Ted Cruz swept all of Colorado’s 34 delegates at a weekend convention. “The system is rigged, it’s crooked,” Trump said on Fox News on Monday. (USA-ELECTION/ (UPDATE 4, PIX), moved at 3:58 p.m., 731 words)

Grassley, Garland reprise 1990s U.S. judicial confirmation fight

WASHINGTON - Chuck Grassley and Merrick Garland go way back, but when the Republican Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and President Barack Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee meet for a private breakfast on Tuesday, they will not exactly be sharing fond memories. (USA-COURT/GARLAND (PIX), moved at 3:52 p.m., 529 words)


California or bust: Bernie Sanders charts a White House path

NEW YORK - Defying opinion polls and expert predictions, U.S. Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders aims to seize the party’s White House nomination from Hillary Clinton’s grasp with a last-ditch come-from-behind triumph in California. By far the most populous U.S. state, California is the largest prize of the state-by-state nominating contests, and the vote on June 7 is one of the last before Democrats convene in July to select a nominee for the Nov. 8 presidential election. An aggressive schedule of large rallies is planned along with heavy purchases of TV, radio and online advertising in three languages and a “far, far more expensive” campaign effort than in any other state, Sanders campaign sources disclosed. (USA-ELECTION/SANDERS (PIX, GRAPHIC), moved, 900 words)


Antitrust head Baer to serve as No. 3 at U.S. Justice Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced on Monday that Bill Baer will serve as acting associate attorney general, leaving his position as head of the department’s Antitrust Division to take the No. 3 post at the department. (USA-JUSTICE/ATTORNEY, moved at 4:35 p.m., 171 words)

U.S. agency protecting borrowers lacks data on mortgage servicers -GAO

WASHINGTON - The number of nonbank firms that service mortgages in the United States is growing but the federal agency charged with protecting borrowers has no single list of the companies, even though they can pose major risks to consumers, according to a report released on Monday. (USA-MORTGAGES/SERVICERS, moved at 4:12 p.m., 403 words)


In Iowa corn fields, Chinese national’s seed theft exposes vulnerability

ARLINGTON, Iowa - Tim Burrack, a northern Iowa farmer in his 44th growing season, has kept a wary eye out for unfamiliar vehicles around his 300 acres of genetically modified corn fields after Mo Hailong and six other Chinese nationals were accused by U.S. authorities in 2013 of taking seeds from Iowa farms to send to China. (USA-CHINA/SEEDS (REPEAT, PIX, TV), moved at 1:06 p.m., by Julia Edwards, 1,091 words)


Wisconsin school district to discipline students for ‘Trump’ taunts

MILWAUKEE - A Wisconsin school district said on Monday it would discipline several students who taunted an opposing team’s fans and minority players with chants of “Trump, build a wall” and “Trump” during a high school soccer game. (WISCONSIN-RACE/, moved at 3:50 p.m., 327 words)

California to increase payments for new parents taking family leave

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California will increase the amount of money new parents can receive through the state’s paid family leave program under a bill signed on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. (CALIFORNIA-POLITICS/FAMILY LEAVE, moved at 4:02 p.m., 263 words)

Ex-FIFA vice president pleads guilty to U.S. bribery charges

NEW YORK - A former high-ranking soccer official in the Americas pleaded guilty on Monday to charges that he participated in bribery schemes uncovered in a U.S. investigation of corruption in the sport’s world governing body, FIFA. (SOCCER-FIFA/HAWIT (UPDATE 2, PIX), moved at 2:31 p.m., 414 words)

Morbidly plump Texas wiener dog loses weight and ‘Fat Vincent’ name

A morbidly obese Texas dachshund once dubbed “Fat Vincent” because his belly was so large it hit the ground when he walked, has found its way out of animal shelter care by dropping half its body weight, on track to become healthy enough for a new owner. (TEXAS-DOG/ (PIX), moved, 246 words)

Singer Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi show to protest same-sex law

Canadian singer Bryan Adams has canceled a show in Mississippi to protest a new state law that will let people with religious objections deny services to same-sex couples, the second major concert scrapped in the U.S. South over discrimination concerns. (MISSISSIPPI-RELIGION/BRYANADAMS (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved at 4:56 p.m., 412 words)

Chicago finance committee approves payouts for police custody deaths

CHICAGO - The Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee on Monday approved payments totaling $6.45 million to settle cases involving two black men who died while in police custody. (ILLINOIS-CRIME/SETTLEMENTS, moved at 3:53 p.m., 207 words)

Legionnaires’ death tally in Flint area rises by 2, to 12

Michigan state health officials on Monday attributed two more deaths to Legionnaires’ disease that may be related to the lead-contaminated drinking water crisis in Flint, bringing the total to 12. (MICHIGAN-WATER/, moved at 3:12 p.m., 254 words)

Illinois ex-congressman Reynolds arrested, missed deadline to return

CHICAGO - Former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds was arrested in Atlanta on Monday after he had failed to return to the United States by the end of March as a judge had ordered, a U.S. Marshals spokeswoman and Reynold’s lawyer said. (ILLINOIS-CRIME/POLITICS, moved at 2:26 p.m., 336 words)

San Antonio fires school police officer seen slamming girl in video

The San Antonio school district on Monday fired a school police officer seen on a viral video body slamming a 12-year-old girl, saying his use of force was unwarranted. (TEXAS-POLICE/, moved at 2:47 p.m., 288 words)

‘Dog Whisperer’ Milan cleared in probe over cruelty to a pig

LOS ANGELES - An animal cruelty investigation into Cesar Milan, known as the “Dog Whisperer,” has ended and no charges will be filed, a spokeswoman with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said on Monday. (TELEVISION-DOGWHISPERER/ (UPDATE 2, TV), moved at 1:37 p.m., 400 words)


U.S. ‘very concerned’ over Syrian violence before peace talks

WASHINGTON - The United States is “very, very concerned” about an increase in Syrian violence just ahead of planned peace talks in Geneva this week, a State Department spokesman said on Monday, blaming Syrian government forces for the escalation in fighting. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-USA (UPDATE 1), moved at 3:52 p.m., 309 words)

Two pro-business candidates look to Peru runoff, markets rise

LIMA - Peruvian markets jumped on Monday as results showed two free-market candidates would move on to the second round of a presidential election: Keiko Fujimori, the conservative daughter of a jailed former president, and centrist economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. (PERU-ELECTION/ (UPDATE 5, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved at 3:06 p.m., 757 words)

Zimbabwe performs mercy killing on Ntombi the rhino shot by poachers

HARARE - Game wardens in Zimbabwe have killed a black rhino popular with tourists to end its suffering after suspected poachers shot and severely wounded the animal, the wildlife parks’ agency said on Monday. (ZIMBABWE-RHINO/, moved, 317 words)

Boko Haram “lures, traps” young Nigerian entrepreneurs with business loans

DAKAR - Boko Haram has lured young entrepreneurs and business owners in northeast Nigeria to join the Islamist militant group by providing or promising capital and loans to boost their businesses, aid agency Mercy Corps said on Monday. (NIGERIA-BOKO HARAM/, moved, 434 words)

Aid agencies fear damage to reputation as “Red Cross” appears in Panama Papers

LONDON - Some of the world’s biggest aid agencies voiced concern on Monday that they may be further exposed to risk from the murky world of offshore finance after the latest release of the Panama Papers showed the name of the Red Cross was falsely used. (PANAMA-TAX/CHARITIES, moved, 708 words)

S.Korea tells U.N. that N.Korea GPS jamming threatens boats, planes

UNITED NATIONS - North Korea has been jamming GPS signals in South Korea since March 31, threatening the safety of civilian aircraft and vessels and violating international agreements, Seoul told the United Nations Security Council in a letter released on Monday. (NORTHKOREA-SOUTHKOREA/GPS, moved, 248 words)

U.N. lifts secrecy in race for next chief, but backroom deal may still prevail

UNITED NATIONS - In a departure from 70 years of secrecy, candidates for United Nations secretary-general will this week make campaign-style pitches to the General Assembly as it hopes to influence the private Security Council poll that picks the winner. (UN-SECRETARYGENERAL/ (PIX), moved, 748 words)


The mafia and a very special flower arrangement

ROME - To traders at the famous Royal Flora Holland flower market near Amsterdam, Vincenzo Crupi was just another businessman helping to make the Netherlands the largest exporter of cut flowers in the world. To the police, Crupi was a mafia suspect allegedly concealing drugs worth millions of dollars alongside fragrant bouquets he trucked to Italy. (ITALY-MAFIA/FLOWERS (SPECIAL REPORT, PIX, GRAPHIC), moved, by Steve Scherer, 1,800 words)


U.S. officials warn Zika ‘scarier’ than initially thought

WASHINGTON - Top health officials expressed heightened concern on Monday about the threat posed to the United States by the Zika virus, saying the mosquito that spreads it is now present in about 30 states and hundreds of thousands of infections could appear in Puerto Rico. (HEALTH-ZIKA/WHITEHOUSE (UPDATE 1), moved at 3:42 p.m., 572 words)

Brain scans show how LSD mimics mind of a baby

LONDON - Scientists have for the first time scanned the brains of people using LSD and found the psychedelic drug frees the brain to become less compartmentalised and more like the mind of a baby. (SCIENCE-PSYCHEDELIC/ (PIX), moved, by Kate Kelland, 428 words)


Led Zeppelin’s Plant, Page to face ‘Stairway to Heaven’ trial

Led Zeppelin’s lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page must face a U.S. jury trial over whether they stole opening chords for their 1971 classic “Stairway to Heaven.” (LEDZEPPELIN-STAIRWAYTOHEAVEN/ (PIX, TV), moved at 4:40 p.m., 405 words)

Kanye West’s ‘Life of Pablo’ scores streaming success on Billboard

LOS ANGELES - Taylor Swift and Adele may have boycotted streaming platforms when releasing their latest albums, but rapper Kanye West proved the power of online consumption as “The Life of Pablo” debuted at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on the strength of streaming numbers. (MUSIC-KANYEWEST/CHARTS (TV), moved at 3:39 p.m., 408 words)

Appeals court restores Utah’s polygamy law in ‘Sister Wives’ case

The polygamist family featured in the reality television show “Sister Wives” lost its bid to overturn parts of Utah’s anti-bigamy law under a federal appeals court ruling issued on Monday. (UTAH-POLYGAMY/SISTERWIVES, moved at 2:48 p.m., 411 words)


Tesla to recall 2,700 Model X SUVs over seat issue

SAN FRANCISCO - Tesla Motors Inc will recall 2,700 Model X sport utility vehicles in the United States due to a faulty locking hinge in the third-row seats that increases the risk the seats could fall forward in a crash, the electric car maker said on Monday. (TESLA-RECALL/ (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved at 2:11 p.m., 391 words)


Wall St closes lower as investors ready for earnings

NEW YORK - Wall Street closed slightly lower on Monday, with gains in materials and banks countered by declines in consumer staples shares, as investors girded for the start of an earnings season expected to be gloomy. (USA-STOCKS/ (UPDATE 7), moved at 4:51 p.m., 438 words) See also: Oil hits four-month high on commodities rally, Doha meeting hopes (GLOBAL-OIL/ (UPDATE 11), moved at 3:29 p.m., 584 words)

Kaplan puts focus on June for possible Fed rate hike

RUSTON, La., - A top Federal Reserve official said on Monday he is “very open-minded” to deciding whether to raise interest rates at a mid-June policy meeting, appearing to dismiss a move at a meeting later this month due to lack of clarity on the economy. (USA-FED/KAPLAN (UPDATE 1), moved at 4:12 p.m., 341 words)

Argentina aims for $5 bln investment in renewable energy by 2018

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina aims to rake in $5 billion in investments in renewable energy by 2018 with the goal of reducing its energy deficit, a government official told Reuters, as hopes for near-term increased output from the Vaca Muerta shale field fade. (ARGENTINA-ENERGY/, moved at 4:49 p.m., 498 words)

Currency fluctuations hit more North American firms’ earnings, data show

NEW YORK - Exchange rate fluctuations in the last quarter of 2015 had the largest negative impact in almost five years on North American companies’ financial results, as global currencies weakened against the dollar, FIREapps said in a report on Monday. (USA-RESULTS/DOLLAR, moved at 4:27 p.m., 312 words)

Under Armour drops as Wall St traders focus on Spieth meltdown

SAN FRANCISCO - Shares of sports apparel maker Under Armour dropped nearly 6 percent on Monday, a day after defending champion Jordan Spieth lost the Masters golf tournament in a shocking meltdown. (UNDERARMOR-STOCK/, moved at 3:39 p.m., 360 words)

U.S. regulators charge Texas attorney general for stock scam

U.S. regulators charged Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday for his alleged role in a stock scam that defrauded investors in a Texas-based technology company called Servergy Inc. (USA-SEC/TEXAS (UPDATE 2, PIX), moved at 3:39 p.m., 403 words)

Rail mulls buyback, dividend after dropping Norfolk bid -CEO

CHICAGO/MONTREAL - Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd Chief Executive Hunter Harrison on Monday said the company would consider using cash once planned to acquire rival Norfolk Southern Corp for a potential buyback, dividend, or combination of both. (NORFOLK SOUTHERN-M&A/CP (UPDATE 4), moved at 4:18 p.m., 675 words)

Goldman Sachs to pay $5 billion in Justice Department mortgage bond settlement

WASHINGTON - Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay $5.06 billion to settle claims that it misled mortgage bond investors during the financial crisis, the Department of Justice said on Monday. (GOLDMAN SACHS-MBS/SETTLEMENT (UPDATE 2), moved at 1:13 p.n., by Suzanne Barlyn, 393 words)


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